Research shows that government’s make better decisions when they involve citizens. Involving the community can lead to better outcomes: better decisions, more efficient use of resources, and greater awareness and engagement.
Participatory budgeting is one method that governments can use to engage citizens in decision-making. Participatory budgeting simply means providing opportunities for citizens to participate in making decisions about how public funds are spent.
The South Australian Government is using participatory budgeting to involve the community in deciding how some grant monies are spent through programs such as Fund My Community and Fund My Idea.
Use the following links to read about the outcomes of previous rounds of Fund My Community