Australian Open Government

Australian Open Government Partnership Civil Society Network

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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Working Groups

Join a thematic working group in your area of interest. Help create ambitious commitments for Australia's first Open Government Partnership National Action Plan.

Access to Information

Access to information (ATI) is a fundamental human right that has the power to improve governance and lives by assisting public administration to become more transparent, accountable, and efficient and increasing citizen confidence and participation. Increasing transparency and access to information is at the core of the Open Government Partnership values and principles and crucial in addressing the most pressing social needs, solving public problems and improving the effectiveness of government institutions.

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Anti Corruption

is part of Increasing Public Integrity—measures that address corruption and public ethics, access to information, campaign finance reform, and media and civil society freedom

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Civic Participation

Commitments on civic participation include formal public participation as well issues that more broadly affect people's ability to participate.

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Public Resources

More Effectively Managing Public Resources is one of the OGP grand challenges and includes measures that address budgets, procurement, natural resources and foreign assistance.

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Public Services

Improving Public Services—measures that address the full spectrum of citizen services (including health, education, criminal justice, water, electricity, telecommunications and any other relevant service areas) by fostering public service improvement or private sector innovation.

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Latest updates

Australian Civil Society Organisations: invitation to assess OGP performance

11th October 2016 – No Comments

The Open Government Partnership, now 70 strong, has commissioned an independent organization to conduct an evaluation of its performance to date. This evaluation will reflect on the OGP experience of the past five years, help to understand its successes and…

New Zealand publishes Second National Action Plan

21st October 2016 – No Comments

From  State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes “This National Action Plan builds on our first plan and takes into account the feedback we received from civil society and the OGP independent review mechanism. It represents a real step forward for transparency…

Australia’s OGP Plan now scheduled for completion by end of 2016.

18th October 2016 – No Comments

 Deputy Secretary of Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), Dr Steven Kennedy has written to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Support Unit advising that Australia will submit its national action plan before the end of 2016. A previously published timeline indicated…

Sustainable Development Goals:”Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms..”

11th October 2016 – No Comments

From Toby Mendel, chair of the Steering Committee for FOI Advocates Network, a consortium of activists to which I and others in Australia belong: “As many of you know, the (Sustainable Development Goals) SDGs have been adopted and SDG Target…


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