The disparity between the number of women in the public sector and the number of female leaders in the public sector is an alarming statistic and one that should be of deep concern to men and women alike.
The ingrained organisational barriers that women are faced with seriously limit their ability for progression. Without providing equal opportunities for men and women across the APS we cannot ensure we are getting the best leadership available.
This conference will deliver methods to provide equal opportunity for all of your workforce. Through inspirational messages from women who have overcome adversity and men who are championing change, you will leave this conference ready to settle for nothing less than inclusion.
Find out more about our upcoming 2017 Women in Leadership - ACT conference.
Attend to learn:
Create an inclusive working environment
Overcome barriers for female progression
Secure buy in from men and senior staff
Fast track your own career progression
Department of Defence
Julie McKay was the Executive Director of UN Women Australia for nearly 10 years working to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment globally. In recent years, she has also served as the Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force, working to support the cultural change program within the ADF.
In addition to her roles with UN Women and Defence, Julie runs a private consulting business working with companies including PwC, Autopia, the QLD Public Service, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Aurizon.
Julie convenes the QLD Male Champions of Change, working with 12 leading QLD based CEOs to advance gender equality within their organisations, which are mostly male dominated industries.
Julie was the 2013 Young Australian of the Year (ACT), 2012 Young Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year (ACT) and has been recently recognised by Women and Leadership Australia with a National Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership.
Sarah Court was appointed a Commissioner of the ACCC in April 2008 and was reappointed for a further five year term in 2013. She is also an Associate Commissioner of the New Zealand Commerce Commission.
Sarah is a full-time commissioner, and a former senior executive lawyer and Director with the Australian Government Solicitor. She brings to her role extensive experience in Commonwealth legal work, including restrictive trade practices, consumer protection and law enforcement litigation.
Sarah oversees the ACCC’s enforcement and litigation program and is chair of the Enforcement Committee and the Legal Committee. She takes an active role in the Commission’s enforcement and compliance work and engages closely with investigating teams and lawyers on Commission policies and enforcement investigations. Sarah also sits on the Merger Review Committee, the Adjudication Committee and the Infrastructure Committee.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts (Jurisprudence) and a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of Adelaide as well as a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the ANU.
Fire & Rescue NSW
Mr Mullins became a volunteer bushfire Fighter in 1972 and joined the NSW Fire Brigades in 1978. He was an elected Union official for 10 years and played a role in the national registration of the UFU in the 1980s. As a Churchill Fellow, in 1995 he undertook a three-month study of fire services in Europe, the UK, Canada and the USA. After serving in a variety of operational and specialist positions at all ranks, he was appointed as an Assistant Commissioner in July 1996. In 1998 he completed a 12-month executive development secondment as a Project Manager with a major international industrial company. He was appointed Director State Operations in November 2000 and Commissioner in July 2003, the first fire officer ever to be appointed as both Chief Fire Officer and CEO of Australia’s largest and busiest urban fire service.
Mr Mullins holds a Masters Degree in Management and Fire Engineering Diplomas. He is a Graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the United States National Fire Academy and the Oxford Strategic Leadership Program. He is a Fellow and National Patron of the Institution of Fire Engineers, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal, National Medal and two Clasps, NSWFB Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and two Clasps, Commissioner’s Commendation for Courageous Action, Chief Officer’s Commendation and St John Ambulance Emergency Services Award.
He was President of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council from 2013 to 2016, and is Deputy Chair of the NSW State Emergency Management Committee and the Australian Director of the International Fire Chiefs Association of Asia. He has represented NSW on the Australian Emergency Management Committee, represented Australian fire services as the senior end user on the National USAR Capability Development Program, and represented Australia on the UN’s International Search & Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG).
Commissioner Mullins will retire in January 2017 and will return to being a volunteer Firefighter.
State of Matter
Miss Kat Southgate is the Government Sector Lead at State of Matter Pty Ltd (SofM). SofM is a next generation, business performance advisory firm. Her focus in this role is serving the Government of the day, leading a sector of consultants providing meaningful advisory services for business performance gain and outcome achievement.
Kat is an accomplished professional in the ICT industry. She continues to achieve success in her sales career and enjoyed a successful project delivery career focused on large scale ERP programs and maintenance management systems.
In addition to her profession, she is well aware of the challenges that women face in the ICT industry and is passionate about leading and supporting gender diversity. She is a strong voice to leading this change through public speaking and participation in focus groups.
Kat has risen through the ranks of Global Tier 1 ICT organisations such as Fujitsu Australia, Oracle Corporation and CSC Australia. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role at SofM, a SME company.
Kat is a mum to 2 kids, an animal lover and avid horse rider. She is regarded as tenacious and spirited. Her motto is “win or lose, do it fairly”!
What People Are Saying
“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, ACCC, attendee of the 2016 Public Sector Women in Leadership conference
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 …
Date: 14 Sep 2017 By: Jackie Woods
Equal Pay Day is a big day for raising awareness of the gender pay gap: its size, its impact, its causes and most importantly, what to do about it. It’s also a big day for gender pay gap deniers – a small but determined group, affronted that we continue to peddle such ‘rubbish’. Equal Pay Day …
Endorsers & Media Partners
Women Lawyers Association of the ACT
The Women Lawyers Association of the ACT (WLA ACT) is a not for profit organisation that promotes the interests of women lawyers in the ACT. WLA ACT provides opportunities for women lawyers across the ACT to connect with and support each other and engage with the ACT legal community.
Our objectives are to ‘Connect Support Engage’.
WLA ACT fosters a welcoming and supportive professional environment which, in turn, assists in retaining talented women as valuable members of the legal profession at all stages of their career. Our members come from all sectors of the legal profession – private practice, public sector, universities, judiciary, courts, law students, and people from legal backgrounds who are not currently practising.
We are active across a range of fronts, including policy development, advocacy, networking events, CPD seminars, Law Week activities and research into local pay and conditions. Membership is open to both men and women. Many of our events and initiatives are of value to all lawyers regardless of gender. While many of these have been generated out of issues that particularly impact women lawyers, they ultimately have a broader relevance. It is for this reason that we frequently collaborate with organisations such as the ACT Law Society, ACT Young Lawyers and the ACT Bar Association.
Australian Govlink is Australia’s only digital magazine dedicated to promoting partnerships between government and the private sector. Each issue seeks to review initiatives in local, state and commonwealth government and provide commentary on a broad range of issues, topics and projects relating to government. The cutting edge editorial highlights a wide range of government and private sector activities, ranging from local projects to major government ventures.
Australian Govlink works alongside the Australian Local Government Council (ALGC) as well as other leading associations, including AGIC, ASIAL and IPWEA with each edition including high quality editorial contribution from these and many other leading associations along with access to strong distribution networks.
With more and more private advertisers turning to Australian Govlink to get their products and brand message into the hands of the decision makers within Government, Australian Govlink is proving to be a continually referenced resource throughout the year and the ultimate link between the private and public sectors.