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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 drives implementation of Open Government National Action Plan.
  • Helps develop the next Open Government National Action.
  • Raises awareness about open government.


The current members, are appointed until the submission of the next Open Government National Action Plan, which are expected in mid-2020.

Civil Society

  • TBC, co-Chair
  • Dr Lyn Carson, Founding Director and Research Director, newDemocracy Foundation
  • Dr Ken Coghill, Adjunct Professor, Swinburne University
  • Mr Konrad de Kerloy, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Mr Mitch Hillier, Executive Director, Law Firms Australia
  • Mr James Horton, CEO, Datanomics
  • Ms Serena Lillywhite, CEO, Transparency International
  • Ms May Miller-Dawkins, Researcher and Advocate
  • Mr Mark Zirnsak, Senior Social Justice Advocate, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, Uniting Church in Australia

Find out more about the Civil Society Nominations Process for Australia’s second Open Government Forum.


  • Ms Stephanie Foster, Deputy Secretary, Governance, Prime Minister and Cabinet (Co-Chair)
  • Mr Peter Alexander, Chief Digital Officer, Digital Transformation Agency
  • Ms Sarah Chidgey, Deputy Secretary, Attorney-General’s Department
  • Ms Elizabeth Hampton, Deputy Commissioner, Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
  • Mr Jamie Fox, Group Manager, National Indigenous Australians Agency.
  • Ms Elizabeth Kelly, Deputy Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • Mr Scott Dilley, First Assistant Secretary, Department of Finance
  • Ms Elizabeth Tydd, CEO, NSW Information and Privacy Commission
  • Ms Christine Barron, Division Head, The Treasury

More information

The Forum generally meets every two months, in different capital cities, and conducts its other work electronically. For more information on the group, refer to the Terms of Reference.

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


Read the papers and minutes from previous meetings.

Australia's First Open Government Forum

Read more about Australia's first Open Government Forum which was established in July 2017, and ran until December 2018.