Our vision: a democratic Canberra, where citizens trust their elected representatives, hold them accountable, engage in decision making and defend what sustains the public interest

We want to do more than just describe what a better democracy might look like, we want to actually make it happen in the ACT

2020 Action Focuses

  • Continue to work with the ACT government and citizen groups to get our citizen voice heard in decisions through evaluating and advocate for more mini-public trials in the ACT
  • Building the resources ‘library’ for members and the public
  • Working between academe and the public on bringing participatory and deliberative theory into practice
  • Promote a Statement of Expectations for MLAs and Active Citizens that sets out what quality representation is
  • Promote a conversation about MLA and citizen roles across the ACT electorates
  • Run a Candidate Statements exercise for the 2020 ACT election
  • Promoting our Kitchen Table Conversations (KTCs) Tool Kit for community groups
  • Engage and work with community groups to enhance their campaign objectives


Featured Event

Upcoming Events

  1. CAPaD Committee

    29 April @ 19:00 - 21:30
  2. CAPaD Committee

    27 May @ 19:00 - 21:30
  3. CAPaD Committee

    24 June @ 19:00 - 21:30
  4. CAPaD Committee

    29 July @ 19:00 - 21:30

2020 ACT Election

The election is scheduled for October 17, this year.

We want voters to be informed about the candidates themselves, and how they think they are qualified for the job of representing us, how they plan to do the representing, how they are going to help us participate in governing with them, and how they are going to strengthen democracy.

To find out more, go to our 2020 Election page.


Have a look at our activity focus for 2020

Getting a Better Democracy - 2020 ideas


Find our report on our 2019 interviews with ACT MLAs here

Exploring political representation in the ACT


Find out about Kitchen Table Conversations ...

Kitchen Table Conversations are a great way to build a network of friends and neighbours to find out what you are concerned about and to look for ways to change that.

... here

Deliberate ACT

Exploring how citizens and governments can better deliberate and decide together.