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Latest OIA, LGOIMA data released

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Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released the latest Official Information Act (OIA) and Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) data[1].

The number of complaints about delayed OIA responses dropped slightly in the six months to 30 June 2020 from the same period the previous year, from 157 to 144.

‘This is a good result, especially considering agencies were facing COVID-19 challenges during this period,’ says Mr Boshier.

However the figures for the full year to 30 June 2020 were less encouraging, with complaints about delays rising five percent to 334.

‘These results show we still have a long way to go,’ says Mr Boshier.

‘Agencies must respond as soon as possible to all requests. It’s a legal requirement, not a target, and I am determined to see all agencies meet it.

‘On the other hand it is good to see complaints about refusals to respond to OIA requests dropped by five percent over the year, even though it’s too early to say if this is a trend.’

In the six months to 30 June 2020 the Ombudsman received 551 OIA complaints and 154 LGOIMA complaints.

‘As always, I would encourage agencies to pay attention to avoiding delays and be more transparent rather than reverting to releasing minimal amounts of information,’ says Mr Boshier.

ENDS

 

About the data

The data released by the Ombudsman concerns both OIA and LGOIMA complaints received and completed from 1 January to 30 June 2020. It includes information on the number of complaints received by Minister or agency, the nature of the complaint and type of complainant (media, private individual, etc). For the complaints completed, the data also includes the outcome of the complaint.

The data does not enable a direct comparison among agencies, as complaints data on its own does not give the full picture. The number of complaints received by the Ombudsman may be a very small proportion of the total number of OIA or LGOIMA requests received by an agency.

You can view the complaints data here.

At the same time as the Ombudsman published complaints and outcomes data, Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission (formerly the State Services Commission) published its data on OIA requests received by agencies and their response times. This data can be viewed here.

Complaints received

Received

Individual

Media

Other[2]

 

LGOIMA

154

124

17

13

 

OIA

551

372

81

98

 

Received – reasons

Delay in decision

Refusal in full

Refusal in part

Incomplete / inadequate response

Other[3]

LGOIMA

46

47

23

22

16

OIA

130

191

109

35

86

Complaints completed

Completed

Individual

Media

Other2

 

LGOIMA

183

150

17

16

 

OIA

670

434

134

102

 

 

[1]     This includes all city, district and regional councils, as well as council-controlled organisations, community boards,       domain boards, public reserves boards and licensing trusts among others. See Schedules 1 & 2 LGOIMA for more details.

[2]    For the LGOIMA, this comprises companies, associations, and incorporated societies.

      For the OIA, this comprises companies, associations, incorporated societies, political party research units, special interest groups, trade unions, researchers, Members of Parliament, and review agencies (eg: HDC, IPCA).

[3]     For the LGOIMA, this comprises decisions not made as soon as practicable, charges, manner or form of release, delays in releasing information, refusal - personal information about body corporate, Privacy Act requests, extensions, and other.

      For the OIA, it comprises Privacy Act requests, charges, delays in releasing information, extensions, decisions not made as soon as reasonably practicable, refusal - statement of reasons, refusal - personal information about body corporate, manner or form of release, conditions, and other.


 

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