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Chance to help shape Australia’s open government plans

18th September 2018 – Uncategorised

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…

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Open Contracting- benefits outlined to Thodey Public Service Review

12th September 2018 – Uncategorised

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…

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Morrison government and the OGP

7th September 2018 – News

Uncertainty continues about the impact of the changes on many issues including OGP and related matters. The OGP was a Turnbull initiative after much prevarication by PM Abbott about continuing with it. There is nothing on the public record that suggests PM Morrison has taken an interest in the past. In fact, it’s hard to…

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Government working on improved information access- behind closed doors?

13th August 2018 – News

The Government gives itself a series of ticks for implementation of Commitment 3.1 in Australia’s Open Government Partnership National Action Plan. 2016-2018 and asserts implementation is “On track.” But 21 months after the Government included a commitment in the plan headed “Information management and access laws for the 21st century,” and described thus: “This commitment…

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Network Chair:”Minister listened, now more aware of OGP opportunities”

3rd August 2018 – News

Adjunct Professor The Hon Dr Ken Coghill, Chair of the Network Steering Committee has provided this comment. “Further to the published list of issues raised with Minister Cormann yesterday: We acknowledged the support provided to the Open Government Forum by senior officials.   However, we argued that the purposes of OGP membership could be well…

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Network raises concerns and suggests remedies in meeting with Minister Cormann

2nd August 2018 – Information, News

At a meeting in Melbourne today with the minister responsible for OGP co-ordination, Special Minister of State and Minister for Finance Senator Cormann, a delegation led by Network Steering Committee Chair Dr Ken Coghill called for action to publicly demonstrate that the government is serious about open government reform. Action along these lines could include A…

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

19th July 2018 – Uncategorised

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.…

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OGP Global Summit, Georgia

19th July 2018 – News

The Fifth OGP Global Summit is underway in Tbilisi Georgia. The Australian Government is represented by Ms Lee Steel, Assistant Secretary, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Damian Carmichael, Department Industry Innovation and Science Other Australians attending are Fiona McLeod SC, Civic Society Co-Chair of the Open Government Forum and Chair Accountability Roundtable, Mel…

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Australia’s second national action plan: moving to final stages

19th July 2018 – News

The consultation on the draft plan concluded on 8 July. The Open Government Forum met in Canberra on 12 July. The next and final step in this process is government decision making, culminating in Cabinet consideration of the plan before it is submitted and released publicly next month. Thank you to those who attended the…

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Network members point to shortcomings in draft national action plan

3rd July 2018 – Uncategorised

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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