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Welcome to IAP2 Australasia

As the peak body for the community and stakeholder engagement sector, IAP2 Australasia, believes that engagement, when done well, improves social, environmental and economic outcomes and increases trust in the democratic process. 

We advocate for all communities to be authentically engaged in decisions that affect them through education and increasing awareness of authentic engagement and all its benefits, in alignment with the IAP2 Quality Assurance Standard for Community and Stakeholder Engagement.

COVID-19 Information and Resources hub

Browse the list of free online tools, resources and information sheets – on topics such as digital engagement, adaptive tools, engaging from home, honest conversations and reaching vulnerable people during COVID-19, to help engagement professionals innovate and stay connected to communities during this time.

#IAP2TV 

Bringing you new videos regularly with wisdom, tips and food-for-thought from our ‘Giants’ in the industry, Core Values Awards winners and finalists and general interest pieces from the studio.

First up, we have episode 1 of our Tales with Giants series, “Wellbeing and the Engagement Practitioner” with Joel Levin.

We are also ‘in the studio’ with Rebecca Spencer, as she shares her thoughts on managing burnout as an engagement practitioner.

Natural Disaster Hub

The Natural Disaster Hub has been developed to house a range of resources to help engagement practitioners in the event of a natural disaster, such as; flooding, bush fires, earthquakes and cyclones.

Engagement practitioners will find a list of community engagement resources to help navigate the natural disaster landscape. As we receive and release new resources and materials these will be added.

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.

Latest News

Registrations are now open for the 2021 IAP2A Conference.

Registrations are now open for the 2021 IAP2A Conference.

Home > Resources > Latest NewsRegistrations are now open for the 2021 IAP2A Conference Secure your spot for the 2021 event of the year - IAP2A Conference | Changing Landscapes The countdown is on... Registrations are now open for the 2021 IAP2 Australasia...

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Are you looking to engage with the best and brightest engagement professionals?

Are you looking to engage with the best and brightest engagement professionals?

Do you want to have your brand associated with best practice in community and stakeholder engagement? As a sponsor of the IAP2 Australasia conference you can gain access to a 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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IAP2 International Webinar | “Adapting the IAP2 Spectrum for an Indigenous Context”

IAP2 International Webinar | “Adapting the IAP2 Spectrum for an Indigenous Context”

This is a reprise of one of the popular sessions at the 2020 IAP2 North American Virtual Conference, which, in turn, was built on a presentation at the 2018 Conference in Victoria. That presentation focused on introducing an innovative, visual tool for practitioners to understand the IAP2 spectrum from an Indigenous perspective and ways that they can integrate principles of mutual learning, inclusion, and empowerment in their work.

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What others are saying

Virtual Engagement Essentials participant, May 2020

“I think the digital environment enabled us to collaborate more than in a classroom setting, because we got to use the jamboard and annotate the slides with [the trainer].”

Virtual Engagement Essentials participant, May 2020

“I was overwhelmed by how good the course was via zoom and not in person!”

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

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

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.”