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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”.

De Brouwer to take the reins as IPAA’s National President

De Brouwer to take the reins as IPAA’s National President

At the 2019 IPAA National Conference held in Darwin last week, Professor Peter Shergold AC concluded his two-year term as IPAA National President and expressed the honour he felt in serving IPAA as President before “handing on the reins” to his distinguished successor Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM.