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APSwide – change on the APS horizon and into outer space

If the prospect of changing agencies seems intimidating, how about changing planets? Dianne McGrath will be speaking about her plans to join the one way mission to Mars, at APSwide Melbourne on 10 October. It certainly promises to put our concept of change into perspective!

Dianne is a sustainability expert and a director on the board of the not-for-profit organisation, Open Food Network. She has made it through a number of selection rounds to be one of 100 candidates remaining for Mars One, a project to set up the first human colony on Mars. The ‘one’ is significant not only because it’s the first mission, but because it’s a ‘one way’ mission. If Dianne is chosen to go, she won’t be coming back.

Register before Friday 4 October via the APSwide conference series webpage to hear more about this unique mission and to hear Dianne’s perspective on change. If you don’t have any immediate plans to travel into space, the conference program also includes a number of fantastic speakers talking about change closer to home.

The speaker line up includes Kathryn Campbell, Secretary of Department of Social Services; Alistair Campbell, Assistant Secretary in the Priorities and Delivery Unit at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; and Callie Zorzi, Group Manager of Integrity, Performance and Employment Policy at the APSC.

It’s interesting to note that while attendees enjoy hearing from external and local speakers, feedback to date indicates one of the primary motivators for attending an APSwide conference is for the updates from senior APS leaders. Townsville attendees said they, “really appreciate the time invested by senior public servants to come to these events” in order to give them “an overall high level view of where the APS is at and where we are likely to be heading.”

No matter where you’re located, if you come to an APSwide conference you can expect the same high quality updates from senior public servants on issues and initiatives relevant to you as an APS employee. You will also participate in one of two interactive workshops on change designed exclusively for APSwide attendees, and enjoy networking with APS colleagues. Find more details on the upcoming conferences in Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart and Perth on the APSwide conference series webpage.