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Civil Society Nominations Now Open for Australia's Second Open Government Forum

Nominations are now being sought from individuals to fill seven civil society positions on Australia’s next Open Government Forum (OGF) to cover the period 2018-2020.

The OGF is a multi-stakeholder Forum composed of representatives from both government and civil society who work to promote the Open Government Partnership’s goals of transparency, accountability and public engagement with the Government across Australia.

The OGF is responsible for promoting these goals through the development and oversight of initiatives to help open up governments and make them more transparent and accountable to the citizens they serve. Further information on Australia’s National Action Plans, which contain these initiatives, can be found at the Open Government – Australia website.

We are seeking nominations from members of the public who have an interest in open government, transparency, public engagement, open data, innovation and anti-corruption to fill positions on Australia’s OGF.

As an OGF member, you will work collectively with other civil society and government Forum members to:

  • monitor the progress and implementation of Australia’s Second National Action Plan; 

  • help develop the next Open Government National Action Plan (2020-22); and

  • raise awareness with the public about open government.

The OGF Terms of Reference are available here.

Selection Criteria

Civil society members will be appointed to the Forum on the basis of the following selection criteria:

  • demonstrated support of OGP’s Mission and Strategy and the Open Government Declaration;

  • expertise relevant to the Open Government Partnership, including existing or probable future Australian Open Government commitments;

  • demonstrated ability to engage broad and diverse community networks;

  • previous experience working with and influencing government; and

  • the desirability of maintaining some continuity between successive Forums, balanced with the desirability of reaching new communities and reflecting emerging open government priorities.

The Forum should be made up of members that broadly reflect the diversity of the Australian community. In particular and consistent with the Australian Government’s target, the Forum’s membership should consist of at least 40 per cent women and 40 per cent men.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Young Australians and Residents from non-metropolitan regions throughout Australia are particularly encouraged to apply.

Previous experience working on Open Government matters as well as working collaboratively with advisory bodies to help influence and shape government decision making would be highly valued.

Successful nominees are expected to be an active and engaged member of the Forum for a minimum of two years. They will also be required to attend OGF meetings on at least a quarterly basis, including travelling interstate where required (travel costs will be covered by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet). 


Nominations have now closed following a four week nomination process from 17 September to 12 October 2018. In total, 27 nominations were received and have been published below. 

Nominations will now be assessed by a selection panel comprising the Co-Chairs of the Open Government Forum (Mr Barry Sterland, Deputy Secretary, the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Ms Fiona McLeod SC, Chair of the Accountability Round Table and Former President of the Law Council of Australia) and an additional eminent person as agreed by the Co-Chairs, who will make recommendations to Government on the appointment of Forum members.

It is expected that the Forum will be established in mid-November 2018.



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