National Convention & Exhibition 2024


20 – 22 AUGUST 2024

Public Sector

Designed for senior leaders preparing to deliver the public sector of the future, this full-day program will explore key issues including ethical decision making, psychosocial safety, digital readiness and change leadership.

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Keynote 5

8.45am – 10.00am

In an era marked by economic instability and the rise of remote work, disconnection, and disengagement are prevalent. Drawing from his latest work, renowned author and thought leader, Seth Godin explores his soulful re-envisioning of work and leadership in today’s world.

Through his latest work, Godin presents a compelling exploration into the current state of work, delving into why it has deteriorated and what leaders can do to initiate positive change. He advocates for the creation of organisations that prioritise significance, emphasising the importance of empowerment, trust, and inclusivity.

Guided by Seth Godin’s powerful message, “Humans aren’t a resource. They are the point”, we explore how to implement meaningful organisational change. Whether you’re a manager seeking to inspire your team or an individual striving for more fulfilling work, this session offers practical strategies for building a workplace where everyone can thrive.

Public Sector Conference – Session 1

Thursday 22 August

10.30am – 11.30am

Trust: The currency of leadership success

Join this exclusive conversation exploring trust and leadership with two of Australia’s leading investigative journalists, Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters. Through their work, McKenzie and Masters have shed light on the critical role of trust and ethics in leadership. We dive into the nuances of trust and its profound impact on effective leadership. Using real-life examples and case studies from McKenzie and Masters’ work, we explore how trust is earned, maintained, and sometimes betrayed in positions of leadership, and practical strategies for cultivating trust within organisations and communities.

Public Sector Conference – Session 2

Thursday 22 August

11.35am – 12.25pm

Navigating tomorrow: The evolving role of HR in the Australian public sector

HR professionals are at the forefront of navigating through unprecedented challenges and opportunities. As the demands on the public sector continue to evolve, so too must the role of HR. Join a panel of public sector HR leaders to explore the key trends and transformations reshaping HR as well as sharing strategies that senior public sector people leaders need to embrace to drive success. 

Public Sector Conference – Session 3

Thursday 22 August

1.25pm – 2.15pm

Capability building in the Australian public sector

At a time of rapid change and evolving demands, the Australian Public Sector faces the imperative to build and enhance capabilities within its workforce. With a goal for alignment with organisational goals and future needs learn about sector strategies for strategic workforce planning and talent management and explore successful initiatives and programs aimed at building critical skills and competencies. 

Public Sector Conference – Session 4

Thursday 22 August

2.20pm – 3.10pm

Intentional management: Creating flexible and inclusive workplaces

Lane Masterson, General Manager Corporate Services, Australian Bureau of Statistics

Dr Sue Williamson, Associate Professor, UNSW Canberra

Fostering flexibility, inclusivity and psychological safety is vital for the Australian Public Sector to thrive. Join this discussion where we explore research findings and strategies for implementing flexible work arrangements that accommodate diverse employee needs while maintaining operational effectiveness and productivity within public sector organisations. 

Public Sector Conference – Session 5

Thursday 22 August

3.40pm – 4.30pm

Integrity and leadership in the Australian public sector

Integrity is the cornerstone of effective leadership. Join a panel of senior public sector leaders as we explore the multifaceted concept of integrity and its significance in shaping ethical decision-making, fostering trust, and maintaining public confidence in government institutions. We will examine ethical leadership principles and values that guide decision-making and behaviour in the public sector, including accountability, transparency, fairness, and appreciation of diversity within public sector workforces. 

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