Open Government Partnership – Australia

Have your say on Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan

31st October 2016

UPDATE 11/11/2016: Thank you to everyone who has made a public submission so far on Australia's first Open Government National Action Plan. Public submissions close in one week on 18 November 2016. Submissions have been posted online here. UPDATE 8/11/2016: Following stakeholder feedback, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is extending the deadline for public submissions on Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan to 5pm AEDT on Friday 18 November 2016. The Government will consider changes in response to public comments before submitting the Plan to the Open Government Partnership before the end of 2016. We look forward to hearing your views.


The Australian Government has released a draft of Australia’s first ever Open Government National Action Plan for public consultation. This is the final round of consultation in a year-long process to develop the National Action Plan. The draft Plan can be accessed/downloaded here:

A fact sheet on consultation and the Plan can be accessed/downloaded here:

The draft Plan sets out an ambitious agenda for the next two years, focused on:

  • transparency and accountability in business
  • open data and digital transformation
  • access to government information
  • integrity in the public sector
  • public participation and engagement

The creation of a National Action Plan is part of the commitment the Australian Government made when it became a member of the Open Government Partnership. Non-government stakeholders have been engaged in developing the draft Plan through a variety of consultation activities which started in November 2015. An Interim Working Group of senior public servants and non-government stakeholders was also established in August 2016 to inform the drafting of the Plan and the commitments. The Open Government Partnership sets deadlines for submitting National Action Plans. The Government will consider public comments and potential changes to the Plan, before submitting it to the Open Government Partnership before the end of 2016. How to provide feedback Public submissions close at 5pm AEDT on 18 November 2016, and can be made by emailing ogp@pmc.gov.au or by sending a hard copy to: Public Data Branch, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, PO Box 6500, Canberra, ACT, 2600. Please indicate when you lodge your submission if you do not wish for it to be published online. Submissions can be accessed/downloaded here: Public Consultation page The focus of this round of consultation is on the details of the proposed commitments in the Plan (e.g. Are there potential implementation issues? Is the level of ambition appropriate?) Consultation was undertaken earlier in 2016 to seek ideas on potential commitments for the Plan. Public information sessions are also being hosted jointly by government and civil society representatives at selected locations around the country. Please RSVP 24 hours before by emailing ogp@pmc.gov.au. Melbourne Date:       Thursday 3 November 2016 Time:       11am - 12pm Location: St Michael's Uniting Church, 120 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Brisbane (in conjunction with a panel discussion on Extracting strategic advantage from public data sources) Date:       Thursday 3 November 2016 Time:       5:30pm - 7:30pm Location: Griffith University, QCA Lecture Theatre and Gallery (S05), Room 2.04, South Bank QLD 4101 This is a free event with registration essential.                                                                LIVE STREAM: www.ustream.tv/channel/UMFy6MV6PhJ  Sydney Date:       Friday 4 November 2016 Time:       11am - 12pm Location: Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Perth Date:       Friday 4 November 2016 Time:       11.30am - 12.30pm Location: Bell's Functions, Upper Level Pier 3, Barrack Street Jetty Perth WA 6000 Canberra Date:       Monday 7 November 2016 Time:       11am - 12pm Location: National Archives of Australia, Menzies Room, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600 Webinar Date:       Tuesday 8 November 2016 Time:       2:30pm Register here (https://zoom.us/meeting/register/afbe4e99d7da045a66858a512be5123a)

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