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Australia’s Open Government Partnership

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

The OGP agenda extends to a variety of issues. These include:

  • digital transformation
  • the use of artificial intelligence
  • promoting disclosure of interests and conflicts
  • freedom of information
  • public ethics
  • anti-corruption
  • service delivery
  • budgetary efficiency
  • public safety
  • corporate accountability.

As an OGP member, Australia is required to produce a national action plan that sets out commitments that the government will deliver within a 2- or 4-year timeframe.

Australia has been a member of the OGP since 2015 and has released 2 National Action Plans so far.

The Australian Government is now re-engaging with civil society to develop a new Third National Action Plan (NAP3), which will seek to capture an ambitious plan for open government, transparency and accountability.

Contribute to open government in Australia

Nominations open for civil society membership of Australia’s Open Government Forum

We are seeking nominations from individuals to fill up to 9 civil society positions on the Forum, including the position of civil society Co-Chair.

Civil society members of the Forum work with government members to create and implement open government reforms.

  • Help promote transparent, participatory, inclusive and accountable governance
  • Monitor and drive implementation of Australia’s third Open Government Partnership National Action Plan
  • Raise awareness about open government.

For more information, visit the Open Government Partnership Australia website.

Nominations close 20 December 2022.

About the Open Government Forum

The Forum will help develop, monitor and drive implementation of a robust and ambitious National Action Plan, and raise awareness about open government.

Forum membership will have equal representation from government and civil society, and will establish a space for ongoing dialogue and collaboration between government, civil society and other non-governmental stakeholders, consistent with the Open Government Partnership Participation and Co-Creation Standards.

The Forum will be co-chaired by a member from the government and a civil society member.

Selection criteria

Civil society members will be appointed to the Forum as individuals, on the basis of the following selection criteria:

  • their demonstrated support of OGP’s vision and the Open Government Declaration
  • their expertise relevant to the OGP, including existing or potential Australian Open Government commitments
  • their ability to engage broad and diverse community networks
  • their previous experience working with and influencing government
  • the desirability of reflecting emerging open government priorities, including integrity, transparency and accountability in government.

The Forum will seek to broadly reflect the diversity of the Australian community and represent a wide range of interests, including from the business sector and regional Australia.

How to apply

To apply for a position as a Forum member, email a one-page expression of interest outlining your motivations for joining and addressing the selection criteria above, to OpenGovernment@ag.gov.au by close of business 20 December 2022.

Please also indicate if you would like to be considered for the role of civil society Co-Chair.

Note: all valid nominations, including names and expressions of interest – but excluding contact information – will be published on Australia’s OGP website.

Civil society members will be appointed by the Attorney-General, taking into account the advice of both the Government Co-Chair and the current interim civil society Co-Chair.

It is anticipated that the Forum will be established in early 2023, and hold its first meeting shortly after, to begin developing a new and ambitious NAP3.

Contact details

Attorney-General's Department
3­­–5 National Circuit BARTON ACT 2600
OpenGovernment@ag.gov.au