Ipswich City Council is committed to meaningful engagement with the community on issues affecting the city and local issues that significantly impact the community. Public participation and engagement is the foundation of good decision-making and is mutually beneficial to the community and council. One of the ways council engages with the community is through its five Community Reference Groups, which are aligned with the five standing committees of council.


Council's Community Reference Groups aim to:

  • Provide a deliberative forum for members to discuss issues of community interest
  • Draw on local knowledge and enhance community voice in decision-making processes and outcomes
  • Build community understanding of council core business functions and specific projects and activities.

Members and Reference Documents

All Community Reference Groups adhere to the guidelines set out by council:

Community Reference Groups