Public Participation for Decision Makers (Melbourne, VIC)
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Public Participation for Decision Makers (Melbourne, VIC)

IAP2 trainer Tanya Burdett is pleased to present the Public Participation for Decision Makers course for the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) in Melbourne, Australia.

Where: Melbourne, Australia

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The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) “Public Participation for Decision Makers” course helps participants understand what is required to get the best value from an engagement process.

The session offers a perspective on how public participation can be integrated into the overall project plan. It examines the ‘why’, the costs and benefits of public participation, explores involvement of the public in decisions, and emphasises the importance of both the decision being made and the promise to the public about their involvement in that process.

It also explores the various aspects of good engagement planning (stakeholder and issue identification, understanding core values and policy/project processes) in the context of a decision-making process – working through the opportunities for influence at different stages. Finally, the session provides an overview of the public participation practitioner's role. Case studies are drawn from the Trainers’ experience and those relevant to participants to provide maximum learning and relevance.


Anyone involved in any aspect of community engagement, and anyone involved with decision making in some way. It is ideal for all levels of government, private practice and non-government organisations. Elected members also benefit from the training.


At the conclusion of this course, participants will have learned:

  • How public participation ties into their decision-making process
  • When and why to have the public participate in their decisions (and when not to)
  • The participant’s unique role and commitment
  • Key concepts that must be considered to be effective when involving others.



Tanya Burdett RPIA is a Licensed Trainer with IAP2. Tanya is committed to training, capacity building, and sharing experiences and stories on best practice experienced throughout her 24+ year career in planning, environmental assessment and public participation.

Tanya has worked on large national programs in the water, transport and planning sectors in the UK, major infrastructure projects including high speed rail (UK), level crossing removals and regional rail projects (Victoria), and smaller town or site-based engagement programs for master plans or site-specific development proposals.

She has delivered IAP2 training and other capacity building activities to over 550 participants from over 38 countries, including throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region.