Applications open: working group to draft open government plan

Wanted: six government officials and six civil society types to steer the last leg of Australia’s entry to the Open Government Partnership.

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is calling for stakeholder expressions of interest to join an Interim Working Group to help co-draft Australia’s first National Action Plan to the OGP multilateral initiative with nearly 70 member countries worldwide.

The OGP aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

While Australia has flirted with full OGP participation for the last three years, it was only late last year that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull formally opened the process. Information sessions were held in capital cities around the country and one workshop with civil society groups to get the ball rolling on proposals for Australia’s first draft National Action Plan. The double dissolution election temporarily halted progress, but PM&C is eager to not lose the momentum or the enthusiasm.

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