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From: Jessica Coates <j2.coa...@qut.edu.au>
Date: Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 1:02 PM
Subject: [cc-community] FW: Declaration of Open Government
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 Those interested in open PSI might be interested that Australia’s
Government has just released an official Declaration of Open Government.

Not quite as strong on the open access issue as we would have liked, but
it’s still a good move.

*Jessica Coates*

Project Manager, ccAustralia

   Declaration of Open

via AGIMO Blog <http://agimo.govspace.gov.au> by Lindsay Tanner on 7/15/10

The central recommendation of the Government 2.0 Taskforce’s
that the Australian Government makes a declaration of open government.
As the Minister responsible for that Taskforce, I am proud to make that
Declaration today on behalf of the Australian Government.

Declaration of Open Government

The Australian Government now declares that, in order to promote greater
participation in Australia’s democracy, it is committed to open government
based on a culture of engagement, built on better access to and use of
government held information, and sustained by the innovative use of

Citizen collaboration in policy and service delivery design will enhance the
processes of government and improve the outcomes sought. Collaboration with
citizens is to be enabled and encouraged. Agencies are to reduce barriers to
online engagement, undertake social networking, crowd sourcing and online
collaboration projects and support online engagement by employees, in
accordance with the Australian Public Service Commission Guidelines.

The possibilities for open government depend on the innovative use of new
internet-based technologies. Agencies are to develop policies that support
employee-initiated, innovative Government 2.0-based proposals.

The Australian Government’s support for openness and transparency in
Government has three key principles:

   - *Informing*: strengthening citizen’s rights of access to information,
   establishing a pro-disclosure culture across Australian Government agencies
   including through online innovation, and making government information more
   accessible and usable;
   - *Engaging*: collaborating with citizens on policy and service delivery
   to enhance the processes of government and improve the outcomes sought; and
   - *Participating*: making government more consultative and participative.

*Supporting Initiatives*

The Australian Government’s commitment to action on each of these principles
is demonstrated by:

   - the passage of legislation reforming the Freedom of Information (FOI)
   Act and establishing the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner;
   - the Government’s announcement on 3 May 2010 of its response to the
   Government 2.0 Taskforce report, *Engage: Getting on with Government 2.0*;
   - Its response to the *Ahead of the Game: Blueprint for the Reform of
   Australian Government Administration* report, in which the Government
   agreed that creating more open government is a key reform for the Australian
   Public Service.

Effective collaboration between citizens and government requires timely
sharing of the information held by Government. The Government’s FOI Reforms
create the new statutory Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
and establish a comprehensive Information Publication Scheme that requires
agencies to publish a wide range of information.

The Australian Government has commenced the program of initiatives outlined
in its response to the Taskforce’s report in accordance with the agreed
implementation timetable.

The Department of Finance and Deregulation will report annually on
implementation progress of the recommendations of the Government 2.0
Taskforce to the Government through the Secretaries’ Information and
Communications Technology Governance Board.

The Gillard Government is committed to creating a culture of public sector
openness, transparency and engagement. This Declaration is a demonstration
of that commitment.

The Declaration underpins a range of Government initiatives already under
way. The establishment of the Office of the Australian Information
Commissioner and the Government’s broader freedom of information
reforms<http://www.smos.gov.au/media/2010/mr_272010.html>aim to
restore trust and integrity in government and drive agencies to
proactively release information to the public. The Declaration also reflects
one of the key reforms of *Ahead of the Game: Blueprint for Reform of
Australian Government
which called for more open government.

The Declaration encourages and affirms among Australian Government agencies
a culture of openness built on the key principles of informing, engaging and
participating with the public. And it acknowledges that the internet holds a
crucial role in realising a more open and transparent form of government in
this country.

The Declaration is about making more government information available to the
public online, and encouraging reuse of that information in new, valuable
and potentially unexpected ways. It is about giving Australians more of a
say in forming the policy and delivering the services that have an influence
on their lives. It is about enabling government agencies and individual
public servants to be more innovative and more responsive to input and
feedback, while still maintaining the high ethical and professional
standards we expect.

I believe that the Declaration lays an important foundation in implementing
our Government 2.0 agenda.  In the spirit of that agenda I urge you to read
the Declaration and welcome your ongoing feedback as the Gillard Government
implements a culture of openness and works towards a more participatory form
of government.

*Lindsay Tanner*

*Minister for Finance and Deregulation*

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