“The public sector needs leaders who will meet the challenge of increasing community expectations in a fast-changing and more complex world”
John Lloyd, Australian Public Service Commissioner, 2016
It is critical for the government to harness leadership excellence for the delivery of essential services, policy design and implementation and to meet the growing expectations of the Australian public.
As the public sector evolves in an era of transformation, innovation and digitalisation there is a clear need to develop the skills required to succeed as an executive public sector leader.
At the conference you will learn practical insights from influential leaders and be given a unique opportunity to reflect on your leadership style and to build a network of contacts for future opportunities.
How will you achieve your leadership goals within the Australian APS?
- Strategies to coach and lead a high performing team
- Transition steps from middle management to strategic leadership
- Embed diversity and inclusion in leadership practice
- Maximise your strengths to increase team engagement, capability and productivity
What level of public sector leadership should attend?
Federal government and state equivalents with classifi cations EL 1 & 2 and APS 5 & 6 with the job titles:
- Executive Branded Officer
- Director & Assistant Director
- Manager & Assistant Manager
- Branch/Section/Division Manager
- Business/Program/Project Manager
Attend to learn:
Transition from operational to executive leadership
Practice influential leadership to drive strategic reform
Harness diversity & talent through inclusive leadership
Develop essential skills as a high-potential leader
- PANEL DISCUSSION: Communicating effectively to lead in a dynamic & constantly evolving landscape
- KEYNOTE: Building & maintaining diverse teams in diverse locations
- Driving change through ethical leadership
- SPOTLIGHT: Whole-of-government strategies & frameworks that enable inclusive leadership & drive diversity
Australian Human Rights Commission
Dr Tim Soutphommasane has been Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner since August 2013. Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Commission, Tim was a political philosopher and held posts at the University of Sydney and Monash University. His thinking on multiculturalism, national identity and patriotism has been influential in shaping debates in Australia and Britain.
Dr Soutphommasane is the author of four books, I’m Not Racist But (2015), The Virtuous Citizen (2012),Don’t Go Back To Where You Came From (2012), and Reclaiming Patriotism (2009). He was co-editor (with Nick Dyrenfurth) of All That’s Left (2010). He has been an opinion columnist with The Age and The Weekend Australian newspapers, and in 2013 presented the documentary series “Mongrel Nation” on ABC Radio National.
Dr Soutphommasane was born in France and raised in southwest Sydney. He completed a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and is a first-class honours graduate of the University of Sydney.
For those interested in the correct pronunciation of Dr Soutphommasane’s surname, the phonetic spelling of it is Soot-pom-ma-sarn.
Australian Federal Police
Assistant Commissioner Ray Johnson joined the AFP in 1985. He has since undertaken a range of operational duties across Australia as well as international missions in East Timor, Cyprus and most recently as the North Asia regional Manager for the AFP based in Beijing, China.
On return, he took up the role of Manager Professional Standards, leading the AFP response to internal misconduct before becoming the NSW State Commander for AFP operations.
In 2015 Ray was promoted to Assistant Commissioner and seconded to the Department of Human Services to create and lead the multiagency welfare fraud taskforce known as Taskforce Integrity. In August of 2016 Ray was appointed by the Commissioner to lead the AFP response to the Cultural Change: Gender Diversity and Inclusion report in the AFP written by Liz Broderick.
Ray holds a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University and a Masters in Strategic Affairs from the Australian National University. He is a Vincent Fairfax Fellow and was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2013.
He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a White Ribbon Association Ambassador.
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Trudy Witbreuk is currently the Assistant Secretary, North Asia Services and Investment Branch of the Free Trade Agreement Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She is the Deputy Chief Negotiator for the Australia India Closer Economic Cooperation Agreement and the lead on services and investment in FTA negotiations with Indonesia. She is also taking a leading role in preparations for FTA negotiations with the European Union. In addition Ms Witbreuk has responsibility for services and investment issues arising under Australia’s FTAs with China, Japan and Korea. Ms Witbreuk has extensive trade policy and trade law experience in DFAT, including serving as Australia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva, and as Counsellor Trade Policy in Washington during negotiation of the Australia US Free Trade Agreement. Most recently, she served in a senior role in the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the OECD.
Ms Witbreuk has a degree in Arts/Law and a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade. She has also previously worked for the United Nations in the Gaza Strip and Sudan.
Department of Industry, Innovation & Science
David joined the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science as acting Deputy Secretary in August 2015. David is responsible for AusIndustry divisions, Digital Strategy and Operations and is also leading implementation of the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.
David spent four years in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, capped off by leading the initial implementation of the Australian Government’s digital transformation agenda. David was the interim CEO of the Digital Transformation Office, formally established in July 2015.
In his 25 years in the Australian Public Service, David has worked across social and economic portfolios, including leading the Higher Education Division in the Department of Education and was Chief Adviser to the Henry Review of Taxation in the Treasury.
What People Are Saying
“Fantastic Conference, if you want to change culture in your work area invest in sending some key people to this conference”M Costelloe, Geoscience Australia - Past attendee Public Sector Women in Leadership ACT 2016
I had an inspiring, eye-opening, thought-provoking time. I came out of the seminar hugely motivated and brimming with ideas to bring to my workplace. Some of the speakers should be heard by everyone, not just an audience interested in women in leadershipSteven Saint, Developer, Australian Bureau of Statistics - Past attendee Public Sector Leadership Conference 2016
“Excellent conference – inspirational speakers – I was completely engaged for two days. I met some amazing people and made great connections who I intend to keep in touch with.”Director, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission Public Sector Women in Leadership conference, June 2016, Canberra
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