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

Latest News

December webinar announced – “Understanding Indigenous Identity”

Engaging ethically with Indigenous people is about moving forward within a respectful, egalitarian and participatory process. Understanding History, Territory and Indigenous Identity for Inclusion … a step towards reconciliation is a conversation looking at how to shift social structures of “us” and “them”, looking at history as narrative and reclaiming Indigenous voices in colonial spaces. 

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A Guide to Engaging in Disaster Recovery

As the bushfire emergencies continue in NSW and Queensland, engagement practitioners are working hard with communities to negotiate the difficult and distressing task of negotiating the journey of recovery.In 2015, IAP2 Australasia along with Anne Leadbeater OAM produced a resource, A Guide to Engaging in Disaster Recovery, to help community leaders and engagement practitioners working to engage and support communities in recovery.

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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.”