Australia’s national integrity system: the blueprint for action

From greater transparency over political lobbying and donations, to stronger protection for whistleblowers, to a strong and independent anti-corruption watchdog, this document lays out the essential reforms Australia needs to drive greater transparency, government accountability and integrity.

Open public sector information: from principles to practice

As part of a worldwide movement, the Australian Government is fundamentally changing the way that information is valued, managed, used and shared with others. The concept that best captures this trend is the term 'public sector information' (PSI). This describes data, information or content that...

Open government: the Information Commissioner

Following on from the conversation last week on 'open government' this program hosts the head of the newly created Office of the Information Commissioner. He discusses how the office will ensure greater disclosure of information within the public sector and the complexities involved in providing...

Australian Crime Commission: Review of collection, storage and dissemination of information

Conflicting and out–of–date internal information policies, multiple databases with varying degrees of security and low staff morale increased the risk of confidential Australian Crime Commission (ACC) intelligence falling into the wrong hands, according to Commonwealth Ombudsman Professor John McMillan. This investigation focused on the policies...

Administration of the Economic Security Strategy Payment: An examination of the implementation, monitoring and review of the scheme

Report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman on the administration of the Economic Security Strategy Payment – an examination of the implementation, monitoring and review of the scheme. The purpose of this report is to highlight for all government agencies how the administration of payments which are...