PIAC welcomed the opportunity to make a submission in response to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s Issues Paper, Towards an Australian Government Information Policy (Issues Paper).
In PIAC’s earlier submission to the Attorney-General’s Government 2.0 Taskforce, PIAC strongly supported the program’s aims of making government information more accessible and useable, and making government more consultative, participatory and transparent. However, PIAC considered that the challenge was to implement Government 2.0 in a way that balances open government and freedom of information with privacy, while providing maximum access for people with a disability or other particular needs.
In this submission, PIAC adopted a similar position, arguing that the emerging Principles of Australian Government Information Policy must have at its core the principles of accessibility, openness and transparency.
Date ascribed [7 March 2011]