Lead implementing agency/actor
Information and Privacy Commission NSW, with support from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
What is the public problem that the commitment will address?
Under Australia’s federal system of government, responsibilities are shared between different levels of government. To date, participation in the Open Government Partnership has occurred primarily at the federal government level. There is significant work underway at the state and territory level that contributes to the development of a culture of government openness, enhanced levels of transparency and greater public accountability. This National Action Plan provides an opportunity to better leverage and enhance participation in the Open Government Partnership process by state and territory governments.
What is the commitment?
This commitment will better provide for subnational participation in the Open Government Partnership process. We will achieve this by:
- establishing a framework and mechanisms to facilitate communication between state and territory governments and Australian Government officials responsible for Australia’s Open Government commitments to support collaboration and learning on open government matters, and highlight the opportunity for formal subnational cooperation and membership in the Open Government Partnership, and
- to demonstrate the benefits of enhanced collaboration on open government matters: engaging with state and territory Information Commissioners to seek agreement to conduct surveys to measure citizens’ awareness of the right to access government information, and their experiences and outcomes in exercising that right.
How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?
We will promote fuller participation in the Open Government Partnership by Australian states and territories, and, in particular, enhance understandings of how the right to information access is experienced by Australians.
Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?
This commitment will advance the OGP values of access to information, civic participation and public accountability by:
- facilitating greater participation in the Open Government Partnership process, which will, in turn, promote all OGP values
- better measuring the value citizens place on the right to access government information, and their awareness of, and their experiences and outcomes in exercising that right.
Milestone Activity with a verifiable deliverable
|Start Date:||End Date:|
Establish a framework and mechanisms to engage state and territory governments to raise awareness of the Open Government Partnership, support collaboration and learning on open government matters, and highlight the opportunity for formal cooperation and subnational membership.
|Q3 2018||Q4 2018|
Engage with state and territory Information Commissioners to:
Information and Privacy Commission NSW: Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org
Other actors involved
State actors: State and Territory Information Commissioners / Ombudsmen and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.
CSOs, private sector, multilaterals, working groups: Accountability Round Table, Australian Open Government Partnership Civil Society Network.
Is this draft commitment specific, relevant, and ambitious?
To participate, you’ll need to register for an account. You’ll then be able to respond to the questions under each of the proposed themes, leave a general comment or respond to those of other participants, and vote on comments.
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If you wish to make a longer submission, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll publish all submissions we receive.
The outputs from this and the face-to-face consultations will be made available to the Open Government Forum. At its meeting in July, the Forum will be asked to consider feedback and make final recommendations to government on the form of Australia's second Open Government National Action Plan 2018-20.