Online consultation reinforces and complements traditional consultation methods and provides more ways for agencies to seek feedback from and engage with the public. It may be used as part of formal submissions or policy development processes, or integrated into business-as-usual activities as another way of gathering feedback and engaging with the public online.
The development and uptake of Web 2.0 tools by Australians allows public servants an opportunity to increase transparency and accountability in consultation and decision making. The Australian Government can now use this opportunity to engage in conversations with a wider number of citizens and businesses than ever before.
A large number of Australian Government documents are made available to the public in the Portable Document Format (PDF). PDF files can be viewed using a number of different software products.
PDF alternatives include:
- Adobe Reader - Windows, MacOSX, Unix/Linux
- Foxit Reader - Windows, Unix/Linux
- Okular - Windows, MacOSX, Unix/Linux
- Evince - Windows, Unix/Linux
Word Documents viewer:
- Microsoft Word Viewer - Windows
NOTE: The Australian Government does not endorse or offer warranties as to the suitability or safety of any of the above-listed products. As with any software installation, care should always be taken to verify that the software being installed is appropriate for your needs and malware-free.
If you are having problems downloading any of our publications or would like to obtain a printed or digital copy contact us (fees may apply):
- Telephone 02 6271 2888
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