How might we (government and civil society) make government more transparent?
Australia has always ranked highly in transparency and openness indicators, consistently ranking in the top tier of countries in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index and the Edelman Trust Barometer. As part of OGP National Action Plans, we have delivered a range of initiatives to help reinforce this position and to ensure that data and information are made as open and transparent as possible. For example:
• In NAP1, we made it easier for citizens to access government data through improvements to the functionality and useability of data.gov.au, the Australian government repository of open data;
• In NAP2, The Australian Government improved public access to open data about government contracts by creating an application processing interface (API) compliant with the international best practice Open Contracting Data Standard.
There are always more areas that we can improve in, and access to information and transparency around decision making processes was a recurring theme that came through in the discovery phase.
We are now seeking your views on what type of commitments could be included in Australia’s third National Action Plan 2020-22.
We are looking for specific ideas, and encourage you to consider the following when submitting your ideas:
• What is the idea (is it a policy, a new service or new technology or something else)?
• What problem does the idea solve and/or what opportunity does it seize?
• What are the benefits of this idea (for example – does it help government be more accountable, transparent and accessible to the public)?
• Who will deliver it, and how might the broader public be involved in this idea?
If you need some prompters, pleae refer to the design questions that are being used to help genreate ideas. Post your ideas below!
• Challenge opens – 10 Feb 2020 and closes on 1 March 2020.
• Ideas will then be considered by the Open Government Forum (offline), who will develop a shortlist of Draft Concepts for further public comment (March 2020).
• Draft Concepts will be further refined by Working Groups (offline) during April 2020 and turned into Draft Commitments.
• Draft commitments will be presented here for final feedback and challenge closes (May 2020).