Australia is a country with some of the highest standards of integrity in government, and we’re taking effective action against the risk of corruption.
We have many ways to prevent, detect, investigate and address claims or perceived corruption across the different parts of our government. This includes internal processes, laws, and appropriate powers to investigate wrongdoing. We are always looking at ways to improve the way this system works.
One of the most important ways Australians can hold the government to account is through our elections, and the discussions we have around them. Participating in elections should be easy and efficient – but we also need to know who is seeking to influence our political processes.
Some ideas about what government could do include:
- making sure our current integrity processes work together efficiently and are well understood
- providing information to the community around the forms and sources of foreign influence in our political and governmental processes
- increasing confidence in the electoral system
- Senate Select Committee on a National Integrity Commission: September 2017
- Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters: Inquiry into and Report on All Aspects of the Conduct of the 2016 Federal Election and Matters Related thereto:
- Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority
- Statement of Ministerial Standards, Statement of Standards for Ministerial Staff and the Lobbying Code of Conduct
- The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Recommended Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures and Recommended Benchmarks for Codes of Conduct applying to Members of Parliament
- Is this theme relevant both to Australia’s situation and the Open Government Partnership?
- Are the ideas effective, relevant, and ambitious?
- Are there other ideas related to this theme that government should consider?
To participate, you’ll need to register for an account. You’ll then be able to respond to the questions under each of the proposed themes, leave a general comment or respond to those of other participants, and vote on comments.
We expect your comments to be respectful and relevant. As comments are moderated, they won’t appear until they’ve been approved. Comments will close 30 March.
If you wish to make a longer submission, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll publish all submissions we receive.
The outputs from this and the face-to-face consultations will be made available to the Open Government Forum. At its meeting in April, the Forum will be asked to assess those ideas with substantial support, and make recommendations to government on prospective themes and commitments. When government releases its draft National Action Plan for public comments in June, it will also provide a response to ideas.