General Deliberative Processes


Because we pride ourselves on bespoke deliberative processes, some of our work is a construct of what our client needs – and of course our best advice!   Here are some examples. 

Living Darwin 2030

City of Darwin’s ‘Evolving Darwin Towards 2020 Strategic Plan’ established the vision and goals that have guided what the City of Darwin does to create a better city. The current plan finishes in 2020.  They are now planning for the future; aiming to establish a plan that will guide services, programs and projects through to 2030.

democracyCo are supporting the City of Darwin during May 2018 to undertake their first deliberative process – a summit comprising of 80 Darwin residents to explore what their future looks like. 

Supported Housing Reform Deliberation

During the first few months of 2017, we are working with Housing SA to help them undertake a forensic examination of the Supported Housing Program – which provides homes, and services to those people in our community who are most in need.

We are running deliberative conversations with recipients of the program, service providers, government and also decision makers from Government and from the Community Services sector. Stay tuned for the report.


Innovating in housing for older people

In early March 2017 we were fortunate to facilitate a process as part of an instrumental 90 Day Change project: Innovation in Social Housing for Older People.

The 90 Day Innovation in Social Housing Project with Office for the Ageing (OFTA) and Renewal SA, older Housing SA tenants are being asked how housing and precinct design can respond to their needs as they age, enabling designed-for-purpose living that can cater to diverse support, care and lifestyle needs.

With OFTA, we bought together Housing SA tenants (who were absolutely lovely) and faciltated a forum between them and ‘Industry’ – architects, designers, town planners and government to describe what homes and precincts which suit older people’s needs might look like. We were supported by 6 Housing SA “Community Conversationalists” – retired professionals who are learning new skills in facilitation. This team was incredible – our thanks to Akhter, Richard, Anne, Ted, Rose and Irene! You can work with us anytime! The report which tenants and industry co-wrote will be released soon.


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Healthy Kids Menu Taskforce

In frustration with the quality of healthy food available on kids menus in South Australian pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes, SA Premier Jay Weatherilll convened the Healthy Kids Menu Taskforce with SA Health – commissioning democracyCo to design the year long deliberative process, and also facilitate the workings of the high level taskforce. The Taskforce met monthly with a clear aim to develop an intelligent piece of public policy, which can be read here.

This Taskforce consisted of multiple partners with very many competing needs. The Taskforce included: Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health the Hon Leesa Vlahos MP, Clubs SA, Restaurant and Catering Association SA, Australian Hotels Association SA, CSIRO, The Heart Foundation, SA Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), SA Health, Department of the Premier and Cabinet and a wonderful contribution from 3 dedicated and insightful parents. In 2016, the Taskforce has moved into implementation mode with the extra support of Flinders University and the University of SA.

You can read more about the Taskforce and their work here.

Victims Support Service SA: Improving Justice and Support for Young Victims of Crime

On 10 November 2015 the Victim Support Service in partnership with Anglicare hosted the “Improving Justice and Support for Child and Adolescent Victims of Crime” Conference. At this event a diverse group of representatives from across the non-government and government sectors with an interest in supporting young victims of crime met to hear experts in the field talk about the quality and extent of support for young victims of crime and to consider and discuss what should be done to address the issues. democracyCo facilitated the conference, and you can read the report here.