Diverse, safe and inclusive – the South Australian Public Sector where we all belong 

To be a world-leading public sector, it’s essential our workforce reflects the diverse community we serve. Different perspectives, backgrounds and experiences are vital to help us tap into and meet the needs of our community.

The inaugural whole-of-government I WORK FOR SA – Your Voice Survey results backs this approach. The responses clearly show that building a diverse and inclusive workforce – where everyone belongs – is vital to continue to unlock our sector’s potential.

This feedback, teamed with collaboration and engagement from agencies, has helped shape the South Australian Public Sector Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2019-21. 

On Thursday 5 December we joined Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Erma Ranieri, for the launch of this whole-of-sector strategy. At this event, Erma shared how, as a sector, we can work together to implement the strategy’s actions and further embed the principles of diversity and inclusion in our workplace.

We also heard from keynote speaker Claire Madden, who will gave an interactive presentation into emerging trends on leading, managing and engaging generations in the workplace. Claire explored how diversity and inclusion underpins creating a contemporary and innovative public sector, which can better serve the needs of the community.

As Claire highlighted, in a world of online networks and communities, increased mobility and constant transitions, creating a vibrant, dynamic and engaging workplace culture is key in attracting, engaging and retaining top talent.

“Every audience member will take away with them not just a grasp of the social changes but practical strategies in how to apply them in their context” – Claire Madden

Learn about our speakers

Claire Madden

Social Researcher
Demographer and the Voice on Generation Z MA (Lead), BA (Comms)

Claire Madden is a leading voice internationally on Generation Z. As an author, social researcher, keynote speaker and media commentator, Claire is in high demand as an expert in interpreting social trends, demographics and implications of generational change. Claire is highly regarded for her dynamic and engaging presentations where she translates robust, research-based content into strategic applications for educators, managers and business leaders.

Claire is commissioned by some of the largest companies and leading brands to interpret the changing landscape and communicate the implications for business and society.

As a media commentator, Claire is regularly interviewed on prominent television programs including The Drum, The Project, SBS News, The Today Show, SkyNews, Sunrise and The Morning Show, as well as on the radio and in print media. Claire is on the board of a financial services company and is also a PhD candidate, studying the impact of Gen Z and work.

Claire is the author of Hello Gen Z: Engaging the Generation of Post-Millennials.


Erma Ranieri PSM FIPAA

IPAA SA President, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment
Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment

Appointed on 1 July 2014, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Erma Ranieri works passionately 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.

With the role of the public sector being to serve and support South Australia to thrive, Erma leads sector-wide reform to modernise the public sector and continue to build on its value and service to the South Australian community.

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

With a key focus on flexibility, diversity and leadership development to ensure the public sector is positioned as an Employer of Choice, Erma continues to challenge cultural and structural barriers to drive innovative, collaborative and connected services for the community.

Caroline Mealor FIPAA

Chief Executive
Attorney-General’s Department

Caroline began her legal career as the Associate to the Hon. Brian Cox QC and the Hon. Bruce Lander QC.

From 1995, she worked as a prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions before taking up a position as the Executive Director of the Legal and Legislative Services Division in the Attorney-General’s Department in 2011.

In 2013, she became the Deputy Chief Executive of the Attorney-General’s Department and in April 2018 was appointed as the Chief Executive.

Event brought to you by

IPAA South Australia
Government of South Australia

Thursday, 5 December 2019

11:45am Registration
12:15pm -1:45pm Event

Ballroom, Hilton Adelaide Hotel, 233 Victoria Square. Adelaide SA 5000
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$30 for non members