Annual Report 2004-2005 Ombudsman 27th Report
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Tabled By Claire Martin
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_________________________________________________________ Ombudsmans Annual Report 2004/05 100 Appendix D FREEDOM OF INFORMATION INTRODUCTION The object of the Information Act (the Act) is to extend, as far as possible, the right for a person to access government and personal information held by government, and to have personal information corrected if inaccurate. Some information is exempt from this process. The Office of the Ombudsman is a public sector organisation for the purposes of the Act and the information held by it may be the subject of an application under the Act. The Act requires an agency to make a decision on application within 30 days, but this may be extended if consultations are required. An applicant may have to pay processing charges. Internal review of decisions is available to applicants whose applications are refused. External review, through the Information Commissioner, became available as of 1 July 2004. Under Section 11 of the Act, a public sector organisation must publish a statement about its structure and functions, kinds of government information usually held, a description of the organisations procedures for providing access and a description of the organisations procedures for correcting information. Information concerning the organisation and functions of the Ombudsman can be found as follows: organisation (refer page 10 of this Annual Report) functions (refer page 9 of this Annual Report) INFORMATION HELD BY THE OFFICE OF THE OMBUDSMAN Broadly speaking, the Ombudsman holds information in the following categories: (a) information related to inquiries and investigations into complaints against any Northern Territory Government Agency, Local Government Council or the actions of a member of the NT Police Force. This information includes: complaints; correspondence and consultations with complainants and agencies; and other information sources such as background material, records of conversation, analysis and advice and reports; (b) information related to the Ombudsmans role as the chief executive of an NT agency with a particular set of responsibilities, in terms of the development or implementation of administrative process, policy or legislation; and (c) information related to the Ombudsmans management of his office, including personnel, contracting and financial records and information about asset management.