National Conference

IPAA’s national conference is the premier event for those working in the public purpose sector.

IPAA has held a national conference on public administration since 1958, and has hosted the Garran Oration in association with the conference since 1959.

The Garran Oration is one of IPAA’s richest and most public contributions to discussion and debate on public administration.

The Garran Oration was established to honour the memory of the late Sir Robert Garran GCMC and has been delivered by Governors-General, Prime Ministers and Ministers, State Premiers and Chief Justices, Aboriginal Australians, academics, and public service leaders.

Scroll down this page for information on the 2021 National Conference, past National Conferences, and the Garran Oration.



IPAA National Conference

IPAA is currently planning its 2021 National Conference.

In keeping with the times we are living in, we expect to deliver a national conference with both face-to-face and digital elements.

Subject to any government restrictions on public gatherings and travel to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, IPAA is aiming to provide the in-person networking opportunities that we are all crying out for, as well as an exhilarating program enhanced by the digital streaming of some quite exceptional keynote speakers and panel discussions.

Details on the timing and location of the 2021 National Conference, and the conference theme will be released in due course.