Empowering finance leaders to transition from a transactional to a strategic role
Conference Date
18th & 19th February 2020
Canberra Rex Hotel
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Harnessing advanced data capabilities
In the rapidly changing regulatory and technological landscape, the public sector is facing a significant financial transformation. With automation and shared services on the horizon, the finance function has moved from transactional to a more strategic role. For those in senior finance roles, this is an essential time to understand their changing role and how they can develop skills for the future of finance.

The 2nd Annual Transforming the Finance Function in Government conference brings together finance leaders to explore strategies that lead to the improvement of efficiency in the finance function, across federal and state departments, agencies and local government.

How did our attendees benefit at our previous Transforming the Finance Function in Government conference?
  • 95% would recommend this conference to their industry peers
  • 93% referred to the event as excellent platform to address challenges & create viable strategies
  • 90% appreciated the many networking opportunities
Who will attend?
Chief Financial Officers, General Manager, Financial Controllers, and Directors in Federal, State & Local Government with responsibilities for:
  • Finance
  • Budget
  • Accounting
  • Payroll
  • Risk
  • Business Analysis
  • Shared Services

Attend to learn to:

  • Lead successful transformational change in the finance function
  • Build finance function capability & capacity
  • Enable finance professionals to become strategic business partners
  • Leverage technologies to drive process efficiency
  • Explore data driven decision making

Key Speakers

Kelvin Zhu
Assistant Commissioner Finance Service Delivery
Australian Taxation Office
Jim Shanahan
Chief Financial Officer
Infrastructure Australia
Steven Groves
Chief Financial Officer
Department of Defence
Erin Cockram
Former Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Department of Environment & Energy


What People Are Saying

  • “I have always found Criterion Conferences deal with topics most relevant to my circumstances and speakers are always of a high quality.”

    Richard Menteith
    Chief Financial Officer, Sydney South West Area Health Service
  • “Lots of light bulb moments invoking ideas of how to progress our finance transformation project.”

    Melissa Brown
    Manager Financial Control and Accounting, NZ Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
  • “Overall an enlightening conference that provided an excellent view on the direction and changing shape of finance roles & functions and the importance of finance professionals being able to take on this opportunity for becoming part of the business.”

    Tana Ramsden
    Corporate Accounting Manager, Wollongong City Council


  • Date: 13 Sep 2018  By: Ash Natesh

    In February 2018 we hosted the Finance Transformation in Government conference in Canberra. It attracted Chief Financial Officers and Senior Finance professionals from across the APS. The Speaker line-up included CFO’s from, the Department of Immigration & Border Protection, NSW Department of Industry, the ATO and ACT Health to mention a few. Steven Groves, the …

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