Australia’s Public Sector

Fit for Purpose. Fit for the Future.

IPAA’s inaugural National Event Series arrives in Adelaide on the 15th of August. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the national discussion about the readiness of the public sector to meet imminent challenges.

IPAA National President, Professor Peter Shergold AC FIPAA, will be joined on the program by some of South Australia’s leading influencers and thinkers in public service design and delivery.

Hear the latest thinking from across Australia in Prof Shergold’s address, before local leaders provide essential insight into the critical challenges and opportunities facing public service delivery in our state over coming decades.

Ideas discussed in this session will contribute to a final report to the 2018 IPAA National Conference in October.

The conversation will be future-focused and consider the challenges and opportunities for the sector. Issues may include, but will not be limited to:

  • disruptive cognitive technologies (e.g. advanced robotics, automation of knowledge work, the Internet of Things, the Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, machine learnings, big data analytics)
  • the use of systems approaches and human-centred design to tackle complex problems
  • innovation in the face of cross-cutting challenges (e.g. climate change, ageing, socio-economic inequality and the future of work)
  • citizen engagement and digital democracy
  • applying behavioural insights to public purpose
  • creating effective cross-sectoral collaboration for public impact
  • restoring trust in government, public institutions and the value of non-partisan expertise.

Learn about our speakers

Dr Kristin Alford

Director MOD
University of South Australia

Dr Kristin Alford is a futurist and the Director of MOD. at the University of South Australia. MOD. is an immersive museum of discovery, a place to be and be inspired. Kristin leads a team dedicated to creating dynamic, changing exhibitions showcasing the edge of knowledge and emerging technologies. MOD. opened in May 2018 to surprise and delight young adults, opening new possibilities and pathways so that we can all live prosperously and sustainably.

Prior to this role, Kristin was the founding director of foresight agency Bridge8, facilitating futures and engagement on water sustainability, nanotechnology, health, advanced manufacturing, clean technologies and climate futures for government, corporates and not-for-profits.

She is a member of the Study Adelaide Board and the Inspiring South Australia Steering Group. She was the inaugural licensee and host of TEDxAdelaide.

Kristin has had various careers in engineering, human resources, strategy and product development for companies including BHP Billiton, Ansett-Air New Zealand, the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria and Nanotechnology Victoria. She holds a PhD in process engineering and a Masters of Management in Strategic Foresight. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation.

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.

Professor Peter Shergold

Western Sydney Univertsity

Peter Shergold is now the Chancellor of Western Sydney University. He had a distinguished career in the Australian Public Service, including as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He now serves as a director on the boards of both private and community sector organisations. He also remains active in public administration at both the Commonwealth and State level, including in the areas of higher education, vocational education, public administration, refugee resettlement, Medicare Data and the development of Western Sydney.

Peter Shergold is also former IPAA National President, presiding until 2019.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

(registration 1:30pm)
2:00pm - 4:30pm

Riverbank Rooms, 2 - 4, Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Professional Member: $60
State Govt Member: $75
Corporate Member: $75
Non-Member: $110