Australia’s Open Government Partnership
The Open Government Partnership aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
Membership requires governments to work with civil society to co-create a National Action Plan every two years, with independent reporting on progress.
Under Australia's First Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18, the Attorney-General's Department is responsible for delivering:
- Combating corporate crime: Australia will strengthen its ability to prevent, detect and respond to corporate crime, particularly bribery of foreign public officials, money laundering, and terrorism financing.
- Information management and access laws for the 21st century: We will ensure our information access laws are modern and appropriate for the digital information age.
- National Integrity Framework: We will collaborate with the corporate sector, non-government organisations and the public to strengthen our national anti-corruption and integrity framework.
Work is currently underway with a broad range of stakeholders to meet each of these commitments.
For more information including Interim Working Group meeting outcomes and progress on Australia's commitments, visit the Open Government Partnership – Australia page on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.
In accordance with Commitment 1.4 of the Open Government National Action Plan, the Australian Government is exploring possible reform options to improve the effectiveness of the foreign bribery offence in section 70.2 of the Criminal Code Act 1995. A public consultation on Proposed amendments to the foreign bribery offence in the Criminal Code Act 1995 opened on 4 April 2017 and submissions closed on 1 May 2017.
The government is considering options to facilitate a more effective and efficient response to corporate crime by encouraging greater self-reporting by companies, including through the potential establishment of a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) scheme. A public consultation on Proposed model for a DPA scheme in Australia opened on 31 March 2017 and submissions closed on 1 May 2017.
The government is also conducting consultations on the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 statutory review implementation.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) Enforcement Review is currently underway. The Treasury Taskforce is responsible for assessing the suitability of the existing regulatory tools available to ASIC to perform its functions adequately. For more information, visit the ASIC Enforcement Review page on the Treasury website.
Information management and access laws for the 21st century
Under Commitment 3.1 of the OGP National Action Plan, the government has committed to exploring options to develop a simpler and more coherent framework for managing and accessing government information. The consultation process will assist in developing a framework that better reflects the digital era, including the Freedom of Information Act 1982, Archives Act 1983 and, where relevant, Privacy Act 1988 (with primary focus on the Archives Act and FOI Act), supported by efficient and effective practices and policies.
For more information, visit our Commitment 3.1 - Information management and access laws for the 21st century page.
National Integrity Framework
The government has delivered on Commitment 4.2 under the National Action Plan to establish an annual Government Business Roundtable on Anti-Corruption. The inaugural roundtable meeting was held in Sydney on 31 March 2017. The government is continuing work on the other milestones under this commitment, including a review of the jurisdiction and capabilities of the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity and the Fraud and Anti-Corruption Centre within the Australian Federal Police in 2018.