Governments are under pressure to be more transparent. Citizens expect access to information on demand, and greater participation in policy and decision making. They also want to know how their personal information is being used and protected. Sven Bluemmel, Victorian Information Commissioner and Scott Miller, CEO of Volunteering Victoria discuss the need for greater trust and transparency, and how government can meet citizen expectations.
The panel also explore and exchange ideas about:
- Why senior executives should be leading their organisations to thrive on the feedback and insights of citizens
- What it takes for agencies to be really open, in a world of citizen empowerment
- The role of the Open Government National Action Plan in building a strong and collaborative relationship with stakeholders and citizens
- How people, processes and systems interact to develop capability and confidence, driving cultural change
- Which jurisdictions are making use of open government to build trust, engagement and social license for digital transformation?
Sven Bluemmel, Victorian Information Commissioner
Sven was appointed as the inaugural Victorian Information Commissioner in September 2017. Prior to his current role, Sven served as Western Australian Information Commissioner for eight years. During that time, he was also a member of the State Records Commission alongside the Auditor General, the Ombudsman and a records management expert appointed by the Governor.
Sonya Sherman, Director Industry Solutions, Objective Corporation
Sonya works with the public sector on digital transformation and information governance. She has held senior public policy roles in Australia and overseas, providing strategic advice on information management and security, open data and data-sharing. Sonya is a strong advocate for digital government, maximising the use of data and information for better policy outcomes and greater public value.
Scott Miller, CEO, Volunteering Victoria
Scott is an additional member of the International Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership and Chief Executive at Volunteering Victoria. Scott was previously on the OGP Expert Advisory Panel to the NZ Government and consults on deliberative democracy through his side project, Trust Democracy.
Peter Debus, Public Sector Director, The Mandarin
Peter joined The Mandarin in November 2018. He was most recently Director of Strategic Collaboration and Relationship Management at The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), where he dealt with senior public sector executives across all Australian governments. Before joining ANZSOG he was a publishing director at both Macmillan Publishers and Cambridge University Press.