The Open Government Partnership (OGP) requires broad consultation for the development of member countries’ National Action Plans (NAP). This provides the public, civil society, and the private sector with the opportunity to participate in the process, and suggest commitments for governments to undertake.
As described in the consultation process timeline below, the Government will use the prioritised public-suggested commitments to guide the development of a draft NAP. Contributions for the NAP will be considered in the context of what will improve public services and improve management of public resources, as well as what will benefit the public, provide opportunities for business and support innovation in Australia.
We look forward to your contributions to the consultation and public discussions. We encourage you to contribute throughout the process and, as this is a public consultation process, we prefer all contributions to be made publicly for transparency and peer review.
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) is the lead Commonwealth agency for developing the Australian Government’s NAP and will coordinate the consultation and resulting program of work. PM&C will work with other agencies across the Australian Public Service and other jurisdictions within Australia to develop the NAP, including public consultation, to support this work. We are keen to have representation and ideas from all parts of society, including civil society, industry, academia, cultural sectors, and from different areas of government in Australia.
Thank you in advance for your contributions, and in helping to shape Australia’s first submission to the OGP.
- 1 Structure of the National Action Plan
- 2 Stages for contributing to the National Action Plan
Structure of the National Action Plan
The OGP advises that a country’s NAP should consist of 5-15 recommendations, draw on at least one of the five ‘grand challenges’ defined by the OGP, and address defined National Action Plan Principles.
Open Government Partnership ‘Grand Challenges’
NAPs are developed drawing on at least one of the five ‘grand challenges’ defined by the OGP. At this stage, it is envisioned that the first Australian Government’s NAP will focus on the two OGP grand challenges of:
- Improving Public Services – measures that address the full spectrum of citizen services including health, education, criminal justice, water, electricity, telecommunications, and any other relevant service areas by fostering public service improvement or private sector innovation; and
- More Effectively Managing Public Resources – measures that address budgets, procurement, natural resources, and foreign assistance.
National Action Plan Principles
Each of the commitments made under an NAP must address at least one of the following principles laid out by the OGP, so please consider these when making your contributions.
- Transparency: Publication of government-held information; proactive or reactive releases of information; mechanisms to strengthen the right to and open access to information.
- Accountability: The rules, regulations and mechanisms in place that call upon government actors to justify their actions, act upon criticisms or requirements made of them, and accept responsibility for failure to perform with respect to laws or commitments. Ideally these should include the public.
- Participation: Mobilisation of citizens on government policies or programs to provide input or feedback and make contributions that lead to more responsive, innovative and effective governance.
- Technology and Innovation: Providing citizens with open access to and capability with technology for greater innovation. To be relevant to OGP, these initiatives must advance government transparency, accountability and/or public participation.
Stages for contributing to the National Action Plan
There are key stages we need to meet to ensure consultations are completed by the end of the June 2016 deadline. The scheduled timing for your input takes into account the Christmas period.
Stage 1 – Preparation, Framework and History
17 November 2015 – 11 December 2015
A very short preparatory stage to get your feedback on a vision, skeleton framework for the Australian NAP Draft and get feedback on the background/history of open government in Australia. We also encourage you to explore the OGP website including some of the actions plans from other governments. This is Australia’s first action plan. You can contribute to this stage by:
- Adding feedback on the vision and framework to the Stage 1 Blog post comments.
- Adding feedback to the draft Background page comments.
- Tweeting your thoughts to #ogpau.
- Please keep specific ideas, actions and contributions to stage 2 as we need to get the framework right first.
Stage 2 – Drafting and Live Event
14 December 2015 – 28 February 2016
Starting to flesh out the NAP skeleton document with ideas about possible commitments, success criteria, roles and responsibilities, mechanisms to monitor and track progress, and creating a cohesive open government approach for Australia. This feedback will be collated and will feed into a draft NAP.
- A wiki will be set up according to the feedback from stage 1 for you to contribute draft commitments and other content during this phase and to comment on other commitments proposed.
- A live streamed event will be held in Canberra in February 2016 to air ideas, discuss and peer review approaches, and collate a body of input to the consultation. Please subscribe to the OGP Au mailing list to indicate your interest in attending. All attendees will have the opportunity to present their idea to the group for discussion. Details about the where and when this forum will take place will be published on this website closer to the date.
- You can add comments to the Stage 2 Blog post once it is published.
- Tweet your thoughts to #ogpau.
Stage 3 – Community Prioritisation and Workshop
1 March 2016 – 11 May 2016
In this stage we encourage you to vote for and comment on specific commitments to help identify community priorities. A workshop will be run in April to peer review ideas and co-design implementation options and ways to measure progress for community priorities.
- All Actions will go into a voting system for you to prioritise what you consider is important and should be included in the final report. Link to be provided during the stage.
- A live streamed workshop will be run in Canberra in April 2016 to consider the actions proposed and how to best measure the progress of actions. Please subscribe to the OGP Au mailing list to indicate your interest in attending. Details about the where and when this forum will take place will be published on this website closer to the date.
- You can add comments to the Stage 3 Blog post once it is published.
- Tweet your thoughts to #ogpau.
Stage 4 – Consideration
May 12 2016 – June 2016
The Government will need time to consider the NAP contributions and decide what is possible and practical to endorse. This follows the same basic methodology as the Gov 2.0 Taskforce Report consultation from 2009.
Launch of the final Australian Government’s NAP with Government providing feedback on all ideas contributed to the consultation.
Ongoing monitoring and reporting of implementation will be conducted by OGP and status updates will be publicly reported by PM&C.