Change will happen; ensure resilience to govern in the future

In the complex framework of the Public Sector, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to governance. During this half-day forum, you will hear from experienced directors, leaders and industry experts discuss how they are approaching the latest trends and issues facing the Public Sector today. Designed to challenge your current thinking and ensure your organisation has the resilience to govern into the future, this interactive program will provide you with new insights and experiences. The program is designed to be of benefit to Public Sector executives, Directors, Committee Members and Advisers.

Program, timings and speakers are correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change without notice.


8.00am - 8.30am

Registration will begin at 8.00am with 30 minutes for networking and light refreshments.

The forum will commence promptly at 8.30am.


8.30am - 8.40am

Keynote address - Tackling the key issues of our times

8.40am - 9.40am

What governance arrangements are needed to tackle the significant issues facing governments today? Where is real success being achieved in dealing with ongoing change, innovating service delivery and dealing with fundamental societal issues such as climate change and social cohesion.

This session looks at where innovation in the public sector is achieving success and the governance arrangements needed to support and facilitate this.

Our panellist will discuss:

  • Success stories: innovative approaches to governance that are leading to positive public outcomes and how these approaches can be applied more broadly
  • Role of diversity: the governments commitment to diversity and its role in facilitating effective and innovative public sector governance
  • Innovation and risk: the role of public sector leaders in initiating change, managing and mitigating the associated risks, and driving an agile and responsive public sector
  • Competing priorities: balancing business as usual with fostering innovation to achieve improved outcomes and progress a greater agenda.

Achieving greater outcomes in the Public Sector through the fostering of better cross-sector collaboration

9.40am - 10.40am

Boards and committees in the Public Sector play a pivotal role in providing a voice from the wider community to the government. By engaging in true cross-sector partnerships with the NFP and Private sectors, the Public Sector can achieve elevated outcomes for the greater good and can make a positive impact in this often complex environment.

Our panellists will discuss:

  • Clarity of purpose: establishing what ministers expect from Public Sector directors and leaders
  • Where to start: strategies for progressing this agenda and fostering meaningful collaboration
  • Dealing with challenges: overcoming the key obstacles and risks to embedding effective and ongoing collaborative partnerships
  • Building strength through diversity: understanding the skills, experience and diversity of thought needed to build a strong governance function and provide a much needed long-term perspective
  • Emerging skills requirements: the governance and leadership capabilities needed at a local, state and federal level by the public sector leaders of tomorrow.
  • Focus on solutions: the emerging pressure points for government – including innovation, research and commercialisation– and the priority outcomes required from cross-sector collaboration

Morning Tea

10.40am - 11.15am

An opportunity to connect with colleagues.

Big data and Public Sector organisations

11.15am - 12.15pm

Government agencies are collecting an increasing amount of customer data and using it across agencies and tiers of government to gain new insights and innovate service delivery.

This session will look at the practical aspects of big data as it relates to Public Sector organisations, and explore the current and emerging opportunities to use data to deliver increasingly optimised and citizen-centric services.

Our panellists will discuss:

  • Data in action: where and how data is being used effectively, including to monitor and measure the success (or otherwise) of government programs, initiatives and cross-agency collaboration
  • Emerging opportunities: what’s next on the big data front and how can public sector leaders be ready to capitalise
  • Ongoing challenges and risks: how agencies are dealing with recurrent issues including budget constraints, data capability gaps, privacy concerns and cyber security risks
  • Recent successes and failures: real life examples of innovative data-driven decision making and performance improvements, as well as insights from the census debacle and other data disappointments.


12.15pm - 12.30pm

Networking Lunch

12.30pm - 1.30pm

Make new connections and reflect on the discussions of the morning.