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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Open Government Partnership activity off and running

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
 If you haven't so far, look at the published material, subscribe to the OGP Au mailing list for updates and news or follow the OGP Au RSS feed

The department is interested in feedback by 11 December on the vision and framework  (Stage 1 Blog post) and on the draft Background material. Tweet to #ogpau.

Information sessions are scheduled in the week of 14-18 December in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.The Canberra session will be broadcast live for online participation and video recordings of sessions will made available online where possible in the week following.

The information sessions are for citizens and organisations interested in understanding and potentially contributing to the process of creating Australia’s first 2-year OGP National Action Plan.

The sessions will provide a background on the Open Government Partnership, what Australia must do to fulfil its membership requirements, and how the community can work with the Australian Government to develop the National Action Plan collaboratively, including how the 6 month consultation will work.

There will be an opportunity for questions about Australia's OGP membership process and how individuals  and organisations can work constructively with the Australian Government throughout the consultation.
Details are:

Brisbane: 14 December from 4:00pm – 5:15pm (local time) - immediately prior to an Open Data Institute Queensland event, hence the timing and shortened session.
Sydney: 15 December from 5:00 – 6:30pm (local time)

Canberra: 16 December from 5:00 – 6:30pm (local time) LIVE STREAMED
To participate online register as a remote participant.

Melbourne: 17 December from 5:00 – 6:30pm (local time)

For more government information about OGP see the OGPau website 

Non government-civil society 
As the name indicates the Open Government Partnership is a partnership, a partnership between government and the citizenry to jointly explore how to make government better through initiatives to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
The experience of other countries well down the OGP path highlights the important role in support of non-government participation of a mechanism independent of government for those who wish to contribute to the development of the national action plan. All the more so as there is no formal mechanism such as a stakeholder forum or advisory committee in government plans so far.

So individuals and organisations that advocated Australia join the partnership are in the process of establishing an Australian Open Government Partnership Network along the lines of the UK model.  

The network would collaborate with and challenge government to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms through membership of the OGP.

Dr David Solomon, former Queensland Integrity Commissioner has agreed to take the Chair on an interim basis. I'm acting as convener of the group and we are hopeful of a first opportunity to talk through some of the issues in Sydney on 10 or 11 December.

Organisations that have to date expressed interest in being part of the network include  Transparency International Australia, Accountability Roundtable, Electronic Frontiers Australia, Open Australia Foundation, Open Knowledge Foundation, Tax Justice Network, Civil Society Australia, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, and Internet Australia. I'm waiting to hear back from others.

Individuals will be invited to join once we have the nucleus of a network in place.

Those interested not on my radar so far please email me or call 0413256777.

Good luck to us all.

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