Talking Performance - The Public Sector’s Role in Making SA Thrive

2017 is fast upon us…
Do you know what our priorities are for the coming year? 
Do you know how to optimise your team to deliver?
Are you developing your team members to perform at their best?
The Talking Performance forum facilitates a strategic discussion about our performance over the last year, our priorities for 2017, and how meaningful performance management and development will help the public sector respond.

Why Attend?
Talking Performance is a unique opportunity to hear from key leaders in our Public Sector and a private sector organisation with challenges just like ours.

  • Recognise the good work we have done for our state and the challenges that remain
  • Hear the latest thinking on the direction and priorities of the South Australian Public Sector
  • Acquire actionable insights for your department or team on how to lift performance
  • Network with other public sector employees

The Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Erma Ranieri

Our Premier, Jay Weatherill, shared his vision for a high performing public sector and why he has a renewed focus on performance management and development. 

Chief Executive, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Kym Winter Dewhirst reported on how the public sector has performed over the last 12 months and how it will rise to meet our challenges over the next year. 

Panel Discussion – Talking Performance: How can we realise our potential?

Eva Balan Vnuk – State Director, South Australia, Microsoft
David Reynolds – Chief Executive/Under Treasurer, Department of Treasury and Finance
Vickie Kaminski – Interim Chief Executive, SA Health South Australia


Tuesday, 13 December 2016


Adelaide Oval, William Magarey Room  


10:45 am (Registration & Morning Tea) 11:30 am – 1:00pm

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This event is proudly supported by:


Jay Weatherill, Premier South Australia

Jay Weatherill is South Australia's 45th Premier.

Jay was born and educated in Adelaide's western suburbs, completing his secondary education at Henley High School.

He is a lawyer with an economics degree, establishing his own law firm in 1995 and practicing until he was elected as the Member for Cheltenham in 2002. Jay was subsequently re-elected as Member for Cheltenham in 2006 and in 2010.

He has held a range of portfolios including Environment and Conservation, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister Assisting the Premier in Cabinet Business and Public Sector Management, Families and Communities, Housing, Ageing, Disability, Urban Development and Planning, Administrative Services, Local Government and Gambling. He is a member of the South Australian Executive Council.

Jay and his wife Melissa have two young daughters, Lucinda and Alice.



Kym Winter-Dewhirst, Chief Executive, Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Kym Winter-Dewhirst commenced as the Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in January 2015, relocating to Adelaide from Brisbane.

Prior to returning to South Australia, Kym was a senior Vice President within BHP Billiton, based between Melbourne and Brisbane.

In that role he was responsible for the corporation’s government and community affairs covering operations in Colombia, New Mexico, South Africa, Indonesia and the East Coast of Australia.

Kym was intimately involved in negotiations for the Olympic Dam Indenture Agreement and was a co-author of the Olympic Dam environmental approvals, which at 20,000 pages in length, was the largest document of its type ever produced in Australia.

Kym has spent a considerable part of his career working and negotiating with indigenous communities around the world and across Australia, including the Dayak people of Central Kalimantan in Borneo, the Wayu People of northeastern Colombia, the Navaho of New Mexico and a range of displaced tribal groups in the north east of South Africa.

Kym spent 10 years with BHP Billiton and was previously head of government relations with WMC Resources.

Before joining the corporate sector he spent three years as Chief-of-Staff to the South Australian Environment minister, John Hill, six years as a political lobbyist and seven years as an environmental and political adviser for Senator Cheryl Kernot in the Federal Parliament and Ian Gilfillan in the SA Parliament.

He holds a degree in journalism from the University of South Australia and studied politics at Flinders University. He was largely educated in Europe as a result of his Father’s work as an Australian diplomat with postings to London, The Hague, Paris, Bonn, Cape Town, Ankara and Canberra.


MC: Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Office for the Public Sector

Appointed on 1 July 2014, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Erma Ranieri works passionately to ensure the public sector is a trusted, respected, courageous and honest organisation.

The Commissioner holds a statutory role under the Public Sector Act 2009. The Act outlines principles and guidelines to improve and uphold public sector performance – it is the Commissioner’s role to bring these to life across government.

Erma is working towards creating a world-leading public sector that serves South Australians well, does what it says it will do, and to which every public servant is proud to belong.

Erma has worked for more than 30 years to help organisations optimise productivity and employee wellbeing. She was named 2014 Telstra Business Woman of the Year and SA Winner of the Telstra Community and Government Award for her role in leading transformational change throughout the public sector.

Erma currently oversees the Office for the Public Sector. The Office is responsible for a number of sector-wide reform programs, including Change@SouthAustralia.

Erma will continue to challenge cultural and structural barriers within the public sector to raise productivity and foster excellence. She is leading a cultural shift and creating a public sector that is more collaborative, innovative, and connected to the community.


David Reynolds, Chief Executive / Under Treasurer, Department of Treasury and Finance

David commenced as Chief Executive, Treasury & Finance, South Australia on 1 December 2015. In his previous role as South Australian Deputy Under Treasurer David was responsible for the SA government budget process and supporting the Treasurer and the government in its decision making. His responsibilities also include Government Accounting and Reporting and Veteran’s SA. He is chair of the joint DPC/DTF Human Resources and Health and Safety Committee and the DTF Executive Sponsor for both Innovation and Women in Treasury.

Immediately prior to being Deputy Under Treasurer David worked in Budget Branch for 8 years including as Executive Director for 5 years. During that period he was a lead negotiator for South Australia in agreements with the Commonwealth Government on the State’s participation in the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Gonski School Funding arrangements.

David has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Adelaide. He is a career public servant spending 3 years in Canberra after graduating before joining the South Australian Department of Treasury and Finance in 1995. While in the South Australian public sector he has worked in tax policy and revenue forecasting as well as Commonwealth/State relations. This included the period of negotiating the revised Commonwealth/State funding arrangements arising from the national tax reform and introduction of the GST in 2000. David also worked in gambling policy for 5 years including as Director, Gambling Policy.


Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk, State Director, South Australia, Microsoft Pty Ltd

Eva Balan-Vnuk is based in the Microsoft office in Adelaide, and with her team works with SA Government agencies to help them gain business value from technology. Eva has an undergraduate degree in international management and marketing from the University of South Australia, and prior to this role spent nine years working for Microsoft in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, in a variety of sales and strategy roles. She then completed a PhD in innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Adelaide, where she is a Visiting Research Fellow. Eva is passionate about helping the SA Government to identify ways to become more innovative, and to assist in the transformation of business strategies and practices.


Vickie Kaminski, Interim Chief Executive, SA Health South Australia

Vickie is a senior health care executive with more than 35 years of experience in the Canadian health care system. Her professional background is in nursing.

Vickie’s most recent role was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Health Service, an integrated health service, with 100,000 employees.

Prior to joining the AHS, Vickie was with the Eastern Regional Health Authority for approximately five years as President and Chief Executive Officer. In this broad health portfolio, Vickie was responsible for the healthcare continuum including a range of unique provincial programs.

In these previous roles Vickie was responsible for initiating system change through benchmarking, achieving efficiencies and realising benefits for the health system.

In her position of Deputy Chief Executive, Transforming Health, Vickie is leading the implementation of Transforming Health, the biggest whole system change for the health system that will result in Best Care First Time Every Time.

Vickie recently took on the role of Interim Chief Executive, Depart for Health and Ageing, South Australia.