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Evaluating Australia's national action plan for open government

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ANU College of Law

Phillipa Weeks Staff Library

5 Fellows Road

Acton, ACT 2601

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The Open Government Partnership (OGP) has 75 participating countries and 15 subnational governments committed to promoting transparency, empowering citizens, fighting corruption, and harnessing new technologies to strengthen governance. Australia finalised its membership of the OGP last year with the release of its first national action plan of 15 commitments relating to:

  • transparency and accountability in business
  • open data and the digital transformation of government services
  • access to government information
  • integrity in the public sector; and
  • public participation and engagement.

As part of its commitment to the OGP, Australia's development of its national action plan and implementation over its first year of operation is subject to an independent progress report. This report is intended to stimulate dialogue and promote accountability between member governments and citizens. The report attempts to bring together the views of government, civil society groups and members of the public.

This open seminar is an opportunity to learn more about the OGP process and to contribute your views on the development and implementation of Australia's first national action plan. By participating in the development of the independent progress report, you can help assess Australia's progress towards fulfilling its commitments as well as shape the future of open government in this country.


Daniel Stewart is the OGP Independent Reporting Mechanism reporter for Australia. He is a senior lecturer at the ANU School of Law, Australian National University, with expertise in a number of areas of public law and access to government information.

His publications include ‘Assessing Access to Information in Australia: The impact of freedom of information laws on the scrutiny and operation of the Commonwealth government’ in John Wanna, Evert Lindquist and Penelope Marshall (Eds) New Accountabilities, New Challenges, Australian New Zealand School of Government, ANU Press, Australian National University, 2015. He is also a consultant to HWL Ebsworth Solicitors.

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