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AGLN NSW Conference

Public Sector – Future Change and Challenge

10 & 11 October 2013
Doltone House – Darling Island Wharf
48 Pirrama Road

This year the AGLN conference theme is The Future Public Sector - an exploration of how the Public Service will have to dramatically adapt in coming years to meet the changing needs and expectations of citizens and government. Indeed, some of the changes are already upon us in this rapidly evolving environment.

We have again attracted an outstanding array of speakers from the public and private sectors. Facilitated by renowned journalist and media commentator, Peter Thompson, our speakers will each bring unique, informed and thought-provoking insights into issues relevant to our conference theme.

This conference also provides delegates with the opportunity to make valuable contacts and meet colleagues in the wider government community in New South Wales. I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to extend your network and to share ideas and experiences with other delegates, and our speakers.

Finally, I would like to thank Steve Sedgwick, the Australian Public Service Commissioner, APS, for his support of our Australian Government Leadership Network again this year and for the assistance provided by his APSC colleagues. All of this support helps enhance the AGLN’s role in promoting leadership development, building executive networks and encouraging public sector collaboration.

I look forward to seeing you there.


Megan Pitt, AGLN-New South Wales Chair

Conference Program

Thursday 10 October 2013

9.00 am – Introductions and Welcome to Country

9.20 am – Mr Ian Govey, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Government Solicitor – Conference Opening

9.30 am – Mr Stephen Sedgwick AO, Australian Public Service Commissioner, APSC

10.15 am – Professor Peter Shergold AC, Chancellor, University of Western Sydney, The future citizen

11.30 am – Mr Chris Eccles, Director General, Department of Premier and Cabinet (NSW), New South Wales: our strategic reform agenda

12.15 pm – Dr Sabrina Pit, NHMRC Research Fellow, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Towards sustainable employability

1.45 pm – Talking Heads: Peter Thompson talks with Professor Barbara Pocock, Director of the Centre for Work + Life, University of South Australia

2.30 pm – Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, Leader, CSIRO Futures, Our future world

3.45 pm – Mr Michael Honey, Director, Icelab, Time and space agnostic: remaking the workplace as if humans mattered

Friday 11 October 2013

9.00 am – Ms Monica Barone, Chief Executive Officer, City of Sydney, Sustainable Sydney 2030 / Capability 2030 – How we are creating an organisation capable of delivering our ambitious agenda

9.45 am – Professor Peter Whiteford, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Inequality and prosperity: the challenges for Australia

11.00 am – Mr Craig Flintoft, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 – driving action for people with disability

11.45 am – Mr Brenton Caffin, Director of Innovation Skills, Nesta (UK), The empathetic State: designing emotionally intelligent public services

1.30 pm – Mr John Daley, CEO, Grattan Institute, Priorities for Australian economic growth

2.15 pm – Professor Deborah Blackman, University of Canberra and Professor Michael O’Donnell, University of New South Wales, Developing High Performance: Performance Management in the Australian Public Service

3.30 pm – Mr Stephen Collins, Founder, acidlabs, Taking design thinking to the public sector


$750.00 (GST inclusive) including morning and afternoon teas, lunch and a networking / cocktail event

Groups of three or more from the same agency - $700 (GST inclusive)

Early bird for registrations received on or before 10 September - $700 (GST inclusive)

To register

Please complete a registration form and email to or fax to 02 6123 6690.

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