Better access to FOI - Hulls

Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls has announced documents were provided in 97.4 per cent of Freedom of Information access decisions in 2005-06, an increase on the previous year.

In a statement released 4/10/06, Mr Hulls said the FOI annual report, tabled in Parliament on 4/10/06, also shows government departments and agencies received 21,396 FOI requests in 2005-06 – the second highest on record.

According to Mr Hulls, the number of FOI requests has increased by 50 per cent since the Bracks Government came to office. He said access is granted in almost all FOI cases.

The Department of Justice recorded the highest increase – 43 per cent, said Mr Hulls.

Mr Hulls said less than one per cent of FOI decisions were appealed to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal (VCAT) and of those decisions that were appealed, most were upheld by VCAT.

A number of agencies have also reported they are releasing more information outside the FOI process, added Mr Hulls.

5 October, 2006

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