Open Government Partnership – Australia

Sep 30, 2016 | ODIHQ

The Australian Government’s first Open Government National Action Plan is now in place!

Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan was submitted to the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Paris in December 2016.

A full copy of the Plan is available here.

The creation of a National Action Plan is part of the commitment the Australian Government made when it became a member of the Open Government Partnership.

About the Open Government Partnership

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative and was launched in September 2011 by the United States President, Barack Obama, and the Brazilian President, Dilma Roussef.

The OGP was founded by eight countries – Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. The eight founding OGP countries have been joined by a further 61 countries bringing the total to 69 participating countries.

The OGP aims to secure commitments from governments to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to make government more open, effective, and accountable. The OGP also fosters new ways for citizens and governments to working together to solve common problems. In the spirit of multi-stakeholder collaboration, the OGP is overseen by a steering committee of governments and civil society organisations.

OGP member countries endorse Open Government Declarations and publish national OGP action plans with specific open government reform commitments.

The OGP agenda is broad and extends to disclosure of interests, public ethics, anti-corruption, service delivery, budgetary efficiency, public safety and corporate accountability. Further details are available on the OGP website,

Meet the interim working group 

An interim working group was established to draft Australia’s National Action Plan.  The six representatives of Civil Society and six representatives of Government are:

  • Ms Fiona McLeod SC (co-chair), President-elect of the Law Council of Australia
  • The Hon. Dr Ken Coghill, Associate Professor at Monash University, former Member of Parliament in Victoria, and Deputy Chair and Treasurer of the Accountability Round Table.
  • Mr Mark Zirnsak, Director of the Social Justice Unit of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, Uniting Church in Australia.
  • Ms Maree Adshead, CEO of the Open Data Institute Queensland
  • Mr Peter Timmins, Interim Convener of the OGP Civil Society Network
  • Ms Katherine Szuminska, Co-Founder and Director of the OpenAustralia Foundation
  • Dr Steven Kennedy (co-chair): Deputy Secretary, Innovation & Transformation, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
  • Dr Stein Helgeby: Deputy Secretary, Governance & APS Transformation, Department of Finance.
  • Mr Iain Anderson: Deputy Secretary, Civil Justice and Corporate Group, Attorney-General’s Department.
  • Ms Meghan Quinn: Division Head, Financial System Division, The Treasury
  • Mr Timothy Pilgrim: Australian Privacy Commissioner and Acting Australian Information Commissioner.
  • Ms Anne Lyons: Assistant Director-General, Government Information Assurance & Policy, National Archives of Australia.
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