Canberra's local politicians should have two offices, one at the Legislative Assembly in Civic and another out in the community, MLA Yvette Berry will argue on Saturday.
She will use the ACT Labor Conference to call on delegates to support electorate offices for MLAs, saying it will enable them to better engage with the community.
Her proposal comes after an internal review of the party's performance in the ACT election campaign last year, made public in February, urged the party to consider establishing electorate offices in Canberra's suburbs "to ensure better community accessibility and awareness of local issues."
Ms Berry, who is in her first term of office, said people in her local community had approached her asking for electorate offices and the idea had the support of other members of the government.
"People who are maybe single parents who don't want to drag their children all over town, people with disabilities who can't necessarily travel into Civic, people who aren't comfortable with talking on the phone or when it's a more personal or complex issue where a phone call isn't going to fix it, they're the sorts of people who would benefit from being able to have a conversation in person, in an electorate office," she said.
The member for Ginninderra said federal government ministers and those in other states had electoral offices and Canberra should consider following suite.
But she conceded the ACT budget was tight and said there was no timeframe for when electoral offices should be established.
"This is long term, I think we're all aware of the current situation in the ACT Government as far as the budget's concerned and that there just isn't any money, so I'm looking at this as a long term project, but it is a project that I will be taking seriously," she said.
At the conference Ms Berry will table to motion to change the Labor party's platform to supporting elctorate offices.
"From what I can tell, people from in Labor party are supportive of the idea of having electoral offices, we just need to work out the way we do that and now's probably not the time to spend more money, but it is definitely the time to start thinking about that," she said.
Ms Berry said when she set up a shopping centre stall this week, she had made appointments to visit some constituents at their homes to discuss their problems further.
"Their issues were too personal and too complex to have outside a shopping centre, I had to go and have a conversation with them somewhere else," she said.