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Phase 2b - Deliberation and Drafting

These draft concepts have emerged from earlier responses to the online engagement space and a series of public workshops held in February 2020.  Draft concepts are not the opinion of the Australian Government. 

As part of the next phase of development for Australia’s Third Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, public comment is invited on these draft concepts for two weeks from Monday 13 July 2020. Please click on the categories below to reveal the draft concepts and provide your comments.

At the conclusion of the public comment period, working groups comprised of Open Government Forum members and other government, civil society and citizen experts will convene to shape draft concepts into draft commitments for consideration as part of the draft Third National Action Plan.

Future opportunities for public review and input into the draft Third National Action Plan will be made available on this website in September 2020.

Public participation and public sector capability building

The Open Government Forum notes the high level of interest from people who responded to the survey and attended public workshops for the need to improve the relationship between government, citizens, and civil society. In particular, to improve the ability of citizens to meaningfully participate in shaping policies and programs that affect them (please see Create Report). 

The Open Government Forum notes the high level of interest in the survey responses and public workshops on improving the relationship between government, citizens and civil society (see Create report). As such the Forum has an interest in developing commitments that focus on enhancing participation between government and citizens as well as strengthening civil space.

Governance reforms

Ministerial offices play a unique role within our democracy. Further transparency around the executive, legislative and political components of these roles may enhance the effective operation of government.

Engagement in future health crises

The Open Government Forum notes the high level of interest in the survey responses and public workshops on improving the relationship between government, citizens and civil society (see Create report). As such the Forum has an interest in developing commitments that focus on enhancing transparency between government and citizens as well as strengthening civic space.

Integrity

Establish an advisory body to provide advice and evidence on the public sector whistleblower scheme. The body would provide a more direct means of providing feedback to government on the ongoing performance and implementation of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013, including whether it achieves its aims and where additional support is needed.

The Open Government Forum notes the high level of interest in the survey responses and public workshops on improving the relationship between government, citizens and civil society (see Create report). As such the Forum has an interest in developing commitments that focus on enhancing transparency between government and citizens.

Through engagement with the public and the Open Government Forum, we believe there is value in exploring aspects of the extractive industries transparency commitment in Australia’s First National Action Plan.

These aspects could include disclosure of information on how revenues from extractive industries make their way through the government, and how they benefit the public.

Through engagement with the public and the Open Government Forum, we put forward for consideration whether the beneficial ownership transparency commitment in Australia’s First National Action Plan should be included in the Third National Action Plan.

Democratic innovation

This concept promotes a government-wide commitment to: