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What is Better Together?
Good engagement helps create better decisions by bringing the voices of citizens and stakeholders into the issues that are relevant to them.
The South Australian government wants to foster good engagement practice as an integral part of the way it operates. This is reflected in the Premier and Cabinet Circular PC036 – Best Practice Community and Stakeholder Engagement (PDF, 474KB). Consultation for legislation is referenced in Premier and Cabinet Circular PC034 - Referral of subordinate legislation to the Legislative Review Committee (PDF, 524KB).
Established in 2013, Better Together is an engagement framework centred on the following 6 principles to provide a consistent approach and to guide best practice:
- We know why we are engaging
- We know who to engage
- We know the history
- We start together
- We are genuine
- We are relevant and engaging
The Better Together program offers South Australian public sector employees practical support through advice, training and events, and partnerships to support and deliver innovative engagement strategies.