Engage Canberra – Ideascale

Do you want to play a part in building a better community, a better Canberra? To be a part of the conversation and make a difference?  Canberra's future belongs to you!


Your voice, your ideas

Engage Canberra (our Ideascale platform) is part of Communities at Work’s Community Development and Innovation strategy. Through the ideas platform, Ideascale, you have the opportunity to share your great ideas and work with others on their ideas, for your suburb.

Please register for an account on the Ideascale Platform – Engage Canberra – to begin.

Please note that you will need to be registered and logged in to be able to view ideas, submit ideas and interact with others on the platform. You can only view and submit ideas for your suburb or the “Other Ideas campaign.” 

We are currently accepting ideas for the following suburbs: Isabella Plains, Kambah, Fadden, Gordon, Greenway. We are also open to accepting ideas in the whole of Gungahlin and Tuggeranong community.


How does it work?

Create an account on the Ideascale platform – Engage Canberra. Once your account is created and verified, you can submit your idea, or get involved in ideas that others have submitted, for your suburb.

After you submit your idea, our community development team will support you and other residents in working on it and making it a reality within your local community.

If you have an idea that does not fit under these suburbs, feel free to submit it in the “Other Ideas” campaign. You can also browse through ideas submitted by other members of the community for your suburb and support or participate in ideas that resonate with you.

Please note: you’ll need to register for an account on the Idea-sharing (Ideascale) platform before being able to submit new ideas or view existing ideas.




How can I participate on Communities at Work’s Ideascale platform?

Anyone in the ACT can participate. You are invited to share your ideas, engage with other ideas, and join the conversation. You need to register and then be logged in to submit your ideas or engage on the platform.

Steps to register:

  1. Go to commsatwork.ideascale.com
  2. Click on Register
  3. Enter your email address
  4. Submit registration

You will receive an email after registration. Follow the instructions in the email to verify your account and log in to Engage Canberra – the Communities at Work Ideascale platform.

We recommend reading our About/FAQs section on the platform for a comprehensive guide to the platform and the process.

Please note that Engage Canberra is not a feedback platform. It’s a place to share and grow all the great ideas we have for our local communities.

Register now to improve your local community


How do I submit my idea?

When you are ready to submit your idea, begin by choosing the campaign it fits under (e.g., “Your Ideas for Kambah”) and click on “Submit Your Idea”. Then, enter a title for your idea and a description. Add tags if you like, which are keywords (e.g. “sustainability”) that connect your idea to others related to the same topics. This will make it easier to find.

You can also upload images, links and files to expand your idea. Finally, click “Submit” at the bottom of the page, or “Save as draft” if you’re not ready to submit your idea and would like to come back to it later.

For more information, refer to the Engage Canberra FAQs on Ideascale.

What happens to my idea after it’s submitted?

Your idea will go through several stages once it is submitted:

Stage 1 Ideate: Anyone on the platform will be able to see your idea, comment on it and vote. After your idea has received enough votes, it will be progressed.

Stage 2 Build Team: You then get a team together with other people from your community to help work on the idea. Set the amount of positions in the team based on how many people you think you will need with “Add Position” or “Remove Position”.

If you see that an idea you like is at this stage and you’re keen to help, click “Build Team” and join the team for that idea!

Stage 3 Available Assets: In this stage, your team and your community consider what assets are already available in the community that can help achieve the idea. Click “Assets” and add some answers to the questions underneath the idea. Everyone can contribute to this part, and you might be surprised what assets are uncovered that can help make the idea happen!

Stage 4 Refine: Here, your idea team will be asked a series of questions to help refine your idea and get it ready for implementation. Make sure to get all of your team’s heads together to consider these questions!

Stage 5 Pledge Time: In this finastage, members of the community can pledge some of their own volunteer time to help achieve the idea. After your team sets a target of how many hours you think you’ll need (by clicking “Edit Target”), anyone can volunteer to help.

If you see another idea at this stage that you’d like to help with, enter the number of hours you think you could volunteer and click “Contribute”. Keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be much time to help, and it’s not unconditional. You might only be able to volunteer one hour in a month, one hour total, or you might just be able to help at a once-off working bee on a Saturday in June. Every hour helps, just do what you can!

Implementation: Once your idea has passed through the above stages, you’re ready to go. The Community Development Team will check in with you in case there’s anything you need from us, but otherwise, you should now be able to make your idea a reality!

For any questions about the Ideascale community, check out our FAQs section or get in touch with our Community Development team on communitydevelopment@commsatwork.org.

Why share your ideas?

This is your chance to contribute to building a better Canberra and be part of creating a future we can all be proud of.

Our community in Canberra is hugely diverse with an interesting range of people from different cultures, backgrounds, knowledge and experience. It’s vital that we give everyone the opportunity to have their voice heard.

Your participation in Engage Canberra (our Ideascale platform) will help us give your ideas the consideration they deserve. Here, we can connect you with other like-minded people in the community (who share your passion), we can inspire one another, and we can work together to turn ideas into reality.




Find out more about our Community Development team and the work they do here. 

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