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Consultation and submissions on second national action plan

11th April 2018

The face to face consultations on ideas for the second national action plan concluded on 23 March and  submissions have closed I’ve commented that the consultation meetings were a disappointment-putting it mildly. Attendances at all five gatherings were low.The presentation and facilitation (at the Sydney meeting at least) was uninspiring. Part of what was discussed…

Independent assessment report-scope to do much better next time

11th April 2018

 The independent Progress Report on development and implementation of Australia’s first OGP national action plan is published today and available for public comment for two weeks. PMC highlights this conclusion: ‘The Australian government made substantial progress in completing several commitments in areas such as combatting corporate crime and steps to improve the discoverability of government…

OGP Global Summit: Call for proposals

7th March 2018

From Paul Maassen Director, Civil Society Engagement Open Government Partnership Support Unit Registration and the call for proposals have opened for the 5th OGP Global Summit to be hosted by The Prime Minister of Georgia, Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili in Tbilisi, Georgia, on July 17-19, 2018.   Representatives from more than 70 countries are expected to…

Senate Estimates questions about the OGP.

5th March 2018

In Senate Estimates  last week Senator McAllister (Labor NSW) asked questions of officers from Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet about the Open Government Partnership. The relevant extract from the transcript is reproduced below. Nothing particularly new to those following this closely emerged. One line of questioning by Senator McAllister was her interest in whether…

Australia trending down in Corruption Perceptions score

22nd February 2018

Media release: Transparency International Australia Australia, 22 February 2018 – The Corruption Perceptions Index released today by Transparency International shows that Australia has fallen again in the CPI score. Despite attempts to combat corruption around the world, the majority of countries are moving too slowly in their efforts – including Australia, who has continued to…

OGP looking for regional Asia Pacific support officer

16th February 2018

From Paul Maassen, Director, Civil Society Engagement Open Government Partnership Support Unit “We are looking for a resourceful individual with strong experience and understanding of the governance field to serve as a Asia-Pacific Senior Program Officer at the OGP Support Unit. The candidate should have knowledge of the inner workings of government – including the…

New leadership to take Australia forward on open government journey

21st July 2017

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet this afternoon announced the membership of the Open Government Forum (Commitment 5.1).    Congratulations and best wishes to the new group as they lead on the open government journey.   Civil Society members are: Ms Fiona McLeod SC, President, Law Council of Australia (Co-Chair) (continuing, having been a member of…

New civil society members of international OGP Steering Committee

16th June 2017

The two new civil society members to join the international Steering Committee are Giorgi Kldiashvili Director of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), an NGO based in Georgia, and  Tur-Od Lkhagvajav who holds several leading civil society positions in Mongolia. Congratulations to both, and thanks to Ken Coghill, current Chairman of the…

Open Government vs Productivity Commission on Data Availability and Use

15th June 2017

Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan (2016-18) is a series of reforms that include some ambitious commitments, that set the stage for potentially transformative outcomes for citizens. These include “transforming our information access laws, policies and practices are modern and appropriate for the digital information age”, “building public trust around data sharing and release”,…

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