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Planning for the Open Government Partnership

This week I was pleased to have the opportunity to take part in a session to talk about Australia’s first National Action Plan under the Open Government Partnership.

Individuals and organisations who suggested an action in Stage 2 of the consultations on the Plan, run by the Department of Prime Minster and Cabinet, were invited to join agency staff at a co-creation workshop in Canberra on Monday 11th April. I had made two suggestions, on legislative reform to access to information laws and accelerated released of closed archives.

The workshop was designed to be part of the OGP ‘civil society’ consultations, looking at how commitments under the plan might achieve the overarching OGP goals of transparency, accountability and citizen participation. During this workshop participants heard from the Deputy Secretary of Innovation and Transformation, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, other members of the PM&C team and International Open Government Partnership Support Unit were also at the workshop to lend their support with this process. There were about 60 representatives of civil society present.

The main task of the day was to discuss all the suggested actions received to date so they could be grouped and prioritised. The results – a set of commitments – would be reviewed by government and decisions made on inclusion in Australia’s first National Action Plan. (more…)