Australian Information Commissioner John McMillan

The Australian government and its ministers received almost 25,000 Freedom of Information Act requests last year the Information Commissioner’s annual report says. 

In total the report said this equalled a 4.9% increase for 2010/11 compared to the year before.

The report says:

“Reflecting on the FOI Act reforms that commenced in November 2010, Professor McMillan commented that they were instrumental in strengthening open government. “Access to information requests have greater prominence in government. There is a marked increase in FOI requests for policy-related material, more media reporting based onFOI Act disclosures, and greater public awareness of access to information rights.””

 In total complainance with the requests cost $41.719 million, a 14.9% increase on 2009/10.

You can read the entire annual report here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.