Australian Federal Government Accountability Organisations

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2014 – Senator The Hon George Brandis, QC, Attorney-General for Australia, Minister for the Arts.

2013 – 2014  The Hon Mark Dreyfus, QC. Former Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management, Special Minister of State and Minister for the Public Service and Integrity.

2009 – 2013  Senator The Hon Joe Ludwig, Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister of State


OGP was launched in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. To become a member of OGP, participating countries must endorse a high-level Open Government Declaration, deliver a country action plan developed with public consultation, and commit to independent reporting on their progress going forward. – See more at:
In November 2015 the Australian Government committed to finalising membership of the Open Government Partnership (OGP)
The Australia page on the OGP website and several other sites listed below were launched to develop an Australian Government National Action Plan for open government.
The Australian Government blog, “Open Government Partnership – Australia” shows progress in consultations on developing the Australian OGP National Action Plan. Its FAQ’s page is here.
The OGP Wikispace constitutes a working discussion of the elements of the National Action Plan.
#ogpau on Twitter
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join the OGPau mailing list to keep up to date with news and events.
follow the OGP Au RSS feed.


The Australian Government is increasingly using the internet to provide a channel for public consultations on specific topics. These consultations link to agency websites where the relevant agency has published a discussion or consultation paper, which can be responded to via the internet or by postal mail. These public consultations are targeted to anyone who is interested as well as experts, peak bodies and interest groups. Using the internet for public consultations enables government to engage more directly and widely with the public in the development of citizen-centered policy and programs.


The Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 outlines arrangements under which the Secretaries to the Treasury and the Department of Finance and Deregulation may be requested to cost Government and Opposition election commitments during the caretaker period for a general election. The Charter of Budget Honesty Costing Election Commitments guidelines, issued on 11 June 2010, outline the protocols and timeframes for the costing of election commitments.

In accordance with the guidelines, all costing requests received from the Government and Opposition, completed costings and related information are posted to this site.


The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO)

Australasian Council of Auditors-General

Ombudsman Australia

Australian Government Lobbyists Register

Office of the Information Commissioner (created March 2010)

Australian Electoral Commission: Political Parties and Financial Disclosure

Australian Government Department of Finance & Deregulation: List of Australian Government Bodies and Governance Relationships as at 1 October 2009

Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet: Parliamentary Information about the operations of Cabinet and the Federal Executive.. 

Australian Securities & Investments Commission: Searches & Lodgements

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Aged Care Complaints Investigation Scheme

The Aged Care Commissioner

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

Australian Human Rights Commission

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security

The Migration Review Tribunal

National Anti-Discrimination Information Gateway

Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Social Security Appeals Tribunal

Veterans’ Review Board


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