IPAA is back in Queensland!

The Public Service Commission and the Leadership Board (of chief executives) have partnered with IPAA National to re-establish IPAA in Queensland. As the professional association for public servants across all levels of government, as well as academics and industry leaders interested in public administration, IPAA provides thought leadership and activities that support a high performing public sector.

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2017 IPAA Queensland Forum – Connected Communities: Flourishing places

Registration for the 2017 IPAA Queensland Forum – Connected communities: Flourishing places has now opened!

This one day forum, the first major event of the re-established IPAA Queensland and delivered in partnership with the Public Service Commission, will take place at the Logan Entertainment Centre on Friday 19 May.

Connected communities: Flourishing places brings together public servants from across Queensland and all levels of government, along with representatives from community organisations and leading academics to explore the experiences and future potential of place-based approaches to address complex, cross-cutting public policy problems.

Place-based approaches to the business of government have never been more relevant. Whether our challenge is to provide human services, protect the environment, or grow the economy, traditional siloed approaches to policy design and service delivery are no longer working.

The forum will feature compelling case studies and the latest research on ‘place’ to examine how we can collectively achieve sustainable solutions to policy problems facing our communities – and enable them to flourish. Webcasting from the principal venue in Logan, the forum will be supplemented with local forums to maximise the participation of regional staff.

Confirmed speakers include Matthew Cox, Director, Logan Together; Jim Rogers, Senior Executive Director, NT Office of the Chief Minister; Fahim Khondaker, Principal Adviser, BDO Australia and Director, MDA; Belinda Drew, Community Services Industry Alliance; Dr Tim Reddel, Commonwealth Department of Social Services; and Professors Anne Tiernan and Ross Homel AO, Griffith University. More speakers will be announced over the coming weeks.

Satellite locations around Queensland will share how regional areas are dealing effectively with place based issues and the lessons they have learned.

For more information and to register, visit the forum’s website.

On the Couch Forums

The highly successful On the Couch series about the public sector from the point of view of public sector leaders continues in 2017.

The On the Couch forums feature informal interviews with public sector leaders or ‘stewards’, whose current role allows them a high degree of responsibility and influence over the future of the public sector, to share their experiences in an interview format.

Interviews uncover the person behind the public sector role by examining their interests, influences and aspirations, and are conducted by Nance Haxton, ABC journalist and two-time Walkley Award winner. Paul Simshauser, Director-General, Department of Energy and Water Supply, kicked off the series for 2017.

Previous interviewees in 2016 included:

  • Dave Stewart, Director-General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Megan Houghton, (then) Director-General, Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
  • Commissioner Ian Stewart APM, the Queensland Police Commissioner
  • Liza Carroll, Director-General, Department of Housing and Public Works.

Watch previous interviews here


IPAA Queensland is hosted by the Public Service Commission and is focused on the delivery of thought leadership programs, such as our first major event – 2017 IPAA Queensland Forum – Connected communities: Flourishing places.

With the support of IPAA National, we are working to develop a new business model for IPAA Queensland – including membership – ready by the end of the year. If you would like to keep abreast of these developments and any future events, please subscribe here.

Contact us

Email: ipaaqld@psc.qld.gov.au