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Freedom of Information, Privacy Protection & Public Interest Disclosures in the Northern Territory : annual report 2011-2012



Freedom of Information, Privacy Protection & Public Interest Disclosures in the Northern Territory : annual report 2011-2012

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Commissioner for Information and Public Interest Disclosures annual report 2011 - 12


Northern Territory. Commissioner for Information and Public Interest Disclosures


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Northern Territory Government

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Commissioner for Information and Public Interest Disclosures annual report; Annual Report



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Office of the Information Commissioner

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Page 9 2.4.4. Quantity and quality awareness and training An important objective during the 2011-2012 reporting year was the education of disclosers, public officers and public bodies regarding their rights and obligations under the Act. These objectives were achieved through the following: public education and training strategies involving formal training tailored to the needs of each audience. The Office conducted 11 faceto-face training sessions in 2011-12 in Darwin, Katherine, and Alice Springs, with a total of 133 participants; the management of an informative website including user friendly training modules at www.blowthewhistle.nt.gov.au for public officers and disclosers. These interactive training modules enable disclosers, public servants, and members of the public to increase their knowledge of the Act and the functions of this Office. A total 323 separate training modules were successfully completed on the website over the reporting period; and informal advice provided by this Office via freecall 1800 250 918. When possible, matters that did not fall within the jurisdiction of this office were referred to an appropriate authority or avenue. Performance Measures 20112012 Estimate 20112012 Actual 20122013 Estimate Quantity Awareness and training Face-to-face presentations Number of participants including online training modules 10 400 11 456 10 400 Quality Participant satisfaction 90% 91% 90% Requests for presentations and training came from a variety of public bodies including government departments and municipal and shire councils. Although conducting investigations in a timely manner must remain our first priority, the more that people know and understand about our functions and methods and the requirements of the Act, the better. As much as our current resources will allow, we will continue to respond to these training and awareness needs. Feedback from participants in the tailored face-to-face sessions was very positive. Online training through the website has also been well received. It will be an important part of our work over the next year to continue to raise awareness through similar targeted strategies, including the introduction of proactive training with the development of a Corruption Prevention Training program and the modification of the website training modules. 2.5. Reporting requirements under section 48 of the Act Section 48 of the Act requires the Commissioner to include in the Annual Report details of performance with respect to a number of functions. The Commissioners response is set out below.

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