news The Australian Government says it has restarted the process of joining the Open Government Partnership (OGP) – a global initiative that aims to get commitments from governments to increase transparency, empower citizens, reduce corruption, and use new technologies to strengthen governance.
In line with this commitment, a government statement says, a public consultation process commenced on 17 November to inform the drafting of the Australian Government’s National Action Plan as part of joining the partnership.
Although Australia had committed to join the OGP back in the spring of 2015, the government reconsidered and the plan was put under review.
“The government is considering its position on membership of the Open Government Partnership,’’ a spokesperson told The Australian at the time.
With the process under way once again, members of the Australian public are invited to contribute ideas and provide feedback on the framework for the Action Plan, which is due to be submitted to the OGP Steering Committee by July 2016.
The OGP was founded by the governments of Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States in 2011, and now includes 69 member states.
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