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.

Key Points:

  • IPAA Queensland kicked off in May 2016 with the highly successful On the couch series … read more
  • Please subscribe to keep abreast of IPAA developments and future events … read more
  • Looking for a cracking read? IPAA Queensland has launched the first edition of IPAA on Q communiqué.

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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:


2017 IPAA Queensland Forum

View the photo gallery from the forum.

View the highlights from the forum.

On the couch forums

The highly successful On the couch series 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. You will be able to listen to their experiences in an one-on-one interview format. This provides 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 story and better understand the people that are the Queensland Executive Team.

On the couch 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.

Previous interviewees in 2016 included:

  • Paul Simshauser, Director-General, Department of Energy and Water Supply
  • 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 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 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