The approach that PM&C confirmed this morning is a very innovative and progressive one. I believe it is a model for government/civil society engagement in Australia that other agencies should pay close attention to.
The Interim Working Group announcement is the first public step progressing Australia's membership of the OGP since the federal election. It follows a multi-stage consultation process which has included:
- initial stakeholder information sessions run in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra in December 2015 (Disclosure - I ran them on behalf of DPM&C, the presentation slides are here and a video of one of the sessions here).
- a dual consultation process in February/March 2016 involving both an external wiki collecting action ideas for Australia's NAP (over 200 collated ideas here) and an internal consultation with government agencies to identify actions they could commit to.
- a Canberra-based co-creation workshop in April 2016 involving roughly 60 attendees from civil societies, agencies and individual stakeholders which aimed to aggregate and filter the collated ideas into 10-15 actions for the NAP (outcomes here). My report on the workshop, which I attended is here.