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Commitment 3.1 - Information management and access laws for the 21st century

The Attorney-General's Department has been consulting with users and civil society groups to better understand experiences and issues with accessing government information for Commitment 3.1 of Australia's First Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18. This includes information accessed under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, Archives Act 1983 and (where relevant) Privacy Act 1988.

We are using the agile and user centred design methodology under the Digital Service Standard to understand how existing information management and access frameworks operate - and the technology that supports those processes.

More information about the current status of Commitment 3.1 is available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's Open Government Partnership website.

Commonwealth information frameworks policy jam

On 30-31 August 2017, the Attorney-General's Department held an information frameworks policy jam facilitated by the Department of Human Services Design Hub.

Participants from government and civil society discussed design options for managing and accessing government information that better reflects the digital era. A summary of discussions is available in the following document:


As at 1 October 2017, the department has consulted 33 government agencies, 28 civil society members and 10 end users (a total of 113 individuals). The stakeholder consultation has so far included the following government and non-government organisations:


  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Australian Federal Police
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
  • Australian Research Council
  • Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Australian War Memorial
  • City of Adelaide
  • Defence Intelligence Organisation 
  • Department of Communications and the Arts
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Digital Transformation Agency
  • Freedom of Information Commissioner (Vic)
  • Information and Privacy Commission (NSW)
  • National and State Libraries Australasia
  • National Archives of Australia
  • National Library of Australia
  • New South Wales Information Commissioner
  • New South Wales Ombudsman (Acting) and former Australian Information Commissioner
  • Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
  • Office of National Assessments
  • Public Record Office Victoria
  • State Library of New South Wales

Non-government / Civil society / End users

  • Accountability Round Table
  • Archives researcher, ANU PhD Student
  • Associate Professor, University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor in Law, University of Tasmania
  • Australasian Association of Genealogists and Records Agents
  • Australian Library and Information Association
  • Australian Press Council
  • Australian Privacy Foundation
  • Australian Society of Archivists
  • BubbleGum Club
  • Council on the Ageing
  • Emeritus Professor, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy
  • End user – NSW War Memorial
  • Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra
  • Indigenous data researcher
  • Information Consultants Pty Ltd
  • Law Council of Australia
  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT
  • National Archives Consultative Forum 
  • National Archives of Australia Advisory Council
  • Official Researcher, Australian War Memorial 
  • Official Researcher, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Open Government Partnership Interim Working    Group members
  • Professor of International and Political Studies and Australian Centre for Cyber Security, UNSW Canberra
  • Professor in Law, Monash University
  • Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

We're open to hearing from more individuals and organisations. If you would like to provide feedback on your experiences using government information access schemes, email


While the department has not formally requested submissions, the following submissions have been gratefully received: