Frequently asked questions

What is this process?

The process is a Citizens’ Jury.

While most community engagement by government involves those with an active interest, this process involves 43 randomly selected citizens and gives them time and access to information to see if they can find agreement (similar to a traditional criminal jury).

The purpose is to bring the considered judgment of everyday people to bear on complex issues where debates can become polarized and to improve trust in public decision-making.

Why was the Jury focused on this topic?

The two issues of vibrancy and safety are priority issues for the government and the challenge is to continue to have the safe, family‐friendly city that Adelaide is renowned for, while also making the city a more fun place for people to enjoy.

How to best tackle this challenge is a question that the considered advice of a randomly selected group of everyday people can help to identify.

How will you ensure that the participants constitute a representative sample?

Invitations to participate in the jury were sent to a randomly selected sample of over 20,000 citizens. These people have been invited to register their interest in being part of the process and to indicate that they are available on the meeting dates.  From those who respond to the invitation, a further stratified random draw will be conducted to arrive at a jury that is representative of the broader South Australian community.

Are jury members anonymous?

The list of jury members is not published, however this is not purely an anonymous process.

At certain times the jury process was open to members of the public to attend sessions to watch and listen, in a similar way to court hearings or local council meetings. 

How did people get involved?

Participants on the Jury were randomly selected. 

The Jury received submissions from the public, from industry and from any interested party in much the same way as a normal public inquiry.

There was also the opportunity to contribute both through online discussions and through a more formalised submission process.

There were also times when the public came and watched the process firsthand. 

Who selected the individuals giving evidence to the jury?

The Jury members. The Jury discussed who they trusted to inform them on particular issues and these people were invited to address the Jury either in person or via video link.

When did the process start and end?

The first meeting of the Jury was held on Saturday 20 July 2013. The jury handed down its recommendations in October 2013. 

When do I get to see the recommendations?

The Jury’s report has been completed and may be downloaded on the 'About' page.

Citizens' Jury image What commitment is government giving to implementing the recommendations?

The Premier will take the Jury’s report to Cabinet when he has received it and will table it in Parliament. 

Who is the newDemocracy Foundation (NDF) and what role will they play?

NDF is an independent, not for profit, non-partisan research organisation that aims to identify improvements to our democratic process.

NDF provides the process design, operation and oversight for the project. The Foundation has no policy view on any issue, solely focusing on testing the use of the jury process to make public decisions.

Operationally, NDF will coordinate the process of recruiting people to the jury and assist the jury to gather information it deems necessary for its deliberations.

Who is The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and what role will they play?

The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) was founded to develop new solutions to Australia's social challenges, and to spread new approaches to social problem solving.

TACSI is based in Adelaide but works across Australia. They will work with NDF to produce a research report to review the process and support further innovation in new approaches to community engagement.

How can I find out more?

If you want to learn more about New Democracy, you can read more about this organisation at www.newdemocracy.com.au

To learn more about The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, visit www.tacsi.org.au