Australian Open Government

Australian Open Government Partnership Civil Society Network


Access and influence-‘not the fair go Australians expect.’

8th October 2018

The Grattan Institute paper Who’s in the room? Access and influence in Australian politics“ is a detailed analysis of government policy making, that finds “Powerful groups have triumphed over the public interest in some recent debates, from pokies reform to pharmaceutical prices, to toll roads and superannuation governance. Stronger checks and balances on policy influence are…

Australia’s National Action Plan 2018-2020

22nd September 2018

The Plan was released yesterday and is available on the PMC website-you can download a PDF copy there. Chapters can be accessed through these links: Introduction Ministerial Foreword Civil Society Members of the Open Government Forum Forward Strengthen the national anti-corruption framework Enhance the transparency of political donations and funding Improve the sharing, use and…

Join international discussion for State of Open Government Report.

19th September 2018

The (international) Open Government Partnership invites participation in consultations for the State of Open Government Report, OGP’s first flagship report. These consultations are your chance to be heard about priority policy areas within OGP. Conversations will take place September 19, 20, 24 and 25.  Below is a schedule of topics to be discussed during the…

Chance to help shape Australia’s open government plans

18th September 2018

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is calling for nominations from those who have an interest in open government, transparency, public engagement, open data, innovation and anti-corruption to fill seven civil society positions on Australia’s next Open Government Forum (OGF) to cover the period 2018-2020. Full details here. The following selection criteria apply: demonstrated support…

Open Contracting- benefits outlined to Thodey Public Service Review

12th September 2018

Open Contracting Partnership Submission Australian Public Service Review 2018 Table of Contents Introduction1 Australian Government approaches to contracting2 What is Open Contracting?3 The business case for Open Contracting5 Open Contracting in practice5 Key elements of Open Contracting6 The Open Contracting Data Standard7 Open Contracting contributions to APS Review aims8 Further Information9 Introduction Government contracting is…

Australia’s reform plans-ambitious, fully inclusive, delivering reforms most needed?

19th July 2018

Paul Maassen Director for Civil Society Engagement OGP Support Unit, speaking on Civil Society Day  at the OGP Summit in Georgia raises questions highly relevant here as Australia’s second effort at a national action plan draws to a close. On the basis of what we’ve seen so far, most observers would answer No. No. No.…

Network members point to shortcomings in draft national action plan

3rd July 2018

In a submission by members of the network on the draft second national action plan, they highlight: Limited public engagement-an ongoing problem since Australia’s open government journey commenced in November 2015. The absence of visible public ministerial leadership, support and advocacy for the open government cause is a significant factor contributing to the low level…

Ministerial engagement vital to development of ambitious open government reforms

3rd June 2018

The Network Steering Committee is concerned about the absence of ministerial engagement with the OGP  process, and wrote to  the minister responsible for co-ordination Senator Cormann, Minister for Finance and Special Minister of State on 16 May. Apart from an acknowledgement we are yet to receive a response. Dear Minister, We write on behalf of…

Senate Estimates-questions and some answers about the OGP

24th May 2018

An extract from the Finance and Public Administration Committee hearing on Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet  22 May is reproduced below Senator Stoker  (LNP Qld) new on the scene as replacement for Senator Brandis shows welcome interest in the OGP. Senator McAllister (Labor NSW) raised questions about OGP in a previous Estimates round and…

OGP Civil Society Steering Committee: NZer in with a chance

16th May 2018

 The current (global) OGP Civil Society Steering Committee selection process to fill vacancies is in the final stages. A public webinar with shortlisted candidates is scheduled for Wednesday 16 May at 3pm CET / 9am EST-12 midnight Australian Eastern Standard time This is an opportunity to hear from the candidates directly about their motivation and…

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