Membership of Local Community Organisations and Decision-Making Bodies
In a democratic community, people participate in decision making and local government processes that are transparent and accountable. People run for elected positions and have confidence that government will make good decisions. Because they are engaged, they feel empowered, that they have personal political efficacy and are in control of their destinies. People feel that they have equality before the law and fair and equal access to the justice system.
People Who Are Members of a Decision-Making Board or Committee: expressed as a percentage of the adult population.
Are you on a decision making board or committee, such as a corporate board, school council, sports club committee, church committee, body corporate or resident action group? Yes; No
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