Australia to join Open Government Partnership

Organisation promotes use of technology to promote openness

The federal government has announced Australia will join the Open Government Partnership.

The OGP promotes government transparency and citizens' participation, as well as the use of online and mobile technologies to promote accountability.

The organisation was launched in September 2011 and currently counts more than 50 states as members.

Joining the organisation involves developing an 'Action Plan' that indicates efforts made to promote openness and commitments to future initiatives.

Australia's plan will "address one of the Open Government Partnership challenges of improving public services, increasing public integrity, effectively managing public resources, creating safer communities and increasing corporate accountability." Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus said.

Dreyfus cited past efforts by the government to increase transparency as including the establishment of data.gov.au, a website that houses publically accessible datasets produced by government agencies, the adoption of Gov 2.0 principles, and reforms to Freedom of Information laws.

The Action Plan is supposed to cover a 24-month period.

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