PIA Award Win

Planning Institute of Australia National Winners!
President's Award

Our work with the City of Palmerston in developing the Palmerston Community Plan has once again been recognised.

We have won the National President's award from the presitgious Planning Institute of Australia

The judges said: The Community Plan demonstrates a unique understanding and acknowledgement of the needs and aspirations of a community: the opportunity to rebuild trust in the community, share the challenges and enable key stakeholders to participate collaboratively. The consultation process built understanding of engagement best practice and allowed community members to ‘stand in the shoes’ of their Council, with tangible results.

DemocracyCo used a sortition approach to achieve a diversity of participation - young people, Indigenous communities, families, senior citizens, multicultural communities, people of different economic and educational backgrounds.

IAP2 Award win

IAP2 Award Winners!

We are thrilled to announce that we have won the IAP2 Core Values Award (Health Category) for 2020 for design and delivery of the Rethink CTP Citizens' Jury!

The judges said...
"...thorough and nimble in its pivot to online during the COVID pandemic, and never compromised the quality of the engagement..."

Supporting Local Government

Supporting Local Government

We work with local governments to engage deliberatively with their communities. We are currently supporting local governments around Australia.

Complex Engagement: 7 learnings from the jury - copy - copy - copy

Deliberation Online!

We have broken new ground with the delivery of an online Citizens' Jury! We’re sharing our learnings and keen to support you to continue your engagement online.

Innovating during Covid-19

Innovating during COVID-19

We are 'people people' and we always will be. COVID-19 has presented us with opportunities to expand the innovative ways we can help you to engage.

The fundamentals of deliberative democracy
There are 6 key elements to deliberative democracy
When used in combination, these key elements support successful sustainable policy development.

Our Collaboration with ANZSOG

We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Australian and New Zealand School of Government to offer our unique training program to Australian and New Zealand public servants.

Helping Singapore

Global Deliberative Democracy Experts: helping Singapore raise the Citizens voice

Across the world we are seeing an increasing trend towards citizens wanting to have a voice in how they are governed. We're off to Singapore again to assist them in learning about this field and support them as they respond to the voices of their citizens!

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democracyCo is a leader in deliberative democracy in Australia

We support government, community and the private sector to reform together.

"We are a global organisation that works to build peace in countries struggling with violent conflict. DemocracyCo helped us design a set of inclusive citizen assemblies to make a peace process more just and more sustainable. They were a source of both inspiration and sage advice about how to help everyday people shape their society's future."
Alexander Douglas, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, 2021

What we do

Governments cannot achieve change alone.

Sustained change requires the support and combined action of communities, industry and government.

We are experts in using deliberative democracy processes to engage and mobilise communities.

Discover all of the outcomes we help to deliver.

Who we are

There is no other organisation in Australia that’s holistically focused on assisting governments to achieve reform.

We are not a communications or marketing company, we are not a market research/social research company, nor are we academic researchers.. however we utilise elements of these disciplines and approaches (and more) to support the work we do.

Get to know us

Get Involved.

Are you interested in how our democracy works? And want to help be part of making it work better? Register to be part of our Deliberative Army, all committed to working with government to develop public policy.

democracyCo’s work is undertaken on the lands of Australia’s First Nations People.

For millennia, you as the ancestors have been guardians of this Country and we deeply respect and acknowledge Elders past, present and emerging.

As we collaborate together, democracyCo will look to Australia’s First Nations people, the world’s oldest living culture, for guidance that will help sustain our connection to Country and inform the work that we do to bring people together.

Our work is in service to Reconciliation and to moving forward together.

We acknowledge that we have much work to do.