IPAA National Conference 2018

The growing polarisation of our politics in the age of Trump and Brexit will be the backdrop for a series of fascinating – and potentially confronting – series of debates at the IPAA National Conference in Melbourne on October 17th.

Hosted by the ABC’s Tony Jones, the conference will examine three major ‘fault lines’ with the potential to shake our public sector to its core.

A special session on Working in a hyperpartisan world will look at the challenges for public servants created by increased political polarisation – with Jill Rutter from the UK and Dr Helen Sullivan from the Crawford School of Public Policy.

The conference will also explore the growing and contentious use of consultants by the public sector, with one recent study suggesting the Commonwealth currently spends over $700 million annually on consultants and “external experts”.

The conference will also look at the dramatic challenges and opportunities created by rapid advances in automation, artificial intelligence, and other forms of digital disruption. Michael Priddis will argue that both government and corporate Australia are “spectacularly unprepared for automation”. Jeff Borland, argues that not only are we over-estimating the changes that automation will cause, but that we have faced these types of workplace-change issues before.

IPAA’s 2018 Conference will finish with a final Q&A style discussion examining the future of the public sector given these fault lines with a panel including Gordon de Brouwer, Terry Moran AC, Gill Callister and a group of emerging public sector leaders.

The conference program also includes the 2018 Garran Oration, to be delivered by former Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs.

The 2018 IPAA National Conference is sponsored by KPMG and participants who register for before 14 September will be eligible for a substantial Early Bird discount.


Tickets details

Ticket Cost: Ticket prices starting at $1,035.00. Early bird discounts available before 14 September.



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