South Australia’s program to improve engagement

South Australia’s Better Together program, seeks to widen participation in decision-making through a variety of methods implemented simultaneously. These include citizens’ juries, participatory budgeting schemes, and opportunities to meet cabinet ministers one-on-one. The idea behind the strategy is to embed good engagement practice as an integral part of the way the South Australian government operates. As part of the program, South Australia undertook extensive consultation with young people on how to better engage them in the policy process. This resulted in a youth engagement guide for government, NGOs, communities, and so on, stating best practice.To coordinate action across the different engagement programs, Better Together has developed eight principles of engagement, which include “knowing why we engage” and “knowing who we engage”.