New online Community Panel will ensure everyone’s views are heard

22 February 2018

ACT Government: A new Community Panel will make it easier for Canberrans to contribute to policy development and government decision-making.

The online panel is part of our election commitment to more representative consultation for the Canberra community. We want to ensure the decisions we make reflect what the community really thinks.

As we prepare for a city that will be home to 500,000 people by 2030. We are planning for where Canberrans will live, the schools and hospitals they will need, how they will easily move around the city and adapt to climate change. It’s important that everyone’s views are heard, not just those who can attend public meetings.

An online Community Panel is one important way the ACT Government can engage with a sizeable representative group of Canberrans. We are working towards the panel starting up mid-year and we will make further announcements in due course about how Canberrans can get involved.

Today, I am also releasing a Whole of Government Communications and Engagement Strategy which outlines the conversations we will have with Canberrans and the information they will need to know over the next two years.

This strategy is about being open and transparent about our agenda. We were elected to deliver a series of commitments. We will be clear about what is open for change as a result for community feedback and when we are sharing information to keep the public up to date on new or changed services, policies or programs.

We have heard from the community and from our key stakeholders they want a more coordinated approach from government. This document is the start of that work. It will be updated annually to respond to emerging issues.

We will make sure Canberrans are informed about what government is doing, why we are doing it and how we can support them to enjoy living, working and playing in CBR.

Canberrans can register to receive notifications on upcoming engagements at

The Whole of Government Communications & Engagement strategy is available at



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