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Join Australia's first Open Government Forum

Join Australia's first Open Government Forum

UPDATE - 13 July 2017: Open Government Forum civil society members have been appointed. The Open Government selection panel’s letter of recommendation to government and the ‘Open Statement on the Appointment of Civil Society Members of the Open Government Forum Australia’ is available here

Nominations are now being sought from individuals to fill up to eight civil society positions on Australia's first Open Government Forum.

The Open Government Forum will:

Further information about how the Open Government Forum will be structured, appointed and run is available from the attachment below.

Civil society members will be appointed to the Forum on the basis of the following selection criteria:

  • their demonstrated support of OGP’s vision and the Open Government Declaration
  • their expertise relevant to the Open Government Partnership, including existing or probable future Australian Open Government commitments
  • their ability to engage broad and diverse community networks
  • their previous experience working with and influencing government
  • the desirability of maintaining some continuity between successive Forums, balanced with the desirability of reaching new communities and reflecting emerging open government priorities

The Forum will seek to broadly reflect the diversity of the Australian community. In particular, consistent with the Australian Government’s target, women and men should hold at least 40 per cent of positions on the Forum. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and young people, are particularly encouraged to apply. 


To nominate, please email a one page expression of interest outlining your motivations for joining and addressing the selection criteria above, to by close of business Thursday 22 June, 2017.

Please note that all valid nominations, including names and expressions of interest - but excluding contact information - will be published on this website.

Nominations will then be assessed by a selection panel comprising Co-Chairs of the Open Government Forum (Dr Steven Kennedy PSM, Deputy Secretary of the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Fiona McLeod SC, President of the Law Council of Australia) and the Hon Murray Kellam AO, who will make recommendations to government on the appointment of Forum members.

It is expected that the Forum will be established by the end of June 2017.