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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 10 May 2018) . . Page.. 1930 ..


(2) Please refer to the attached spreadsheet.

(3) A whole-of-government project for the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 2016 commenced in March 2017.

Prior to 1 January 2018, all ACT Government Directorates and agencies participated in a series of activities to implement the new FOI Act. Directorates and agencies contributed to the establishment and maintenance of an FOI working group, which was supported by a project team comprised of a SOG C Project Manager and an ASO5 project officer and the project board.

In addition to the overarching project, ACT Government Directorates and agencies also prepared for the introduction of the Act in the following ways:

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Prior to 1 January 2018, a SOG C was taken off-line to manage the implementation of the FOI and Open Access requirements of the Act.

From 1 January 2018, CMTEDD has restructured and established an FOI team which centralises the functions of previous action officers and decision makers that were within business units, into the one team. New processes have been managed through the Whole of Government FOI working group.

Community Service Directorate

Prior to 1 January 2018, an additional SOG B was recruited to manage the FOI and Open Access Information Scheme within CSD. CSD developed communication and training to all CSD staff, directorate-specific resources and internal procedures and processes.

From 1 January 2018, CSD has continued to support staff in implementing the FOI Act and Open access information scheme while contributing to the WhoG FOI Working Group.

Education Directorate

Prior to 1 January 2018, Education participated in the WhoG implementation project of the new FOI Act.

From 1 January 2018, Education has continued to support staff in implementing the FOI Act and Open access information scheme while contributing to the WhoG FOI Working Group.

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Prior to 1 January 2018, EPSDD circulated an all-staff email advising of the commencement of the FOI Act 2016. EPSDD has also updated processes and procedures to ensure all relevant information is identified, decisions are made within statutory timeframes and quality assurance, including developing and implementing a new FOI Register.

From 1 January 2018, EPSDD has continued to support staff in implementing the FOI Act and Open access information scheme while contributing to the WhoG FOI Working Group.


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