25 September 2023

New online panel to test policies

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The Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate has launched a new online survey panel to gauge community opinions on Government policies and proposals.

To be known as the YourSay Community Panel, the initiative will be open to all Canberra citizens over 16 to share their views and opinions on a range of topics and inform the Government’s decision-making.

Announcing the panel, Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the input received through it will “help shape the policies, programs and services that make Canberra a great place to live”.

“It will also allow us to test new ideas with a statistically representative sample of the Canberra community,” Mr Barr said.

“We want as many Canberrans as possible to join the YourSay community panel to ensure our community’s diversity is reflected in the feedback.”

He said that signing up for the panel would be quick and easy, with just a few demographic questions to answer.

“Panel members will then occasionally receive emails asking if they want to participate in activities like completing an online survey or taking part in an online discussion forum,” Mr Barr said.

“We anticipate that members will be invited to take part in one or two activities a month.”

He said as a way of thanking panel members, every time they participated in an activity they would go into a monthly prize draw to win one of five $100 e-gift vouchers.

“The new YourSay Community Panel will complement the YourSay community conversations website, which will continue to be our primary place online for community conversations about particular issues,” Mr Barr said.

“By contrast, members of the YourSay community panel will regularly be asked for views and opinions on a whole range of topics.”

Readers interested in joining the panel can do so at this PS News link.

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