Freedom of Information, Privacy Protection & Public Interest Disclosures in the Northern Territory : annual report 2011-2012
Commissioner for Information and Public Interest Disclosures annual report 2011 - 12
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Page 7 reporting to the relevant minister for tabling in the Legislative Assembly where public bodies fail to implement recommendations made by the Commissioner at the conclusion of an investigation3; preparing and publishing guidelines to assist individuals and public bodies in interpreting and complying with the Act4; collating and publishing statistics about public interest disclosures handled by the Commissioner; and assisting with training of public bodies about their obligations under the Act particularly with respect to the needs of a discloser and public education generally. 2.4. Performance measures All public interest disclosures received by this Office are subjected to a rigorous initial assessment. At the completion of this process, a decision is made about the proposed course of action to be adopted. For the purpose of performance reporting, all allegations containing public interest information that require assessment are classified as public interest disclosures including those that are ultimately assessed as not falling within that category. Public interest information is defined in the Act as information that, if true, would tend to show a public officer or public body has engaged, is engaging, or intends to engage, in improper conduct. Budget Paper No 3 set performance measures for the Office for 2011-12 relating to quantity, quality and timeliness. The summary below details the performance of this Office over the reporting period. 2.4.1. Quantity Public Interest Disclosures received Quantity remains high During the first two years after establishment of the office in mid 2009, the number of disclosures far exceeded expectations. This year continued that trend, with a total of 70 disclosures examined during the current reporting period. Previous Year Current Year Targets Performance Measure 2010-11 Actual 2011-12 Estimate 2011-12 Actual 2012-13 Estimate Public interest disclosures 75 60 70 60 3 no reports to the Minister have been made pursuant to section 32 of the Act. 4 the Commissioners Guidelines are published on the website www.blowthewhistle.nt.gov.au
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