The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative established in 2011 that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. Membership requires governments to work with civil society to ‘co-create’ a National Action Plan every two years, with independent reporting on progress. Civil society is a term used by the Partnership to broadly refer to people and organisations outside of government, including non government organisations, business, academia, community groups and the public.
This National Action Plan sets out the initial steps the government will take to achieve the aim of improving and building confidence in Australian institutions and democracy, and to uphold the principles in the Open Government Declaration, including to:
- promote transparency, fight corruption, empower citizens, and harness the power of new technologies to make government more effective and accountable;
- uphold the value of openness in our engagement with citizens to improve services, manage public resources, promote innovation, and create safer communities; and
- embrace principles of transparency and open government with a view toward achieving greater prosperity, well-being, and human dignity in our own country and in an increasingly interconnected world.
The Plan sets out an agenda for the next two years across a broad range of important areas:
- Transparency and accountability in business
- Open data and digital transformation
- Access to government information
- Integrity in the public sector
- Public participation and engagement
As our first National Action Plan, it provides a foundation to continue engaging with civil society to identify new initiatives and strengthen our efforts over time. There is also an opportunity going forward to work with state, territory and local governments to improve transparency and integrity at all levels of government.