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Highlights from IAP2 Australasia

Friday, April 6, 2018  
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UNESCAP and IAP2 Australasia – working together to strengthen engagement and advance the practice.

Supporting the existing partnership established in 2016 between United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and IAP2 International, IAP2 Australasia is working with IAP2 Indonesia and UNESCAP to build an Assessment and Planning Tool for Engagement (Tool).

This Tool will provide a suite of online resources, including tools and templates for assessing and planning engagement. It will contribute to organisations and countries that are working towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals; assess their capacity in community engagement; and will provide a replicable process for use by other organisations and countries.

Once the Tool is complete it will be published on-line and be made freely available as a resource to contribute to strengthening P2 practice around the world.

New Zealand Symposium – Are We There Yet?

Registrations are now open for the New Zealand Symposium in Wellington on Thursday 24 May.

The theme of the Symposium this year is “Are we there yet? The journey so far... A review of engagement practice and the possibilities that lie ahead”, which will be exploring how Community and Stakeholder Engagement is journeying forward as a practice; as an essential part of projects and organisations; and as a profession.

Are we there yet? Come along and find out!

The programme is shaping up to be informative and interesting and we are delighted to announce that NZ Minister for Open Governments, Hon Clare Curran (NZ Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Minister for Government Digital Services, Associate Minister for ACC and Associate Minister of State Services) will be presenting. With her background as a former journalist, as well as previously running her own communications business specialising in campaigns for environmental and social justice issues in New Zealand and Australia, we are looking forward to hearing her perspective and insights.

Keynote presenter, Cissy Rock is also confirmed. Cissy is a passionate agent for change, combining systemic thinking with grass-roots doing, and has over 15 years’ experience working with communities and Local Government. Her energetic session is sure to include pearls of wisdom for everyone.

More information is available at:

Two new Professional Development modules on the horizon

IAP2 Australasia Training have been working with a project panel of stakeholders to develop two new modules - Engagement Facilitation (available from May 2018) and Engagement Evaluation (available from October 2018).

The first module, Engagement Facilitation, aims to upskill engagement practitioners in planning for a facilitation process and to manage the situation in which they find themselves.

Email to learn more.

IAP2 Australasia Conference Announced for the Gold Coast, Queensland in October

Save the date for the 2018 IAP2 Australasia Conference which will be held at the stunning location of the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove in Queensland from 23 – 25 October 2018. A fresh programme “Shake it Up!” is being developed for what we plan to be the biggest IAP2 Australasia Conference ever.

IAP2 Australasia Core Values Awards – entries close 18 April

These awards recognise outstanding Australasian projects, research and organisations that are at the forefront of public participation and community engagement. For more information, contact IAP2 Australasia Marketing Manager, Josie Gruber at