The Next Stages of Renewal and Change in the Public Sector

Following the establishment of the Office for the Public Sector and the appointment of a new Commissioner for Public Employment, IPAA SA presented a special briefing for all members of the public sector on the future of public sector reform and renewal.

Over the last year and half Change@SouthAustralia has established a powerful reputation for creating a practical and innovative approach to reform. In particular, the 90 day projects have established the South Australian public sector as a collaborative and productive force in the State’s development. Over the next twelve months the Office for the Public Sector will build on this work by focussing on the development of public sector leaders and partnerships with non-government sectors.

This session provided an overview of the future direction and outlined ways in which leaders from all sectors can become involved in this exciting program of work. Public sector employees were encouraged to extend invitations to external partners.

The session featured:

  • Hon Susan Close MP, Minister for the Public Sector, Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, Minister for Automotive Transitioning
  • Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment
  • Dan Butler, Manager, Change@SouthAustralia
  • Moderator - Raymond Spencer, Chair of the Economic Development Board


Tuesday 26th August 2014


RIAUS Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place Adelaide SA


9:00 am (registration opens) 9:30 am – 11:30 am

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Susan Close MP
Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation
Minister for Automotive Transformation
Minister for the Public Sector

Susan Close was first elected as the State Member for Port Adelaide in February 2012 at a by-election. Before being appointed Minister for Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade and Minister for the Public Sector after the 2014 election, Dr Close was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Public Sector since February 2013. Dr Close has also chaired two parliamentary select committee inquiries. Before entering parliament, Dr Close was an executive in the public service and previously worked at Adelaide University as the director of student services. She and Declan have two children who attend a local primary school.


Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment

In her role as Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Office for the Public Sector, Erma oversees multiple sector-wide reform programs including Change@SouthAustralia, executive development and leadership, and developing a sustainable approach to workforce management.

The Office’s principal role is to ensure the South Australian public sector is led and managed in a way that adheres to the values and principles of ethical behaviour, fosters excellence in governance, leadership and collaboration with a performance culture that is efficient, adaptive and flexible to meet the needs of a changing society.

The Office will lead a cultural shift in the public sector, embedding the values across all government organisations to create a public sector that is more collaborative, innovative, and connected to the community.

Erma was elected President of IPAA (SA) in August 2012 and is currently the Chair of the Industry Advisory Board, Centre for Human Resource Management at UniSA.

Erma has more than 30 years’ experience, has published papers in management journals, and regularly presents at local and national events on organisational culture, values, change and leadership.


Dan Butler, Manager, Change@SouthAustralia

Daniel Butler has been working in public sector reform in South Australia since 2008. Prior to managing Change@SouthAustralia he worked in the Public Sector Performance Commission where he co-designed the High Performance Framework. Dan is a member of IPAA SA’s Divisional Council.


Moderator: Raymond Spencer, Chair, South Australian Economic Development Board

Mr Raymond Spencer was born in Adelaide and studied at the University of Adelaide.

Raymond has extensive business experience derived from living and working in the USA, India and Europe and brings more than thirty-five years of leadership in international business, management planning, technology, finance, organisational culture and mergers and acquisitions.

In addition to being Chair of SAHMRI, Raymond is Chairman of the South Australian Economic Development Board (EDB), Chairman of Capgemini’s Financial Services Global Business Unit (FS GBU), Chairman of Signostics Limited, and a director of Rubicon Technology, Inc. (RBCN) a NASDAQ listed manufacturer of advanced electronic materials. He is an investor in and director of a number of private companies and is a member of the investment committee in three US-based venture funds.

Highly experienced in directing international projects, Raymond has worked in eighteen countries including the United States, Australia, India, UK, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore. He has also advised corporations and not-for-profit groups on organisational, cultural, and leadership initiatives.