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End of Term Self-Assessment Report for the National Action Plan 2016-18

Australia's End of Term Self-Assessment Report on its first National Action Plan 2016-18 now submitted!

All Open Government Partnership countries are required to produce yearly Self-Assessment Reports in consultation with civil society. These reports ensure accountability and track progress towards actioning its Open Government commitments.

Australia’s first End of Term Self-Assessment Report reflects on the progress made in the two years of National Action Plan 2016-18 toward implementing our first Open Government commitments. Overall, while there are still a small number of commitments delayed in this first National Action Plan, Australia has taken great strides to improve transparency, accountability and public engagement over the course of this National Action Plan cycle, with the majority of the Plan’s commitments either on track or now completed. Australia’s first National Action Plan has been successful in setting up Australia for ongoing engagement with the Open Government Partnership and the National Action Plan 2018-20.

The draft Report was open for a two-week public consultation period, running from Monday 3 December to Monday 17 December 2018, with all feedback received published below.

On 6 March 2019, the final Report was submitted. The final Report is published below with a summary of all feedback received during the consultation.


M Peters

While this national plan has taken on board the input of civil society, this is not happening at the local and state level. Precincts of Waverton/North Sydney, Crows Nest, Greenwich/LaneCove, have vocally expressed explicit concerns and and a protest rally (of 800) relating to the increase of absurdly high buildings to increase the density of this area and St Leonards, in NSW. Citizens were even gagged at the North Sydney Council a few months back relating to the plans for the Crows Nest/St. Leonards area and the Northern Beaches Tunnel (another fiasco yet to happen: emissions, more traffic -- where is public transport based on Smart Cities?)
Previous Council plans for the area have been overridden and while the NSW Transport and NSW Planning Departments have somewhat held open house exhibits of their plans, it is sheer window dressing (public areas for recreation have included school yards!). The original plan regarding the new Metro at Crows Nest was to ensure that buildings were only a maximum of three storeys, Now the plan is to have 27 plus a hotel. Other buildings, particularly in the Falcon Street/Alexandra Street (Crows Next) triangle, are planned for 50 to 70 storeys. There should be absolutely NO density in this area. Australia is a sufficiently large country to spread migration to the towns that are crying out for more people. Companies should be incentivized to decentralize to other towns refugees and migrants can be given a fair go at new jobs, while revitalizing townships (e.g., Goulburn, Tamworth, etc. or towns along the Sydney/Canberra line (election time is coming and since the mid-1990s, the idea of the fast train line from Canberra to Sydney has emerged, yet again..... and then it will be shelved until the next electon).
Neither do I approve of countries self-regulating/assessing themselves in terms of the OGP. It only ends up to be wiindow dressing. Countries should be obligated to comply with its national and citizen objectives based on its Plan.

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