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Completed but delayed

5.2 - Enhancing public participation in government decision making


5.2 - Enhancing public participation in government decision making

This commitment focusses on improving participation and engagement to enhance policy and service delivery outcomes.

It has a broad range of impacts, and specifically advances OGP values of:

  • Civic participation: by allowing further access to information to ensure meaningful input from interested members of the public into decisions; citizens’ right to have their voices heard; and opening up decision making to more interested members of the public.
  • Technology and innovation for openness and accountability: by promoting new technologies that offer opportunities for information sharing, public participation and collaboration; and making more information public in ways that enable people to both understand what their governments do and to influence decisions.

Steps to implementation

Implementation Step Period Status

Discover phase
Undertake and publicly release a stocktake of current approaches to public participation to determine best practice activities (including international and domestic examples, user experience research, methodologies to encourage adoption, and relevant standards, such as IAP2 values).

Jan 2017-Aug 2017 Completed but delayed

Create phase
Work with government agencies, the public and organisations outside of government to develop and implement a whole-of-government framework (with guidance / principles and potential public participation initiatives) for improving public participation and engagement across the Commonwealth.

Sep 2017-Dec 2017 Completed

Deliver phase
Undertake pilot public participation initiatives, including working with the BRII challengers to more effectively use digital channels for engagement.

Review processes and iterate as necessary.

Mid 2018 Completed but delayed

Status updates for commitments are provided approximately every two months. With each update, agencies are encouraged to provide further and better particulars of the commitment and its steps to implementation, which may result in changes to timelines outlined in Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18.

Updated date: 10 July 2020