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The Australasian Facilitators Network (AFN) is a self-organising community of practitioners based in Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia and the Pacific, who have been meeting as the AFN since 1998 (and informally, with other identities, since 1992). 

Our focus is on working, learning and sharing with each other.
We share a passion for facilitation and participatory practice in pursuit of better communication, understanding, collaboration and harmony in workplaces, communities, and the world at large.
As an informal unincorporated association of peers, we pay no membership fees for AFN.  
As a self-organising community, we choose for ourselves when to connect, communicate, collaborate and contribute with each other through the network.  

We take responsibility for developing initiatives and organising AFN activities which contribute to our core purpose, developing and spreading new knowledge and capabilities, and fostering innovation.
In return, AFN provides us with a wide range of benefits, including:
  • opportunities to connect with others in a community of interest  
  • a safe forum to explore and test our ideas or validate proposed approaches 
  • access to diverse experience and expertise to expand our horizons, gain knowledge and seek help in addressing challenges in our work and practice 
  • support to be more conscious of, and feel more confident in, our own personal knowledge and practice  
  • a greater sense of professional commitment; and 
  • enhancement of the standing and reputation of facilitation as a profession or calling.  
AFN has a high degree of overlap of membership with the Oceania Region of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) - formerly IAF Australia & New Zealand.  

Click here for a pdf of the IAF Statement of Values and Code of Ethics
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There are several ways in which facilitators can connect with AFN and be supported in their practice.  These include:
  • the AFN email list [this is how you 'join' AFN] 
  • AFN local and regional networking sessions 
  • the annual AFN Conference
  • shared resources

AFN email list:

This is how you 'join' AFN.  Moderated by Bob Dick at
Southern Cross University, the list provides an interactive and responsive vehicle where subscribers can:

  • raise issues and queries 
  • make suggestions; and 
  • post advice of forthcoming events
relating to:
  • facilitation, community engagement, planning and related areas; and 
  • the role, integrity and accreditation of facilitators.
To subscribe to AFN send an email to the list, with the Subject = subscribe.
Alternatively, visit
and follow the instructions.
This is also where you need to head if you wish to unsubscribe from the list.

For enquiries about the list which cannot be satisfied by visiting the page above, please contact the moderator 

AFN local and regional network sessions

Many areas have regular network sessions.  Here is a sample:
Further contact details will be added to this page over time.  
Please advise if you have
additional network contacts.  

Annual AFN Conference

This is where professional and voluntary facilitators, supporters and students gather to ‘sharpen the saw’, reflect, discuss, debate, learn, share, meet, mix, create and recreate. 

Visit the AFN Conferences page to find:
  • information about the forthcoming conference(s)  - the Conference Website is
  • a record of past conferences (with links still available to some) 
  • material posted following conferences e.g. evaluations, proceedings etc.  
For information on other IAF affiliated conferences see the Links to Events page. 

Shared Resources

The rich and varied experience and expertise available through AFN leads at times to pooling of information and other resources.  This arises from threads of exchange on the email list, from local networking sessions, or from individual subscribers.  This kind of shared material is accessed through the Resources: Reviews & Links page.


The Roberta Mead Scholarship aims to support the development of practicing facilitators in Western Australia by providing funds (Annual Scholarship) to encourage international or national participation in a learning event which will develop Facilitation knowledge and skills.  This may be such things as attending the IAF Conference, or attending a particular  training program.
The Scholarship honours the outstanding contribution made to the profession of facilitation by our late and highly esteemed colleague Roberta Mead. 

Please see the 
Background Information (pdf) and Scholarship Application (Word doc) for more details.  This content varies from year to year.


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