In November 2015, the Australian Government confirmed its membership of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and commenced a year-long consultation process to develop our first National Action Plan.
The OGP is a voluntary, multi-lateral initiative established in 2011 by the heads of state of eight founding governments. It was created to secure commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness technologies to strengthen governance. There are now 70 countries – including Australia – participating in the OGP.
Membership of the OGP requires governments to work with civil society to transparently and publicly ‘co-create’ a National Action Plan every two years, with independent reporting on its progress.
On 31 October 2016, the Australian Government released a draft of Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan as the final round of consultation in a year-long process to develop the Plan. Public submissions closed on 18 November 2016. Public feedback and potential changes to the Plan are currently being considered by the Australian Government. The Government intends to finalise and submit the Plan to the OGP by the end of 2016.