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Have your say on Australia’s first Open Government Multistakeholder Forum

Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan contains 15 ambitious commitments to help ensure government is transparent, accountable and engaging.

But these commitments don’t amount to much if we don’t do what we say. Part of the process of driving and monitoring their implementation is to establish our first Open Government Multistakeholder Forum: a group that will allow government and the community to work closely together to make sure we realise the promise of our commitments.

We’ll establish Australia’s first Multistakeholder Forum by the end of June 2017. It’ll make an important contribution to ensuring that Australia delivers on its Open Government commitments in a way that meets the community’s expectations. It’ll play an important role in ensuring that our next Open Government commitments are ambitious, relevant, and focussed. And it’ll help raise awareness about open government.

Three ways to have your say:

We’ve now started a discussion to decide how the Forum should be appointed, structured and run. There are three ways you can have your say:

  1. Participate in the Twitter Q&A on 4 May: If you’ve questions on the Open Government Partnership or the Multistakeholder Forum, you can also join Open Government Interim Working Group Co-Chairs Fiona Mcleod SC (President of the Law Council of Australia) and Dr Steven Kennedy PSM, (Deputy Secretary, Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet) for our live Twitter Q&A at 6-7pm AEST, Thursday 4 May. Submit questions on Twitter in the lead up, or during the hour, using #OGPchat.
  2. Respond to the Forum Proposal by 17 May: After nearly a year of operation, Australia’s Open Government Interim Working Group has developed a proposal on how the Forum might work. Respond to the questions in the proposal by leaving a comment on the OGP Australia website, or by joining the conversation on Twitter, using #OGPAU, by Wednesday 17 May.
  3. Attend the public workshop in Melbourne on 17 May: You can join the Open Government Interim Working Group in person to help settle the terms of reference for the Multistakeholder Forum. We’ll be holding a public workshop in Melbourne from 1-5pm, Wednesday 17 May. Spaces are limited. Register via Eventbrite by 12 May.

Together, we can set up a Forum that makes a genuine contribution to our plans to improve the quality of governance and services received by Australians.