Today the Minister for Finance, Lindsay Tanner and the Special Minister of State Joe Ludwig made a ground breaking announcement for Australia. They released the Australian Government response to the Gov 2.0 Taskforce Report which was launched in December last year and will be launching a Declaration for Open Government in the near future. This is very exciting news!
The Gov 2.0 Taskforce Report response is excellent, with almost all recommendations agreed to. The Department of Finance will be acting as the lead agency for the Government 2.0 agenda,
“providing leadership, resources, guidance and support to agencies and public servants on Government 2.0 issues”
A Government 2.0 Steering Group will be involved in developing and overseeing the work plan and it includes representation from many key departments and agencies including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the proposed new Office of the Information Commissioner, the Australian Public Service Commission, National Archives of Australia and more.
A lot of the report recommendations that have been agreed to include more consultation and collaboration throughout the public service, which is a fantastic measure to better leverage some of the wonderful work and expertise happening throughout the public sector, and will help create more of a culture of cross jurisdictional sharing and collaboration.
The Government response talks about the active use and implementation of Web 2.0 into normal business practices, which is both exciting and challenging, and I look forward to the good work from many public sector projects being used as shining examples for others to learn from, and innovate on top of.
It was very exciting in the Gov 2.0 response to see a government commitment to ensuring that “all public enquiries funded by the Australian Government should ensure that all submissions are posted online in a form that makes them searchable, easy to comment on and reuse”. I feel that this is an important step forward for participatory government, and am very pleased that my Public Spheres have been helpful in demonstrating how a consultation can successfully integrate online contributions, and how valuable such contributions can be when you engage meaningfully with the public.
It was also very exciting to see the agreement to use permissive copyright for publicly accessible works. It makes government information more accessible and usable by citizens, and there was also a great commitment to further accessibility through the implementation of the Gov 2.0 agenda, which will be vital in ensuring we are inclusive.
I’d love your thoughts on the Government response to the Gov 2.0 Taskforce Report, and I will be doing everything I can to support the progress and implementation of this agenda. Congratulations to Minister Tanner and Minister Ludwig, the Gov 2.0 Taskforce & Secretariate, and a big thank you to all the other folk who have put so much work into this, especially all the individuals from the community and industry who have contributed so much value, enthusiasm and inspiration to the process through their Tweeting, blogging, mashups, comments and participation on the Gov 2.0 Taskforce website (http://gov2.net.au/)and at the Gov 2.0 Public Sphere (http://www.katelundy.com.au/category/campaigns/publicsphere/open-gov/).
To support this initiative, I will be working in conjunction with Minister Tanner and AGIMO to collate and show off Australian Gov 2.0 case studies, so please start thinking about you can present your own Gov 2.0 projects with video.
I would love to have as much Aussie innovation on display for the world to see at the international Gov 2.0 Expo in Washington DC at the end of the month (http://www.gov2expo.com/), where I’ll be presenting about Australia’s Gov 2.0 progress.