The Official Information Forum provides an opportunity for agency leaders and practitioners to come together to discuss official information practices, issues and to learn from each other.

The Official Information Forum is open to staff from all public sector agencies subject to the Official Information Act 1982.

Official Information Forum agendas can range from introductory sessions for those new to working with the Act, to the day-to-day implementation of the Act, to driving agency process and practice improvement.

A timetable of Forum events for the year is published below. This will be updated as dates and agendas are confirmed.

Documents from previous forums

Information is published here after each meeting. We remove information after 5 years — contact us for earlier presentations: oiaforum@publicservice.govt.nz

25 October 2023 – OI Forum: New OIA Practitioners

12 June 2023: OIA Forum: Presentation from Public Service Commissioenr, election guidance and managing OIA processes in different team environments.

3 May 2023 -  New OIA Practitioners

29 March 2023 - OIA Forum: OIA statistics, managing capacity and processes & OIA practices in relation to media requests

21 November 2022 — OI Forum 21 November 2022: Jan-Jun 2022 OIA statistics, Ready or Not, working at a time of pace, pressure and change 

19 October 2022 – New OIA Practitioners 

2 August 2022 – New OIA Practitioners 

8 June 2022 — OI Forum 8 June 2022: Handling complex requests and new official information developments

4 May 2022 — New OIA Practitioners

28 March 2022 — Impacts of Covid (incl. Ombudsman’s guidance), Jul-Dec 21 OIA statistics

7 December 2021 — New OIA Practitioners

15 Nov 2021 — Procurement, model search policy, looking ahead to 2022

4 October 2021 — New OIA Practitioners

6 September 2021 — New Office of the Ombudsman team, Jan-Jun OIA statistics

31 May 2021 — Information management, redaction, workforce deployment, OIA statistics

14 April 2021 — New OIA Practitioners

8 March 2021 — Panel Discussion Proactive release, Workforce Deployment, OIA statistics to December 2020

23 November 2020 — Public Service Act, Covid, and “The OIA in Context”

28 October 2020 — New OIA Practitioners

7 September 2020 — Officials’ names and proactive release

27 July 2020 (postponed from March 2020) — Government Recordkeeping

11 November 2019

  • Presentation — OI Forum — Official information reporting, review of 2019, look ahead to 2020

09 October 2019 — New OIA Practitioners

13 August 2019 — Accessibility, and proactive release of Cabinet papers

11 February 2019 — Practitioners’ forum on the publication of OIA responses

29 November 2018 — Practitioners’ workshop on proactive release of Cabinet papers

31 October 2018 — Leaders’ forum on proactive release of Cabinet papers and OIA practice reviews

20 August 2018 — Practitioners' forum on proactive release of official information