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5.1 - Delivery of Australia’s Open Government National Action Plan

Overall status:

This commitment establishes an Open Government multistakeholder forum, as required in the OGP Participation and Co-Creation Standards, to:

  • monitor and drive implementation of Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan

  • help develop the next Open Government National Action Plan, and

  • raise awareness about open government.

Current status

This commitment has now been completed:

A 15-week process to establish a Forum, administered by a small team based at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, commenced on 17 April, 2017.

A phase of public engagement included:

  • publication, on 1 May, of a proposal by the Interim Working Group on how the Multistakeholder Forum might work. Four submissions were received, responding to 10 targeted questions posed in the proposal;
  • a Twitter Q&A with the Interim Working Group Co-Chairs on 4 May, which resulted in nearly 500 engagements (retweets and likes) and nearly 21,000 impressions; and
  • a public workshop in Melbourne on 17 May, attended by 29 participants. About 200 viewers viewed the opening and closing of the workshop, which was livestreamed.

The Interim Working Group met on 18 May and considered the results of the consultations. It made recommendations to Government about how Australia’s first multistakeholder forum, which it proposed should be called the Open Government Forum, should be appointed, structured and run. Government adopted these recommendations.

Nominations to the Forum were open from 8-22 June, 2017. 25 nominations for 8 vacant civil society positions were received. All were published online.

A selection panel, comprising Co-Chairs of Australia’s Open Government Interim Working Group (Dr Steven Kennedy and Fiona McLeod) and the Hon Murray Kellam AO, assessed nominations against published selection criteria. The panel made recommendations to Government on the appointment of members.

On 21 July 2017, the Government appointed individuals to Australia’s first Open Government Forum.

The first meeting of the Open Government Forum, which also served as a handover from the Open Government Interim Working Group, was held in Canberra on Friday 28 July, 2017. At this meeting, the Open Government Forum also ratified its terms of reference. The Forum met six more times (approximately once every two months) throughout the implementation period of Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18. As part of each meeting, the Forum monitored implementation of Australia’s Open Government commitments. They also approved and oversaw the process to develop second Open Government National Action Plan 2018-20.

Other stakeholders

Government: Department of the Treasury, Department of Innovation, Industry and Science, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Attorney-General’s Department, Digital Transformation Agency, NSW Information and Privacy Commission, Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, Department of Finance, National Archives Australia, Department of the Environment and Energy.

Non-Government: Civil society members of the Interim Working Group and Open Government Forum.

Steps to implementation

Implementation Step Implementation Period Status

Establish the OGP multi stakeholder forum by partnering with civil society to determine its structure, role, governance and membership, including reporting and accountability mechanisms for this National Action Plan.

Dec 2016-Mar 2017 Completed but delayed

Operation of the multi-stakeholder forum, with (at a minimum) the following responsibilities:

  • inform the co-creation of future National Action Plans;

  • track and report on implementation of National Action Plan commitments;

  • facilitate broader community engagement and conduct awareness activities that foster informed participation, including face-to-face meetings and events; and document decisions and publish reports.

2017-Jul 2018 Completed

Review the National Action Plan and update milestones and commitments (as necessary) to provide further clarity and ambition for plan.

Dec 2016-Jul 2018 Completed

Status updates for commitments are provided approximately every two months. With each update, agencies are encouraged to provide further and better particulars of the commitment and its steps to implementation, which may result in changes to timelines outlined in Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18.

Last updated: 20/09/2018

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