Australia’s second Open Government National Action Plan has kept TIA exceptionally busy for the past month. TIA CEO Serena Lillywhite has participated in several meetings of the Open Government Forum to develop the National Action Plan commitments for years 2018-2020. Read Serena’s thoughts on the process below:
The concept of open government is one of enormous potential. At its heart it respects the right of citizens to engage directly and scrutinise the behaviour of government and the institutions of state.
Progress has been made on a number of the priorities in the first National Action Plan. Many of the first National Action Plan commitments are on track, others delayed – namely whistle-blower protection, the EITI and Beneficial Ownership.
Over the course of the second National Action Plan we need to see high level government leadership, better support for the work of the civil society members in reaching out to their networks, and improvement in the depth and breadth of consultation and communication with a broad cross-section of civil society.
There are a number of areas of importance that are not included in the second plan. These include ongoing work on open contracting, access to and management of information, implementing the sustainable development goals, addressing business and human rights responsibilities, and establishing a national integrity commission. These ideas should become solid commitments that are ambitious, transformative and coherent in future plans. Stay informed here.