The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) congratulates the government on developing the draft legislation and, in a timely manner, seeking to ensure that information is managed as a national resource. Improvements in FOI are vital for an informed nation, and expanding digital access will contribute significantly to an effective democracy and a digital nation.
ALIA recommends that to be truly effective further consideration should be given to:
- supporting a national archive of information to ensure long term access (Pandora);
- digitisation of government publications currently produced in paper;
- ensuring information can be found readily, meeting accessibility standards; and
- expanding coverage to include research funded by the Commonwealth.