2.5 days. Over 50 presenters. Still time to register.

Update 12 October: the conference is almost sold out! Only a small number of One-Day Registration spaces are available.

Thank you to everyone who has registered to join us for two and a half days of information, inspiration and connection as the 2018 IAP2 Australasia Conference “Shake It Up” mixes up a program of over 50 presenters who will explore:

• Future and alternative thinking

• Behaviour change

• Engaging with First Nations

• Emerging areas in engagement

• Digital engagement

• Resilience building

• Youth engagement

• New and proven engagement skills, tools and techniques

• The future of engagement

• Case studies

Keynote presenters include:

  • Associate Professor Liam Smith (BehaviourWorks Australia)
  • Shelley Reys AO, CEO, Arrilla Indigenous Consulting and Partner, KPMG
  • Dr Angus Hervey and Tane Hunter, Future Crunch

Make sure your set your alarm early on Wednesday 24 October to join us for some fun at a “Barefoot Wedding Breakfast” at 7:30am to celebrate the marriage of Straight Talk and RPS; and you also won’t want to miss the post-conference Site Tour – a guided World Heritage tour of the stunning Twin Falls in Springbrook National Park on Friday 26 October.

Tickets for many events are selling quickly and we expect to book out prior to the conference, so if you haven't already, register now to secure your spot.

Here is a word from our major sponsors whose support and contribution to the event is greatly appreciated.

Principal Sponsor: GHD

GHD is proud to be the principal sponsor of the 2018 International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Australasian Conference.

Libby Mitchell, GHD Service Line Leader for GHD’s Communication, Stakeholder Engagement and Social Sustainability group, said: “We’re delighted to headline sponsorship of this year’s IAP2 conference. Coming together, from across industries, allows us to explore and enhance the practice of engagement.”

GHD is one of the world’s leading professional services companies and, through community and stakeholder engagement pioneer Jill Hannaford, a founding member organisation of IAP2.

Jill set up GHD’s community consultation service in 1996, one of the first multidisciplinary consultancies to offer this capability to clients. Today, stakeholder engagement is integral to GHD’s business. A highly experienced team of more than 80 consultants across Australia helps clients, across industries, meaningfully engage those affected by their projects.

GHD has championed the work of IAP2, as it has gone on to become an international leader in public participation practice. We recognise the importance of sharing and fostering best practice engagement, to allow us all to have a say in what happens in the spaces we share. This year GHD will share its experience working with Indigenous communities across Australia.

GHD Indigenous Engagement Leader Elle Davidson is on the conference committee, which developed the program, and has coordinated a keynote speaker and plenary session, welcome to country and workshop elective. She will also facilitate a panel discussion. Elle said “it has been a great opportunity to incorporate First Nations Engagement as a front and centre topic of this year’s conference.”

Keynote Presenter Sponsor: Arnetech

As a community engagement innovator, ArneTech specialises in providing excellent services and cutting-edge tools from around the globe. With an offering including expertise consultations and advanced software solutions, the mission of the company is to maximise community engagement and to provide a reach in channels and alternatives that no other provider on the Australian market can offer.

ArneTech serves city councils, state departments and agencies, and mid- to large- size enterprises throughout Australia and New Zealand.

To find out more about ArneTech services and digital tools, visit their website: arnetech.com.au

App Sponsor: Articulous

Articulous consults to all levels of government in both Australia and New Zealand. Our corporate clients include ASX-listed corporations, and those at the top of their industries. We take on projects that are complex, controversial and high-profile, and those where it is difficult to negotiate a solution.

We have done global 'firsts' including developing the first engagement evaluation software to assist businesses to assess and benchmark their engagement projects across industry sectors.

Articulous has also delivered the Southern Hemisphere's largest engagement campaign with 100,000+ contributors and 270,000+ engagements to help inform a city's future planning principles.

Decision makers and business leaders call us when they're in trouble, because they've been reassured by their peers that we will provide the brave advice and strategic guidance they need to hear.

And we are one step ahead. Through the creation of apps, avatars, and interactive tools, Articulous is exemplary in reaching much broader audiences beyond the usual suspects.

Masterclass Sponsor: Bang the Table

Bang the Table, the leader in online community engagement, provides the most powerful end-to-end online public participation solution on the market. Our software platform, EngagementHQ, was built by community engagement practitioners who are passionate about empowering organizations to activate and involve their communities. The platform encourages engagement through its robust tools that reach, inform and involve residents in policy development and decisions that affect their lives. Founded in Australia, today Bang the Table’s software and community engagement best practices are used by organizations around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Bang the Table is proud to sponsor the elective masterclasses and workshops which are held on Tuesday 23 October 2018 and available for full conference delegates

Breakfast Sponsor: RPS

For the past 25 years, RPS has been developing communications and engagement programs to support complex projects and initiatives. Recently, our team of highly experienced communication and engagement consultants was joined by Lucy Cole-Edelstein and the Straight Talk team. The addition of Lucy and her award-winning team deepens our expertise in civic participation and engagement on contentious and contested issues. Quality will continue to underpin the approach of our combined teams as we marry our skill-sets to help organisations work with communities to manage risk, create solutions, and secure social licence.


Thank you to our conference exhibitors, who look forward to meeting our delegates during the event.

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