Information Publication Scheme survey 2018

In 2018, the OAIC commissioned ORIMA Research to conduct a second survey of Australian Government agencies’ compliance with their Information Publication Scheme (IPS) obligations, following a similar survey in 2012.

The survey had a response rate of 82%, compared to 78% in 2012 with 190 agencies participating.

The results show the IPS continues to be an important element in ensuring information held by Australian government agencies is managed for public purposes and is treated as a national resource, marked by proactive release and publication of government information.

Agency responses confirmed a continued commitment to IPS requirements and principles, although a decline was observed in each of the four key areas of compliance measured by the survey in 2012 and 2018. Larger agencies generally reported higher levels of compliance with IPS requirements and better practice principles, compared with micro to small agencies.

Compliance with the IPS is an ongoing statutory responsibility for agencies subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982. The survey’s results have assisted the OAIC to identify areas where improvements can be made to further promote the proactive publication of Australian Government information.

The OAIC is now reviewing its guidance and other resources to assist with agency compliance and support better practice into the future.

Reports by ORIMA Research prepared for the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner