IPAA on Q – edition three

Welcome to our last edition for 2017!

Photo: Robert Setter

We’re excited about the conversations we have started with you this year and the professional networks we’re creating with our renewed IPPA presence in Queensland.

How the landscape of public policy is changing and how public sector leaders will need to adapt was at the centre of discussions at the recent IPAA National Conference in Canberra. These themes resonate strongly here in Queensland and we will continue to build on them into the New Year. The impressive line-up of speakers (including the new IPAA National President Peter Shergold) raised a number of challenges for public policy, including the decline in public trust in the institutions and processes of government, the turn toward more authoritarian leadership amongst some demographics and the death of reasonable public debate.

Placed-based approaches to policy challenges that bring together local networks of stakeholders,  citizens, frontline public servants and non-government service providers – the focus of our May IPAA Queensland forum – offer hope in these turbulent times and will be further explored in 2018.

For us here in Queensland, the lessons lie in strengthening our links with regional and remote areas and adding value to and building stronger links with networks across the state.

We look forward to coming together next year to discuss and explore new ideas and approaches to support all who are delivering public services to Queenslanders.

Tickets are available for the 2018 IPAA Queensland Chief Executives and Young Professionals Breakfast and I encourage you all to register, either as a group or individually, and join the conversation on how we can create a diverse and inclusive public sector.

I hope you all have a happy and safe break and don’t forget, IPAA Queensland memberships will be available mid-2018.


Robert Setter
IPAA Queensland President



Talking social issues – engaging communities and dealing with complexityPhoto: Suzi Woodrow-Read and Ruth Toomey from the Public Service Commission’s specialist Community Insights team

Talking social issues – engaging communities and dealing with complexity

There’s a difficulty in dealing with complexity in new ways because dealing with complexity takes a really long time and sometimes it isn’t until you get into the middle of it that you realise that an approach may not be 100% working.

Overlay the expectations of community, ambiguity, multi-stakeholder problems, unique context and often generational behaviours, and the challenge of developing future policy that will make lasting and positive social impact seems overwhelming.

In this podcast Suzi Woodrow-Read and Ruth Toomey from the Public Service Commission’s specialist Community Insights team share their insights into why identifying problems before jumping to solutions is vital to the future of policy development.


Social Innovators’ Community of Practice event – 8 February 2018

Register now for the upcoming Impact Boom breakfast event, Activating system change: Cross-sectoral ideas to tackle complex community issues, featuring a panel of key movers and shakers as they discuss and share ideas and insights to help unlock some of the key challenges faced when tackling wicked problems.

The Panel:

  • Tom Allen, CEO, Impact Boom (Moderator)
  • Helen Sharpley, Queensland Public Service Commission
  • Steve Williams, Techfugees QLD
  • Belinda Drew, Community Services Industry Alliance
  • Prof. Brad Jackson, Griffith University



Finding flexibility within flexibility

Finding flexibility within flexibility

Gone are the days when flexibility in the workplace only meant a choice between working full-time or part-time from a fixed location.

Today many organisations are challenging the status quo and looking to a comprehensive suite of flexible options for their workforce. Using digital transformation and employing new ways of thinking about how and where productive work can be done is the key to finding the flexibility within flexibility.

The benefits of flexibility are not just improved work-life balance and greater choices for employees. Flexible ways of working also make good business sense.

But delivering true flexibility is not without challenges.

Like many industries, the Queensland public sector is challenging the status quo to ensure they are prepared for the new future.  The sector’s new Flexible by Design framework aims to find the flexibility within flexibility and transform traditional approaches to work-life blend to meet future needs. With the right approach, flexible work can help employees achieve a good work-life blend and benefit the business of government.

A recent pilot of three Queensland Government agencies revealed employees want flexibility, choice and work-life blend; flexibility should be the norm and a mainstream approach in any organisation. Implemented in the right way, for the right person, at the right time can lead to tremendous business efficiencies.

The sector already has a high proportion of flexible work underway and the introduction of the new ‘flexible’ options in SmartJobs is an opportunity to further promote this workplace benefit.

This is another game-changing initiative designed to disrupt talent acquisition and promote greater inclusion and diversity across the sector.

For more information, visit Flexible by Design



2018 IPAA Queensland Chief Executives and Young Professionals Breakfast

An exciting start to 2018 for IPAA Queensland’s events

How inclusive is the public sector? How do we build a diverse and inclusive sector while fostering young talent in the Queensland Government? These themes will be explored through the lens of a young diverse workforce at IPAA Queensland’s first signature event for the year, the 2018 IPAA Queensland Chief Executives and Young Professionals Breakfast on 22 February 2018 at the Hilton Brisbane.

Tickets are still available for this premier event which will provide a unique opportunity for young professionals in Queensland to develop their knowledge and leadership capabilities through networking and direct contact with their chief executives.

Our panel of talented, up and coming professionals will share aspects of their life and career journeys and experiences and insights about working in the Queensland public sector. Sought-after MC and keynote speaker with 25 years’ experience, Madonna King, will MC the event.

Chief executives are encouraged to purchase one or more tables and support the professional development of their young professionals from workplaces from throughout the state.

On the couch

Our first On the couch interview for 2018 will feature Kevin Cocks AM, Commissioner, Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland, being interviewed by award winning journalist Madonna King.

Join us for what is sure to be a fascinating interview as we get to know the highly respected human rights and disabilities advocate who was appointed to the position of Commissioner in February 2011. Tickets for this event will be available January 2018.


Uncovering the strength in our leaders

The public sector benefits when its leaders can adapt their thinking and approach to challenging, and often seemingly intractable issues. Effective managers know how to manage programs and people. Effective leaders make their systems think and act purposefully when directing their energies and responding to critical changes in their environment.

ANZSOG’s Towards Strategic Leadership program uncovers the potential strengths in public service leaders and encourages them to overcome personal obstacles and think more strategically about their everyday practices.

This two week course is aimed at senior executives or managers in the public sector who have recently moved, or are about to move, into a more strategic leadership role within government or the public sector and consists of two 5-day residential modules in June and October 2018.

More information on the ANZSOG course can be found here.


An opportunity to develop personally and professionally

An opportunity to develop personally and professionally Photo: An opportunity to develop personally and professionally

The diversity paradigm shows that diverse organisations outperform homogenous ones. The CEW Leaders Program aims to see the number of women in senior leadership roles increase, thereby addressing one key element of the diversity paradigm.

The CEW Leaders Program is designed and facilitated by CEW members and is structured around the personal audit, a tool which shines a lens on leadership, people and relationships, technology, and collaboration. The program design allows time for individual and collective reflection, and strategies to build confidence and networks to fulfil goals.  Executives both women and men are invited as speakers as well as alumni of the program.

The Leaders Program is a 7-day program offered over 4 months and is delivered in three blocks approximately 6 weeks apart in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Singapore. There are more than 1200 alumni of the program forming a network across Australia and Asia.

For further Information please contact Michelle Woolven at michelle@cew.org.au


Trust discussion attracts strong crowd in nation’s capital

An opportunity to develop personally and professionally Photo: The IPAA 2017 National Conference in Canberra

Last month celebrated thought leaders and provocateurs discussed how to think differently and build trust in Canberra at the IPAA 2017 National Conference.

Over 450 conference delegates converged on the nation’s capital to hear from heads of public sector departments and respected academics about how the landscape is changing and how public sector leaders need to adapt.

The discussion held in the Great Hall at Parliament House commenced with the Rt Hon Sir John Key GNZM, AC, former Prime Minister of New Zealand delivering the Garran Oration.

Videos of all the conversation panels and a transcript of Garran Oration are available on the conference website.