IPAA on Q – edition two

Photo: Robert Setter addresses the 2017 IPAA Queensland forum – Connected communities, Flourishing places.

As 2017 draws to close I am proud to reflect on what IPAA Queensland has delivered during our first full year in operation as the Queensland chapter of IPAA National.

The IPAA Queensland business model has been endorsed by the Queensland Government Leadership Board (of chief executives) and outlines the staged three year model for the roll-out of IPAA Queensland.

Our events program continues to gain momentum as we move towards the end of 2017 and into 2018, with a number of events planned for delivery.

The outcomes report for the 2017 IPAA Queensland Forum is now available. Prepared in collaboration with the Griffith Review, the report provides an insightful and engaging overview of the forum, unpacking the themes, learnings and ideas from the day. Along with future IPAA events, the report should stimulate further cross-sectoral discussions about the power and potential of place-based approaches to the business of government.

Don’t forget, a fully comprehensive membership offering will be on the table as of July 2018, for Friends of IPAA Queensland and others.


Robert Setter
IPAA Queensland President


How does ‘place’ position into human and social services systems? Belinda Drew

Place-based approaches and social issues are experiencing a resurgence in both practice and policy circles in Australia. Although these are not new approaches, place-based approaches are important during times of change.

Discontent with the current systems is compounded by rising funding pressures and increasing demand, usually at a time of major social and economic restructure. As we live through the impacts of the digital age, it is critical that we examine the value of place-based approaches for the reform of the human and social services systems.

Used strategically, these approaches offer us the opportunity to shift to an emphasis on outcomes. An outcomes approach is change orientated and deeply rooted in what people and their communities aspire to achieve. In this context, place is helpful because it defines a set of boundaries, the actors, the problems and the opportunities. In providing greater definition of goals related to change, a place-based approach also helps measure performance over time.

Shifting to an outcomes focus is an enormous challenge across the face of human and social services, and place-based approaches help to break that challenge down into achievable goals.

Place-based approaches provide us with a very real opportunity for transforming the broader human and social services system.  Its activities should not be simple pilots or experiments on the peripheral of the main game – they should be framed as system disruptors, central to the change agenda and supported to this end.


We are diverse, but are we inclusive?

Young professionals in Queensland will soon join with their CEOs for the inaugural IPAA Queensland CEOs and Young Professionals Breakfast, which will explore ‘Inclusiveness – through the lens of a young and diverse workforce’.

Set in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Brisbane on 22 February 2018, the event will provide a unique opportunity for young professionals in Queensland to develop their knowledge and leadership capabilities through networking and direct contact with their CEOs, while exploring the question ‘are we an inclusive public sector?’

The theme of the breakfast will focus on how we can build an inclusive and diverse sector while fostering young talent in the Queensland Government. The event will feature a panel discussion of young government professionals from diverse backgrounds, sharing aspects of their life and career journeys, and experiences and insights, about coming into and working in the Queensland public sector.

Registrations for this not to be missed event open in November. Queensland Government Directors-General, as well as local government and non-government CEOs, are being encouraged to purchase a table or more, for their talented young professionals.

For more information, visit the IPAA Queensland website.   


2017 IPAA National Conference

In a ‘post truth’ world, business-as-usual isn’t cutting it. The rules are being rewritten. Trust in government, our institutions and the corporate sector is diminishing – even as we expect them to do more.

Guests are invited to join celebrated thought leaders and provocateurs at the IPAA 2017 National Conference to discuss how to think differently and build trust. The single stream conference is being held at the Great Hall in Parliament House on Wednesday 15 November.

At this one-day conference delegates will hear from leaders from across the public and private sectors and academia; understand how the landscape is changing; and discuss how public sector leaders need to adapt.

The discussion will include three conversations. Confirmed speakers include heads of public sector departments at the federal and state level, respected academics and nationally-recognised commentators, including Sir John Key GNZM, AC providing the Garran Oration.

A conference function will be held the evening prior at the iconic National Arboretum, overlooking Canberra. For more information, visit the conference website, view the full list of speakers or contact the IPAA Conference Coordinator.

On the couch

Photo: James Purtill, Director-General, Department of Natural Resources and Mines

If you’ve missed our recent On the couch forum don’t despair!  Tickets will soon be available for our final On the couch for the year, with James Purtill, Department of Natural Resources and Mines on 5 December.

A scientist and business administrator by profession, James brings more than 30 years of national and international experience to his current role. His career highlights include being a delegate to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and the awarding of the Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal. It should be a cracking interview – we hope you can join us!

Previous On the couch interviews can be viewed here.

Innovations in digital briefing

Join Nick Cornish and Katie Carlton from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) to review and discuss the award-winning Digital First System hosted by Griffith University Policy Innovation Hub on 23 October from 5.30pm – 6.30pm.

The PM&C’s innovative digital briefing system—which took just 40 days to deliver—re-imagines the traditional briefing process and allows the Prime Minister to send approvals, request additional information and view responses from his mobile device.

This is a unique opportunity for policy and legislation professionals to discover how the federal government is embracing technological change and ask questions about the adoption of innovative briefing processes.

RSVP by 20 October here. If you cannot access the online registration form, please RSVP your name, email and organisation to: sian.robinson@griffith.edu.au