Data

General Issues
Planning & Development
Location
South Australia
Australia
Scope of Influence
City/Town
Files
Kangaroo Island CJ Final Report
Links
Democracy Co summary
Government Service Delivery on Kangaroo Island
Ongoing
No
Time Limited or Repeated?
Repeated over time
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Approach
Consultation
Spectrum of Public Participation
Involve
Open to All or Limited to Some?
mixed
Targeted Demographics
Youth
General Types of Methods
Deliberative and dialogic process
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Facilitate dialogue, discussion, and/or deliberation
Collect, analyse and/or solicit feedback
Facilitate decision-making
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Citizens' Jury
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Facilitator Training
Professional Facilitators
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Ask & Answer Questions
Information & Learning Resources
Written Briefing Materials
Expert Presentations
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Public Report
Traditional Media
Type of Organizer/Manager
Local Government
For-Profit Business
Funder
Kangaroo Island Futures Authority
Type of Funder
Local Government
Staff
Yes
Volunteers
No

CASE

Kangaroo Island Citizens' Juries

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General Issues
Planning & Development
Location
South Australia
Australia
Scope of Influence
City/Town
Files
Kangaroo Island CJ Final Report
Links
Democracy Co summary
Government Service Delivery on Kangaroo Island
Ongoing
No
Time Limited or Repeated?
Repeated over time
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Approach
Consultation
Spectrum of Public Participation
Involve
Open to All or Limited to Some?
mixed
Targeted Demographics
Youth
General Types of Methods
Deliberative and dialogic process
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Facilitate dialogue, discussion, and/or deliberation
Collect, analyse and/or solicit feedback
Facilitate decision-making
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Citizens' Jury
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Facilitator Training
Professional Facilitators
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Ask & Answer Questions
Information & Learning Resources
Written Briefing Materials
Expert Presentations
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Public Report
Traditional Media
Type of Organizer/Manager
Local Government
For-Profit Business
Funder
Kangaroo Island Futures Authority
Type of Funder
Local Government
Staff
Yes
Volunteers
No

Kangaroo Island, off the coast of South Australia, faces unique challenges to provide public service to its small population. The local authority undertook two Citizens' Juries to firstly identify an ideal governance structure for the island, and secondly to consider how this could be achieved.


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Problems and Purpose

Kangaroo Island is a small community off the coast of South Australia with a permanent population of just 4,500 people. A large portion of the island is protected as a nature reserve or national park and it is a popular destination for visitors for its unique flora and fauna. This geography creates challenges for delivering public services to the island’s residents [1].

Two citizens’ juries were convened with the aim of understanding how the local government could better service the community. The first jury aimed to identify an ideal governance structure for the island, whilst the second considered how this might be implemented in practice [2].

Background History and Context

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Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities

The Kangaroo Island juries were convened by the Kangaroo Island Futures Authority and delivered by democracyCo, a well-established practitioner in South Australia. The juries were part of a state-level initiative called [email protected] which delivers 90-day long projects.

Participant Recruitment and Selection

Participants were recruited for the juries through a call in the local newspaper, from which a representative sample was chosen. The final sample were all islanders and contained a high proportion of young people [3].

Methods and Tools Used

Citizens' Jury

What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation

The first jury took place in 2013 and considered ‘how can government and community work together now and into the future to make life on Kangaroo Island the best it can be?’ [4]. Its findings were presented to the local authority and officials from the South Australian state government.

The second jury took place over two months in 2014 and met four times, focusing on the question: ‘what is the most appropriate citizen based governance model for the delivery of government services on Kangaroo Island?’ [5]. Prior to the jury convening, a number of community workshops were also carried out and the views from these were fed into the jury, as well as the 2013 jury’s recommendations. The jury also had access of a wide range of information and written material accessed through a dropbox folder, and heard from a number of relevant experts and officials, included elected politicians from the island the governance experts [6].


Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

The Kangaroo Island Council Strategic Plan 2014-2018 mentions the juries as being part of the consultation process for the plan, but does not provide further details about which recommendations.


In 2018, an opinion piece from the Mayor of Kangaroo Island implies that at least some of the jury’s recommendations for a governance structure have not been implemented and calls on the state government (South Australia) to honor the jury’s recommendations.


Analysis and Lessons Learned

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See Also

References

[1] Government of South Australia (n.d.). Project 2: Government Service Delivery on Kangaroo Island. Better Together SA. Available at: http://bettertogether.sa.gov.au/project-2-government-service-delivery-on-kangaroo-island

[2] democracyCo (2019). Citizens Juries: Kangaroo Island Governance. Available at: https://www.democracyco.com.au/our-projects/citizens-juries-kangaroo-island-governance/

[3] Government of South Australia (n.d.). Project 2: Government Service Delivery on Kangaroo Island. Better Together SA. Available at: http://bettertogether.sa.gov.au/project-2-government-service-delivery-on-kangaroo-island

[4] The Islander Online (2013). Citizens' Panel presents its findings. Available at: https://www.theislanderonline.com.au/story/1982933/citizens-panel-presents-its-findings/

[5] Kangaroo Island Citizens' Jury (2014). Kangaroo Island Citizens' Jury Final Report. Available at: http://www.democracyco.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/KI-Final-Report-V2.pdf

[6] Ibid.

External Links

DemocracyCo

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