On Reducing the cost of Freedom of Information requests

image: Department of Justice, Government of Victoria.

Those of you in State Government in Australia will be well familiar with recent changes in legislation around Freedom of Information legislation, specifically the Right to Information reforms in Queensland and the Government Information (Public Access) Act in New South Wales (affectionately referred to as ‘GIPA‘).

I talk about them a little in the related post ‘On the Current State of Government 2.0‘ if you’d like to learn more.

Myself and a number of my collegues have been doing a lot of thinking as to how technology and process can enable already stretched agencies to meet and even exceed the new ‘pro-active disclosure’ requirements of the legislation – the push model whereby information is provided to the public in advance of it being asked for in order to promote greater openness in Government – a key tenant of the Government 2.0 initiatives underway around the world.

More on the outcome of that thinking soon.

However, I saw last week a great example of using web based technology and the ‘push’ model to save resources and thus money in State government in one specific, yet common, scenario.

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