Be part of a fresh and exciting event that will advance the practice of Community Engagement and create better outcomes for communities across Australia.
The 2018 Community Engagement Summit Series has been designed with the belief that contemporary, high quality professional development for engagement practitioners is the cornerstone of delivering even better outcomes for our communities in the future.
Session 1: Emerging trends in engagement This session will explore the most pressing and relevant trends for engagement practitioners. Presenters will reflect on the past 12 months and provide observations and examples of where they think the industry is heading in the near future. The session will uncover emerging techniques, as well as look at engagement across industries and delve into how this impacts the way we plan and deliver projects.
Session 2: Engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities Engaging with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities This session is designed to create better outcomes when we engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and community members from a CALD background. Hear from experienced practitioners who will provide advice based on their experience working with and as part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and CALD communities.
Session 3: Digital and virtual engagement Each year we aim to bring you updates on new and emerging technology which can help make engagement fun, interesting and more effective. This year our program offers some very exciting demonstrations of digital engagement, virtual and augmented reality which has been used to great effect. The session will feature presentations from universities, leading tech companies and organisations who are using these tools to better engage.
Session 4: Careers in community and stakeholder engagement Have you ever thought about where a career in community and stakeholder could take you? Our diverse panel of engagement professionals will talk through the many paths and trajectories a career in this industry can take you. We’ll discuss careers in the government and private sector, consulting and contract work and even working for yourself. The session will also delve into what study and qualifications you should seek, and whether a standardised qualification should be available to professionals in this sector.
Session 5: Engaging with regional and remote communities This session features organisations who work with regional and remote communities on a daily basis, sharing their stories and successes. Hear real-life examples of how to best engage with regional and remote communities and how to reach those in geographically challenging locations.
Session 6: Interactive group learning sessions Throughout the two days take part in group learning which is designed so that participants can network, share challenges and wins and learn from the wealth of knowledge in the room.
Exciting program of industry experts for our 2018 Summits
Participants have taken great value from attending our previous Community Engagement Summits – here’s what they said:
“The topics covered across the 2 days of the Summit were interesting and relevant to engagement practice. All speakers were engaging and passionate about their work. I enjoyed both days and feel I will use some of the ideas in my work.”
“When organisations offered examples of what hasn’t worked and what has, it was very applicable.”
“I felt the presenters were very open… and as such were able to give great feedback/ pointers for similar projects.”
“Opportunity to focus on community engagement at an achievable level for local government”
“There was an interesting mix of speakers and lots of opportunities to network and meet people.”
Welcome We are pleased to officially launch the 2018 Community Engagement Summit Series. This is our third successive year hosting the series, and to date we have had participants from over 150 organisations across five states join us to share and learn the latest in community engagement. Our events are planned and designed through research, networking and talking to industry leaders to ensure we are delivering content which is fresh, useful and up to date. Our objective has always been to advance community engagement across the country through quality professional development. We aim to do this by bringing engagement practitioners together to share examples, stories and case studies so we can all learn from each other’s successes and the challenges we face as we engage with our communities and stakeholders. This is a dynamic and changing industry, with many new and exciting ways to plan and deliver community engagement. The Summit Series theme this year, ‘full sphere of engagement’ reflects that practitioners need to be at the top of their game across a broad range of topics. As such we have assembled presenters and facilitators with expertise across many areas of practice. We hope you will join us to in Sydney or Perth this year as we are sure you will take a lot away from this exciting series of events!
Darius Turner Joel Fredericks CO-CHAIR CO-CHAIR
WHAT MAKES THIS A MUST ATTEND EVENT
• Experience industry leading engagement practitioners sharing their knowledge in an interactive setting • A community engagement event run by community engagement practitioners • A fresh approach to community engagement conference style events with a focus on participation and interaction • Contemporary and future-focused demonstrations of tools and techniques to help reach your audience • Updates from leading community engagement academics on how research is leading practice • Tips and ideas which can be used to deliver high quality engagement with your communities
Charity Partner We are proud partner to have Action on Poverty as our charity partner for the 2018 Community Engagement Summit Series