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Academics ask: Is gender really on anyone’s agenda?

Academics ask: Is gender really on anyone’s agenda?

The December 2019 issue of The Australian Journal of Public Administration published a ‘controversy’ by two academics who examined submissions made to the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service to assess whether, and how, organisations had considered gender equality.

Satya Nadella: insights for Australia’s public sector from the Microsoft CEO

Satya Nadella: insights for Australia’s public sector from the Microsoft CEO

Satya Nadella is a man who has reached the absolute peak of his profession. Last month the Microsoft CEO joined David Thodey AO in a wide-ranging conversation in the Great Hall at Parliament House in Canberra. He spoke with an audience of Australia’s most senior public service, professional service networks and tech firms.

Leadership lessons learned by Australian Statistician, David W. Kalisch

Leadership lessons learned by Australian Statistician, David W. Kalisch

On a late Spring evening, in the old-world splendour of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Mr Michael Manthorpe PSM, Deputy President and Board Member of IPAA ACT and Commonwealth Ombudsman, introduced Mr David W. Kalisch to make his final public address as the 15th Australian Statistician.

Redefining the Possible: the 2019 Williams Oration

Redefining the Possible: the 2019 Williams Oration

The Williams Oration recognises the extraordinary contribution of Ms Helen Williams AC to public administration in Australia. The 2019 Williams Oration was delivered by Dr Megan Clark AC, Head of the Australian Space Agency, who took the opportunity ‘to go behind the curtain’ and share the thinking behind Australia’s first space agency which commenced operations in July 2018.

Alexander Lau: some lessons from Singapore in building public service innovation

Alexander Lau: some lessons from Singapore in building public service innovation

Mr Alexander Lau delivered an inspiring keynote address at the 2019 IPAA National Conference held in Darwin last month. Mr Lau — the Principal Design Lead with the Singapore Government’s Innovation Lab — unpacked some recent successes to innovating service delivery in the Singapore Public Service, and highlighted some of the unexpected lessons they learned from stress testing low cost prototypes before scaling up.

“A really most remarkable career”: Duncan Lewis AO DSC CSC

“A really most remarkable career”: Duncan Lewis AO DSC CSC

On a bright spring day in early September, Secretary of The Treasury and new IPAA ACT President Dr Stephen Kennedy thanked Duncan Lewis AO DSC CSC, the outgoing Director-General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, for what he described as a “truly remarkable speech”.