On the Couch with April Lawrie

IPAA SA’s On the Couch sessions are a series of informal interviews with key leaders of the public sector. In their current roles, these leaders are seen as having a high degree of responsibility and influence over the future of the public sector and the people who work within it.

These interviews are aimed at looking at the person behind the role and focus on their interests, influences, leadership styles, career highlights, journey, aspirations, values and what they see as their priorities in their current role and insights for the future.

Our special guest for this event is April Lawrie, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People. April Lawrie has been appointed the inaugural Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, tasked with developing policies and practices that will improve the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal children and young people. Key areas of focus for the role include improving health, education, child protection and justice outcomes.

This is an opportunity to hear first-hand about the life and ideas of April Lawrie in an informal interview. The interview concludes with a brief Q&A session with questions from the audience.

All IPAA events include purposeful networking which allows you to:

• Build relationships with the speaker/s and fellow guests
• Develop your capabilities 
• Establish connections across the SA public sector.

Since its inception, the series has acted as the host for a very significant number of public sector leaders including David Reynolds, Chief Executive of Department of Treasury and Finance, Commissioner Grant Stevens, Police Commissioner and Hon. Bruce Lander QC, Independent Commissioner Against Corruption just to name a few.



Ms April Lawrie
Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, South Australia

Commencing early December 2018, April Lawrie became South Australia’s inaugural Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People.  Her role as Commissioner is preceded with 15 years of executive leadership roles across government, with the most recent two and half years as Director of Aboriginal Education, prior to that, ten years as SA Health Aboriginal Health Branch Director and before that, four years as the Aboriginal Justice Director in the Attorney’s General’s Department. April is an Australian Aboriginal woman of 51 years of age. She and long term partner, Ercole, have three sons, 20, 17 and 11. April heralds from the Mirning and Kogatha Aboriginal peoples of the far west coast - Nullarbor region of South Australia, with her mum, many family and relatives living in Ceduna. April’s spent her formative years in Whyalla and graduated with a Social Work Degree in 1990, which led her to a range of employment pathways in South Australian government agencies; including ACCA, an Aboriginal foster care agency. Over the last 27 years April has contributed to the formation of policy at the state and national level, and excellence in service innovation and community development with regard to Aboriginal health, education, child and family services, justice services, across the metro and regional areas, including rural/ remote. For many years April’s parallel life interests have been forged in the Aboriginal Lands Rights and Native Title movement.  April was also an elected SA delegate to the Constitutional Recognition Convention held at Uluru in May 2017, and proudly served as an inaugural delegate on the Congress of Australia’s First People, when it first commenced in 2010.



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Event Details

Thursday, 30 May 2019.

9:30am registration for a 10:00am - 11:00am (On the Couch Session).

PwC, 11/70 Franklin Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Free for all Members.
Non Member: $30


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