The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) is calling for stakeholder expressions of interest to join an Interim Working Group to help co-draft Australia’s National Action Plan for the Open Government Partnership (OGP). The Interim Working Group will build upon the civil society consultations conducted from December 2015 to April 2016. Proposed commitments submitted by stakeholders can be accessed here. The Interim Working Group will consider and prioritise commitments for possible inclusion in the draft National Action Plan which will be considered by the Government before its submission to the OGP by 1 November 2016. A draft Terms of Reference setting out the role of the Interim Working Group and arrangements for membership can be accessed here. The draft Terms of Reference will be considered by the Interim Working Group at its first meeting. This will be Australia’s first National Action Plan. It is intended to provide a foundation to further engage with civil society and identify new initiatives over time that will strengthen transparency, accountability and public participation in government. Process The Interim Working Group is expected to have up to 12 members. It will comprise equal representation of government officials and a range of civil society stakeholders. EOIs must outline relevant experience and expertise related to supporting transparency, accountability and open government. The Interim Working Group will be co-chaired by a senior government official and a civil society representative. Please indicate in your EOI if you are interested in co-chairing the Working Group. Candidates must be available over August-September 2016 and must be able to attend:
- a minimum of 3 tele/videoconference meetings; and
- a face-to-face workshop (date and location TBC).
Remuneration will not be provided. If required, government will work with civil society groups to help cover travel costs and associated expenses for the workshop. In assessing EOIs for members and co-chair, PM&C will consider:
- the breadth and diversity of representatives (across demographics, geographic regions, and access to a variety of sectors and industries);
- experience in open government, using open data and engaging with stakeholders and/or government; and
- for co-chairs, experience in chairing similar groups.
EOIs should be no more than one page in length and be submitted via email to email@example.com by 5pm on Wednesday, 24 August 2016.