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Australia’s OGP Action Plan

Australia’s first Open Government Partnership National Action Plan was published on 8 December.

The  plan sets out 15 commitments to reform on a wide range of open government measures to be implemented or substantially implemented by July 2018.

The Network Steering Committee welcomes the completion of of the plan, particularly the breadth and scope of the commitments. For convenience commitments are listed in abbreviated form here.

There are some disappointments particularly the limited commitment to what are high priorities for those of us outside government- political donations reform and gaps in the national integrity framework

The plan also includes an account of status quo and the process undertaken over the last 12 months to work with civil society and the public generally to develop the plan.

This process and the strength and quality of the commitments are subject to independent assessment in a report to be completed by the appointed OGP IRM assessor Daniel Stewart.

It has taken 12 months to get to this stage, longer than anyone expected, following an unfortunate two years of prevarication by the Abbott government over whether it would proceed with the original joining commitment given by Labor in May 2013.

Implementation of the plan is now the prime focus.

After something of a breather, we will be back, keen to be part of that next stage.

Thanks to all who have shown interest and support.

Best wishes.

For better, open government

Civil society groups around the world are using the Open Government Partnership process to achieve real gains in openness, accountability and participation. We are a diverse group of individuals and organisations working together to create ambitious commitments for Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan.

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PM Turnbull renews OGP commitment

Photograph of Prime Minister Malcoln Turnbull’s letter to the OGP 25 November 2015

In late November 2015 Prime Minister Turnbull wrote to the OGP renewing Australia’s commitment to membership.

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National Integrity 2017 Conference spotlight on OGP commitments

15th February 2017 – No Comments

Transparency International Australia and Griffith University’s Centre for Governance and Public Policy co-host the National Integrity 2017 Conference ‘Building the Public /Private Alliance in Brisbane on 16-17 March. Topics for discussion are highly relevant to Australia’s commitments in the Open Government Partnership First National…

Treasury kicks off the implementation phase of the National Action Plan

14th February 2017 – No Comments

Some first steps have been taken on two commitments in the National Action Plan. Commitment 1.1 Whistleblower protection: “Australia will ensure appropriate protections are in place for people who report corruption, fraud, tax evasion or avoidance, and misconduct within the corporate…

Ken Coghill on Paris: Open Government strikes back

17th January 2017 – No Comments

Dr Ken Coghill a member of this Network and the Interim Working Group established by Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet attended the OGP Paris Summit in December. Ken writes: Threats to open government posed by political populism was a…


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