Right To Information Unit


To provide open, accountable and participatory government for all the people of Vanuatu.

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The newly established National Records and Information Management Development Committee (NRIMDC), a component of the Right To Information strategy, is convening its induction meeting at the National Library conference room today 5th April 2017.

The Acting Prime Minister Joe Natuman signing the first RTI enforcement order.

The Acting Prime Minister Joe Natuman has today signed the first RTI enforcement order bearing names of 7 government agencies that the RTI law applies to them. The signing of the Order at the Ministry of Trade was one of the first of its kind to be made in front of the media.

The seven government departments enlisted under the Order are the Department of Statistics, Department of Customs, Department of Agriculture, Department of Forestry, Department of Livestock, Department of Tourism, and the Office of the Government’s Chief Information Officer.

The order means the seven government agencies are obliged to fulfill the purpose of the RTI law which are to give effect to the right to freedom of expression under Article 5(1)(g) of the Constitution of the Republic of Vanuatu. They are also to provide access to information held by their respective offices, subject to exceptions provided under Part 5 of the RTI Act.

In addition, the seven government agencies must establish voluntary and mandatory mechanisms to give the public the right to access to information; and to promote transparency, accountability, and national development by empowering and educating the public to understand and act upon their rights to information in their respective offices; and to increase public participation in governance.

Acting Prime Minister Natuman, who is a strong advocator of transparency and accountability in public offices, has reassured the media that the government is fully committed to ensuring RTI implementation in all public offices and that the signing of the enforcement order this morning comes as a new page in the RTI implementation phase. He said the second order will be issued within 2 years from today and will include other government agencies and government statutory bodies. The last and final enforcement order will be issued at the end of the two year period.

In the meantime, all public offices that are not yet covered under the first order must put in place all relevant mechanisms to cater for RTI.

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Access
Access to information in Vanuatu is easy and cheap.
Easy
You can just call, text, message any government agency to get the information you want.
Freedom
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Trust
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Anyone
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Fight Corruption
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The Right To Information Unit was established in 2015 under the Office of the Government's Chief Information Officer, the Unit was then transferred to the Department of Strategic Planning, Policy & Aid Coordination in 2016.

Currently, there are three officers that are serving in the RTI Unit, click HERE to learn more about these officers.

Make An Information Request


To make an information to any government agency please follow the instructions below;.

STEP 1: Download and fill in the request forms in the language of your choice from the links below;

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STEP 2: CLICK HERE to identify the contact information of the government agency that you are requesting information from.

STEP 3: Send your request information to the government agency.  

STEP 4: CLICK HERE to learn how your request is being processed and when you will expect to receive a response from the agency.

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