Welcome to Australia's first national community-based futures planning process

Australian Community Futures Planning

is a start-up community based entity that is organising to involve Australians in planning a better future for themselves and for future generations.

 

At ACFP we are using a new community engagement and planning framework called:

National Integrated Planning & Reporting

to help Australians build

Australia's first National Community Futures Plan:

 

Australia Together.

Find out more about Australia Together.

Read the latest issue of the

Starting Draft of Australia Together,

Issue No. 6, released July 2022

Find out more about

National Integrated Planning & Reporting.

Find out how you can become involved.

It's free and it's easy.

Issue No. 6 of the starting draft of

Australia Together

has now been released.

Read it here.

At Australian Community Futures Planning we are working to bring Australians together to plan their own future as a nation.

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has been established to help Australians build

Australia Together

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Latest news

 

A post federal election update - 6 July 2022

 

At ACFP we are currently taking a small break from our normal work of research and testing of an integrated national community futures planning process. A more detailed update and review of the last two years of activity will be available soon.

In the next few months, ACFP will be working in a new area of research about Australia's Constitution and our long overdue need to build a new one. If Australians are to be able to develop their own integrated plan to secure their future they will need new terms of trust with those to whom they grant power in elections. Those powers are currently set in the Constitution but this document does not grant any measure of power to the people of Australia themselves. ACFP will spend the next few months conducting research about mechanisms for installing new power sharing arrangements between everyday Australians and those they elect to government. Unless Australians have more power in their own Constitution they will have no power over their future.  

We will keep you posted as this new research develops. Meanwhile, you can review ACFP's latest activities, up to the time of the 2022 federal election below. You can also review the latest additions to Australia Together in Issue No. 6, released in July 2022. And of course comment periods are always open on the Vision for Australia Together. Get involved here

News updates - federal election 2022

ACFP has released a new report to help Australians assess each major political party's commitments to their future as they prepare to vote in

Election 2022.

The new report shows how much each of the three major parties - Liberal, Labor and the Greens - is committed to making the Vision for Australia Together a reality. It incorporates the inaugural Better Futures Commitment Index.

Find out the differences between the major parties in their commitment to the nation's better future. The difference is substantial.

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ACFP has also released Australia's first report on the state of the nation:

The State of Australia 2022

A report on the nation’s progress towards and away from the

Vision for Australia Together

up to the end of term of the 46th Parliament of Australia.

ACFP has also released Issue No. 6 of the starting draft of

Australia Together.

The plan is building up to be the most inspirational plan for the future of Australia. View the latest draft of Australia Together here.

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Is Australia moving towards or away from the Vision for

Australia Together?

On balance, we are moving away.

Click here to find out more above how we can reverse our course.

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Peace and hope before the federal election

It's federal election time. With all the war mongering we are seeing in Canberra and the khaki election we are being subjected to, perhaps a few moments’ peace and love will not go astray.

 

ACFP’s research for The State of Australia 2022 shows that Australians want a nation assured of enduring peace, not enduring war. The report also suggests we can still build that decent, safe, peaceful nation. Our choices in the upcoming federal election will be crucial. This election is a make or break one for Australia.

As you might have guessed by now, the Kellys who work at ACFP love making music. We hope this interlude will provide some peace and hope while the nation waits on tenterhooks for the election outcome. Check out Leonard Cohen's "Anthem" on YouTube: vocals and instrumentals by Bronwyn and Sean Kelly.  The lyrics are especially appropriate for the times. 

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Learn about National Integrated Planning & Reporting - National IP&R

Learn all about how National Integrated Planning & Reporting is a game changer in democracy, helping Australians to rise above politics and set the agenda for the nation's future.

Watch ACFP's video series on National IP&R and find out how to take more control of your future by getting involved.

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Comment and contribute to Australia Together

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Would you like to comment on the

Vision for

Australia Together?

Click here to complete a short survey.

A comment period is also open now on the

Directions for

Australia Together

Click here to comment

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Why plan Australia's future?

All Australians have their own dreams about what a better future should look like in our democratic country. But we don't organise ourselves to make that future a reality. Instead we tend to rely on our governments to lead us to an ever better world with an ever improving quality of life.

Unfortunately, our state and federal governments are also not organised to lead us efficiently to this better world. Leadership requires planning, and in 2020 our governments at the state and federal level are doing little if any of that. Some governments work on the assumption that planning is pointless and impractical and that our prosperity is better left to the invisible hand of unregulated markets. But this is not working well for Australians in the early 2020s.

Despite what our governments and politicians may claim, Australia in 2021 has:

  • no plans in place to put together the strongest components of a new and resilient economy or to smooth the peaks and troughs of economic development,

  • no genuine coordinated plans to seize the extraordinary opportunities in shifting to a decarbonised economy,

  • no plans to reduce growing inequality, 

  • few if any plans that properly protect the environment and climate on which we and our economy depend,

  • no plans to protect or strengthen our democracy and rights as citizens, and

  • no plans to involve Australians in discussing the nation that we want to become.

 

Nor will our governments develop these plans until we the people provide them with a vital missing piece of information - a clear idea of:

 

  • where we want to go in our future,

  • what we want to be as a nation,

  • the world we want to leave our children and grandchildren, and

  • how we prefer to get there.

Australian Community Futures Planning has been established to provide a space and an efficient, orderly process that Australians can use together to specify our preferred future and tell governments how we want to get there.

 

Without that we can't expect to arrive at better future by 2050,

no matter how much we might dream of it.

Australia Together

is shaping up to be an exciting plan about what we can become as a nation, if we work together.

​Any and all Australians can become involved in building the plan. 

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Democracy's Modern Agora

designed especially to bring Australians together

to plan a better

Australia Together

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The origins of Australian Community Futures Planning

ACFP is focused on helping Australians plan for the long term, for our safety, security, wellbeing and prosperity and for the preservation of the environment on which all of that depends. It fosters planning by the community for the community.

Australians may not necessarily realise they can do this. But they can.

 

With National IP&R,

Australians have it in their power to make the world anew.

 

This is an entirely new opportunity. To ensure we do it well, ACFP has been established following the publication of By 2050 by its author Dr Bronwyn Kelly.  This book sets out for the first time a process and set of techniques that any and all Australians can use together to:

 

  • design a plan for the future we want to share,

  • monitor its progress, and

  • hold governments and all other players to account for their reasonable part in making the vision of our plan a reality.

The process and techniques are called National Integrated Planning & Reporting or National IP&R. Integrated Planning & Reporting has been operating for over a decade in Australia in many local communities but has never yet been used to plan for an entire nation. In By 2050, Dr Kelly has lifted IP&R to a national level to substantially enhance its capacity to help Australians develop an exciting plan for the future they want to seize.

 

National IP&R can not only help Australians plan for a better society, environment and democracy, it can also help plan an entire national economy - a strong economy that is for people. The intention of National IP&R and ACFP is to help Australians identify the most efficient and least painful paths towards greater prosperity and wellbeing for all. 

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ACFP hopes that excitement will grow among Australians about the possibilities of national community futures planning.

We are just starting up but we have a good foundation from By 2050 and we welcome any and all Australians to take the opportunity of becoming involved in building our first national plan:

Australia Together

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Click here

for more information on

By 2050

or you can read excerpts from

By 2050 on the ACFP blog here.

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The State of Australia in 2020

By 2050 contains two main strands of research:

  • One strand is about how to establish an efficient and inclusive democracy in Australia.

  • The second strand is about the issues and challenges Australia is facing at the outset of the 2020s and our current capacity as a nation to deal with those challenges.

By 2050 connects up over 800 statistical data points and observations of researchers, journalists, historians, economists, and policy commentators. Because it puts all this in one place, it functions as a consolidated issues paper on the State of Australia, marking a point in time – the beginning of the 2020s.

By 2050 sets up a clear picture of where we are starting from in 2020 as we design a plan for what we want to achieve and become as a nation by 2050 or sooner.

Sadly Australia is not in a good state. Click here to find out more about the State of Australia in 2020.

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Two strands of research

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Click here to find out about the

State of Australia in 2020

We have it in our power to create the world anew

Tom Paine, 1776