Open government

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Government in the sunshine
Transparency in government


Report

Corruption perceptions index 2021

The index offers an annual snapshot of the relative degree of corruption by ranking countries and territories from all over the globe. Two years into the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) reveals that corruption levels have stagnated worldwide.
Briefing paper

Shining light on political finance for the next federal election

Recently-released data from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) for the 2019/20 financial year reveals that a large amount of political parties’ declared income over the period is of unexplained origin. In order to enhance accountability and transparency and promote public trust in the lead-up to...
Policy report

Private actors and crisis: scrutinising the National COVID-19 Commission Advisory Board

This policy brief provides an overview of the National COVID-19 Commission Advisory Board (NCC), as well as specific problems entailed by its appointment process, composition, lack of transparency and lack of legislative underpinning.
Strategy

Algorithm charter for Aotearoa New Zealand

This Charter is a commitment by government agencies to carefully manage how algorithms will be used to strike the right balance between privacy and transparency, prevent unintended bias and reflect the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Report

Australia's third Open Government national action plan: Create Phase report

This report details the process and outcomes of the 'Create Phase' of the development of Australia’s third Open Government action plan. In particular, it contains the ‘Blended Concepts’ developed during the Create Phase of the development of the plan.
Report

Corruption perceptions index 2019

The index offers an annual snapshot of the relative degree of corruption by ranking countries and territories from all over the globe. In 2012, Transparency International revised the methodology used to construct the index to allow for comparison of scores from one year to the...
Report

Implementation of the Digital Continuity 2020 policy

The objective of this audit was to examine the extent to which Australian Government entities have implemented the Digital Continuity 2020 policy, and how effectively the National Archives of Australia is monitoring, assisting, and encouraging entities to meet the specified targets of the policy.
Policy report

Algorithm charter

The Minister of Statistics has launched a draft Algorithm charter that commits government agencies to improving transparency and accountability in their use of algorithms over the next five years. This is a response to the recommendations from the Algorithm assessment report in 2018.
Report

Disclosure of myki travel information

This report on the investigation into the release of myki data demonstrates that deficiencies in data governance and risk management can undermine the protection of privacy, even where the project is well-intentioned.
Report

Implementation of ANAO and parliamentary committee recommendations

The objective of the audit was to examine whether selected entities implemented agreed ANAO performance audit, the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, and other parliamentary committee recommendations.
Discussion paper

Reforming local government in South Australia: discussion paper

This discussion paper proposes reforms to local government legislation. Some of the key reforms proposed include a new conduct management framework for council members, an expanded role for council audit committees, and improvements to regulation to reduce councils’ costs.
Guide

A guide to the right engagement

This guide is designed to assist the Australian Public Service (APS) in choosing the right engagement for the problem at hand. It is made up of two components: the Diagnostic and Catalogue.
Survey

Polling – federal ICAC

This survey asked a nationally representative sample of 1,536 Australians about levels of trust in Federal Parliament and their attitudes towards a federal integrity commission. Four in five Australians support a commission and 76% agree it should have the ability to hold public hearings.
Guide

Compendium of good practices on anti-corruption for OGP action plans

This guide is a curated list of internationally accepted policies and practical approaches to tackling corruption. It provides examples that are useful not only in developing OGP commitments but also during their implementation. It is written for government officials and national civil society organisations developing...
Draft report

End of term self-assessment report for Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18

While there are still a small number of commitments delayed in this first National Action Plan, Australia has taken great strides to improve transparency, accountability and public engagement over the course of this action plan cycle, with the majority of the plan’s commitments either on...
Audio interview

Australia needs a powerful integrity commission: Transparency International Australia chair

The new chair of Transparency International Australia, Fiona McLeod SC, says staggering numbers of Australians report witnessing public officials engaging in corruption, and having unexplained income.
Report

Who’s in the room? Access and influence in Australian politics

Powerful and well-resourced business groups, unions and not-for-profits are influencing policy in Australia to serve their interests, sometimes at the expense of the public interest. Stronger checks and balances on policy influence are needed, to make Australian politics cleaner and fairer.
Strategy

Australia's second Open Government national action plan 2018-20

This document, the second such plan devised for the nation, outlines the Australian government's aspirations for enhancing access to information, civic participation and public accountability in the digital age.
Draft report

Open Government Partnership New Zealand: draft national action plan 2018-2020

The Open Government Action Plan aims to transform the relationship between government and all the people it serves. The state sector reforms that have been proposed are aimed at making exciting and meaningful change to the way government works for citizens and engages with citizens.
Briefing paper

Budget transparency: the Open Budget Survey 2017

This briefing paper explains the Open Budget Index (OBI) in more detail and discusses the state of budget transparency, participation and oversight in Australia, regionally and globally.