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Wrap up: Asia Pacific Regional Conference Seoul

7th November 2018 – Uncategorised

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…

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Low key Australian presence at OGP Asia Pacific Regional Meeting

5th November 2018 – Uncategorised

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…

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Australian Open Government Forum

1st November 2018 – News

Twenty seven nominees are listed on the PMC website, a good response to the call for nominations for the Forum. Pleasing too that new voices that have not been heard in the open government discussions to date have stepped forward, keen to take things further from here. Current Forum members  also on the Network Steering…

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

8th October 2018 – News, Points of View, Uncategorised

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…

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Australia’s National Action Plan 2018-2020

22nd September 2018 – Uncategorised

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…

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Join international discussion for State of Open Government Report.

19th September 2018 – Uncategorised

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…

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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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