Optimising data, leveraging new tools & enhancing realised capabilities
Conference Date
30th October - 1st November 2019
Canberra Rex Hotel
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Harnessing advanced data capabilities
The public sector are increasingly recognising the value of data as an asset. Across government, rich datasets present huge opportunities to use this information to create value and deliver better outcomes for citizens. To do this, and with limited resources, governments are looking at how to leverage new technology and tools to improve efficiency and drive evidence-based decision making.

The Advancing APS Data Analytics conference will focus on building these critical technical skills and capabilities at the heart of government transformation towards advanced analytics. Hear from senior leaders showcasing new approaches and tools to enhance data driven decision making.

Program highlights include strategic & technical sessions on:
  • How agile analytics is enhancing business insights
  • An introduction to the notion of Intelligent Knowledge Lakes
  • Fit for purpose data analytics
  • Developing a data driven approach to risk profiling
  • Integrating human & machine decision making
  • The implications arising from advanced analytics including AI and privacy
Who will attend?
Federal and state public sector representatives with responsibilities for:
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Science & Mining
  • Business Analytics & Insights
  • Statistics
  • Research & Reporting
  • Performance & Strategy
  • Information Architects

Learn key skills & new approaches to

  • Build data literacy & capability across the organisation
  • Use agile analytics to deliver business insights
  • Develop a more strategic approach to data design
  • Enhance data trust & quality
  • Support data sharing & reuse
  • Translate data into actionable outcomes
  • Embed the right infrastructure to support advanced analytics
  • Innovate with data modelling & forecasting
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Key Speakers

Stephen Zidek
Director, Office for Data Analytics
Department of the Premier and Cabinet, SA
Simon Herbert
Executive Director, Data, Insights and Transformation
Department of Customer Service
River Paul
Chief Economist & Statistician
Australian Financial Security Authority & Co-Chair, Business Analytics Section, Statistical Society of Australia
Dr Chen Cai
Group Leader, Transport Analytics


What People Are Saying

  • “Great forum to share ideas with active practitioners in the field. We’re all facing similar challenges, it’s great to see the different solutions in different contexts.”

    Matthew Spencer
    Chief Analytics Officer, MSD
  • “Criterion pulled together an informative program with engaging speakers from the political, bureaucratic, business and technology sectors – and you didn’t have to be a statistician to keep up.”

    Hayden Jones
    Assistant Director, Dept. of Premier & Cabinet (Tasmania)
  • “A great connectivity event facilitating networking across business and government to drive future innovation and share knowledge. The Criterion staff were very professional and engaging, I would definitely keep my eye out for future conferences”

    Rowan-Marie Kelly
    Information Manager/Data Governance, ATO
  • The Advancing Data Analytics conference inspires attendees to consider the near future and to share best practice from disparate areas of government. This is one of the best events I have attended in recent years, predominantly due to the excellent organisation and quality of speakers. I’ll be coming back having hopefully implemented some of the things I learned this time around.”

    Paul Grant
    Digital Health Agency, Advancing Data Analytics conference 2018
  • “Very enjoyable to be in a room full of people who understand the importance of data and data analytics as much as I do! Thought provoking presentations and Q&A, with heaps of learning taken back to apply to my organisation – thanks.”

    Catherine Cook
    ACT Government, Advancing Data Analytics conference 2018


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