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National Integrity Commission-where does the government stand?

26th November 2018

Throughout the consultations on the OGP since December 2015, those participating have put a national integrity commission high on the list of open government reforms.The government in adopting commitments in the first and second plan committed to “consider and assess all options for strengthening the national anti-corruption framework’ but nothing concrete or specific. Independent MP…

Wrap up: Asia Pacific Regional Conference Seoul

7th November 2018

From (international) OGP Support Unit Seoul, South Korea – November 6, 2018 For the past two days, over one thousand reformers in government and civil society from more than fifty countries met in Seoul for the 2018 Open Government Partnership (OGP) Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting.  During the meeting they shared experiences and best practices, to ensure…

Low key Australian presence at OGP Asia Pacific Regional Meeting

5th November 2018

Over 600 (Correction 1000) delegates are attending the OGP Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting that opened in Seoul today but only five are from Australia- two public servants and three others. It’s disappointing that no minister and no-one from Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the co-ordinating agency responsible for OGP matters, is there.  The Australian government…

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…

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