Australian Open Government

Australian Open Government Partnership Civil Society Network


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…

Australian Update Webinar: #Open Gov Week

11th May 2018

The Australian OGP Update Webinar recorded this morning is now available on Facebook: Shreya Basu, OGP Support Unit, from Singapore, Daniel Stewart on his independent report on Australia’s progress with the first national action plan, Peter Timmins with an overview on where things stand at present, Damian Carmichael from Industry, Innovation and Science on Australia’s…

Get social: OpenGovWeek event in Sydney

7th May 2018

Mel Flanagan, a strong campaigner for open government, has arranged an open gov week social gathering next Friday 11 May, 5pm – 9pm, at the Dove and Olive Hotel  156 Devonshire St, Surry Hills in Sydney. The Network supports the event: From Mel: “We’d love you to join us ! Please spread the word with…

OGP:Aus update during Open Gov Week

7th May 2018

To celebrate global Open Gov Week 2018 and with tremendous help from Mel Flanagan and the team at Nook Studios, we are hosting a webinar on Friday 11 May with members of the open government community in Australia. You can join the conversation at our webinar. We’ll be discussing Australia’s Open Government Partnership commitment progress…

MEAA: “The balance needs to be tipped back to the public’s right to know”

3rd May 2018

The top 10 Press Freedom issues in a survey of journalists and the public by the MEAA and published on World Press Freedom Day-along with the annual report this year with a chilling title- Criminalising Journalism: From the MEAA “Press freedom in Australia has deteriorated over the past decade according to a survey of more…

Press Freedom Medal 2018 media release

3rd May 2018

  MEDIA RELEASE | 3 May 2018 Press Council awards 2018 Press Freedom Medals The Australian Press Council has awarded Press Freedom Medals to two outstanding individuals for their major contributions to furthering the causes of free speech and freedom of the press. Peter Greste One of Australia’s most respected and experienced foreign correspondents, a…

Independent review report: underwhelmed by first effort, need to do better next time

27th April 2018

The independent report on Australia’s progress in implementing its first OGP National Action Plan by Daniel Stewart of Australian national University is a wake-up call to government and civil society. The report’s key messages are we didn’t do much of a job in bringing the citizenry into a dialogue about open government reform; none of…

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