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Toward finalising Australia's 3rd National Action Plan

Assist the Open Government Forum to refine draft concepts of the ‘Create Phase’ of development for Australia’s 3rd National Action Plan.

The Draft concepts will be available for public comment from Monday 13th to Friday 24th July.

These concepts will progress for consideration as draft commitments to include in the draft National Action Plan.


Submitted by Michael Kozlowski (not verified) on

Paragraph 2, line 1 of your notice...."faired"?...I think not :)

Submitted by Peter Timmins (not verified) on

There is a large unexplained gap between the Create Phase report and the draft concepts put out for comment. No idea how this selection process worked. Also no mention as far as I can see of unfinished business from Plans 1 and 2. If they are dead and buried, hate to put it this way but"Please explain."
A bit like Ground Hog Day also as issues that were raised in previous years are repeated in the next round of consultations.

Submitted by Peter Timmins (not verified) on

Having been involved in Australia's OGP journey from the outset-even before we took a step in fact-I wish us well as we think about what next and the development of the Third National Action Plan.

The process may have followed someone's text book on creative thinking but I expect many who have an interest found it difficult to engage and to fully understand who, what, when and how.
Or 'Why' or "Why Bother' in responding in the latest phase inviting comment on Deliberation and Drafting.

The 174 page 'create Phase' report was published four days before the publication of the draft concepts, with that process limited two weeks, hardly time for serious consideration even if inclined to give it a go.

Each of the draft concepts includes a voting score with a percentage for and against. As the public can't vote, whose votes are they?

If the Open Government Forum voted, was this limited to civil society members or did public service members vote too?

As the last published minutes of the Forum meeting are for November 2019, did the Forum (virtually presumably) meet at all since?

The draft concepts refer to the next phase of the process and the "establishment of working groups comprised of Open Government Forum members and other government, civil society and citizen experts will convene to shape draft concepts into draft commitments for consideration as part of the draft Third National Action Plan." Who chose or will choose members, noting that the government chose the CSO members of the Forum after a public invitation to nominate. The OGP Participation and Co-Creation Standards are that the "forum’s rules should allow non-governmental members to lead their own selection process."

Some other mysteries about the process include:

How did the 'raising awareness' phase go right back at the beginning? Despite widespread public concern about a whole range of governance issues my guess is a tiny tiny fraction of the public, even a tiny fraction of stakeholders, civil society organisations and interest groups were aware of this process. If they were aware, how many were sceptical about putting any energy into engaging in light of the mediocre progress on commitments in plans 1 and 2.

There is no mention anywhere about state and local government involvement. Has the government explored the level of interest among subnational governments of becoming members of the OGP?

Did anyone at the highest levels of government answer the question posed then to the rest of us-'What does open government mean to you?' Silence-or the poor record on openness and transparency- speaks volumes.

In the first plan adopted in 2016 the government acknowledged the connection between the OGP initiative and the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 16, and undertook to sign on to a resolution to this effect.

Why hasn't the government published on its website the IRM report for Plan 1 End of term 2016-2018? It is published on the OGP website (under Australia). As little or nothing was done to bring the draft report to attention it attracted only one comment. I know the IRM contacted the author to express appreciation for the 'prescient comments' which were critical of aspects of the report. Some of those comments are relevant to transparency, and Australian OGP processes and have not been addressed to date.

An Australian government that takes its membership of the OGP seriously-including participation in OGP international activities which has been miniscule to date- would be welcomed by all those concerned about the state of democracy here and elsewhere.

Best wishes.

How did the "raising Awareness' phase go?

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