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Australia’s regulator for privacy and freedom of information missed all but one of its performance goals in the last year, leading to concerns the agency is “severely underfunded” and will be unable to effectively perform its role without a substantial resourcing boost.
The resourcing of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has been questioned for several years, with a significantly rising workload and an increasingly prominent role, but with no corresponding increase in funding.
There are particular concerns about a lack of any new funding for the OAIC’s Freedom of Information functions will mean it is unable to address its growing backlog of cases and properly perform its role in overseeing the scheme.
A spokesperson for the OAIC confirmed it will be unable to address lengthy delays if it does not get a funding boost.
Privacy questions: The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is struggling for resources
Budget documents have revealed that the agency failed to achieve seven of its eight performance goals for the 2019-20 financial year, heightening fears that it is not adequately resourced to conduct its important role.
The office was provided $25 million over three years in last year’s federal budget …
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