IPAA runs a comprehensive events program on the big issues and challenges faced by Australia’s public sector.

Here’s a taste of what’s coming up over the next month or two.


NSW Government Strategic Workforce Planning Masterclass

The Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) Masterclasses have been established by the NSW Public Service Commission and are delivered in partnership with IPAA NSW.

The course brings the PSC’s Strategic Workforce Planning Framework to life by:

Exploring strategic workforce planning concepts. 
Practicing strategic workforce planning activities.
Identifying the types of questions you need to ask when undertaking Strategic Workforce Planning.

Upon successful completion of the course participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance from Kienco. 


Participants will learn how to:

  • Align workforce strategy to organisational strategy.
  • Engage the business in workforce strategy.
  • Perform organisational analysis using workforce analytics.
  • Explore alternate futures through scenario planning.
  • Identify where targeted HR initiatives deliver the highest strategic return on investment.
  • Close the gaps between the workforce of today and the preferred workforce of the future.

27 April, 4 May, 11 May, 18 May, 25 May 2022

9:30 am – 12:30 pm (AEST)
Delivered via Microsoft Teams

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Skills for Success – the new foundational skills for all public servants

Six courses introducing essential skills that you can leverage to produce better outcomes no matter where you work in the public service.

The Skills for Success program offers the chance to build the new foundational skills that all public servants now need. These microlearning-style courses have been co-designed with public sector leaders to meet the changing capability needs as the sector evolves post pandemic.

Each event offers an introductory overview of the subject, subject matter experts discussing its application in the unique working world of the NSW public sector, case studies demonstrating how that capability has helped create extra value in public sector work and audience Q&A.

The program is being delivered for free to everyone who works in the NSW public sector as part of IPAA’s Cluster partnerships.

Future Skills for Success topics include:

• 12 May – Facilitation and negotiation skills
• 24 May – Communicating with confidence

Virtual event.

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 “Australian sovereign industrial capability’’ – is this a renewed term for protecting our manufacturing sector or key to managing vulnerable supply chain risks in the national interest?

This session will explore the renewed focus on sovereign capability. As a case study, we will look at the defence area of restarting shipbuilding in the context of “the recent Government decisions for investment in carbon neutral technologies and nuclear submarines construction and support requires a strategic rethink on technology and manufacturing in Australia”. We will also examine experience in handling supply chain disruptions in the context of the pandemic, and what it took to ensure we had adequate supplies of personal protective equipment in the early days of COVID-19.

From this we’ll explore areas to focus on, in terms of our national interest, to manage these types of disruptions, including risks, costs, competitiveness of our industries, and consider what we need to be aware of and think about in procuring goods and services.

18 May 2022
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm (AEST)
Proximity, 55 Blackall Street, Barton

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This event is supported by Proximity.



IPAA Queensland’s annual and hugely popular signature event, the Chief Executives and Young Professionals Breakfast is returning to City Hall in March 2022.

This year’s theme will explore the power of brain science for making better leaders and creating more human workplaces. The practice of neuroleadership has never been more relevant than in today’s environment of disruption and uncertainty as change profoundly challenges our brains.

Dr David Rock, Founder and CEO of the Neuroleadership Institute, will be the keynote speaker

Trying to change other people’s thinking appears to be one of the hardest tasks in the world. While the easy answer may seem to be to give people feedback, real change happens when people see things they have not seen before. The best way to help someone see something new is to help quiet her mind so that she can have a moment of insight. As you have insights, you change your brain, and by changing your brain you change your whole world. Dr David Rock, Your Brain at Work.

The discussion will also feature how neuroleadership is being used in the Queensland public sector.

18 May 2022
7.00 am – 9.15 am (AEST)
Brisbane City Hall

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Sponsored by KPMG and Q Super.


Frank and Fair

Staying impartial in the public sector

Public trust is critical to the role of the Victorian public sector in delivering policies, programs and outcomes that affect the lives of all Victorians. The actions of a single public servant can significantly undermine the public’s trust. This is brought into sharper focus during an election year.

Listen in as the Victorian Public Sector Commissioner and Victorian Ombudsman detail how the work of public servants can be placed under the microscope, and how meeting our obligations as public servants can reduce the risk of any conflicts of interest and increase community confidence in our work.

They will be joined by Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission CEO Marlo Baragwanath, who will facilitate the discussion.

This is a virtual event.

19 May 2022
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (AEST)

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Navigating the Digital Dilemma

How Governments can reap the benefits of digital technologies while protecting communities and democracy

Our lives are becoming ever more entwined with and dependent on digital technologies. These technologies present exciting opportunities to improve our citizens’ quality of life, but they are also unleashing invisible harms to society as they become more sophisticated and pervasive.

As South Australia positions itself as a leader in advanced technology and defence, the public sector has a vital role in building a future which takes full advantage of all that digital technology has to offer.  But it also has an important role in dealing with the unplanned negative effects of new technologies – which are growing in magnitude.

You will journey through controversial stances and hard realities to uncover strategies to help South Australia thrive in the digital world.

Join us to learn about: 

  • the vital insights needed to ensure digital technology does not destabilise society
  • how online misinformation and disinformation is dividing society and undermining the public sector’s service delivery efforts – and discover how to stay one step ahead
  • how social media platforms are engineered to be addiction and recommendation machines – and what this means for societal wellbeing and trust in government
  • how pervasive data collection and the commercialisation of data is threatening our citizens’ privacy and ways of being
  • how technology, politics and international affairs are now intertwined as never before and how this interplay is shaping economies and geopolitical alignment for years to come
  • how cyber mischief is threatening trust in government and democracy
  • approaches to developing  productive responses to mitigating digital threats to societal cohesion and democracy

19 or 20 May 2022
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
The Sanctuary at Adelaide Zoo

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The workshop is offered through a partnership between The Jeff Bleich Centre (Flinders University), Department of the Premier and Cabinet and IPAA SA, and is funded through the William and Hewlett Foundation Cyber Initiative.


2020 IPAA WAA Budget Briefing

with Under-Treasurer, Michael Barnes

As Western Australia and nations around the world continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has faced its second year of highly unpredictable times in drafting its 2022-23 state budget.

We are pleased to welcome Mr Michael Barnes, Under-Treasurer of Western Australia to provide the keynote address at the 2022 IPAA WA Budget Briefing. Expert analysis will be provided by an esteemed panel featuring Ms Cherelle Murphy, Chief Economist Oceania at EY and Mr Brendan Coates, Program Director at the Grattan Institute.

The Under-Treasurer will go beyond individual agency funding allocations and provide the all-important contextual information. In attending this session you will hear an assessment of the current state of public finances, the most important factors in the today’s economic environment shaping the future, and importantly the underlying assumptions behind this year’s budget.

Following the presentation you will have the opportunity to engage an outstanding panel in conversation with a Q&A session.

Topics Include

  • Analysis of the State Budget.
  • Impacts of unpredictable state revenue upon public service delivery.
  • Commentary on the current and predicted economic conditions around the world that will impact Western Australia.

Continuing its long standing support of IPAA WA, EY is proud to be the major sponsor of this session.

20 May 2022
12:15 pm – 2:30 pm (AWST)

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 The challenges of contemporary public service.

In a complex, challenging environment – with increasing expectations from governments and community – we explore a fundamental question for the public sector: “Why be a public servant?”

Looking at the purpose, impact, rewards and challenges of contemporary public service, we will hear from IPAA ACT Councillors on the pressures of an ‘always-on’ environment, the role of stewardship, ethical decision making and the hollowing and building of capability.

A not-to-be-missed honest and robust exploration of “Why Be a Public Servant?”

24 May 2022
11:00 am – 12:30 pm (AEST)
Rydges Capital Hill Canberra

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Africa Day Forum

‘My heritage, my journey’

Africa Day has been celebrated in Melbourne since 2012. It is an opportunity to bring together in unity the diverse African cultures represented here in Australia to celebrate the economic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural contributions and successes of Australians of all age groups from African descent. It is also an opportunity to highlight the benefits African Australians bring to Australia and the importance of Africa to Australia and the world.

To mark Africa Day, the IPAA Victoria African-Australian Community of Practice will host its annual public forum on Wednesday 25 May 2022.

Join us for this virtual panel discussion on the topic of ‘My heritage, my journey’ to hear the experiences of African Australian Public Purpose and Corporate Leaders. Speakers will discuss the intersection between leadership and their African identity.

This is a virtual event.

25 May 2022
12:00 pm – 1:30 am (AEST)

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Building sustainability into Urban Renewal

Terrace House Tour

Using the sustainability-focussed, 8+ star energy rated apartment building Terrace House in Brunswick as a starting point, this tour and talk will explore urban renewal centred on community building. The architect-led Terrace House development upends the dominant paradigm of profit-driven medium density housing development. The experience of Terrace House suggests that, in the right enabling environment, delivering place-based sustainability outcomes can benefit the whole community.

This event will cover the drivers of, and obstacles to, sustainability-focussed urban renewal at different scales; state, local council, community, apartment building, and household. You will hear from policymakers, planners, architects, community organisers, and residents about their vision for, and experience of, contributing to vibrant and sustainable lifestyles in inner and middle ring Melbourne as a response to the pressures of population growth, the impacts of climate change, and the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources.

26 May 2022
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm (AEST)
Terrace House

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Navigating Change of Government – Panel Discussion

Learn how the change of government may impact you and your organisation and how to best navigate your teams and agency through the changes.

A new government means new ideas, new relationships, and new ways of working. Discover how to confidently guide your team and support your agency through significant change.

Our experienced panellists will explore the implications of a change of government, and will share their insights, highlight helpful frameworks and tools, and answer your questions in navigating a MOG successfully.

Join the panel discussion, hosted by facilitator Marni Cook, Manager of the South Australian Leadership Academy to learn from the experts (as pictured below) and please submit any questions you have for our panellists here.

26 May 2022
9:45 am – 11:30 pm (ACST)
Live streamed via Vimeo

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IPAA 2022 State Budget Briefing Lunch

Back after a 2-year hiatus, IPAA’s annual budget briefing provides an inside view of the Tasmanian state budget and the implications for the year ahead.

30 May 2022
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Hobart Function and Conference Centre

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Virtual health is not just limited to using telehealth services but extends to such things as wearing health supporting gadgets and sensors, from mobile health to artificial intelligence, from robotic carers to electronic records. – Deloitte.

Advances in virtual health have rapidly accelerated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual health is now delivering a broad range of health and community-based services to improve and support health and wellbeing. But what do users want? What should virtual health look like? When should it be used? What are the opportunities to drive healthcare transformation for better health outcomes and for a stronger economy?

Join us for an informative and lively discussion featuring influential health professionals who will explore these questions and more. Our panel of speakers includes Clair Sullivan (Digital Health Research Network, UQ) and Luke Baxby (Deloitte) who will share insights from the national consumer insights surveys. The surveys focus on consumer preferences and expectations in healthcare.

Other speakers include Adrian Carson (Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health – IUIH) with more speakers to be confirmed.

This is a virtual event.

7 June 2022
10:00 am – 11:00 am (AEST)


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The IPAA EA Series Committee is hosting their first event for 2022

Please join us for a live-streamed discussion aimed at highlighting the EA role, discussing emerging issues and challenges, and sharing real world experiences. The panellists are expert EAs from across the APS, ACTPS and private sectors, who bring with them a wealth of experience, expertise and lessons learned over their extensive careers. They will share their personal insights and experiences and touch on confidence, resilience, managing up and leadership.

This is a virtual event.

8 June 2022
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm (AEST)

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Mental Health and Wellbeing Check-In Series for the Public Sector

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Check-In for the Public Sector Series will provide you with the tools and strategies to better support yourself, and your staff to feel ‘better now’ and overcome challenging situations.

Come and hear from Liana Busoli, an experienced psychotherapist, consultant and trainer, and gain valuable life skills to better understand your own neurobiology, to then better support others. Within this series there are three 60-minute interactive sessions, which will provide you with a variety of evidence-based examples and resources to take away with you. Join the last session of this 3-part webinar series:

Session 3 | Helping the Helpers – 9 June

Do some conversations impact on your wellbeing after work? This webinar will give you evidence-based tools and strategies for dealing with challenging interactions and for taking care of your wellbeing afterwards.

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2022 Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon

with the Hon Stephen Mullighan MP, Treasurer of South Australia

IPAA SA in conjunction with PwC Australia are hosting the 2022 Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon with the Hon Stephen Mullighan MP, Treasurer of South Australia. An event not to be missed as we hear from South Australia’s next Treasurer for the first time and explore this crucial 2022-23 state budget. We look forward to welcoming you in person at this event. This discussion will be followed by an interactive panel discussion and audience Q&A. This event will be MC’d by Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Erma Ranieri PSM FIPAA.

10 June 2022
12:00 pm (Registration)
12:30 – 2:00 pm (Event)
Adelaide Convention Centre, Panorama Ballroom

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Executive Director Breakfast: Community trust and digital government in the post-COVID world

Please note that this is an invitation only event for senior public sector leaders

The last two years have had a profound effect on the link between the quality of digital service delivery and citizen’s trust in government.  Every time you checked in using a QR Code or put your vaccination certificate onto your phone you were trusting that governments would use your personal data to help individuals and protect our community.

New research from Salesforce and BCG has quantified just how much Australians’ trust in government is influenced by the quality of their digital service delivery experience, with more than 50% of respondents saying their experience of digital service delivery during the pandemic had contributed to  increased levels of trust.

How can you build on this new foundation of trust to improve digital service delivery in the sector?

Join the conversation with other Executive Directors like you to discuss what this research means for you and the operations you manage. 

17 June 2022
7:00 am – 8:45 am (AEST)
Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

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Join us for an event with Dr David Gruen as he continues the conversation about the use of data in government.

In 2020, not long after he was appointed Australian Statistician, Dr David Gruen presented at an IPAA ACT on the ‘Promise of data in government’.  He spoke about integrated public-sector data assets, the importance of maintaining the community’s trust in the safe handling of public-sector data and the ensuing Data Availability and Transparency Bill.

Two years on, Dr Gruen is reigniting this discussion, reflecting on the transition from ‘the potential of data in government’ to ‘the use of data in government’, noting the pandemic has accelerated the use of data to meet public-policy challenges.

Dr Gruen will explore critical role data has played in responding to the pandemic, the huge acceleration in data use across government, and the future of collaboration in deriving public value from data. He will conclude by drawing attention to the need to do more and demonstrate the value the unique role the ABS plays in Australia’s future.

15 June 2022
9:30 am – 11:00 am (AEST)
National Portrait Gallery

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 The Frances Adamson Oration is proudly supported by Boston Consulting Group



Recognising excellence and accountability in annual reporting in western australia.

The primary vehicle for accountability in the Public Sector has been and always will be the way agencies report their performance.

The W.S. Lonnie Awards recognise the importance of Annual Reports being accountable and transparent in a succinct and independent way. All State agencies are eligible and are automatically considered as part of the judging process.2022 marks the 37th Anniversary of this long-standing and prestigious event.

Support your organisation as it vies for the prestigious W.S. Lonnie Memorial Trophy. Winners will be announced on the day.

24 June 2022
12:15 pm – 2:30 pm (AWST)

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Named in her honour, the inaugural Frances Adamson Oration will be delivered by Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson, Governor of South Australia, at QT Hotel in Canberra on 23 June 2022.

United Nations Public Service Day is celebrated on 23 June each year. Inaugurated in 2003, the event celebrates the value and virtue of public service to the community. It also honours contributions made to the cause of enhancing the role, prestige and visibility of public service. In recognition of the significance of this date, IPAA has established an oration, to be delivered each year by a person of great importance to progressing the value of public service.

The oration will engage the broader public sector to reflect on and celebrate the critical role played by the public service and the institutional and individual integrity, resilience, and challenges in the service. We invite you to join us to hear Her Excellency’s oration and enjoy drinks and canapés afterwards.

23 June 2022
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (AEST)
QT Canberra

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 The Frances Adamson Oration is proudly supported by Boston Consulting Group


12th Annual Budget Briefing Breakfast

The annual IPAA NSW Budget Briefing Breakfast provides an early opportunity for those who work in the NSW public sector to learn how the Budget will shape the public sector, individual Clusters’ work, and the lives of citizens in the year ahead. 

IPAA NSW’s Briefing Breakfast is held within days of the NSW Budget being tabled in Parliament and, by tradition, features the Secretary of the NSW Treasury discussing key public sector highlights of the 2022-23 NSW State Budget.

Budget decisions are one of the most fundamental ways that governments signal their policy priorities and strategies. The first budget of the Perrottet government will provide insights into the work directions of the sector in the year ahead and this event is an opportunity to understand how those directions will shape your part of the public sector.

23 June 2022
7:30 am – 9:30 am (AEST)
Strangers Dining Room, Parliament of NSW

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Masterclass: Research-Policy partnerships

Are you a RESEARCHER interested in seeing your research translated inot policy and practice? Are you a POLICY PROFESSIONAL interested in using evidence to improvc your policy making?

This interactive event will help you develop your skills and expertise in collaboration for research-to-policy translation, you will explore opportunities for working across research-policy boundaries, and building stronger networks.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the value of collaborative partnerships in producing evidence-informed policy
  • Explore methods designed to enhance research and knowledge translation
  • Clarify different terminologies used in research and policy making endeavors
  • Become familiar with the key processes used in research and policy making

Module 1 – 22/8/22, 9am – 5pm^
Module 2 – 23/8/22, 9am – 5pm^
Module 3 – 2/9/22, 9am – 2pm
^time to be confirmed

SAHMRI Auditorium, North Terrace, Adelaide

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Join us for two days of debate, conversation and ideation on Australia’s place and future in an everchanging world at the IPAA National Conference on 12-13 October 2022 at QT Canberra.

Australia’s geopolitical environment is shifting. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tensions being played out on the world stage, the move to a zero-net emissions future, a global war for talent and growing polarisation in democracies all have international and domestic repercussions for Australia.

The IPAA National Conference, hosted by IPAA ACT, will explore Australia’s future in an increasingly uncertain world; the effects of change and the changes that we can affect. Crafted to provide both strategic and practical learning for all levels, it will equip you with the insight, skills and connections to keeping pace in a new hybrid, dynamic and unchartered world.


Mark 12-13 October 2022 in your diaries now. Further details on the program, speakers and registration will be released over the coming months.







Women in the public sector are diverse. They have varied leadership and career expectations and aspirations. Women need to feel empowered to own their career paths and discover who they are as leaders.

The covid-19 pandemic presented many challenges to women in the workplace but at the same time opportunities for women in leadership to demonstrate their strong and inspiring leadership qualities. The gender pay gap is narrowing, but it would take another 26 years to close. The time to take action is now.
This conference presents an opportunity to hear from exceptional leaders who are challenging themselves and their organisations to tackle gender boundaries now and delivering change sooner.


17 November 2022
9:15 am – 4:30 pm
Venue TBC

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