Public Participation in Government Decision-Making

Tabled: 10 May 2017

Overview

Public participation is the involvement of those affected by a decision in the decision-making process. In Australia and overseas, there is growing recognition of the value of public participation as an essential part of planning projects and making decisions. 

In this audit, we examine how effectively two central agencies—the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Victorian Public Sector Commission—and three portfolio agencies—the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Level Crossing Removal Authority—support better practice public participation approaches across their areas of responsibility. 

These agencies and programs reflect a range of portfolio areas that generate high community interest, conduct high-profile public participation programs, and have differing levels and models of public participation practice. 

Our report includes two recommendations directed to the Department of Premier and Cabinet and two recommendations directed to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. 

A further five recommendations are directed to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Level Crossing Removal Authority.

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