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Embedding Community Engagement in Local Government in South Australia

The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) has a long association with IAP2 which commenced in 2004. A group of council staff from the Cities of Adelaide, Charles Sturt and Onkaparinga started a network with a session entitled “The Good, the bad and how not to let it get ugly”! They held this session because they wanted to learn about the practice of community engagement. And 12 years on, there is a growing culture of good practice community engagement in SA.

This is supported by the LGASA through continuous updates of the Local Government Community Engagement Handbook: A Model Framework for leading practice in Local Government in South Australia in consultation with councils and through the LGASA Education and Training Program. Here is what one participant had to say about the training:

“Absolutely fantastic and well worth the five day commitment is how Alexandrina Opal Manager, Linda Scholz rates the LGA Education and Training Program IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation course. For anyone working in local government who has an interest in community engagement, I would highly recommend it, said Linda”.


Recently, the LGA Communicators Network participated in a World Cafe to help them develop a Strategic Plan for Communication Practices in South Australia. This was an example of how the LGA is using the model engagement framework internally. Community Engagement is alive and well in local government in South Australia.


Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) is the people theme partner of this year’s IAP2 Australasia conference in Adelaide, October 17-19.

Visit www.iap2conference.com.au for more information.