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About 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.


Our why

IAP2 Australasia’s mission is to advance the practice of community and stakeholder engagement through education, advocacy and building partnerships.


Who we are

IAP2 Australasia is proud to be recognised as an affiliate of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

We are a member association incorporating individuals, governments, institutions and other entities that affect the public interest throughout the world.

As a not-for-profit organisation, our aim is to advance the community engagement profession by providing training in, and communicating the principles of, public participation and how to achieve effective community and stakeholder engagement (or public participation).

The Australasian Affiliate, created by a handful of far-sighted, dedicated individuals in 1998 is one of the largest and fastest growing regions of the International Association.

With the implementation of a new governance structure in 2013, the current IAP2 Australasia Ltd Constitution was developed.


What we do

IAP2 Australasia:

  • Leads the national conversation on authentic community and stakeholder engagement.
  • Advocates for genuine community and stakeholder engagement in alignment with the IAP2 Quality Assurance Standard for Community and Stakeholder Engagement.
  • Recognises, publishes and awards best-practice through the annual IAP2 Core Value Awards.
  • Leads the professionalisation of the sector through education, events, professional development, research and standards.
  • Collaborates with key strategic partners to pursue our research and advocacy agendas.


IAP2 Tools

As an international leader in public participation, IAP2 has developed tools that are widely used and acknowledged.

These include the Core Values for Public Participation for use in the development and implementation of public participation processes; and the IAP2 Public Participation Spectrum which assists with the selection of the level of participation that defines the public’s role in any community engagement program.

Additionally, the Quality Assurance Standard for Community and Stakeholder Engagement, is recognised as the international standard for public participation practice.



2019 IAP2A Community Survey Findings | Closing the loop summary

For many years, the International Association for Public Participation Australasia (IAP2A) has commissioned a member survey on a regular basis. In 2018, members of the IAP2A Research Working Group reviewed previous surveys and supported IAP2A to launch a redesigned Community Survey.

This summary report presents the 2019 findings.

Strategic Plan to 2021

The current Strategic Plan outlines the goals and initiatives for our Affiliate as we work towards becoming the “go to” place for community and stakeholder engagement.

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.