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Queensland University of Technology
Mark Lauchs

JSB178 Week Nine Lecture Notes Consultation What is Consultation?  Giving information to other people.  Finding out other people’s opinions and knowledge on a particular subject.  Discussing solutions and options.  Providing reasons for possible decisions.  All taking place prior to making a decision. Objectives of Consultation  Supporting democratic values.  Building consensus and political support.  Improving regulatory quality through information collection.  Reducing regulatory costs on enterprises, citizens and administrations.  Quickening responsiveness.  Carrying out strategic agendas. Types of Consultation (OECD Notions)  Information – one way provision of information.  E.g. information about a new law or administrative arrangement. Not strictly consultation as you are not seeking their opinion.  Consultation – seeking input from others but retaining the control of the decision making. This is the normal form of consultation.  Partnership – working in cooperation so that the other parties have a say in decision making as well as having input. Most advisory boards work on this basis, although the majority can only make recommendations rather than exercise discretion.  Delegation – giving the decision making power to another body, such as a statutory authority. In this way the government sets the agenda through the enabling legislation but the decisions are made by the authority or official (usually an expert).  Control – giving outsiders the full decision making power such as a referendum. Techniques of Consultation Which type of consultation would be involved in each of the following:  Public information campaigns – Information.  Focus groups – Information.  Surveys – Consultation.  Issues paper seeking public comment (Green paper) – Consultation.  Advisory committees – Partnership.  Interest group meetings – Consultation.  Privatisation – Control.  White paper – Information.  Town hall meetings – Consultation.  Public inquiries – Delegation.  Citizen’s advisory committees – Partnership.  Policy communities – Partnership.  Referenda – Control. Who do you talk to? Internally  Other people with experience in the issue within your agency.  Other sections of your agency that are stakeholders.  Other sections of your agency that support your activities with expertise or resources, such as legal unit, HR and finance.  Overall management units such as the Cabinet Legislation and Liaison Officer to coordinate your actions with the agencies agenda. External but within the Government  Partnership agencies in the project.  Other agencies that may become stakeholders but are note partners, to ensure they are not adversely affected.  Agencies that provide expertise in your area.  Agencies that liaise with key stakeholder groups that may be affected e.g. multicultural affairs.  Coordination agencies such as Premiers or Treasury.  Agencies from other jurisdictions who may be affected or have a say in your project, such as the Commonwealth Attorney-General or Federal Police. External to Government  Individuals directly affected by the proposal.  Peak bodies for stakeholder groups.  Key interest groups who deal in the area of your proposal such as victims or crime.  Professional bodies that work in the area you are dealing with such as Bar Association or Police Union.  Commercial interests in your area such as Interpreters Agencies, where they will be affected.  People with expertise in the field either from academia or the private sector.  Occasionally the local member for the geographic area affected. Generic Consultation  Some consultation methods do not deal with individual issues but provide open access to the government for feedback.  These include:  Letters to departments  E-democracy  Community cabinet meetings  Ministerial community forums Letters to Departments  Anyone can write to a department to express an opinion or ask a question.  Most departments now have automatic email services on their websites.  Agencies must reply.  These form a useful source of information on community concerns and may be a useful source of feedback. E-Democracy  This is an electronic method of providing an agency with feedback – people having a say over the internet. Community Cabinet Meetings  While cabinet meetings are not open to the public, Community Cabinet meetings give citizens an opportunity to meet with Cabinet members in person and have their questions answered.  The Premier, Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers of government departments travel to any location in Queensland including regional areas generally every three to four weeks for a Community Cabinet.  Community Cabinet commences on a Sunday at 1.00 pm and generally finishes at 6.00 pm. For the first hour, a community forum open to the public is held. The Premier speaks and individu
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