The Inquiry, which was self‑referenced by the Committee on 6 June 2016, required the Accountability and Oversight Committee to inquire into, consider and report, no later than 31 December 2017, on the following reference:
Review the effectiveness of education, training and communication initiatives by the Victorian Freedom of Information Commissioner, Ombudsman and Victorian Inspectorate, with particular regard to –
(1) What current education and training initiatives exist, how are they measured and how effective are they?
(2) How well are the roles, powers and processes of these bodies understood by the Victorian public?
(3) How well are the functions of these bodies and the processes they enforce, understood and complied with by Government agencies?
(4) How do the education and communication initiatives of these entities compare to comparable entities in other Australian and international jurisdictions?
(5) Is there a need to strengthen the education and training functions for each of these bodies through legislation or other means?
The report comprises six chapters. This chapter covers the role and responsibilities of the Committee and the focus of the Committee’s Inquiry into Education, Training and Communications initiatives.
Chapter 2 examines the role of education and training regarding accountability and oversight bodies and reviews the Office of the Victorian information Commissioner.
Chapter 3 assesses the Victorian Ombudsman.
Chapter 4 reviews the Victorian Inspectorate.
Chapter 5 provides a comparison with education and communication initiatives of other Australian and international jurisdictions.
Chapter 6 looks at obstacles to enhanced education and training and what opportunities exist to help assess and develop education and training programs.