The 6th Public Sector Women in Leadership conference will provide you with the tools you need to develop your skills, through insights and recommendations from some of the most prominent female leaders in the public service.
It will also address how you can have an impact on the bigger picture, by driving culture change within your organisation and being an advocate for gender equality, closing the gap for good.
Take away key insights on
- Leading transformational change within your department
- Strategies to progress your career while balancing family obligations
- Developing an inclusive leadership culture
- Breaking down organisational barriers
- Having the difficult conversations as a leader
Senior & aspiring leaders & also champions of change from
- Federal Departments and Agencies
- State Departments and Agencies
- Local Government
In response to feedback from our delegates, we will be dedicating one afternoon of the three day conference to the development of male leaders, highlighting the importance of becoming a male champion of change.
Do you know a male leader who may be interested in attending?
Recommend them by contacting our Customer Care team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend to learn:
- Including inspiration and practical presentations from those in senior leadership positions across the APS
- Build your leadership skills
- Develop your leadership brand
- Work with men to prioritise gender equality
Department of Home Affairs
Michael Pezzullo was appointed as the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection with effect 13 October 2014.
Prior to this, Mr Pezzullo was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service from February 2013 and acted in the role from September 2012. Mr Pezzullo first joined the Service as the Chief Operating Officer in July 2009. In that role, he was responsible for offshore maritime security, border-related intelligence, national security and law enforcement programmes, integrity and professional standards, and corporate operations. As principal deputy, he chaired the Service’s Operations Committee and acted as CEO when required.
Prior to joining the Service, he was Deputy Secretary Strategy in the Department of Defence—a position to which he was appointed in January 2006. In this position, he was responsible for defence strategy and planning, force structure development, the strategic policy aspects of Australian Defence Force operations, Defence’s international security relationships, and the delivery of national security programmes in areas such as export controls, counter-proliferation and Defence cooperation with other countries. He also had oversight of the Department’s ministerial support and public affairs programmes.
Mr Pezzullo joined the Department of Defence as a graduate in 1987. He worked in Defence until 1992 in a variety of strategic policy and intelligence positions. He then transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he worked in the International Division.
In March 1993, he joined the staff of the Foreign Minister, Senator the Hon Gareth Evans QC. He remained in Parliament House until December 2001, including serving five years as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Kim Beazley MP.
In February 2002, he rejoined the Department of Defence as an Assistant Secretary in the Corporate Services and Infrastructure Group (now Defence Support Group). In March 2004, he was promoted to the position of Head Infrastructure. In July 2004, he was transferred into the newly formed role of Chief Of Staff Australian Defence Headquarters and Head of Coordination and Public Affairs Division.
Between February 2008 and May 2009 he led the Defence White Paper team and was also the principal author of the 2009 Defence White Paper.
Mr Pezzullo has a BA (Hons) in History from Sydney University. He enjoys being with his family, cricket and rugby league, and reading (anything on military history, international relations, intelligence, and political biography for starters).
Department of Jobs & Small Business
Dr Jill Charker is the Deputy Secretary, Corporate, at the Department of Jobs and Small Business.
Prior to her current role, Jill was the Deputy Secretary, Programme Design, at the Department of Human Services. Jill has also held senior positions with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, ComSuper and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Jill holds a PhD from Griffith University, and a Class 1 Honours degree in psychology, majoring in statistics. In addition, she has completed an Executive Masters degree in Public Administration through the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Level 2 qualified executive coach through the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership.
Shadow Minister for Human Services & Federal Member for Barton
Linda was elected federal member for Barton in 2016, following a 14 year career in the NSW Parliament as Member for Canterbury. During her state political career she served as minister in a number of senior portfolios including as minister for Community Services and later as Deputy Leader of the Opposition.
Following her election to the Federal House of Representatives she was immediately appointed as Shadow Minister for Human Services.
As a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation, Linda was the first Aboriginal person to be elected to the NSW Parliament and the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the Australian House of Representatives. Linda’s commitment to Indigenous issues spans more than 30 years.
She began her career as a teacher in western Sydney and then as an education bureaucrat before being appointed Director General of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in 2000. Charles Sturt University awarded her, its first Aboriginal graduate, an Honorary Doctorate in Education in 2002.
Linda has a long held commitment the prevention of domestic violence and family violence and has detailed publically her personal experience with it.
Linda has held senior positions in the non-government sector serving on a number of Boards including the SBS, the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board, and the NSW Board of Studies.
Department of Veterans Affairs
Liz joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in May 2016 as the Deputy Secretary/Chief Operating Officer.
Liz enlisted into the Australian Regular Army on 22 February 1979 and was the first female to be promoted to the rank of Major General on 13 November 2007. After 31 years of service in a range of logistics appointments in Australia and overseas Liz retired from full time military service on 29 November 2010. After her military career, Liz commenced her career with the Australian Public Service.
Liz’s first appointment in 2010 was with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs leading the commemorations and veterans’ support service before assuming a role as Deputy Secretary with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in 2012. Liz joined the Commonwealth Department of Health in 2014 as the Deputy Secretary, Chief Operating Officer before moving back to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in May 2016.
Liz holds a Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies.
In 2001 Liz was recognised for her leadership and management skills and awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross and in 2011 Liz was appointed a Member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia for her contributions to Army. In 2014 Liz was awarded the ACT Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership.
What People Are Saying
“The women in leadership conference was an invaluable experience, I would recommend ALL professional women attend this.”Clinical Policy and Research, Department of Veterans' Affairs & Attendee of the Public Sector Women in Leadership conference
“This conference provided an excellent range of presenters with great stories to tell. The experiences and advice they shared were extremely relevant and valuable.”Assistant Manager, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science & Attendee of the Public Sector Women in Leadership conference 2017
“The two days away from work to attend this conference were completely worth it. Women can tend to find reasons to sabotage their own careers or undervalue their workplace contributions. Hearing from women who have achieved senior leadership roles and understanding these tendencies lifts the lid on barriers to achieving career success.”Department of Industry Innovation and Science & Attendee of Public Sector Women in Leadership conference 2017
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