17 April 2020
Last week the Co-chairs of the Open Government Forum agreed that Australia would seek an extension from the Open Government Partnership Global Secretariat to submit NAP 3 later in the year, rather than by 31 August 2020, in line with the provisions set out in the Criteria and Standards Subcommittee – Coronavirus Resolution.
This is due to the necessary focus of all Government agencies, departments and employees to deliver the Government’s critical functions, services and needs to Australians, and to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
An extension will allow us to briefly pause the current process for an period of six to eight weeks - to hopefully see us through the peak of this crisis - and then re-focus on the NAP 3 cycle, without losing traction.
We thank you all for your contributions to date and will post advice on this website once the date to resume the process has been settled.
Australia is in the process of developing its third National Action Plan 2020-22 (NAP3). National Action Plans are jointly developed by Government and Civil Society to help make Governments more transparent, accountable and publicly engaged.
NAP3 is due by 31 August and will cover the period until August 2022. An overview of the process and the key reporting milestones is provided below. You can find further details of the NAP3 development methodology in the papers and minutes of recently held Forum meetings.
Phase 1a (Awareness Raising & Initieal Ideas) has been completed, and Phase 2a (Ideation Period) is almost completed. There will be further opportunities for you to get involved and have your say, so keep an eye on this space.
If you are interested in more ways to increase participation, transparency and accountability in Government – we encourage you to get involved!