Development and access to information 2017

This is the first DA2I report, which sets the baseline to measure progress on a range of indicators of access to information and its relation to sustainable development.

Development and access to information 2019

The goal of this report is to provide an exploration of access to information as a driver of development. In doing so, it seeks to inform decision-making about the implementation of the SDGs. It is intended for policymakers and advisers, as well as anyone who...
Position paper

Joint CAUL-AOASG election statement: developing a strategic approach to open scholarship in Australia

This statement outlines the reasons behind the urgent need for the development of a strategic approach to Australia’s open scholarship environment to benefit researchers, research funders, and end users, including industry and the community.

Sharing information safely

In August and September 2018, the Ministry of Justice sought feedback on a draft version of information sharing guidance for the family violence sector. The guidance document sought to clarify the rules around information sharing that were introduced under the Family Violence Act 2018. This...

Leading the way in accessible information

This guide gives the state sector guidance on how to increase accessibility to information through the use of inclusive language and design, and alternate formats such as New Zealand Sign Language, Easy Read and Braille. The guide will be used by government agencies that have...

Measuring Australia's digital divide: the Australian digital inclusion index 2018

Digital inclusion is based on the premise that everyone should be able to make full use of digital technologies – to manage their health and wellbeing, access education and services, organise their finances, and connect with friends, family, and the world beyond.

Information publication scheme: survey of Australian Government agencies

The 2012 survey of Australian Government agencies compliance with Information Publication Scheme (IPS) obligations was conducted between 30 April and 11 May 2012.
Working paper

Universal communications in a broadband world

Do Australians have a right to access a telecommunications service? There are at least two schools of thought: the view that sees universal service as a basic right of citizens, essential for membership in the community, as against the view that sees universal service as...

Public networks for public safety: a workshop on the present and future of mesh networks

This briefing document was developed in conjunction with “Public Networks for Public Safety: A Workshop on the Present and Future of Mesh Networking,” which was held on March 30, 2012, at Harvard University. The workshop was intended as a starting point for conversation about whether...

Freedom of information

The audit examined the extent to which the 11 Victorian public sector (VPS) departments and Victoria Police meet the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 1982. Freedom of Information (FOI) is a cornerstone of a thriving democracy. Since FOI legislation was introduced 30 years...

Online media use in Australia 2007- 2011 submission to the Independent Media Inquiry

On 2 March the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, released the Report of the Independent Media Inquiry, undertaken by Former Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, Ray Finkelstein QC, with the assistance of Dr Matthew Ricketson. The Report...

Seeking straight answers: consumer decision-making in telecommunications

Understanding consumer decision-making in telecommunications can help us to determine what steps to take to facilitate better outcomes for consumers. This is important for three primary reasons. First, there are many indicators that the market is not working for consumers and that they face challenges...
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.

Measuring Queensland’s digital divide

The unique features of Queensland create particular challenges and opportunities for digital inclusion. With the potential of technology to deliver better health, education, social and economic outcomes, it has never been more important that no one gets left behind.

Measuring Australia's digital divide: the Australian digital inclusion index 2017

The 2017 Australian Digital Inclusion Index provides the most comprehensive picture of Australia’s online participation to date.

Southgate digital equity tool

The Southgate Digital Equity Tool has been developed to assist policy makers and practitioners in making informed decisions about the way they engage consumers in services and programs in the digital era. Initially developed for use by health organisations, the tool can be adapted for...

Joint Statement by IFLA and the IPA on the First International Day for Universal Access to Information, on 28 September 2016

Libraries have always been about preserving and giving access to information. In recent years, governments and others have made increasingly frequent statements stressing the contribution that allowing citizens to obtain and make use of knowledge on an equitable basis can make to a range of...

Publishing ministerial advice ‘does democracy a disservice’

Introduction The publication of public servants’ advice to ministers under freedom of information threatens to undermine good government, the head of New Zealand’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has warned, in comments echoing several senior Australian bureaucrats.

The state of broadband 2016: broadband catalyzing sustainable development

This report explores the role that broadband plays in underpinning inclusive and sustainable development, and the necessary framework conditions to enable affordable, universal and available Internet access to be achieved. It highlights strong signs of growth in global broadband connectivity, with 300 million more people...