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Set up a public consultation project on Engage Victoria – digital guide

This guide is designed to help you with completing key steps to create and manage your public consultations on Engage Victoria, the Victorian Government’s platform for digital public engagement. 

Step 1: Before you begin

Step 2: Planning your consultation

The following strategy template is required to be completed when planning your digital public consultation on Engage Victoria. Please note that you will need to submit this document for review by the Engage Victoria team before you begin your consultation and for any subsequent stages of the consultation.

If your project team is in Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) or Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS), please email and respectively for a department specific copy of this document.

Engage Victoria Consultation Strategy Template (Updated March 2023)
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You will also be provided with access to the Engage Victoria Online Platform User Guide once your strategy is approved and a user account created. 


Step 3: Getting your consultation on Engage Victoria 

The procedure for getting your consultation on Engage Victoria contains a few steps.  

1. Finalise the use of Engage Victoria for your project 

Seek approval from your communications department and your department’s nominated Engage Victoria Engagement Manager. You may also need your manager to approve the consultation. We recommend obtaining written approval via email. Please contact us if need help connecting with your Engagement Manager, you can contact us at  

2. Conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment  

Consult your privacy or legal team for your Privacy Impact Assessment. 

3. Complete the Consultation Strategy Template  

Send your completed strategy template to your Engagement Manager for review. They will then forward the template to the Engage Victoria team for final review and approval. You will not need to complete Section 1 or 3 of the template if you have already drafted an engagement and communications plan. Instead, you can submit this plan as a supporting document to the template. Please allow up to 1 week for review. 

You can refer to Public Engagement Framework’s Principles of Public Engagement and How-to Guide to guide you in designing a public consultation project. The Consultation Strategy Template has been made available in Step 2 of this guide. 

4. Engage Victoria training  

Upon approval, you will be invited to an Engage Victoria virtual training session (1 hour). At this session, you will be shown how to build your page, including content, feedback forms and accessing the reporting dashboard.

5. Design your page and finalise your content  

Once you have done this, seek approval for your page from your Engagement Manager and the Engage Victoria team before it is published. Please allow 3 business days for review. Upon approval, your page will be published and made available to the public by the Engage Victoria team. 

Planning your communications

Ensure that you have a strong communications plan. This includes promoting your consultation page in preparation for its launch and post-launch. Keep monitoring whether you are reaching out to groups you wish to engage with. You may also have to adapt your communications plan if your target group(s) are not being reached. 

What standards must be met?


Comply with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014. Refer to secure your service - digital guide, and the security framework and standards on the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner.    


Comply with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014, and only collect information you’re legally entitled to collect. If you are collecting personal information, you will need to submit a privacy impact assessment and publish a privacy collection notice (refer to protect privacy - digital guide or the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner website).  


Apply Brand Victoria. Refer to apply Brand Victoria - digital guide (specifically written for digital).  


To comply with the federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and Victoria’s Equal Opportunity Act 2010, your online consultation must comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Version 2.0 (WCAG) AA standard.  

If your audience is primarily people with a disability (for example, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) clients), your site must pass the test for the AAA standard. Refer to make content accessible - digital guide.  

Manage public records  

The Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) (under Section 12 of the Public Records Act 1973) sets the standards for managing the public records your department or agency creates. Always check with your department’s or agency’s records or information management specialist first for the approach to compliance.  

Refer to manage online records - digital guide for more information or the PROV website

Step 4: Closing a consultation 

1. Updating the public 

At the end of the consultation period, close and update your consultation page with a thank you message outlining next steps.  

2. Evaluating your project 

Undertake  data coding and analysis to identify who you have heard from, and the key messages, themes and topics that have come out of the public feedback. You can also refer to the Public Engagement Framework’s Evaluation Framework when assessing the success of your project. 

3. Reporting back 

Good public consultation projects are transparent in their objectives and findings. Keep your stakeholders updated on key engagement outcomes and next steps. If you think it could take longer than 12 weeks to report back, consider sharing participant numbers and general demographic information on your respondents, as well as a note on when you expect an engagement report to be available. 

If you are unable to provide a feedback report due to project sensitivities, you should still describe how the information will be used and share the next steps to close the loop with participants. 

Step 5: Completion of consultation 

At project close-out, remember to change the status of your project on Engage Victoria to ‘Reporting back’.   

The Engage Victoria team will work with you to:  

  • Undertake a 'lessons learnt’ evaluation to help us reflect and continuously improve on our processes (within 8 weeks of your project closing). We encourage you to incorporate any departmental or agency evaluation processes into your evaluation. 
  • Develop a case study to share your project and lessons learnt with other project teams. 

Help and Support  

For best practice advice and support, email the Engage Victoria team in the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) at  

You can also look at our resources in the Public Engagement Hub for information on creating a good public engagement project.