2018 IAP2 Australasia Conference

Shake It Up! 

Registrations open

GOLD COAST 23-25 October, 2018

Preliminary Program

(subject to change)

Tuesday 23 October 2018 (from 12 noon onwards)

Masterclass and workshop electives

Connecting public participation and politicians
Public participation initiatives often have a major flaw: forgetting to include the politicians who should be using the input from the public in their decision making. This masterclass workshop will uncover the results of IAP2 Award-winning research, The Ministry of Public Input, which sought the views of politicians themselves through interviews with 50 government ministers.

Aimed at experienced and committed practitioners, this workshop provides an opportunity to think about public participation from the perspective of politicians, covering what government ministers think about public input, and what government ministers want from public input. Participants will dive into recommendations for best practice in how to run politician-friendly public participation.
Dr Jennifer Lees-Marshment, Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Auckland in New Zealand

A citizens’ jury….then what?
The use of citizens' juries, and other deliberative processes, that empower ordinary community members to identify solutions and make recommendations about complex issues and projects that require the balancing of competing interests, is considered to be the ultimate in best practice engagement. These are the projects that engagement professionals want to work on - they are high-profile processes about important issues, and designing and successfully delivering Citizens' Juries can be both professionally and personally satisfying.

But what happens after the jury is over?
Nicola Wass, Principal Consultant, Straight Talk

Engaging with First Nations – Yarning Circle
Participate in interactive discussions about the challenges and learnings for engaging First Nations communities.
Elle Davidson, Indigenous Engagement Specialist, GHD
Plus more electives to be announced soon! Electives will run for 90 minutes or 3 hours between 1pm-5.30pm.

Main conference sessions:
Wednesday 24 October and Thursday 25 October 2018

Plenary sessions and keynote speakers

The Future is better than you think
Future Crunch

Dr Angus Hervey and Tané Hunter are the dynamic duo better known as Future Crunch. They deliver mind blowing presentations that shift perceptions and inspire people to think of new and better ways of doing things in the 21st century.

Optimism is the path to creating a better future. After all, it is those who believe they can change the world that do. That world may be personal, professional or community-based, but whatever the context, it is through an intelligent and courageous optimism about the future that we are inspired to activate the creativity required to live a life of meaning.

Future Crunch provides a big-picture look at the consequences of multiple scientific breakthroughs, disruptive technologies and social advancements that are ‘crunching’ together. They show how our cognitive biases distort our view of the world and prevent us from achieving our true potential. They highlight the successes we’ve achieved in the past to give us confidence as a species moving forward into the future.

Behaviour change
Associate Professor Liam Smith

Liam Smith is the Director of BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA) at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, and one of Australia’s leading authorities on behaviour change.

Liam's primary research interest is human behaviour and he has investigated several behavioural antecedents including emotion, attitudes, norms and values. Liam is committed to using behavioural science to tackle public policy issues for the benefit of individuals and society at large.

Liam will share the value of community engagement in undergoing his research, and his insight into what he has found to be the best tool to really get community to change certain habits. He will also explore some of the major behaviour change projects on the horizon in Australia.

A Conversation with the decision makers

How do decisions makers value community and stakeholder engagement? Where do they see the future of public participation heading?
And more to be announced!

Breakout sessions

Engaging with First Nations

Collective strength - sharing knowledge the traditional way
Tiffanie Ireland, Director of Two Point Co.

Finding common ground
Corie Taylor, Senior Consultant, Indigenous Sector Practice, Climate Change and Sustainability, EY

Future of First Nations engagement
Noel Niddrie, Managing Director, Winangali

Behaviour change and emerging areas in engagement

Consumer trends and the future of community engagement
Kristina Dryzer, Global Director, Trends & Futures, House of Brand Group and Observatory

Community engagement and climate change
Mara Bun, president of the Australian Conservation Foundation, Company Director of the Gold Coast Waterways Authority and former CEO of Green Cross Australia

Navigating complex engagement strategies in the healthcare industry
Naomi Laauli - Manager of Planning and Engagement at Brisbane North PHN

Youth engagement

This is our time. Engaging to Act: the trick and treat of youth engagement
Paul Kooperman, Engage 2 Act Youth; and Senior Project Officer - Engagement at Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

School Engagement: giving the future generation a voice
Dominic Luddy, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Aurecon

Shaking up our thinking about youth voice in government consultations
Dr Robyn Cochrane, Cochrane Research Solutions

Empowering future thought leaders
Anthony Maubach-Howard, Ashley Onari, Peter Gollagher and Vineeta Maruti, GHD

Resilient communities. Resilient practitioners.

Does saying we’re resilient make it so?
Sioux Campbell, Cairns Disaster Management Unit, Cairns Regional Council

GC2018 Commonwealth Games: One Project, Many Possibilities
Julie Castle, Managing Director, Struber

How to stop worrying and love the engagement process
(in urban planning and development projects)

Allan Tranter, Founding Director, Creating Communities

Advancing practice

Professionalising community engagement: steps towards legitimacy or buying in to the system? A debate.

Communication strategies to make public engagement more effective
Kristian Jaakkola         

Why community engagement is a lot like dating!
Cindy Plowman

Digital engagement and technology

Shakin' up digital engagement with wikis
Amanda Newbery & Rob Gravestocks, Articulous

Step into a new world of digital engagement
Amanda Newbery & Rob Gravestocks, Articulous

Engaging communities through an experience: digital engagement and gamification to build Australia’s infrastructure
Nina Milinkovic and Maddy Carville, Aurecon  

Shaking it up! Engagement methods, strategies, approaches and tools

Behind the scenes of participatory budgeting
Kimbra White, MosaicLab; Jeremi Moule, Deputy Secretary, Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet and Mandi Davidson, IAP2

Autopsy of deliberation
Lucy Cole-Edelstein, Straight Talk

Where does our most trusted news come from?
Oliver Freedman, Managing Director of the Reputation Institute and Anne-Marie Kirman, GHD

Case studies

Next Generation community engagement: community ownership, involvement and understanding – lessons from Melbourne’s water sector
And more to be announced!

Friday 26 October 2018

Optional site tours to be announced

Social Events

Young and Emerging Professionals Mixer
Tuesday 23 October, 5:30 – 6:30pm

If you are new to the practice of community and stakeholder engagement, come along and join our Young and Emerging Professionals network in a casual mixer before heading over to the Welcome Reception.

Welcome Reception
Tuesday 23 October, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

The Welcome Reception officially kicks of the 2018 Conference, and is included in your full conference registration. Relax in this cocktail-style function as we ‘shake up’ a few drinks amongst the stunning garden setting at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove.

Core Values Awards Gala Dinner  
Wednesday, 24 October, 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Included in your full conference registration, the conference gala dinner will showcase the 2018 Core Values Awards finalists, and announce the winners!

Full conference registration fee starts from $1200 + GST for members (includes 2 days' conference plus social functions). Day registration passes will start from $600 + GST for members.