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  • Community cabinets in Australia

    Posted 23/08/2012 by Joy McCann
    A new Background Note examines the background, context, approach and activities of community cabinets in Australia. Community cabinets are part of a broader sweep of community engagement initiatives that have been introduced by Australian governments since the 1990s, principally as a means of addressing declining community trust in governments and opening up the policymaking process to greater scrutiny. Community cabinet meetings were introduced by Queensland’s Beattie Government after the 1998 ... Read more...

    TAGS: citizen engagement, policymaking

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  • Putting citizens first

    Posted 1/08/2011 by Brenton Holmes
     In March 2010 the Australian Government released its blueprint for reform of the Australian Public Service (APS) entitled Ahead of the Game. But rather than leading with a focus on policy and values, the blueprint makes citizens the focus. In Australia and elsewhere, concepts such ‘co-creation’ and ‘co-production’ have emerged to describe the deep collaboration needed between public servants, professionals, citizens and communities. Such approaches constitute a major shift in how the task of p... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Public Service, citizen engagement, policymaking, public service reform

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