An introduction to the citizen jury

Regional citizen jury

Melbourne citizen jury

Two citizen juries - one metropolitan and one regional - of approximately 43 people each brought together a representative, random sample of Victorians to consider the question: What should we do to meet Victoria’s infrastructure needs?

The two citizen juries were drawn from across the greater Melbourne area and the area surrounding Shepparton. This helped ensure both metropolitan and regional perspectives were considered.

Both the metropolitan and the regional juries met on six Saturdays:

  • Saturday 30 April
  • Saturday 21 May
  • Saturday 4 June
  • Saturday 25 June
  • Saturday 16 July
  • Saturday 30 July

Jury members also spent many hours reading public submissions and information materials between sessions.

Jury members were able to request additional information and presentations from subject matter experts to help their deliberations.

The reports of both juries have been considered by Infrastructure Victoria as a key input into the strategy.

The unedited recommendations of both juries have been published on the Infrastructure Victoria website and a response to the recommendations was given in person by Infrastructure Victoria’s CEO.

What is a citizen jury?

Citizen juries are a new form of deliberative democracy. They bring together representative, random samples of citizens who are briefed in detail on the background and current thinking relating to a particular issue, and asked to discuss possible approaches and/or solutions.

Citizen juries create a balance between experts and the public and give elected representatives confidence that public judgment (rather than opinion) contributes to better decision-making.

How were the juries selected?

Jury members were selected via an independent process. Invitations were sent to a random sample of more than 12,000 people to register their interest and availability for selection on the jury.

Based on those available, a second round stratified random sample was drawn ensuring sufficient diversity in jury members age, gender, socioeconomic status etc.