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Open Government Forum

UPDATE - 15 October 2018 - 27 nominations for civil society members on the next Open Government Forum have been received! Please head here to find out more information about the nomination process including key selection criteria and next steps. 


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, Former 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

  • Mr Jonathon Hunyor, Chief Executive Officer, Public Interest Advocacy 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:

  • Mr Barry Sterland, Deputy Secretary, 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 Williamson, Division Head, The Treasury

  • Ms Elizabeth Kelly, Deputy Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

  • Dr Stein Helgeby, Deputy Secretary, Department of Finance

  • Ms Christine Johnston, Chief Information Governance Officer, National Archives of Australia

  • Ms Angelene Falk, A/g 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.
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.