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Declaration of Open Government.



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Media Release

41/2010 16 July 2010

Declaration of Open Government

Minister for Finance and Deregulation Lindsay Tanner made a Declaration of Open Government on behalf of the Australian Government today.

Lindsay Tanner said the declaration would assist in creating a culture of public sector openness and transparency and was also a step forward in the Government’s Gov2.0 agenda.

“The central recommendation of the Gov2.0 Taskforce was that a declaration of open government be made,” Lindsay Tanner said.

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

Lindsay Tanner said the Declaration was fundamental to the progress of the Government’s Gov2.0 agenda.

“The Declaration is about making government information available to the public online and encouraging reuse of that information in new, valuable and potentially unexpected ways. This is very much in line with our Government 2.0 agenda.”

The Declaration underpins a range of Government initiatives already under way.

“Through the establishment of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and the Government’s broader freedom of information reforms we are restoring trust and integrity in government.”

“The Declaration also reflects one of the key reforms of Ahead of the Game: Blueprint for Reform of Australian Government Administration, which called for more open government in the Australian Public Service.”

The Declaration of Open Government is available at http://www.finance.gov.au/declaration-of-open-government.

More information available on the AGIMO blog: http://agimo.govspace.gov.au/2010/07/16/declaration-of-open-government/

Media Contact: Website:

Tim Naughtin, 0438 265 065 - Minister Tanner's office