Women account for more than 50% of Queensland’s population...
And yet, despite many developments for women in the workforce, we have a long way to go before gender equality is reached.
Australian women still earn 20% less than their male counterparts, hold only 15% of all CEO equivalent positions, and half have experienced workplace discrimination relating to pregnancy or parental leave.
Following the government’s drive to increase female participation and leadership across the state, this conference will provide a forum for current and aspiring public sector leaders - both female and male - to share their journeys, build support networks and develop their personal and professional skillsets.
The 'QLD Public Sector Women in Leadership' conference will focus on:
- Enhancing personal and professional skillsets
- Developing opportunities for female indigenous, youth and rural leadership
- Leading organisational growth and change
- Seeking out new opportunities and overcome barriers to career progression
- Working alongside men to champion workplace equality
Who will attend?
Male & female senior or aspiring leaders as, well as champions of change from Queensland’s:
- State Government Departments & Agencies
- Local Government
- Hospital & Health Services
- Community Groups
Attend to learn:
- Enhance personal & professional skillsets
- Seek out new opportunities & overcome barriers to career progression
- Work alongside men to champion workplace equality
Jennifer was elected the Member for Ipswich on 31 st January 2015. She was appointed as the Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier in November 2016.
Jennifer served as the Assistant Minister for Local Government from December 2015 to November 2016, providing assistance to the Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade. She served as Chair of the Agriculture and Environment Parliamentary Committee from March 2015 until February 2016.
Jennifer has lived in Ipswich for over 30 years. She raised her two children here and coran a local business before moving into roles in State and Federal Government.
In 2005, Jennifer played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Ipswich Women’s Development Network, a not-for- profit organisation which provides an annual scholarship to a local female student at the former UQ Ipswich campus. Jennifer is also a member of the Zonta Club of Ipswich and, until November 2015, was a member of the National Executive of the Australian Labor Party.
Jennifer has a passion for the Arts and yoga. She enjoys walking, reading and spending time with family.
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Steve Gollschewski APM is the Deputy Commissioner, Specialist Operations with the Queensland Police Service and has responsibility for major and organised crime investigations, counter-terrorism, intelligence, road safety, communications, cultural liaison, forensics and specialist tactics and capabilities within the QPS. Additionally he is the State Disaster Coordinator, head of security operations for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, the Queensland representative on the Australia New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee and the QPS champion for Inclusion and Diversity.
Steve led the review and major restructure of the QPS which was implemented on 1 July 2013 and leads the QPS Mobile Services Program which has delivered over 5,000 smart devices to frontline police, a program recognised as global leader for law enforcement.
Steve is a graduate of the AFP Management of Serious Crime Program, a graduate of and visiting fellow at the Australian Institute of Police Management, and has completed post graduate studies in leadership through Charles Sturt University and Harvard University.
Prior to entering Parliament, Ms Bates forged a career of 34 years of health experience – as a nurse and hospital administrator.
Ms Bates has been awarded the Royal Australian College of Nursing’s Distinguished Services Award 2001, the Prime Minister’s Centenary of Federation Medal for Distinguished Services to the Australian Community in Health 2003, the Private Hospital’s Association of Queensland Individual Achiever’s Award 2001, and the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Quality Award 2001. She is a former winner of the Queensland Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Award (AusIndustry) 2000.
As a successful businesswoman, Ms Bates was instrumental in gaining funding allocated to the Federal Government’s Life Saving Drugs Program. Many families throughout Australia who suffer from rare and fatal genetic disorders have received treatment through this program, previously not available to them.
Growing up in the Victorian country town of Healesville allowed Ms Bates to understand and appreciate the importance of close-knit communities. Her mother was a schoolteacher and her father was a third generation dairy farmer who instilled in their three girls (all of whom are nurses) the importance of honesty and integrity.
Ms Bates is known throughout the Gold Coast as a grassroots campaigner and while the seat of Mudgeeraba has moved from a marginal Labor seat of 2.7% to a now safe LNP seat with a margin of 10.97%. Ms Bates has never lost sight of her constituents’ needs and continues to campaign strongly for the priorities of her local residents.
Ms Bates served as the Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts from 2012 and 2013. She delivered whole-of-government reforms to IT processes, finalised the model for the implementation of the Queensland Government Digital Wireless Network, delivered Arts for all Queenslanders and reformed Arts funding programs, and reduced waste.
In May 2016, Ms Bates was appointed Shadow Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Child Safety and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence and Shadow Minister for Disability Services and Seniors. Since her appointment, she has held the Government to account on failures in the Child Safety system and issues arising from in the implementation of domestic violence and disability services reforms.”
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What People Are Saying
“The Queensland of the future is a place where society’s diversity is celebrated, women’s rights, interests and wellbeing are promoted, and men and women enjoy equal opportunity and participation.”
~ Office for Women, Dept of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services.