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Welcome

In a dynamic, interconnected society, public sector governance requires agile strategy, solid leadership skills and forward-thinking vision to deliver results for governments and citizens.

As the public sector reinvigorates its approach to service provision, leaders are finding new ways to boost performance, achieve goals, and lead successful and meaningful public sector careers.

Gathering senior public servants from agencies and departments at all levels of government, the Public Sector Forum examines how the public service can thrive in a society of rapidly changing needs and expectations.

Emphasising leadership and innovation, this is the essential event for public servants looking to make an impact across their department and across the sector.

Why attend?

The Public Sector Forum is an event like no other – a unique opportunity that congregates an esteemed gathering of executive and management level public servants from across Australia.

This is your guide to the modern public service, a strategic event crafted for – and delivered by – the nation’s foremost influencers from across the public sector.

  • Hear the latest thinking on the direction of the Australian public service
  • Acquire actionable insights for your department in a changing world
  • Gain exposure to new strategies and thought leaders from government
  • Engage with the latest trends in public sector leadership, vision, change management, productivity, innovation, data analytics and more
  • Hear forward insight on changes to the structure, efficiency and culture of the public service
  • Network at dedicated breaks, lunches and networking drinks with other senior leaders
  • Determine  the year ahead for the public sector

Gain Access

// 6+ Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 30+ industry speakers
// 150+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment

Speakers


speaker
Margus Sarapuu
Head of Zero-Bureaucracy
Republic of Estonia
speaker
Professor Peter Singer AC
Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics
University Center for Human Values, Princeton University (USA)
speaker
Benjamin P. Taylor
Chief Executive
Public Service Transformation Academy (UK)
speaker
Shen Dingli
Vice Dean of the Institute of International Affairs
Fudan University (CHN)
speaker
Charlene Chang
Senior Director (Development), Public Service Division
Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore
speaker
The Hon. John Lloyd PSM
Australian Public Service Commissioner
speaker
Senator The Hon. Fiona Nash
Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Local Government and Territories, Minister for Regional Communications
speaker
Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn
Deputy Commissioner
NSW Police Force
speaker
Mark Sowerby
Chief Entrepreneur
Queensland Government
speaker
Professor Peter Shergold AC
Chancellor
Western Sydney University
speaker
Sandy Pitcher
Chief Executive Officer
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
speaker
Dr John Hewson AM
Former Federal Liberal Leader
speaker
Graeme Head
Commissioner
NSW Public Service Commission
speaker
Jeremy Moon
Director
NSW Data Analytics Centre
speaker
Michael Pratt
Customer Service Commissioner
NSW Government
speaker
Judi Childs
Director, Public Sector Management Group
ACT Government
speaker
Richard Mackey
Director of Strategic Research
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
speaker
Karin Geraghty
Chief Information Officer
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
speaker
Colin Fairweather
Chief Information Officer
City of Melbourne
speaker
Dr Maria Milosavljevic
Chief Innovation Officer
AUSTRAC
speaker
Libby Lyons
Director
Workplace Gender Equality Agency
speaker
Rachael Jackson
Senior Executive – People
Australian Government Department of Finance
speaker
Fiona Menzies
Chief Executive Officer
Creative Partnerships Australia
speaker
Steve Hodgkinson
Chief Information Officer
Victorian Department of Health & Human Services
speaker
Tom Rogers
Electoral Commissioner
Australian Electoral Commission
speaker
Tim Barker
Chief Information Officer
Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation
speaker
Jenny Davis
Executive Director
Infrastructure NSW
speaker
Nigel Cadywould
Director of Customer Engagement
CenITex
speaker
Dr Rachna Gandhi
Chief Executive Officer
Service NSW
speaker
Leilani Frew
Executive Director, Head of Commissioning and Contestability
NSW Treasury
speaker
Caroline Walsh
Group Manager for APS Reform
Australian Public Service Commission
speaker
Robin Renwick
First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Services Division
Australian Government
speaker
Sonya Sherman
Industry Solutions Principal
Objective Corporation
speaker
Steve Ingram
Partner
PwC
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Sessions

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Tuesday 20th June 2017
  • 08:20Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 08:45Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    Graeme Head
    Commissioner
    NSW Public Service Commission
  • 08:50Official Welcome

    Federal Government Initiatives in Keeping Local Government Strong (Via Video)
    Senator The Hon. Fiona Nash
    Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Local Government and Territories, Minister for Regional Communications
  • 09:00Opening Keynote

    Transformation for Improved Outcomes - Reform and Change for the Better
    Benjamin P. Taylor
    Chief Executive
    Public Service Transformation Academy (UK)
  • 09:35Leadership Session

    A Vital Vision, a Meaningful Mission: Public Sector Leadership in 2017 and Beyond

    Today’s public sector leaders are expected to be proactive and purposeful initiators of change, adept at managing multiple dimensions of leadership – including personal, civil, institutional, governmental, relational and performative factors. How are trends in the political and social environment shaping new approaches to public sector leadership? What kinds of aims, skills and qualities can leaders nurture to improve motivation and productivity in the public sector? What strategies can ensure the public sector continues to attract and retain diverse, talented and principled leaders?

    Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn
    Deputy Commissioner
    NSW Police Force
    Michael Pratt
    Customer Service Commissioner
    NSW Government
    Professor Peter Shergold AC
    Chancellor
    Western Sydney University
    Benjamin P. Taylor
    Chief Executive
    Public Service Transformation Academy (UK)
  • 10:25Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:05Partner Keynote

    Transformation Inside-Out: Empower your 'Forgotten' Customer

    The nature of the workforce and how people work is fundamentally changing. Just like our customers, employees are increasingly digital, mobile and networked. Although public services are becoming more dynamic, work processes often remain analogue and linear. What impact does this have on collaboration, innovation and approaches to problem-solving? How can you empower knowledge workers to transform the business of government from the inside out?

    Sonya Sherman
    Industry Solutions Principal
    Objective Corporation
  • 11:35Innovation Session

    From Innovation to Value Creation: Enabling an Agile and Responsive Public Sector

    In an age where innovation has daily implications, the Australian public service is refocusing on the needs of citizens and stakeholders in order to find new ways to be efficient and effective. How can public sector leaders empower themselves and their employees to improve their creativity, decision-making skills and responsiveness to the needs of the public? What might senior public servants learn from private sector innovation, and to what extent are these insights relevant or redundant in a public sector context? How are public sector leaders determining the right balance between innovation and risk mitigation? How can public servants translate innovation into practical, everyday processes?

    Dr Maria Milosavljevic
    Chief Innovation Officer
    AUSTRAC
    Colin Fairweather
    Chief Information Officer
    City of Melbourne
    Karin Geraghty
    Chief Information Officer
    Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
    Robin Renwick
    First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Services Division
    Australian Government
  • 12:25Keynote Interview

    Building the Future Economy – A Role for Government
    Mark Sowerby
    Chief Entrepreneur
    Queensland Government
  • 12:55Lunch & Networking

  • 13:55Service Delivery Session

    Dynamic Design, Solid Outcomes: Strengthening Public Sector Service Delivery

    With the right blend of people and policy, technology and strategy, the public sector can deliver practical and personalised services to benefit the Australian population of today and tomorrow. How is the input of government, businesses and community groups combining to make services more relevant, convenient and effective? How are leaders aligning tactical and operational improvements in service delivery with longer-term objectives? Amid resource constraints, cost savings and deadlines, how are leaders ensuring that services remain valuable, ethical and user-friendly? What advantages, limitations and opportunities are arising from the use of digital and social platforms in service delivery?

    Tim Barker
    Chief Information Officer
    Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation
    Fiona Menzies
    Chief Executive Officer
    Creative Partnerships Australia
    Nigel Cadywould
    Director of Customer Engagement
    CenITex
    Dr Rachna Gandhi
    Chief Executive Officer
    Service NSW
  • 14:45Keynote

    Guiding Principles In Service of the Public
    The Hon. John Lloyd PSM
    Australian Public Service Commissioner
  • 15:15Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

  • 15:45Stakeholder Management Session

    Return on Relationships: Energising and Optimising Stakeholder Management

    In a society fuelled by connectivity, public servants are constantly navigating the promises, perils and protocols surrounding stakeholder management, from communication to engagement to collaboration. What do public sector leaders find most valuable – and most challenging – when working with other departments and external partners? How can leaders and teams foster authentic engagement and ongoing dialogue with important stakeholders? Faced with rising expectations around transparency and accountability, how can public sector leaders maintain stakeholder trust and loyalty?

    Sandy Pitcher
    Chief Executive Officer
    Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
    Libby Lyons
    Director
    Workplace Gender Equality Agency
    Rachael Jackson
    Senior Executive – People
    Australian Government Department of Finance
  • 16:35Keynote

    The Innovation Imperative
    Margus Sarapuu
    Head of Zero-Bureaucracy
    Republic of Estonia
  • 17:15Closing Remarks from the Chairman

    Graeme Head
    Commissioner
    NSW Public Service Commission
  • 17:20Networking Drinks Reception

  • 18:20Close of Day One

Wednesday 21st June 2017
  • 08:50Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 09:05Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    Graeme Head
    Commissioner
    NSW Public Service Commission
  • 09:10Keynote

    Public Sector Performance in Action
    Charlene Chang
    Senior Director (Development), Public Service Division
    Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore
  • 09:50Change Management Session

    Resilient, Ready and Responsive: Launching and Leading Change in the Public Sector

    Adapting to changes in policies, structure, roles and capacities is imperative for the public service to sustain its relevance and its positive impacts on society. How can the considered, strategic input of public sector leaders make change management more successful? What steps can leaders take to communicate changes in strategy, structure, priorities and expectations, without compromising organisational vision and purpose? How can work environments be designed or updated to improve the productivity, inclusion and job satisfaction of public sector employees? How are leaders tapping into the diverse skills, perspectives and aspirations of an intergenerational workforce?

    Judi Childs
    Director, Public Sector Management Group
    ACT Government
    Charlene Chang
    Senior Director (Development), Public Service Division
    Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore
    Caroline Walsh
    Group Manager for APS Reform
    Australian Public Service Commission
  • 10:40Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:10Platinum Keynote

    Cyber Security in the Public Sector
    Steve Ingram
    Partner
    PwC
  • 11:35Data & Analytics Session

    The New Compass of Data Analytics: Turning Expectations into Reality

    Data holds the potential to convert ideas into innovation, efficiency and cost savings provided it is accurate, useful, well governed and secure. How can the public sector boost the opportunities and infrastructure needed to sustain exemplary data leadership? In what ways are data and analytics improving policy innovation, risk management and performance measurement? How are leaders complying with Federal, State and Territory privacy legislation when sharing sensitive data across jurisdictions, between agencies and within research bodies? Are the data governance and data security efforts of the public sector on track to build and maintain the trust of the Australian public?

    Jeremy Moon
    Director
    NSW Data Analytics Centre
    Richard Mackey
    Director of Strategic Research
    Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • 12:25Keynote

    Ethical Accountability in Public Life
    Professor Peter Singer AC
    Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics
    University Center for Human Values, Princeton University (USA)
  • 13:00Lunch & Networking

  • 14:00Future Session

    People, Potential and Progress: The Public Sector’s Role in Powering the Future

    Over the next decade, public sector leaders will be expected to deliver more strategy, innovation and measurable value than ever before. How are public sector leaders becoming more future-oriented, and helping their organisations to do the same? What skills and resources will enable leaders and their teams to thrive in an increasingly dynamic and transdisciplinary future? How is the public sector reinventing its image to appeal to Millennials and Generation Z? As Australia’s demographics, technology, policy and economy change in the next five to ten years, what approaches might public sector leaders take to maintain integrity and nurture empathy for their staff and citizens?

    Steve Hodgkinson
    Chief Information Officer
    Victorian Department of Health & Human Services
    Tom Rogers
    Electoral Commissioner
    Australian Electoral Commission
    Jenny Davis
    Executive Director
    Infrastructure NSW
    Leilani Frew
    Executive Director, Head of Commissioning and Contestability
    NSW Treasury
  • 14:50Keynote

    Tempering Tensions - Public Sector Expertise in a Volatile World
    Shen Dingli
    Vice Dean of the Institute of International Affairs
    Fudan University (CHN)
  • 15:20Closing Remarks from Chairman

    Graeme Head
    Commissioner
    NSW Public Service Commission
  • 15:25Close of Forum

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Sponsorship

www.objective.com/industries/public-sector

Objective Corporation – Powering Government Transformation with Information.

With a heritage in Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Objective extends governance capability throughout the modern workplace; across information, processes and collaborative work-spaces.

Through a seamless user experience, people can access the information they need to optimise their operations.

PwC Australia helps organisations and individuals create the value they’re looking for. We are a member firm of the PwC network, made up of 207,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, financial advisory and consulting services.
PwC is one of Australia’s leading professional services firms, bringing the power of our global network of firms to help Australian businesses, not-for-profit organisations and governments assess their performance and improve the way they work. Having grown from a one-man Melbourne accountancy practice in 1874 to the worldwide merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand in 1998, PwC Australia now employs more than 6,000 people

The Public Sector Forum is exclusively crafted for senior public servants from across all levels of government. Delivered by the sector’s most distinguished leaders, this event offers a powerful agenda within a sophisticated executive networking environment.

Being a sponsor of the event actively works for you before, during and after the event, increasing your credibility in the minds of senior decision-makers.

Enhance your market visibility, put your CEO on the programme and gain dedicated face-to-face time with an influential audience in a specialised closed event environment.

Tim Lockwood – Commercial Manager
Tel: 02 8004 3172
Email: timl@cmgroup.com.au

Venue

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour,
150 Day St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia.

Accommodation

To receive a discount on rooms. Contact reservations directly on (02) 9261 1188 and quote 1705PUBFOR

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Packages Early Bird Price (ends 5 May) Standard Price (from 6 May)
Government: 1 Delegate $1995 Inc. GST $2495 Inc. GST
Government: 4 Delegates (Includes 1 Free) $5985 Inc. GST $7485 Inc. GST
Service Provider* (Limit – 1 delegate) $3995 Inc. GST $3995 Inc. GST

* This option is for service providers to public servants. Service providers may only have one representative at the event and must submit an online application for internal review.

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  • Terms & Conditions

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    Delegate Package:

    Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to speaker presentations. Please note: not all speakers choose to provide presentation papers. One delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not registered.

    Payment & Discounts:

    Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event. Please note: Registrations made within 7 days of the event can only be paid via credit card.

    Organiser’s Rights:

    Connect Media Group endeavours to ensure the conference programme and speaker line-up is correct at the time of the event. All advertised details are correct at time of publishing. Due to unforeseen circumstances Connect Media Group reserves the right to alter the programme prior to the event without notice. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone this event when full refunds will be issued. Connect Media Group reserves the right to deny access to any individual that engages in or is alleged to engage in practices that are considered unprofessional and inappropriate for a business conference. We reserve the right to deny access to delegates that may affect the client / vendor ratio of attendance in favour of the interests of sponsors and commercial partners of the event.

    Photography and Video

    Connect Media Group may take photographs and/or video of the event you are attending and in doing so your image may be included in the photographs and videos reproduced and distributed by Connect Media Group in any medium to any part of the world.  By attending the event you irrevocably agree to submit your image for reproduction by Connect Media Group in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise team@cmgroup.com.au

    Cancellation Policy:
    A substitute delegate is welcome at any time provided the request is made in writing. A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Full payment is required within 7 days of registration – if payment is not received in this time and cancellation is requested more than 10 days after registration – payment is to be honoured.

    Privacy Disclosure:

    We take your privacy seriously. Information collected on this registration will be held in the strictest of confidence on a secure database. This information may be used in order to contact you regarding future events, product development and services offered. If you do not wish to be contacted please email team@cmgroup.com.au To view our full privacy policy please visit: http://www.connectmediagroup.com.au/privacy-policy/

  • FAQ

    What’s included in my delegate pass? A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to provided speaker presentations.

    Is there a group booking discount? Yes – when you book 3 delegates a 4th attends for free. The group booking discount will be calculated by reducing the individual cost of each pass by deducting the free pass from the total booking amount. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact team@cmgroup.com.au

    Can I transfer my pass? A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time prior to the event, provided the request is made in writing to team@cmgroup.com.au

    How do I receive my delegate pass? Following the completion of your registration and payment, you will receive an email confirmation. We will contact you via email one week before the event to provide final information regarding your participation. Delegate badges and all event material will be provided upon arrival at the event – nothing will be sent in the post.

    What is a Service Provider? A service provider refers to an individual or organisation who supplies products and/or services to the primary audience of public servants. Service providers may only have one representative at the event. A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. All service providers who apply for a pass will be reviewed internally before a registration is completed.

    Is media registration available? No, this is a closed and confidential event. Media registrations are not available.

    Cancellation Policy A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Will there be a delegate list available? No, Connect Events does not provide delegate lists to attendees.