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.

Our Democracy Canberra [or] Voices 4 Canberra

In 2021 we plan to help people set up at least one Electorate Action Group in the ACT.

More information can be found here.


Genuine Citizen Participation in Gov't

Citizens' Jury/Mini-public evaluation.
Continue working with Chief Minister's Directorate & IGPA.
Continue with Deliberate ACT — build community of interest & learning

MLA Roles, Relationships and Accountability

More clearly define people’s perspectives of the roles of our elected representatives to co-design improved active citizen participation.

Connected Communities

— Democracy Starts in Your Street —
With community groups look at the bigger picture
Promote narrative of wise decision-making, changing government

  • Alliance Building: meeting other groups and ACT government people and raising our profile, and additionally through the Citizens Juries and Urban Planning groups’ work.
  • Citizens Juries & Mini-Public Evaluation: a series of Hear the Participants events, and connections with government, academia (Canberra University Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis) through the Deliberate ACT community of practice.
  • Good Citizens Guide: indirectly, worked with the Frank Fenner Foundation on a basic Understanding and Using Government Effectively Manual.
  • Creating the New Story: the Action Group wove this thread into several other action groups’ work.
  • Kitchen Table Conversations Community Dialogue Methods: the Group revised the KTC kit and published it on our website.
  • MLA Accountability / Relationship: mapped out a plan of action, revised the 2016 candidate statements and as arranged a stall at the Southfest event to open dialogue with people about being represented.
  • Resources / Library (good-things-to-read): designed a topic list for our library and continued to collect useful material. This links to revamping the website to make if more accessible.
  • Social Change Training: activity here was immersed in the work of other actin groups.
  • Urban Planning Participation Working Group: continued informally in conversation with residents’ groups and other community organisations and our involvement in various ACT government consultations such as the Better Cities Engagement.

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

This has moved into various aspects of the Resources Hub.

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