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Agencies must make documents available online

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Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) recently conducted an audit to determine the extent to which government entities complied with the requirement to publish and maintain documents online that were presented to Parliament.

It found that at least 10 percent of papers tabled in Parliament are not available online.

In its report, ANAO suggests agencies review the accessibility of their documents online. It recommends agencies that lack an online presence implement measures to ensure the online availability of their papers in accordance with Federal guidelines.

The report also expresses concern surrounding the lack of a monitoring body to ensure the publishing of government documentation online in accordance with Australian government policy.

ANAO also calls for a review of the requirements to be met when publishing and maintaining documents presented to the Parliament.

This finding is in alignment with the Joint Committee on Publications’ 2006 Distribution of the Parliamentary Papers Series report which highlights the benefits of an electronic system for the delivery of Parliamentary papers.

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