2016 IAP2 Australasia Conference

The Future of Engagement and Democracy

The world of Community Engagement is rapidly expanding and evolving. More and more public, private and not-for-profit sector organisations are recognising the value of engaging those affected by their decisions and are embracing a mix of techniques, technologies and tools to carry this out.

Registrations are closed.

ADELAIDE October 17-19, 2016


There are three key themes for this year's conference - People, Power, Practice.

The People theme will focus on overcoming barriers to participation - showcase examples of community led engagement, tools for building capacity in your organisation or community and designing inclusive approaches.

People are at the heart of engagement, they are why we engage and they dictate how.

The digital age offers new possibilities to reach people more than ever before, to overcome barriers and traditional hurdles. Community led engagement is the way of the future, join us as we showcase exemplary models, get the tools you need to build capacity in your organisation and the brush to design inclusive approaches.

The Power theme will focus on reaching the decision makers, value of partnerships, empowerment and ownership in engagement and social responsibility.

Power is not just about reaching influencers and decision makers- although that is important in terms of creating an impact, it’s about the empowerment of individuals.

Join us as we unpack and unlock empowerment. It’s about giving a voice to the voiceless, forging partnerships for success and taking ownership to deliver outcomes.

Power is responsibility and this includes social responsibility- find out why it doesn’t have to be at the expense of financial responsibility.


The Practice theme will focus on deliberative processes, innovation, showcasing best practice locally, nationally and internationally.

Ever hear of consultation fatigue? People are tired of token efforts that lack transparency or clear process. Their cynicism grows with every attempt to seek feedback that goes on to be seemingly ignored once again. Deliberative processes have transformed 21st century engagement and will continue to play an active role in the future as people understand best practice and crave relevant information.

Deliberative polling, mapping and workshops are showcasing best practice locally, nationally and internationally. Innovative approaches like Citizens Juries are widely accepted and achieving phenomenal results that ultimately save time and money. Learn more about practical examples for your organisation that can be implemented immediately.

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The 2016 IAP2 Australasia Conference - The Future of Engagement and Democracy will be held as part of Open State. Open State will bring more than 10,000 people together with four national conferences and a range of open innovation events.
Held over ten days, Open State will include national conferences, workshops and symposiums in Adelaide – celebrating South Australia as a place open to the world’s best ideas and as a leader in collaboration to solve complex problems.

Open State will connect leading national and international experts with people in our community to explore how new ideas and collaboration can create the path to the future.

Open State will feature four national conferences:

  • Institute of Public Administration (IPAA) National Conference
  • Integrity 2016 – Inaugural Conference
  • Australian information Industry Association (AIIA) National Event
  • 2016 IAP2 Australasia Conference - The Future of Engagement and Democracy

In addition, there will be a range of independent events including:

  • Adelaide Festival of Ideas
  • Of the People symposium organised by the New Democracy Foundation.