Every six months, the NDIA is required to prepare a response to the Senate Continuing Order for Indexed List of Departmental or Agency Files. This is part of the government's ongoing commitment to give Australians greater access to relevant government information quickly and easily.
The report known more often as ‘the Harradine Report’ was first instigated by then Senator Harradine in 1996. The original Senate Order was amended in 1998. The continuing order for indexed lists of departmental and agency files on the Parliament of Australia website now requires departments to list these file lists on their websites.
The lists are tabled twice a year which are:
- Spring sittings list files are created in the preceding July to December, and the
- Autumn sitting list files are created in the preceding January to June.
The NDIA's indexed list of files
In accordance with the order, the department's list of files does not include files transferred to the National Archives of Australia, files essentially related the internal administration of the department (staff or personnel, accounts, training, or general administrative matters) and case related files (for example personal representation or dealing with the personal affairs of a departmental or agency client).
In addition, the department's lists do not include files with titles that would disclose the deliberations of Cabinet.
List of Agency files January – June 2019
- DIA19/623 - NSW Bilateral Agreement