It’s September 2021, you walk into a conference room full of your peers, acquaintances, new faces and old friends. You reach out a hand, share a hug and start telling your stories about the past two years. It feels so good to be reconnecting!

We can’t wait to reconnect with you – and are so excited to be launching the 2021 Community Engagement Summits. We’d love to see you there, and we are sure there will be so many things we can learn from each other.

So we are reaching out to delegates, speakers, sponsors and scholarship applicants who are keen to be involved in this awesome comeback community engagement event! 

This is a Covid Safe Event


Major Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Event Sponsors


• Early Bird – register before 11/8/21 – $995 + GST
• Individual registration – $1395 + GST
• 1 Day Master Class – $695 + GST
• 2 Day Summit + 1 Day Master Class – $1,445 + GST

  • ZOOMED OUT Over video calls? We will explore and relive the engagement lessons from virtual engagement and build on our new understanding of this medium for future engagement.
  • BRING BACK FACE TO FACE! Has Covid-19 diminished the need for face to face engagement? Have we really missed town hall meetings?
  • PEER LEARNINGS We come together to learn from one another, and it is never been more important to share, listen, compare and understand our experiences as practitioners.
  • INCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT Who have we left behind or excluded during this time of virtual engagement? How can we remedy this?
  • INTERACTIVE WALKSHOPS Our ever-popular walkshops return led by place-making experts with tips on how to use place to connect and engage with stakeholders
  • INDUSTRY INNOVATIONS Which companies have adapted and innovated during social distancing to develop tools for us to actually be closer together?

Becky Hirst
Principal Consultant
Becky Hirst Consulting

April Nicholls
Engagement Specialist

Darius Turner
Founding Director Captivate Conferences

Don Sharples
Populus Data

Dr Joel Fredericks
Managing Director
Thrive Engagement

Isabel Thompson
Engage Consultant
Newgate Communications

Tim Holmes
Holmes Group Consulting

Margaret Harvie
Co-Founder and Director
PlanCom Consulting

Nick Tobin
Managing Director
Networked Urban Solutions

Tim Long
Managing Director
Hawkridge Entertainment

Mandi Davidson
National Lead – Communications and Engagement, RPS

Simon Chew
Director, Icon Project Management

Oliver Bates
Director of Customer Success
Social Pinpoint

Rachel Fox
Principal –
Communications and Engagement BD Infrastructure

Professor Roberta Ryan
Inaugural Professor University of

Susan Tracey
Founding Director
ST: Communications and Engagement

Chris Vagg
Pass It On Clothing & Co

Madison Page
Social Inclusion Advisor, John Holland

Danielle Amos
Ward Civil – Manager Community and Stakeholder

Angela Peace
Principal Consultant, APP Consulting

Julie Castle
Managing Director, Struber

Brooke Conroy
Business Improvement Lead, Penrith City Council


  • 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


to make professionals in every industry we work with more connected, collaborative and innovative


participants complete our professional development events
feeling connected to others,
with an excitement to apply new knowledge
to advance their career   



Sydney Community Engagement Summit 2019

Perth Community Engagement Summit 2019


  • Actively participate in a mixture of hands on, lecture and workshop based learning lead by subject experts
  •  Be part of the group that shapes the future of engagement practice across the nation• Learn about professional development opportunities and how to take the next step as a community engagement leader
  • You will meet face to face with leaders, senior engagement professionals and consultants with vast experience in the sector• Hear from leading academics on the latest research in community engagement and digital tools
  • Many opportunities to ask for solutions to challenges you encounter at your organisation• Learn exciting new techniques to better profile and target your audience• Become refreshed and inspired to put new ideas into practice for your community
  • Meet with like-minded people facing the same challenges as yourself• A great opportunity for team building and idea sharing• Learn and interact in a safe, positive and friendly atmosphere.


  • Community and stakeholder engagement practitioners of all levels of experience• Communications and public relations professionals 
  • Public affairs and media relations professionals
  • Digital, online and social media professionals
  • Communications consultants
  • Community development professionals of all levels of experience
  • People who work regularly on the front line with communities• Strategic and land use planners
  • Anyone wanting to improve how their organisation works with communities and stakeholders!

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.”

“When organisations offered examples of what hasn’t worked and what has, it was very applicable.”

“Opportunity to focus on community engagement at an achievable level for local government”

Charity partner

We are proud partner to have Action on Poverty as our charity partner for the 2021 Community Engagement Summit Series.

Scholarship program

We are committed to developing people who wish to further their careers in community engagement. As part of this commitment, we offer scholarship positions to our events and our team actively looks for opportunities to provide mentoring and advice to those looking to further themselves as engagement practitioners.
To apply for a full scholarship to attend an event at the 2021 Community Engagement Summit Series, email and we will get in touch to discuss the simple application process.


There are discounts available for group bookings of 2 or more delegates.
Register online for even bigger savings on group bookings.