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2023 Core Values Awards

The IAP2 Australasia Core Values Awards build awareness, contribute to the practice and recognise excellence in public participation and community engagement.

2023 Core Values Awards Winners

Drum roll please…it’s the moment we have all been waiting for! The winners of the 2023 IAP2 Australasia Core Values Awards have been announced.

Thank all of this year’s award entrants, we had some very outstanding entries.

And a big congratulations to our winners. You have demonstrated leading practice and evidence that IAP2’s seven Core Values are clearly embedded within your organisations.

And a special mention to our Australasian Organisation of the Year winner, Wannon Water for ‘Share your thoughts. Shape our future – Engaging Wannon.’

Congratulations to our winners!

Australasian Organisation of the Year

Winner: Share Your Thoughts. Shape our Future – Engaging Wannon, submitted by Wannon Water.

Research Award

Winner: Moreton Says: Hearing the Missing Voices, submitted by Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Project of the Year

Winner: Brisbane Metro Project – Delivering an Inclusive Public Transport Solution, submitted by Brisbane City Council.


Winner: Citizens’ Assembly on the Next Source of Water for Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, submitted by Watercare Services Ltd Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures.

Highly Commended: Inner Spark, submitted by Brisbane City Council and Articulous.

Highly Commended: Place Naming for a Brand New City – Waraba, submitted by Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Infrastructure (Planning and Design) ​​​​​​

Winner: Brisbane Metro Project – Delivering an Inclusive Public Transport Solution, submitted by Brisbane City Council.

Highly Commended: Collaborative, Co-designed and Youth-centred Community Benefit Sharing, submitted by TasNetworks and RPS Group.

Highly Commended: Preston Open Space Advisory Panel: Collaborating with Community, submitted by Level Crossing Removal Project.

Infrastructure (Construction)

Winner: Fitzsimons Lane Upgrade, submitted by Major Road Projects Victoria.

Community Development

Winner: Enabling Public Participation Through the Community Wellbeing Advisory Forum, submitted by Alexandrina Council.

Judges Encouragement: Melrose Park Community Development Project, submitted by BROOKS Community Engagement; PAYCE Consolidated Pty Ltd & Sekisui House Holdings Pty Ltd.


Highly Commended: Heart Safe Communities, Equipping Residents and Communities to be First Responders, submitted by BROOKS Community Engagement and Michael Hughes Foundation.

Highly Commended: TALK ABOUT – Gaining Community Insights to Improve the Primary Care System, submitted by Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN.


Winner: He Tohu Huarahi Māori: How Māori Language Champions Changed School Traffic Signs, submitted by Te Mātāwai, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.


Winner: Moreton Bay’s Living Coast Plan, submitted by: Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Highly Commended: Shifting the Dial on Single Use Plastics in NSW, submitted by NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

Smart Budget Award: C.Y. O’Connor Beach Erosion Consultation, submitted by City of Cockburn.

Stay tuned for details on the 2024 Core Values Awards, to be announced early 2024.

2024 Core Values Awards – entries open February 2024.

Be recognised in 2024 with the IAP2 Australasia’s Core Values Awards program. Entries for the 2024 Awards will open February 2024.

IAP2 Australasia’s premier Core Values Awards recognise and encourage projects and organisations that are at the forefront of public participation. The awards were created to encourage excellence, quality, and innovation in public participation.

Over the last few years engagement practitioners have faced many new challenges, however, we have still seen some outstanding projects at the forefront of community and stakeholder engagement in Australasia.

Take a look at the case studies from our 2023 winners.

 Useful tips

Comments and tips from Abbie Jeffs, 2018 and 2019 Core Values Judge, from the IAP2 Australasia Core Values Awards Breakfast, Sydney, 31 October 2019.


  • Entries which demonstrate a robust approach to making sense of the data and applying insights to the engagement process attract marks.
  • Those entries that pull multiple elements together tend to float to the top.
  • Well-constructed and tight submissions which are structured against the criteria score well.
  • Proofreading and editing is vital for judges to make sense of your entry, and find the “nuggets of gold” in your entry.
  • The benchmark is high, and entries that demonstrate alignment above and beyond the IAP2 Core Values score well.