Encouraging participation in Australia’s first OGP National Action Plan

It’s been a huge 12 months for engage2 working with Australia’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), and the New Zealand Government to further their open government efforts and respective commitments to the Open Government Partnership (OGP). We’ve really enjoyed the process, engaging people across both countries to raise awareness about open government, and working with those interested to shape actions to further its practice in Australia and New Zealand.

Our work on the Australian National Action Plan wrapped up in April, just before caretaker mode and the election kicked in. It was a great honour and wonderful experience to work with stakeholders throughout this first stage of engagement. Since then, Prime Minister and Cabinet have formed an interim working group to work with stakeholders to draft actions and commitments for the draft National Action Plan that will go on display for public consultation soon.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the stakeholders involved, particularly those who have continued to support the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and others involved across government.

My team and I learnt a lot on this project working with Prime Minister and Cabinet and engaging those interested across Australia to co-create suggested actions. We used a variety of online and offline methods to raise awareness, find stakeholders, get people engaged and work with those interested to shape actions. I am pleased to now share our engagement report summarising the way we engaged people and organisations across Australia, the outputs of the process, our lessons learned and recommendations to PM&C. Soon we will also release a second report detailing the same types of reflections on our process in New Zealand.

Working with both governments and those interested in open government across both countries has been hugely rewarding. It’s such important work, inside and outside of Government. The similarities and differences between the stakeholders, their interests, how stakeholders organise in each country’s communities of interest, and the way they liked to engage has also been interesting. We’ll share more on that, and the engagement report from New Zealand in our next blog.

In the meantime I hope you’ll find this report summarising the Australian process we managed useful and interesting.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences with Open Government Partnership too! Please do comment below and connect with me on LinkedIn here and here, and on Twitter @emotivate so we can continue the conversation.

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