Report

Access denied: how Australia's freedom of information regime is failing our environment

This publication reveals that an increase in refused freedom of information (FOI) requests, more redactions, higher charges and longer delays are all plaguing Australia’s system of access to government documents.
Report

Australia's third Open Government national action plan: Create Phase report

This report details the process and outcomes of the 'Create Phase' of the development of Australia’s third Open Government action plan. In particular, it contains the ‘Blended Concepts’ developed during the Create Phase of the development of the plan.
Report

The Chief Archivist's report on the state of government recordkeeping 2018/19

This report presents findings from an Information Management (IM) survey conducted over a 6 month period with 254 New Zealand public sector organisations, including 176 public offices and 78 local authorities.
Policy report

From secrecy to dignity: trust and policy implications of shifting attitudes to privacy

This pape argues that while public trust in government generally has been falling, trust in governments to manage personal information has remained steady and strong, in comparison to other organisations.
Draft report

End of term self-assessment report for Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18

While there are still a small number of commitments delayed in this first National Action Plan, Australia has taken great strides to improve transparency, accountability and public engagement over the course of this action plan cycle, with the majority of the plan’s commitments either on...
Report

A review of the New Zealand Security Classification System

This review was aimed at identifying improvements that could be made to the classification system. The system is a set of policies and rules for identifying, marking, handling and controlling access to sensitive official information. The review also recommends a new approach to systematic declassification...
Report

Review of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s security procedures, practices and culture

The 'lost filing cabinet' incident that triggered this review would have been very serious for any public service agency, but was especially so for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), given its position at the apex of Commonwealth agencies.
Report

Mitigating insider threats through personnel security

The ANAO chose to undertake this audit because effective personnel security arrangements underpin the protection of the Australian government’s people, information and assets, and the previous audit had identified deficiencies in the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency's performance.
Report

Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM): New Zealand progress report 2016-2018

New Zealand’s OGP Independent Researcher, Keitha Booth, has prepared this mid-term report on the implementation of the current OGP National Action Plan (OGP NAP 2016-18). This report was prepared under international requirements of the OGP Independent Report Mechanism (IRM).
Report

Can government stop losing its mind?

This report sets out how the public sector could benefit from a federated, data-driven approach - one that provides greater power to its leaders, benefits its participants and users, and improves performance through better use of, and structured access to, data.
Report

Chief Archivist's annual report on the state of government recordkeeping 2016-17

This report looks at trends in information management across the public sector and outlines the work Archives New Zealand carried out as regulator in the 2016/17 year.
Report

How the Overseas Investment Office uses information

The Office of the Auditor-General has released this report into how the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) uses information to assess applications from overseas people seeking to acquire sensitive New Zealand assets.
Briefing paper

Using fair use to preserve and share disappearing government information: issue brief

Access to government information is a fundamental principle in a democratic society. Particularly in the digital environment, government information is a driver for economic and social progress, as well as a predicate for an informed citizenry.
Report

Report into Victorian oversight agencies 2016-17

This report examines the 2016–17 annual reports of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Commissioner, the Victorian Ombudsman and the Victorian Inspectorate.
Report

Midterm self-assessment report for Australia’s first Open Government national action plan 2016-18

This report provides an assessment of Australia’s progress towards fulfilling the promise of our Open Government commitments, and in particular, in meeting the OGP Participation & Co-creation Standards.
Journal article

Spotlight on digital government information preservation: examining the context, outcomes, limitations, and successes of the DataRefuge movement

Ever thought about why it is vital that organisations like APO exist? This article examines digital government information preservation initiatives in the United States.
Commentary

The Cabinet Files show that we need to change the nature of record-keeping

Punishing the person or persons responsible for this week’s Cabinet Files leak does not address the underlying issue. The real problem is that the way governments and businesses keep records is broken.
Audio interview

Former ICAC Judge criticised spy laws

Former New South Wales Supreme Court Judge Anthony Whealy believes the federal government's proposed new secret laws could see ABC reporters jailed for 15 years for handling sensitive government information such as the so called "Cabinet files". Mr Whealy is Chairman of Transparency International, and...
Commentary

Spyware merchants: the risks of outsourcing government hacking

This article argues that there needs to be more transparency, oversight and strong steps toward developing a robust framework of accountability for both the government and private spyware companies.
Article

Potential future states for government service delivery

New Zealand’s Lab+ experiment has been testing the concept of what integrated services could look like into the future. The team’s Australian lead, Pia Waugh, explores three models of user-centric services that came out of the research.