Right To Information Unit


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

Make An Information Request

 

The Right To Information Unit is established under Division 1 (69) of the Right To Information Act.


RTI Steering Committee

The Right To Information Unit structure is set up as an independent and outlier agency that reports directly to the Right To Information Steering Committee (RTISC). The Committee consists of the following persons who are appointed by the Prime Minister:

(a) a representative of the Office of the Prime Minister, nominated by the Director General of the Office of the Prime Minister;


(b) a representative of the Ministry of Justice and Community Services, nominated by the Director General of Ministry of Justice and Community Services; 


(c) a representative of the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer nominated, by the Chief Information Officer;


(d) a representative of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management, nominated by the Director General of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management; 


(e) a representative of the Office of the Public Service Commission, nominated by the Secretary of the Public Service Commission;


(f) a representative of the Office of the Ombudsman, nominated by the Ombudsman; 


(g) a representative of the National Council of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, nominated by the President of the National Council of Chambers of Commerce and Industry;

(h) 2 representatives of civil society nominated by the President of the Vanuatu Association of Non Government Organisations;


(i) a representative of the Media Asosiesen blong Vanuatu, nominated by the President of the Media Asosiesen blong Vanuatu.

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The Functions of the RTISC

The Functions of the RTISC are;

(a) to provide direction for, and oversight of, the implementation of the Right to Information Policy;


(b) to assist with the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the Right to Information Policy, the Right to Information Unit and this Act;


(c) to advise the Government on the development of necessary Regulations and any amendments to any legislation in order to ensure consistency with the intentions of the Right to Information Policy and this Act;


(d) to receive reports on the progress of Right to Information implementation and the achievement of milestones under the Right to Information Act. Implementation Plan, and review and make recommendations on the findings of these reports to the Minister, including but not limited to, risk management and further policy or planning needs in relation to right to information;

(e) to provide a forum for the identification and consideration of issues arising in the implementation of this Act, including other significant issues in
relation to the right to information brought forward by committee members or the organisations they represent;


(f) to advise and guide the Right to Information Unit on the development of a broad training strategy for Right to Information in the public service;


(g) to advise and guide the Right to Information Unit on proactive publication, particularly in relation to innovative and effective means of disseminating
information;


(h) to monitor and make recommendations to the Right to Information Unit for the development of sound record management practices to facilitate access to information;


(i) to advise the Right to Information Unit on the development of communications strategies to sensitise civil servants on the right to information and the provisions in the Right to Information Act, and increase public awareness and understanding of the right to information and their rights under this Act.

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
Being well informed gives you the freedom to make decisions that will have an impact.
Trust
People trust a government that is open, transparent and accountable.
Anyone
Anyone can request information, and you can request information from anywhere.
Fight Corruption
Right to information is a weapon against corruption.

 

 

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;

English  French

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.

English  Bislama