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Upcoming webinars

Advanced Mentoring Program webinar: Meet the mentors

Join us for a free webinar to meet the mentors for the Advanced Mentoring Program – senior practitioners Amanda Newbery, Max Hardy and Leisa Prowse – and learn more about what you could gain professionally from our group coaching series with these remarkable mentors.

About the program

The IAP2A Advanced Mentoring Program connects you with a collaborative group of 12 peers, guided by an industry leading group Mentor, in this new approach to your professional development at the Advanced Level of Engagement Practice.

And the hourglass is almost empty on your opportunity to be part of the IAP2A Advanced Mentoring Program in 2022. Applications close 15 December.

Find out more about the program.

Details

When: Thursday, 9 December 2021

Where: Online – link details will be provided separately after registering
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Time: 12:00pm (AEDT)

Cost: Complimentary

Register: Select ‘Virtual‘ from State/Region search box via the IAP2A event calendar

Register before 3pm (AEDT), 8 December 2021 to secure your spot. Can’t make it on the day? No problems, registered attendees will receive a recording of the event.

IAP2A Engagement Leadership Series webinar: Leading deliberation – taking the next steps

We hope that you will join us for the second IAP2 Australasia Engagement Leadership Series webinar: Leading deliberation – taking the next steps. Part two of a webinar events series facilitated by members from the Melbourne Local Network Group.

 

Overview

Victoria’s Local Government Act was updated in 2020 and required councils to use deliberative engagement when developing their key strategic documents which are all due over 2021/22. This has meant that all 79 councils across Victoria used deliberative engagement in the last 12 months, many for the first time.

At this event, we will debrief on this revolution in council engagement. What did they learn, what worked, what didn’t, what insights can we all take forward to improve our engagement practice?

Three speakers from three different councils will share their experiences. Colac Otway Shire is a regional council, City of Yarra is located in inner Melbourne, Hume in an outer-urban growth corridor. They faced different challenges and pressures when developing their community visions and council plans, and used different methods. At this webinar they will share their approaches, challenges, what they learned and what they will do differently next time.

Read more about the webinar series, including the speakers for this event, below.

 

Details

When: Friday, 10 December 2021

Where: Online – link details will be provided separately after registering
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Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm (AEDT)

Cost: Complimentary

Register: Select ‘Virtual‘ from State/Region search box via the IAP2A event calendar

Register before 3pm (AEDT), 9 December 2021 to secure your spot. Can’t make it on the day? No problems, registered attendees will receive a recording of the event.

 

Speakers

Natalie Thomas has over 20 years of experience in community engagement, advocacy and policy across all three levels of government as well as the community sector. She has significant experience working with communities at risk of under-representation in civic life. She is currently the Senior Engagement Lead at the City of Yarra in inner city Melbourne, and prior to that led Maribyrnong Council’s community engagement and advocacy program. She is passionate about ensuring people from all backgrounds and abilities can access all parts of civic life, including decision-making on complex issues.

Peter Macdonald is the Acting Manager Healthy Active Communities / Strategic Engagement Coordinator for Colac Otway Shire Council. He has worked in community engagement and development since the early 1980’s in a variety of settings spanning disability, youth and migrant services. He is currently overseeing the development the Colac Otway Council and Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plans and implementing the Victorian Local Government Partnership project with VicHealth. His work also involves working with the First Nations community focusing on families and children 0 – 6.

Sharyn Cox leads the Research, Community Engagement and Evaluation team at Hume City Council. Sharyn values governance processes that are informed by the communities for which they serve. She believes great facilitation and well-designed engagement activities are most important to ensure community trust is built. She especially values working in an environment that harness the loads of community energy to build resilience.

 

About the IAP2 Engagement leadership series

Desley Renton, member of our former IAP2 Ambassador program and Past President and Nicola Mendleson, IAP2 Australasia Trainer, are bringing together engagement leads from different sectors to share what they have learned and what works, what the challenges are and how have they have overcome them.

The speakers will reflect on their experience of the very best recent examples of engagement in the in Australia and what they feel have been the MOST innovative.

This series of events aims to build our practice and our capacity to influence.

The events will be streamed live, recorded and made available to IAP2 Australasia members. People will be invited to send in questions in advance. The session will be interactive and will also take questions and comments ‘from the floor’.