Australian Open Government

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Invitation to meet Independent Reviewer

11th August 2017

The rules of the OGP require the preparation and publication of an independent review report that assesses the development and implementation of the OGP national action plan and progress in fulfilling open government principles. The appointed independent Research Monitor for Australia, Daniel Stewart of Australian National University, is now in the process of preparing a mid term assessment. Daniel is interested in hearing from…

Federal government agencies failing to recognise value of public engagement

24th July 2017

The Department of Industry Innovation and Science the lead agency on Commitment 5.2 has published a Working draft on the first phase of its implementation of the commitment titled ‘How might the APS better use public participation to improve policy development and service delivery?’ The draft report, a work in progress, asserts that Commonwealth agencies lag…

Senate Committee probes on OGP action plan

24th July 2017

 The Senate Select Committee on a National Integrity Commission hearing on 5 July on the adequacy of the Australian government’s framework for addressing corruption and misconduct (Commitment 4.2 in Australia’s OGP National Action Plan) included the following Q&A about the Open Government Partnership: ABLETT, Ms Maia, Acting Assistant Secretary, Legal Policy Branch, Department of the…

Australia’s commitment to open government reform

11th July 2017

 Published on the AUSPUBLAW Blog today Australia’s commitment to open government reform 11/07/2017 / AUSPUBLAW / 0 COMMENTS BY PETER TIMMINS The voters aren’t happy. While there is no single antidote for this winter of discontent, the way government governs is a contributing factor. The government tells us that belief in democracy is a shared Australian value and as part…

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…

Commitment to establish a Multi Stakeholder Forum

9th June 2017

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet  has announced details of the establishment of the Open Government Forum and called for civil society nominations by 22 June. (Commitment 5.1 in Australia’s National Action Plan.) The Selection Panel to consider nominations and make recommendations to government on appointment will consist of the Co-Chairs of the Interim…

The case for mandatory disclosure by ASX listed extractives companies

31st May 2017

 Jessie Cato, Publish What You Pay – Australia This post was previously published on the Devpolicy Blog and Extractafact. Tracking Australian mining, oil and gas companies around the world is challenging. Australia has one of the largest global footprints of extractives companies operating abroad. Research by Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Australia and ESG research house CAER in September…

The Quest for Open Transparent Government

3rd May 2017

This article is published in the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance 2017 Press Freedom Report The Chilling Effect     Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Andrew Meares, courtesy Fairfax Photos A year ago the first Turnbull government report card on access to government information was a mixture of hope and disappointment. The year since saw more…

Open Government Multistakeholder Forum: Have your say

24th April 2017

From Co- Chairs Interim Working Group “Open government is the idea – simple and transformative – that governments should be transparent, accountable, and engaging. Government decision-making should be open to scrutiny, because governments work better when that happens. And because better decisions are made when everyone can contribute, governments should invite and facilitate citizen participation,…

PM&C Interim Working Group March meeting

10th April 2017

PM&C Interim Working Group Minutes of the meeting on 28 March. Key points: The Department’s Strategic Coordination Unit had assumed responsibility for coordinating implementation of Australia’s Open Government National Action Plan. (Contacts are Will Story and Alan Wu reporting to Deputy Secretary Steven Kennedy) IWG Terms of Reference extended to cover responsibility for providing oversight…

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