Public sector information (PSI) is a powerful resource that
could be better used to drive open government, innovation,
commerce, and community engagement for the benefit of
In responding to the 2009 parliamentary Inquiry into
Improving Access to Victorian Public Sector Information and
Data, government committed to transform the way the public
sector provides access to its PSI by adopting an ‘open by default’
However, the agencies we examined are not providing the public
with full and open access to the information to which they are
entitled. This is largely because the critical foundation of
comprehensive and sound information management practices has been
Ineffective whole-of-government leadership and governance of
information management has failed to drive the significant cultural
and operational changes needed to achieve open access to PSI.
Consequently, access to PSI has not significantly improved,
falling well short of the government’s original intentions.