The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has written to the Open Government Partnership to confirm the final steps in preparing Australia’s first National Action Plan. The timeframe for developing the Plan has been extended to allow adequate time for consultation within government and with the Australian public. The timeframe also reflects the additional time and effort that has been put into developing the Plan through the Interim Working Group of senior public servants and civil society stakeholders. Public consultation on the draft National Action Plan is expected to be undertaken in late October and early November over a period of two weeks. The Government will consider public comments before submitting the Plan to the Open Government Partnership before the end of 2016. Stay tuned to the blog for details about the consultation process, or sign up to the mailing list for updates!