The ACT Government is committed to the principles of 'Open Government', which means:
- transparency in process and information;
- participation by citizens in the governing process; and
- public collaboration in finding solutions to problems and participation in the improved well-being of the community.
Accordingly, the Government is committed to engaging effectively with its citizens in a meaningful, accountable, responsive and equitable way.
Effective community engagement has real benefits for both the Government and the community alike through access to new ideas, sharing of skills, experiences and knowledge, and consequently developing a clearer understanding of each others' priorities, needs and expectations.
A commitment to community engagement also upholds the obligations of public authorities under the Human Rights Act 2004.
Civic expression and participation are clearly articulated in the Act which states:
- "Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right includes the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of borders, whether orally, in writing or in print, by way of art or in another way chosen by him or her."
The ACT Government is committed to engaging the Canberra community in the development and delivery of government policies, programs, public works and services.
The Education Directorate community consultation initiatives and activities can be advertised on community engagement website -Your Say. There may be an opportunity to utilise social media channels for specific community engagement activities and projects.
The Media and Communications Unit can assist staff with advice about community engagement activities.