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

Learn about our speakers

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.

David Reynolds FIPAA

Chief Executive
Department for Trade and Investment

My executive and management career includes more than twenty years’ experience in policy advice, financial management, and organisation and executive leadership.

In 2015, I was appointed Chief Executive of the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF), South Australia.

At DTF, we’re working together to support the future prosperity and wellbeing of all South Australians. As Chief Executive I provide leadership and governance to the State budget, and oversee the strategic performance of government agencies across industrial relations, budget, taxation, superannuation, commercial and economics and accounting issues.

Prior to this current appointment, I held roles including Executive Director of the Budget Branch and Director of Gambling Policy.

I am passionate about improving the public sector through organisational development and a ‘staff first’ approach. I place a strong focus on gender equality and staff leadership and collaboration.

I have completed a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Adelaide, I am a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and also a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Jay Weatherill

45th Premier of 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.

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.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

(10:45am registration and morning tea)
11:30am - 1:00pm

Adelaide Oval, William Magarey Room