Welcome to IAP2 Australasia

Support the call for an International Year of Participation

Imagine a whole year that celebrates public participation through international events, collaboration and capacity building. You can help make it happen.

IAP2 Australasia is leading the charge to create a proposal to the UN for an International Year of Engagement and Public Participation.

Negotiating the journey of recovery

Whilst it is almost Christmas – it has been a difficult and challenging month and our thoughts are with the many people throughout Australasia that are affected by the bushfire emergencies and the White Island tragedy – as well as our emergency responders. Many of our IAP2 family are working hard with communities to support them in negotiating their journey of recovery – we are thinking of you too.

We thought that it might be helpful for us to share ‘A Guide to Engaging in Disaster Recovery’ – released in 2015 by IAP2A along with Anne Leadbeater OAM and an amazing working group of IAP2 members. The guide is free and we invite you to share it with those who may need it.

Latest News

Expressions of Interest: Specialist Engagement Experts

IAP2 Australasia is seeking expressions of interest from suitably experienced Engagement Professionals to work with IAP2 as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), training developers and/or facilitators to develop and deliver engagement training topics for the engagement industry.

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New Zealand symposium sponsorship opportunities

Are you looking to engage with over 12,000 of Australia’s best and brightest engagement professionals? As a sponsor of the New Zealand symposium, you can gain access to IAP2 Australasia’s rapidly growing network of enthusiastic and committed professionals who are increasingly becoming the key influencers and decision makers in government, business and industry.

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2020 IAP2 North American Conference Call for Submissions

Do you have particular expertise in P2 you want to share with others? Have you gained unique insights into the profession and the many areas connected with it? IAP2 Canada and IAP2 USA are seeking session proposals for the 9th Annual IAP2 North American Conference.

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What others are saying

Jonas - Public Transport Victoria

“The engagement course that we’ve just completed was one of the best courses that I have ever attended. The mix of theory and practical application, relating it directly to what we all do in our everyday worklife and the quality of the course material and in particular the facilitator made it all super useful and insightful.”

Attendee

“This event was by far the best networking event I have been to. From the moment I walked in, I felt very welcome and I was really impressed with how the night ran.”

Erin Searle, Logan City Council

“IAP2 Australasia’s 2018 conference was absolutely inspiring with thought provoking keynotes and breakout sessions.”

Attendee

“This is my first experience at an IAP2 Australasia event and it definitely left me inspired and energised to see so many people doing so much great work.”

Attendee

“The forum was well organised and it was amazing to see so many community development practitioners and members of the private sector.”

Attendee

“I think that the content of the Forum and the networking was invaluable not to mention the calibre of some of the award recipients.”

Attendee

“The key guest speakers were great and they have challenged the participants to be creative about their community engagement projects.”

Lendlease

“Community engagement has been at the heart of Lendlease’s planning for suburban and inner-city developments globally. Participating in IAP2A public training allows our people to hear the views of practitioners and sector leaders who work in different contexts, adding outside perspectives to our conversations.”

Engaging with Influence participant, March 2019

“I discovered and understood some behaviours that are likely to have impacted my credibility as an adviser and manager, and I have the tools to correct/improve.”

Engaging with Influence participant, August 2018

“Learning about the communication and decision making styles was most useful.”

Engaging with Influence participant, November 2018

“Discovering the “Influence Map” [was useful]. Identifying our key decision makers in any given situation.”

Engagement Design participant, August 2019

“The practical side of actually putting together an engagement plan [was useful] – it made the theory come alive and allowed me to see where the pitfalls are and the important aspects you can’t brush over.”

Engagement Design participant, August 2019

“It was all useful and I’ve taken away information that I will use time and time again.”

Engagement Design participant, May 2019

“Collaborative exercises and being able to draw on the knowledge of practitioners in the room. The Facilitator identified this was a strength during day one and actually made more space for that on day two; really valuable.”

Engagement Evaluation participant, July 2019

“I never thought I would recommend evaluation as a must-have course but I think it’s crucial we as a profession get better at showing the value of what we do.”

Engagement Evaluation participant, June 2019

“I found the whole training useful as it clarified the importance and benefits of evaluating engagements and it offered useful tools and framework. What I found was that all those who attended did not do evaluation well, including me.”

Conflict in Engagement participant, June 2019

[The most useful aspect was] “Role playing to get insights into different personas and methods to work with them. Also what people felt about conflict – reassurance that we grapple with similar feelings and thoughts and challenges.”

Conflict in Engagement participant, June 2018

“I’ve referred many times (and shown colleagues) the artefacts falling out of each session I’ve completed as part of the qualification. Very useful.”

Engagement Facilitation participant, August 2019

“I want to make sure it is noted how excellent I thought the Trainer’s facilitation module was. I took a huge amount away from the day, and have already returned to work and implemented learnings from her. Her depth of knowledge was really great, and I got a lot out of her tactics and strategies. Would definitely recommend the module.”

Engagement Facilitation participant, March 2019

[The session provided] “more exposure to types of Facilitation methods and planning facilitations.”

Engagement Facilitation participant, July 2018

“Testament to the course and trainer that even though I have a lot of experience in facilitating engagement, I found the course day stimulation, practical and valuable learning experience. Thanks!”

Engagement Essentials participant, February 2019

“There was nothing I thought I couldn’t apply to my role.”

Engagement Essentials participant, April 2019

“I felt the most useful aspect was the integration between learning from the Facilitator and interacting with and learning from others. It was an excellent blend.”

Engagement Essentials participant, July 2019

“It should be a ‘must do’ for any public organisation.”

Engagement Essentials participant, February 2019

“I have an engineering background and found that the course provided me with fantastic perspective and some approaches to improving my Project Management Skillset. Don’t necessarily need to specialize in engagement to benefit from this course.”