The Future of Engagement and Democracy 2016


A big thank you to those who came to this year's conference in Adelaide 17-19 October - The Future of Engagement and Democracy.

The 2016 Conference saw over 220 delegates join us from around Australasia.

We would like to thank all the presenters, over 40 of them and particularly our keynote speakers, Simon Burall, Shari Davis and Maree Adshead.

A big congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Core Values Awards.

And thank you to everyone who was involved in organising the conference. A special thanks to our Conference committee and volunteers, alongside the Open State team and Department of Premier and Cabinet in South Australia to whom we say a special thanks to Gail Fairlamb, Sharon Mackay and of course our own Dan Popping and the rest of the team.

To the IAP2 Australasia staff, our Board, the Ambassadors we say thank you for your efforts to make this year one of our best conferences.

Photos from the conference are now available. Visit and go to the photos section of the site.


The following organisations joined IAP2 Australasia in 2016 as conference partners:














Held over ten days, Open State included national conferences, workshops and symposiums in Adelaide – celebrating South Australia as a place open to the world’s best ideas and as a leader in collaboration to solve complex problems.

Open State featured four national conferences:

  • Institute of Public Administration (IPAA) National Conference
  • Integrity 2016 – Inaugural Conference
  • Australian information Industry Association (AIIA) National Event
  • 2016 IAP2 Australasia Conference - The Future of Engagement and Democracy

In addition, there were a range of independent events including:

  • Adelaide Festival of Ideas
  • Of the People symposium organised by the New Democracy Foundation.