Improving meaningful access to decision makers is a key step towards re-engaging citizens in the democratic process. By inviting people to actively participate in policy development, decision makers can derive better outcomes for society, government and business and ultimately contribute to a more participative and well-rounded society governed by the ideas and needs of its citizens.

GAP is an experienced facilitator of online community consultations. Through Open Forum, we have collaborated with Australian federal and state governments on projects such as AGIMO’s Online Consultation in 2007, National Cyber Security Awareness Week 2008-2011, National Human Rights Online Consultation in 2009, National Regulatory Reform Survey in 2011, Strata Laws Online Consultation in 2012 and Housing Affordability Online Consultation in 2017.

Open Forum is an interactive policy discussion blogging site, hosted and moderated by Global Access Partners (GAP).  It offers a platform for free thought, open debate and policy discussion from an Australian perspective.

The website has now showcased nearly 7,000 articles since the first post went live in May 2007. It features unique articles written for the site by academics, GAP alumni and members of the public, as well as breaking scientific news and the best articles curated from a range of authoritative Australian sources.

Open Forum’s sister publication, First 5000, is the leading online community for medium-sized enterprises in Australia.

Officially launched by GAP on 20 October 2010 at NSW Parliament House, First 5000 provides news and commentary as well as general business support for the Australian mid market, the engine room of the economy.

First 5000 tackles the issues businesses face and allows commentary and debate among its unique membership.

Download some key statistics on Australia’s midsize businesses (2017)