Community participation


1 Dec 2017

Across the world momentum to reduce climate change is growing. Individuals, communities, businesses, organisations and governments all have vital roles to play. We’re making progress, but it’s imperative that we transition faster to keep dangerous atmospheric warming under 2˚C. There are many things you can...


Audio interview

26 Oct 2017

New approaches to strengthen and grow regional and remote communities are increasingly being explored. The success and sustainability of these approaches can be influenced by a community’s leadership capacity.

SVA describes successful community leadership development programs through which governments, social purpose organisations and communities...

Journal article

21 Sep 2017

Aims and objectives: This paper presents a review of the literature about the built environment as it impacts the health of older people. It then introduces the gerontological nurse and researcher to the Our Voice framework for engaging older people as citizen scientists in order...


5 Sep 2017

This set of resources outlines what you need to know to get a small-scale community solar project off the ground. Specifically, this Guide aims to help community energy groups to understand:

x The models of community solar that we know work in the current...


31 Jul 2017

Community engagement is a goal for achieving sustainability

For the last 20 years, there has been increasing emphasis on community engagement to achieve sustainability goals, highlighted recently in the United Nations’ Agenda for Sustainable Development (of which Australia is a signatory), with its 17...


25 Jul 2017

Co-Design is about designing and delivering community services in a partnership – an equal and reciprocal relationship – between funders, service providers and the people using services (and often their carers, families and others in their community.) Working together in this way is a better...


14 Jul 2017

Zero Carbon Communities encourages communities that are targeting zero emissions to put the BZE Zero Carbon Australia research into action.

Our new Zero Carbon Communities guide is for community groups and councils who want to see rapid local progress towards zero emission targets....

Discussion paper

11 Jul 2017

This guide has been produced to help South Australians develop the new Community Engagement Charter for Planning. The Charter was one of 22 recommendations developed following almost two years’ consultation with over 2,500 people, led by the ‘Expert Panel on Planning Reform’. The Expert Panel...


29 Jun 2017

Braunstone Blues is a multi-agency, early intervention project consisting of a team from each of the three emergency services: fire and rescue, police and ambulance. It is being piloted in Braunstone, an area of higher deprivation in the City of Leicester. The project is led...


13 Jun 2017

A mini-public is a democratic innovation that brings together a small, representative group of citizens to deliberate and advise on a decision, or sometimes make a decision. Members of minipublics are often randomly selected from the community. Mini-publics include such innovations as citizen juries, deliberative...


5 Jun 2017

Australian governments must act now to safeguard and encourage vibrant debate on matters of public interest, fifteen non-government organisations have said in a new report to be released today.

Emily Howie, Director of Legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre and report co-author,...

Working paper

1 Jun 2017

This Blue Sky study explores a new conceptual approach to community involvement in planning that responds to contemporary critiques of participatory planning. Blue Sky projects are focused on exploring innovative ideas and concepts . This research explores a new conceptual approach that rethinks how local...

Journal article

1 Jun 2017

The paper focuses on the global environmental governance and features of public participation as an integral element of sustainable development. Recently, sustainable development and environmental governance have become interrelated elements of social development. The requirements to strengthen the role of civil society, especially representatives of...


10 May 2017

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...

Video lecture/presentation

30 Mar 2017

The closure of the Hazelwood power station is scheduled for 31st March 2017. It has delivered cheap electricity to the National Electricity Market (NEM) for decades but contributed substantially to Australia’s emissions. The community of Morwell and the surrounding LaTrobe Valley has relied on the...

Journal article

14 Mar 2017

Incarceration rates are increasing almost everywhere and, while women and girls make up only a small percentage of the overall prison population, there has been a significant increase in their representation – especially over the past 20 years (Carlton and Segrave, 2013). Despite the fact...


1 Mar 2017

At UrbanGrowth NSW our ambition is to deliver innovative and productive urban places with world class standards of liveability, resilience, inclusion, affordability and environmental quality. We want to create a legacy of sustainable places for future generations.

Our strategy is founded on the four...

Discussion paper

10 Jan 2017

The primary purpose of this package of updates to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) is to promote confidence in our state’s planning system.

This will be achieved through four underlying objectives:

• to enhance community participation;

• to...

Journal article

30 Nov 2016

The theme of this article is current developments in community governance (see, for example, Rolfe, 2016), but it comes with a warning: this is an area where definitions are extremely difficult and it is easy to become distracted by semantics, rather than focused on the...

Discussion paper

28 Nov 2016

This is the third SDG discussion paper from UQ in Water for Equity and Wellbeing Series, and was undertaken as a transdisciplinary review by 12 researchers across UQ with backgrounds in community development, social science, public health, integrated water resources management, policy and systems thinking....