Achieving Transparency with blurred Government Boundaries

Office of the Information Commissioner

"All Australian jurisdictions have legislation which aims to strengthen democracy by ensuring public sector information is broadly available, subject only to a limited number of exemptions. Increasingly, the private and not-for-profit sectors are used to provide services and infrastructure that were traditionally provided by the public sector. This is done through a variety of mechanisms including the various types of public-private partnership as well as through other contracts for services."

"In this paper, I examine the impact of these changing boundaries on existing measures to achieve accountability and transparency in the delivery of public services and infrastructure. While my focus is predominantly on the legislative landscape in Western Australia, many of the issues would be equally applicable elsewhere."

Sven Bluemmel
Western Australian Information Commissioner

Download the full paper (PDF, 99Kb) from the Office of the Information Commissioner website.