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Upcoming events and forums

Important discussions, events and forums are taking place across Australia next week on the nationally critical issue of federation reform, Uber and urban transport, the ripple effect of poverty, government communications, and building a stronger voice for women on social media. Here are some of The Mandarin‘s picks.


Tonight, Oct 7 – Melbourne: Can we really handle the truth? ABC’s Sarah Ferguson is giving the 2015 A.N. Smith Lecture, on “Freedom from Information – Australia’s War on Transparency”. Notionally about journalism, this year’s address might be of interest to many public officials:

“While governments – and major institutions – find new ways to limit transparency – the media industry itself is equally culpable, trading away its freedom to investigate for short term access. There is a war on transparency underway and the media is colluding with the wrong side.”

Position of Strength

Monday, Oct 12 – Canberra: @TwitterAU and our sister publication Women’s Agenda are hosting a free social media workshop at the National Press Club about building a stronger voice for women. Unofficially, it’s tailored at public servants and ministerial staff in the national capital. The workshop will be followed by networking and a Q&A with Children’s eSafety Commissioner Alastair MacGibbon and possibly senior government female minister.

Ripple effect of poverty

Monday, Oct 12 – Perth: Coinciding with Anti-Poverty Week, CEDA are hosting an event with the WA Minister for Community Services Tony Simpson and others to discuss the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s latest report on poverty.

Government communications

Tuesday, Oct 13 – Sydney: WPP, a global marketing communications professional service outfit, are launching their Australia and New Zealand government and public sector practice with a forum titled: “Listening – the shifting paradigm in citizen engagement”. Speakers include NSW Rural Fire Service’s director corporate communications Anthony Clark, NSW Health’s John Vineburg, Defence Force Recruiting’s general manager marketing Pat Duffy, along with private sector practitioners.

Urban transport

Tuesday, Oct 13 – Brisbane: CEDA are also hosting a discussion on the future of urban transport with Uber Australia and New Zealand general manager David Rohrsheim and AECOM’s James Rosenwax.

Federation reform

Wednesday and Thursday, Oct 14-15 – Sydney: This is the big one. IPAA national conference 2015 has a highly impressive list of speakers this year, including current and former premiers, heads of public services, and experts from around the world.

Thanks to support from the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, this year, IPAA can bring the conference wherever you are in Australia via free web streaming. A register for the free webstream, and follow along on Twitter with #ipaa2015.

IPAA 2015 webstream

It is vital that all those working in and with the public sector know how the public sector will look as a result of Federation Reform. They also need to develop the skills they will need to work in this changing environment.

Due to the agenda setting theme of the IPAA 2015 National Conference and thanks to the support from the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet if you live outside of the Sydney area and can’t easily attend the Conference in person you don’t have to miss out – the Conference will now be available via free web streaming!

The single most important reform to impact the Australian public sector will be the outcome of the current Reform of Federation. The Government’s White Paper has the potential to significantly change not only public sector activities, roles and responsibilities but also the way these services are delivered to Australian citizens.

You can now learn how Federation Reform will affect your area of government and build your Skills for the Future by registering for the web cast.

The two day Conference program includes:

View the full program to identify the sessions you need to attend to build your skills and understanding for the challenges ahead.

Register today and learn how your work could be radically changed with Federation Reform.

Author Bio

Harley Dennett

Harley Dennett is editor at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's held communications roles in the New South Wales public sector and Defence, and been a staff reporter for newspapers in Sydney and Washington DC.