Step out of the silos for Public Sector Week

By Harley Dennett

June 19, 2015

Public Sector Week, hosted by the Victorian branch of Institute for Public Administration Australia and supported by the Victorian government, begins on Monday with a range of events for anyone interested in the public sector.

Federation Square is serving as the hub for many of the events, but it’s not only for Melbournians. There’s a webinar on open data for governments and regional Victoria is also covered with discussions hosted in Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo.

Nor for that matter is it only for the Victorian Public Service … there are discussions and events designed for those who work with government, including the broader public sector, the not-for-profit and private sectors.

The Mandarin will be covering many of the discussions, but for those who want to engage but can’t get to the events there are hashtags for many individual events. IPAA Victoria is also recommending #publicsectorweek if you just want to find out what the hot topics are for public sector enthusiasts.

If you spot something that really should be shared with a national audience, flick us a tweet at @TheMandarinAU or messages us on Facebook.

Gill Callister, secretary of the Victorian Department of Education and Training and IPAA Victoria president, says this will be a celebration of the sector:

“The aim of public sector week is to recognise the range of work that happens in the public sector — as well as the big challenges and opportunities that the public sector faces.”

Whether you work in the public sector, or a part of a private, not-for-profit sector organisation that is working with government, the 2015 Public Sector Week campaign will provide:

  • Big Ideas about building a great Nation and State
  • Frank assessments about the challenges ahead
  • Thoughtful discussion about what it means to be a part of the public sector
  • Reflections on what we can learn from the long term achievements of the sector
  • Opportunities for community consultation on public issues
  • Education to the broader community about the role of the Victorian Public Sector.

Speakers include head of the VPS and Department of Premier and Cabinet, Chris Eccles, and secretaries Pradeep Philip, Greg Wilson, Adam Fennessy, and Richard Bolt.

Some of the events are free and open to anyone, others are professional development designed for those working in the sector. There are events held outside business hours too. You can still register at

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