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OIA self-assessment tool

Official Information Act 1982
Peter Boshier
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This self-assessment tool is one of a number of initiatives from the Chief Ombudsman's office providing support and assistance to lift public sector capability in order to improve the administration, decision-making and compliance with official information legislation.

Achieving the purposes of the OIA largely depends on the attitudes and actions of agency leaders. Excellent official information practice goes beyond simply complying with timeliness obligations.

It is also about making connections with the broader purposes of the OIA and communicating this to staff and the public.

The Chief Ombudsman encourages all agencies subject to official information legislation, no matter their size, to use this tool. In doing so, agencies will realise not only the operational benefit of improving official information practices, but also the reputational benefit of signalling a desire to promote openness and transparency. 

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