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Open Government Forum

The Open Government Forum is a group comprised of members from government and civil society that:

  • monitors and drive implementation of Open Government National Action Plan,

  • helps develop the next Open Government National Action, and

  • raises awareness about open government.

The current members, appointed until the submission of the next Open Government National Action Plan, expected in mid-2018, are:

Civil society members:

  • Ms Fiona McLeod SC, President, Law Council of Australia (Co-Chair)

  • Mr James Christian PSM, CEO, NSW Aboriginal Land Council

  • The Hon. Dr Ken Coghill, Deputy Chair and Treasurer, Accountability Round Table

  • Mr James Horton, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Datanomics Pty Ltd

  • Ms Emily Howie, Director of Legal Advocacy, Human Rights Law Centre

  • Ms Serena Lillywhite, Chief Executive Officer, Transparency International Australia

  • Ms Katherine Szuminska, Co-Founder and Director, OpenAustralia Foundation

  • Mr Mark Zirnsak, Director, Social Justice Unit, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, Uniting Church in Australia

Government members:

  • Dr David Gruen, Deputy Secretary, Prime Minister and Cabinet (Co-Chair)

  • Mr Peter Alexander, Chief Digital Officer, Digital Transformation Agency

  • Mr Iain Anderson, Deputy Secretary, Attorney-General’s Department

  • Ms Diane Brown, Deputy Secretary, The Treasury

  • Mr David Hazlehurst, Deputy Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

  • Dr Stein Helgeby, Deputy Secretary, Department of Finance

  • Ms Anne Lyons, Assistant Director-General, National Archives of Australia

  • Mr Timothy Pilgrim PSM, Australian Information Commissioner and Australian Privacy Commissioner

The NSW Information Commissioner, Ms Elizabeth Tydd will also be a non-voting jurisdictional member, reflecting the Commonwealth’s desire to build stronger relationships with the states on open government matters.

The way the Forum is appointed, structured and run was settled after public consultations held in April and May 2017. The Forum was established in July 2017, in accordance with commitment 5.1 of Australia's first Open Government National Action Plan. More information about the way the Forum works is available here.
The Forum generally meets every two months, in different capital cities, and conducts its other work electronically.
Papers and minutes from meetings of the Open Government Forum are available:

28 July 2017



19 October 2017

Agenda  Minutes

You can contact the Open Government Forum by sending an email to OGP@pmc.gov.au. The Open Government Forum invites inputs and representation from any civil society or other stakeholder, including questions regarding the National Action Plan process.