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Professional development and networking events


We will hold a mix of professional development and networking events throughout the year. They’re a great opportunity for professional communicators to build their networks, acquire new skills and learn about the current trends in business communications.

The best ideas come from our members and the broader communication community. If there’s a topic you’d like to learn more about, let us know and we’ll take it into consideration when we plan our upcoming events. We’d love to hear your event suggestions - please email us at IABCWest@gmail.com

If you are interested in presenting to the IABC Western Australia membership group, we would love to hear from you, too.

18 march 2019

The Great Debate

IABC Western Australia’s inaugural Great Debate on Thursday 21 February 2019 was a sell-out event which did not disappoint.

MC extraordinaire Andrea Burns kept the excellent verbal sparring reasonably under control and the audience was treated to wide-ranging perspectives and plenty of humour.

The negative team, arguing that Communication Professionals Are NOT Just Spin Doctors, won the night and Bill Townsend picked up the gong for Best Debater.

For a full recap of the event, have a look at the wrap from our Event Sponsor, Cannings Purple, here: https://news.canningspurple.com.au/they-camethey-sawthey-debated-mostly-civilly/

Past Events


21 February 2019

The Great Debate

We’ve all heard the myth that Communication Professionals Are Just Spin Doctors. We’ll be putting that theory to the test on Thursday 21 February when we kick off our year with a light-hearted debate featuring some of the best in the business, pitting some of WA’s best-known journalists against three of our industry’s most senior communication specialists.

Hosted by TV and radio personality Andrea Burns, the debate will feature: ABC Radio’s new Focus host and former political reporter Jessica Strutt, Chief Reporter at The Australian Andrew Burrell and ABC News business reporter Kathryn Diss.

Presenting the case for the communicators will be Cannings Purple national director (and ex journo) Karen Brown, INPEX General Manager External Affairs and Joint Venture Bill Townsend and Head of Corporate Affairs, Media and Communication at HBF Andrew Walton.

This IABC Western Australia event is proudly sponsored by Cannings Purple.


  • Thursday 21 February 2019

  • 5.30pm for 6:00pm start (networking drinks from 5:30pm)

  • Cannings Purple,
    Ground Floor, Brookfield Place Tower 2,
    123 St Georges Terrace Perth

  • IABC members $30
    MEAA/WiM members $45
    Non-members $55

Questions? Email for more info: IABCWest@gmail.com, @iabcwa #iabcwa


20 NOVEMBER 2018

Canapes, Conversation
& Connections (Networking Event)

  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018

  • 5.30pm to 7.30pm

  • Aurora Rooftop Bar @ The Melbourne Hotel
    33 Milligan Street , Perth

  • $20 non-members | FREE for members
    includes canapes


Book your ticket now at EVENTBRITE: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/professional-networking-event-tickets-51512770082

Join us at IABC Western Australia’s networking/sundowner event. We are looking forward to a dynamic 2019 for IABC Western Australia. Come and enjoy a drink and network with old and new communications colleagues as the end of this year edges closer. Find out how IABC can support you in your career.

Questions? Email for more info: IABCWest@gmail.com, @iabcwa #iabcwa


PERTH, WA: Networking/Sundowner event #IABCAPACinWA for communication professionals

20 MARCH 2018

Inaugural Sundowner

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018

  • 5pm to 7pm

  • @ The Terrace Hotel (front bar)
    237 St Georges Terrace, Perth

  • $30 non-members | $25 members
    includes canapes and drinks


Book your ticket now at EVENTBRITE: tinyurl.com/ydfttova
For more info: IABCWest@gmail.com | asiapacific.iabc.com

Join us at IABC APAC's networking/sundowner event, following our first ever masterclass, "Leadership Skills for Communication Professionals" in Perth, Tuesday 20 March.

See IABC APAC events page for masterclass info & registration.

We’d love to see you for both, or just come along for the networking. We have big plans for IABC in WA and look forward to sharing them with you then.

Email for more info: IABCWest@gmail.com


20 MARCH 2018

Inaugural Masterclass: Leadership Skills for Communication Professionals (10 CPD Credits)


Explore the demands of communication leadership and the skills and attributes needed to lead an effective team and achieve key organisational outcomes.

This class is taught by Adrian Cropley, ABC, FRSA and draws on his extensive years of business, HR, communication and change experience, coupled with leading practices of his global clients. During the program, Adrian will help attendees through some of their specific challenges. Expect to walk away with helpful solutions, tools and techniques and have fun in the process.


  • Management vs. leadership - what's the difference

  • dentifying and developing your existing leadership qualities

  • Collaborative working and relationship building

  • Increasing your influence to become a strategic leader


The manager vs. the leader

  • Learn the characteristics and behaviours of effective leaders

  • Review the manager versus leader inventory

Explore the team and the Parker Team Survey

  • Discover the attributes of a high performing team

  • Define teams and explore the Parker Team Player Survey

  • Build great relationships and get the best out of people

  • Gain insights into emotional intelligence and the emotional competence framework

  • Explore how you influence others

Be an influencer and strategic advisor

  • Understand why people come to you for advice and how to build your value

  • Be a strategic advisor and trusted business partner in your organisation

  • Keep people coming back for value-added work where you can make the biggest impact on driving the business

Email for more info: IABCWest@gmail.com