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IAP2A Community and Stakeholder Engagement Leaders Retreat


IAP2 Australasia Community and Stakeholder Engagement Leaders Retreat:
Shaping the future for inclusive and accessible engagement

Welcome to the 2023 IAP2 Australasia Community and Stakeholder Engagement Leaders Retreat in Uluru!

This unique retreat is designed for senior leaders who are committed to advancing the practice of community and stakeholder engagement in the public and private sectors. With capped attendance numbers, this retreat offers a unique opportunity for a select group of leaders to come together, share their experiences and insights, and learn from one another in a personalised and intimate setting of Uluru as our inspiration. As senior leaders, you are constantly faced with new challenges and opportunities, and it can be challenging to find the time and space to think deeply about the issues that matter most.

Over the course of three days, attendees will participate in engaging discussions, practical workshops, and networking opportunities with like-minded peers. The retreat’s focus is on empowering senior leaders to develop and implement effective engagement strategies that create positive outcomes for their organisations, stakeholders, and communities. This is a great opportunity to address some of the complex challenges of our time, enriching your leadership of engagement, and influencing engagement outcomes.

At the heart of the retreat is the belief that effective engagement leads to better decision-making and more meaningful outcomes for communities and organisations.  By coming together to share insights, experiences, and best practices, senior leaders can drive positive change and create a more participatory and democratic future. Throughout the retreat, we will explore the themes of connection, collaboration, inclusivity and cultural understanding and examine the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for us as leaders.

But this retreat is not just about work – it’s also about taking a step back, reconnecting with yourself and with nature, and finding inspiration in the beauty of this incredible place. Whether you’re walking in the desert, watching the sunrise over Uluru or sharing stories, we believe that you will find this experience to be transformative and rejuvenating.

Register today and become part of a dynamic and engaged community of senior leaders dedicated to advancing the practice of community and stakeholder engagement in Australasia and beyond.  We hope to have you be part of this exclusive journey, and we look forward to exploring the possibilities with you.


Please note that the below is a preliminary program and subject to change. Information correct as at 25 May 2023.


Wednesday, 31 May
15:00 Check-in

Welcome Session and introductions

Wanari Conference Room 1 – Uluru Meeting Place, Voyages Ayers Rock Resort

Drinks and light refreshments will be served.

16:15 First Session – Setting the Scene
17:00 Free Time

Welcome Reception

Sails in the Desert – Poolside

21:00 Day 1 concludes
Thursday, 1 June


Meet in the Sails in the Desert Hotel foyer and board coach for the Uluru Sunrise tour.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes.


Uluru Sunrise Tour

Uluru, Kata Tjuta National Park

Experience a truly inspiring start to the day and enjoy a delicious breakfast.  From the Uluru sunrise viewing area watch the first sunlight of the day creep across the desert plains as the Red Centre comes to life and then take the Kuniya Walk to the base of the giant monolith.


Back to Hotel to Freshen Up

Full Day Leaders Retreat

Wanari Conference Room, Uluru Meeting Place, Voyages Ayers Rock Resort


Recap and overview – Get to know your topics


Unlocking the Power of Advocacy

IAP2 Australasia, believes that engagement, when done well, improves social, environmental, cultural and economic outcomes and increases trust in the democratic process.  Have your voice heard, learn how to make a real impact and play an active role in shaping IAP2 Australasia’s Advocacy Strategy, Recommendations and Calls to action.

Enjoy your Morning Tea as you move into your first session.


Session 1: First Nations engagement (Major theme)

Re-imagining how engagement is designed and delivered to put First Nations people at the heart of the practice.


Lunch and Networking


Session 2: Engaging with diverse communities (Major theme)

Strategies for effectively engaging with diverse communities and how to ensure that their voices are heard in decision-making processes.  


Reflection and Afternoon Tea


Free Time


Meet in the Sails in the Desert Hotel foyer to board bus for the Field of Light Dinner


Field of Light Dinner

This exclusive dining experience combines the award-winning ‘Sounds of Silence’ dinner under the outback sky with the once-in-a-lifetime Field of Light art installation.

Pass includes:

  • Entrance to Field of Light exhibition
  • Canapés with chilled sparkling wine and drinks
  • Didgeridoo performance
  • Star Talker
  • 3-course bush tucker inspired buffet menu
  • Australian wine and beers, non-alcoholic drinks, tea & coffee
  • 45min walk through the illuminated Field of Light
  • Sweet treats, hot chocolate and port
  • Elevated view from viewing area of Field of Light


Return to Hotel

Friday, 2 June


Breakfast at Leisure and Checkout


Leaders Retreat – Final Session – Show and Tell

Wanari Conference Room, Uluru Meeting Place, Voyages Ayers Rock Resort


Closing Session and What’s Next

Morning Tea will be served


Event ends


Airport Transfers and Departure

Delegates will be provided with a ‘lunch to go’

Event details

When: Wednesday, 31 May – Friday, 2 June 2023

Where: Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, Sails in the Desert, Northern Territory

Registration: AU$1,650 incl gst, which covers all sessions, all functions and return Ayers Rock Airport transfers.

Flights: Ensure your flights are booked to arrive no later than 1:30pm on Wednesday 31 May and your return flight after 1:00pm on Friday 2 June.

Ayers Rock, Yulara Airport Transfers: Ayers Rock Airport is conveniently located just six kilometres from Voyages Ayers Rock Resort (10 minutes travel). Non-Exclusive coach transfers are included. These transfers meet all scheduled flights into and out of Ayers Rock (Yulara) Airport.

Accommodation: Book online through the Voyages Ayers Rock Resort website. Ayers Rock Resort offers a host of accommodation options, allowing delegates to book in accordance with their budget. Bookings should be for 2 nights, check-in Wednesday 31 May and check out Friday 2 June, that is unless you decide to extend your stay!

Dress Code: The dress code for the event and related functions is smart casual. Based on Ayers Rock Resort’s desert location we recommend dressing in layers as the weather can cool right down in early morning and late afternoon – packing a warm jacket is recommended. During the day temperatures will reach 24 degrees. Flat soled shoes are a must, and we advise to avoid light colours as they might return home with a spattering of red dirt from Central Australia.

Contact us: Please call us on 1300 436 424 or email us at membership@iap2.org.au.