In 2018, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet engaged The Nexus Network to undertake a review of the Constitutional Centre of WA. The Centre had been established in 1997 to promote awareness of our federal system of government, educate the general public of WA about our electoral and parliamentary system, and encourage balanced debate about the system’s development. The changing public sector environment, along with restraints on expenditure and the opening of the Australian Constitutional Centre, prompted the review and The Nexus Network was charged with making recommendations on the viability and future of the Centre. The review involved:
- consultation with an extensive range of 52 stakeholders;
- a detailed analysis of documentation (e.g. performance data, budget information, annual reports and the Centre’s online material);
- exploration of the Centre’s website and other similar websites;
- site visits to allied organisations (e.g. Parliament);
- observations of school tours conducted by the Centre and related organisations.
Ultimately, seven options were highlighted for the client’s consideration. Our essential finding was that the Centre remain open with a clearer direction for the future. The report was welcomed by the client and key stakeholders. For further information on the outcome of the report, see https://www.wa.gov.au/government/publications/review-of-the-constitutional-centre-of-western-australia
For a copy of the report, see https://www.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-05/Constitutional%20Centre%20Review.PDF