We are stoked that Australia has just become a signatory to the Open Government Partnership (OGP).
OGP is a voluntary multilateral initiative that is dedicated to promoting: transparency within government, empowering citizens to implement change for the betterment of society, and harnessing technology to improve and strengthen governance. In November 2015, the Australian Government committed to finalising their membership in the OGP. The membership was undertaken in an effort to launch a platform for the public, civil society, and private sector to participate in developing an Australian Government National Action Plan (NAP) for an open government.
The lead Commonwealth agency for developing the Australian Government NAP, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) will be coordinating and collaborating with other agencies across the Australian Public Service to develop the NAP. They will be working together to hold these public forums for consultation and discussions.
Between the 14-18 December, a series of OGP information sessions will be held in: Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra.
If you are interested in learning more about the OGP and attending these sessions, you can register here. We’ll be at the Melbourne session.
For more information on the OGP, check out: http://www.opengovpartnership.org/