Inspiring stories & practical strategies to unlock leadership
Conference Date
19th - 22nd November 2018
QT Canberra
Early Bird - Save $500
Book by 14/09/18


Empowering women to become leaders in the Australian Public Sector
In April 2018 Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull announced gender parity at the most senior level of government in the Australian public sector. It’s clear that women are making significant strides towards equality with men, but there is still a vast distance to go before all barriers have been erased. Sexism, the gender pay gap, unconscious bias and poor work culture still exist, and many women fail to secure leadership roles and achieve career goals.

The 7th Public Sector Women in Leadership conference will provide inspiration and guidance to aspiring and future leaders to excel in their careers. You will hear presentations and interactive discussions from female and male leaders who are pioneering change on a national and global stage.

Learn practical strategies to
  • Become a resilient leader and lead with impact
  • Strategically enhance your network and support other women
  • Spot new opportunities in an evolving public sector workforce
  • Overcome the demands on female leaders and the sacrifices they make
  • Work with men to prioritise gender equality
Who will attend?
  • Senior and aspiring leaders from all levels of Government
  • HR, Diversity, Learning & Development, Inclusion and Cultural Change professionals
  • Male Champions of Change
  • Executive Leadership Teams

Attend to learn:

  • Develop key strategies to build your personal & leadership skills
  • Overcome barriers facing gender equality & diversity
  • Changing the mindset to career planning & flexibility
  • Inspiring stories from APS female leaders pioneering change
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Key Speakers

The Hon. Julia Gillard AC
27th Prime Minister of Australia
Lucy Turnbull AO
Chief Commissioner
The Greater Sydney Commission
Rowena Bain
Assistant Secretary, Culture & People, Development Branch
Department of Defence
Dr Sarah Pearson
Chief Innovation Officer
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade


What People Are Saying

  • “The Public Sector Women in Leadership Conference would benefit any emerging or established leader (male or female!) I drew both inspiration and practical tips from two days hearing leaders share their personal and career stories.”

    Fabiola DeFreitas
    ACT Government & 2018 Public Sector Women in Leadership Conference Attendee


  • Date: 20 Jun 2018  By: Ashleigh Morgan

      Gender diversity is in the headlines again, with discussions around the lack of females in senior executive positions, with the ASX’s recently proposed gender targets. An organisation’s success depends heavily on the capability and effectiveness of its leadership team. Without providing equal opportunities for men and women you cannot ensure you are getting the …

  • Date: 24 Jan 2018  By: Maisie Holder

    8 top tips from female public sector leaders Despite the incredible strides made towards gender equality in the last decade, women in senior level positions continue to be significantly underrepresented. For women struggling to overcome professional, personal and structural challenges, we have put together 8 pieces of advice taken from Senior Leaders speaking at the …

  • Date: 11 Oct 2017  By: Maisie Holder

    The Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle, a recent report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), highlights that little progress has been made since the 2012 OECD report Closing the Gender Gap Now. Here’s a summary of the key findings from the report. Women in OECD countries leave school with better …

  • Date: 20 Sep 2017  By: Katherine Kingsle

    There are a variety of factors that prevent women from achieving gender parity in the workplace. Personal factors like family obligations affect many women, but for many more, it is the structural and organisational barriers that stand in their way. For women struggling to overcome professional, personal and structural challenges, here are 7 top tips …