Proactive release of information promotes good government, openness and transparency and fosters public trust and confidence in agencies.

The State Services Commission has published guidance on Proactive release of official information to assist agencies to develop internal policies and practices in relation to proactive release, including responses to requests for information under the OIA. We have also developed some practical tips to help agencies put in place the processes needed for publishing completed OIA requests.

The Commissions' reports on OIA Statistics now include statistics on agencies' proactive publication of responses to official information requests.

Proactive release of Cabinet papers

The Cabinet has agreed a new policy to proactively release Cabinet material as part of its commitment to Open Government.

The new policy applies to the proactive release of all Cabinet and Cabinet committee papers (excluding Appointments and Honours papers) lodged from 1 January 2019. They are to be released and published online, with the approval of the relevant portfolio Minister, no later than 30 business days after final Cabinet decisions have been made unless there is good reason not to publish all or part of the material, or to delay the release.  The normal assessments for releasing official information, and a due diligence process to consider potential liability that might arise from publication, must occur prior to proactive release.

Further details are provided in the Cabinet paper and Cabinet Office Circular, which are linked below:

Proactive release of Cabinet papers calculator

This calculates the 30 business days within which Cabinet papers are expected to be released and published online. The period between Christmas Day and 20 January doesn’t count as business days.

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