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IPAA is back in Queensland!

The Public Service Commission and the Queensland Government Leadership Board (of chief executives) have partnered with IPAA National to re-establish IPAA 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 Queensland provides thought leadership and activities that support a high performing and proud public sector.

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2018 IPAA Queensland CEOs and Young Professionals Breakfast

Registrations for the 2018 IPAA Queensland Chief Executives and Young Professionals Breakfast are now open.

Chief executives from all levels of government, industry, academia and community organisations are invited to purchase one or more tables for this exciting event. 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 by a panel of young government professionals from diverse backgrounds who will share their life and career journeys including their experiences working in government.

Set in the historic Hilton Brisbane, 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 chief executives.


Our panelists:

Andrew Aberdeen, Principal Lawyer, Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM)

Andrew Aberdeen, Principal Lawyer, Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) Andrew Aberdeen has been working as a lawyer in the Queensland public service since 2002, and has experience across a range of departments and Crown Law. He is currently a Principal Lawyer with DNRM providing legal advice and support to six departments on complex commercial and contract-related issues. In 2017 he represented DNRM on the whole of Queensland Government LGBTIQ+ Steering Committee which promotes and supports sector-wide inclusion initiatives. Andrew is also an active member of the Department of Energy and Water Supply/DNRM LGBTIQ+ Champions Committee.

Dr Elmee Huda, Paediatric Specialist Trainee, Lady Cilento Children's Hospital (LCCH)

Dr Elmee Huda, Paediatric Specialist Trainee, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (LCCH) Elmee Huda was born in Bangladesh and spent her early years in the Caribbean before moving to Rockhampton, Queensland. She completed her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Queensland and is now working as a Paediatric Specialist Trainee at the LLCH. Elmee is passionate about advocating for the healthcare and protection of children, a vulnerable population, many of whom are unable to speak for themselves. She has a particular interest in emergency care and aspires to work in developing countries providing medical aid.

Jade Gould, Graduate Scientist, Department of Natural Resources and Mines

Jade Gould, Graduate Scientist, Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) Jade is a proud Butchulla and Woppaburra woman who had a strong cultural upbringing grounded in a responsibility for country. Jade graduated from James Cook University and is currently completing a Masters of Science, majoring in Environment and Sustainability. Her research focuses on understanding the impacts of climate change on First Nations peoples – focusing on the Butchulla people of the Fraser Coast region. Jade is currently working at DNRM as a Graduate Scientist focused on water quality in the Queensland Murray Darling Basin. Jade’s ultimate career goals are driven by a desire to bridge traditional ecological knowledge and western science methodologies to move towards a more sustainable future.

essica Sharp, Principal Policy Officer, Public Service Commission (PSC)

Jessica Sharp, Principal Policy Officer, Public Service Commission (PSC) Living and promoting accessible and inclusive places for everyone. Jessica Sharp joined the Queensland Government in 2006 as part of a graduate program and has spent nearly a decade in roles helping to deliver hospitals, detention centres, public housing and grow the mining industry. Fascinated by the everyday talents and environments many of us take for granted, her recent move to the PSC to focus on lifting the sector’s inclusion and workplace participation outcomes for people with disability was a natural fit. Jess knows the value of communication and creative problem solving to connect with the people we’re trying to help. Jess holds a Bachelor in Business and Property from the University of Queensland and is committed to living and promoting accessible and inclusive places for everyone.

Kevin Yow Yeh, Cultural Awareness Advisor, Life Without Barriers

Kevin Yow Yeh, Cultural Awareness Advisor, Life Without Barriers Kevin Yow Yeh is a proud Wakka Wakka and South Sea Islander man, whose mob is from the Cherbourg area north west of Brisbane. Kevin graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2015 with a Bachelor of Social Work. At university, Kevin undertook a work placement with child safety in South Brisbane within the Placement Services Unit (PSU) helping to find appropriate homes for children coming into care of the department. After graduating, Kevin returned to PSU, but soon after moved to Roma to gain experience as a front-line child safety officer with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. Kevin works now as a Cultural Awareness Advisor with Life Without Barriers, working with a team of therapists to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the youth justice system.

Award winning journalist Madonna King will bring her skill and nous to the role of Master of Ceremonies.

View the program (PDF, 775 KB)

2017 IPAA Queensland Forum – Connected Communities: Flourishing places

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.

On Friday 19 May the first major event from the newly re-established IPAA Queensland – 2017 IPAA Queensland Forum – Connected communities: Flourishing places – sought to address these and other complex, cross-cutting public policy problems.

The one day forum, delivered in partnership with the Public Service Commission, was livestreamed to Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns from the Logan Entertainment Centre.

300 public servants from across Queensland and Australia, along with representatives from community organisations and leading academics, engaged in 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.

Speakers at the 2017 IPAA Queensland Forum included:

The 2017 IPAA Queensland Forum Outcomes report is now available. Thanks to the team at the Griffith Review for collaborating with us to develop the report.

View the Forum highlights. 2017 IPAA Queensland Forum
View the photo gallery from the forum.

On the couch forums

The highly successful On the couch series continues in 2017. On the couch features 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. The interviews provide a unique opportunity for those working in the public sector to not only meet these leaders in an informal setting, but to also listen to their stories and better understand the people that are the Queensland Executive Team.

  • Dr Jim Watterston, Director-General, Department of Education and Training.
  • Paul Simshauser, Director-General, Department of Energy and Water Supply.
  • Liza Carroll, Director-General, Department of Housing and Public Works.
  • Commissioner Ian Stewart APM, Queensland Police Commissioner.
  • Megan Houghton, (then) Director-General, Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games.
  • Dave Stewart, Director-General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

Watch their 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 signature event – 2017 IPAA Queensland Forum – Connected communities: Flourishing places.

We will be offering memberships from July 2018 onwards.

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