CAPaD focusses on taking action to change politics so people can participate better in decisions.

We work through Action Groups.

Click on an Action Group box below for information on how to become involved.

Urban Planning Participation Working Group

Implement the “asks” agreed by CAPaD & the Community Councils Urban Planning Working group in 2017 (incl building a community of practice)

Kitchen Table Conversations (KTC) Community Dialogue Methods Group

KTC methods developed

KTC Kit launched

Citizens’ Juries & Mini-Public Evaluation

Monitor evaluation of the ACT CTP Citizens Jury and Carer’s Strategy Panel, and advocate for more trials

Good Citizens’ Guide Writers

Write an online guide for voters about how ACT governance works and ways to participate

Alliance Building

Advocate for our work with other organisations and explore ideas for collaboration

Social Change Training

Build community capacity for social change by working with ACT organisations to identify training needs and then to arrange (not deliver) that training

Resources (Good Things to Read)

Find and share through a resources 'library' (virtual) materials that inform members and the public

MLA Relationships

Explore new ways of defining the role of MLAs and holding them to account


2020 ACT Election — Discussion Group

Explore options for CAPaD action and advocacy in the lead-up to the next election

Creating the New Story

Produce and promote a vision for good participatory governance in the ACT and ideas for bringing that about


ACT 2016 Elections : CAPaD's candidate statements were well-received by the candidates and by the public.

DemFest 2016: People Power for Democracy : Canberra’s first Festival of Democracy was held over the weekend of 18-19 June 2016 at the University of Canberra.

Federal 2016 Elections : Completely ignored our requests for candidate statements.