We welcome the new 2016 EITI Standard, in particular the requirements on beneficial ownership and the sale of the state’s share of production.
Themes: Beneficial ownership
Last updated: December 2020
Concrete: Somewhat Concrete | New: Not New | Ambitious: Not Ambitious
This commitment has been turned from ongoing to inactive as it doesn’t seem likely that Australia will proceed as outlined in the comments below.
The implementation of the EITI Standard in Australia has stalled. The Australian Government’s statement on the issue is: “The delay in Australia’s application for EITI Candidate Country status is due to delays in the review of the requirements of the 2016 EITI Standard against the Australian adapted model developed by the Australian 2014 EITI pilot. The EITI Gap Analysis Report released on 23 September 2019 identified 8 areas that may pose challenges to potential implementation of the EITI Standard in Australia. These issues would need to be considered by the Multi-Stakeholder Group, together with further requirements included in the 2019 Standard. The Multi-Stakeholder Group would need to reach consensus on an implementation model suited to Australia before Australia is in a position to submit an EITI application.”
The government has not progressed with the EITI at all. The decision has been made to not include it as a commitment for the 3rd National Action Plan for the OGP. The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources has decided to consider other transparency infrastructure initiatives instead.
Peer reviewer: 1
Updated: October 31, 2020
In Australia, some commitments have stalled while the Australian Government focuses on the aftermath of bushfires, floods and drought as well as the looming threat of COVID-19. However, this commitment has been kept as ongoing because recent progress has been recorded as part of the last iteration at the end of 2019.
Updated: April 30, 2020
Representatives from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, along with representatives from several MSG members attended the EITI Global Conference in Paris 17-20 June 2019 to find out more about the changes intended for a 2019 Standard. There are no published updates on the response to the launched the 2019 EITI Standard. Australia has also made a commitment to EITI in the OGP NAP1. At the August 2019 OGP Forum meeting a representative of DIIS provided a brief summary of the Gap Analysis report, but was unable to give any update on if Australia will seek EITI candidacy.
Peer reviewer: Whilst there are no updates on whether Australia will seek EITI candidacy and there seems to be no mention of the EITI in the 2nd OGP NAP, the Gap Analysis has just been released (September 2019)
Updated: October 30, 2019
The Australian Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) has considered and endorsed a Gap Analysis between the Standard in place during the EITI Pilot, which concluded in 2016, and the 2016 EITI Standard to inform the development of Australia's candidacy for implementation of the EITI. It's not yet public as there are some modifications being made to the draft following review by the MSG. This will inform deliberations of the MSG in the development of Australia's submission to the EITI Global Board.
Updated: May 30, 2019
MSG has met on 3 occasions, gap analysis underway to assess current Australian alignment with 2016 EITI Standard. Despite support from industry, EITI implementation progress has moved slowly so far
Updated: October 30, 2018
Australia is preparing it’s application for EITI Candidate Country Status but the process is delayed.
Updated: June 30, 2018
May 2019 Update: