Awareness | Digital Campaign

We are active contributors and supporters of open government. This year alone (2018) we have contributed over 400 hours to open government advocacy and work. We support the OGP Civil Society Network when we can, and create things like process pathways, write submissions, contribute ideas for commitments, help support the OGP Secretariat and other government commitment custodians by wrangling participants to consultations. We do this work pro bono and it is all funded by us because we are committed to ensuring open gov is embedded and successful.

Open Gov week in May 2018, we decided someone needed to celebrate and raise awareness for open government in Australia! So we took it upon our selves to; create a series of gifs for social, a poster explaining the commitments, organised a webinar, and hosted an open gov love gathering at our favourite local pub - bring 40 government and active citizens to meet and share ideas.

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open government partnership | contributions

Advocacy and Submissions

Open Government Partnership Australia

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) was established in 2011 to provide a platform for governments to be more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. There are now 70 participating countries, where Government and civil society work together to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms.

Australia was invited to join the OGP in 2011 and wrote of its intention to join in 2013. In November, 2015 Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull advised the OGP that Australia would commit to membership and develop Australia’s first National Action Plan to be submitted in July 2016.  The Federal election meant a few delays happened along the way. 

The Australian Government submitted our 1st National Action Plan on 7 December 2016. We created an illustration to explain the process and where citizen participation happened here.

Australia's Civil Society Network was established in December 2015 to work with the Government on developing plans. It now has over 50 members and they are actively looking for new members to ensure a diverse range of views are represented and voices are heard.

Why is Nook involved?

We are a small private company working on open government initiatives because we are passionate about fairness, openness, transparency, participation and inclusion.

The suggestions and contributions we have made to the commitments for the Open Government Partnership National Action Plan reflect what we have experienced, observed, and learnt through collaborating with government agencies.

Some address core root issues hindering openness and innovation, others are opportunities (or potential solutions) we have identified the government could implement to improve participation and deliver its promise of ambitious open government initiatives.

Mel participated in the initial workshop help in Canberra April 2016 and has continued to contribute suggestions and advocate for open government. She was able to attend and participate in the OGP Natural Resources Working Group workshop whilst in Madrid in October 2016 for the International Open Data Conference.  

In November 2017 Mel attended the Open Contracting Partnership Conference in Amsterdam, a gathering of 200 people from all over the world working in open contracting, anti-corruption, and procurement reform. The Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) are now supporting Mel and May Miller Dawkins to do advocacy work, and develop ways and projects to introduce open contracting to Australia.

In July 2018 Mel travelled to Tbilisi, Georgia for the OGP Summit, where she presented a lightening talk about Nook’s work with other open government reformers.


OGP 2018 National Action Plan suggestions:

March 2018: Open Research Hub

March 2018: Open Collaboration & Innovation Fund


OGP 2016 National Action Plan initial submissions:

March 2016: Open Natural Resources

March 2016: Open Procurement

March 2016: Open Data and Content Innovation

March 2016: Intellectual Property and Crown Copyright

See what others had to say here.


Suggestions to strengthen the 2016 draft National Action Plan 

November 2016: Overview, Natural Resources and Transparency in Business

November 2016: Public Participation and Engagement