Open Government Partnership – Australia

January update from the coordination team

29th January 2016

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a safe and enjoyable holiday period. Our team took a short break to recoup and have now well and truly started 2016 by making significant headway on a number of priorities.

This week the Department engaged Amelia Loye from engage2 to assist us in designing and delivering the public and Civil Society engagement throughout Stage 2 (drafting and live events) and Stage 3 (Community Prioritisation and Workshop).  Amelia is currently looking at strategies to enhance our engagement processes and will regularly keep those of you interested updated via the blog and mailing list.

The blog comments and input gathered at the information sessions held late last year have helped inform the draft National Action Plan, and we have set up a live wiki so you can watch and get involved in its drafting. We will keep all stakeholders informed about the ongoing development of the Plan, and opportunities to get more involved.

One of our first tasks is to finalise details for the Stage 2 event at the end of February.  We will have more information on this very shortly.

We will continue to work ensuring key stakeholders across the Australian Government are involved, and they will be encouraged to participate alongside Civil Society in this process.

At this stage we would encourage individuals and organisations to connect with the Open Government Partnership working groups to contribute to peer exchange and learning across the partnership. Key areas include:

  • Fiscal Openness,
  • Legislative Openness,
  • Access to Information,
  • Open Data and
  • Openness in Natural Resources

More information is available at http://www.opengovpartnership.org/who-we-are/ogp-working-groups

If you have ideas you think we can implement please comment on our blog, send us an email to ogp@pmc.gov.au.  We’re looking for measureable actions that the Australian Government can deliver and report against.

You can also help us develop the action plan through our wiki at https://ogpau.wikispaces.com .

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