Access to government information promotes a culture of transparency and helps to make government more accountable. Freedom of information (FOI) arrangements in the ACT allow the public to be more informed and participate effectively in government.
ACT agencies are required to actively release large amounts of information. They must also release information where requested, unless they can prove that it would be contrary to public interest.
The ACT Ombudsman provides independent oversight of the FOI Act to help ensure it:
- provides the right to access government information
- promotes a culture of openness and transparency, increasing government accountability
- improves public understanding of government decisions
- promotes public participation in government.