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Grad Connect

Thursday 28 March 2019
2.30pm – 4.00pm
National Convention Centre, Canberra City

Arrive: 2.00pm  Start: 2.30pm
Finish: 4.00pm  Networking: 4.00pm

This event will introduce graduates to the APS and each other, and to the importance of managing their own APS careers through collaborating, establishing and building professional networks, and seeking out opportunities.

A  keynote presentation from Ms Mary Wiley-Smith, Deputy Commissioner, Australian Public Service Commission will be followed by a panel session. Panellists will highlight successful policy/project implementation, while demonstrating how cross-agency collaboration and networking played a key role in their successes.

Guest speakers

Keynote speaker
Ms Mary Wiley-Smith
Deputy Commissioner
Australian Public Service Commission

Ms Katherine Jones PSM
Deputy Secretary
 Business Enabling Services
Department of Finance

Ms Lisa Wright
Assistant Secretary, innovationXchange
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  • Ms Wiley-Smith will discuss the key role networking and collaboration plays in a rewarding career path. She will also share, with graduates, an update on the Independent Review of the APS.
  • Ms Jones will discuss her vital role in the Martin Place siege review while at the Attorney-General’s Department.      
  • Ms Wright will highlight examples of collaboration which has led to the success of the innovationXchange.

Registrations are now closed

If you have any enquiries please contact the events [at] apsc.gov.au (subject: Graduate%20event%20-%20registration%20query) (events team) 


Quotes from 2018 attendees:

‘This was a fantastic event and the panel delivered the most insightful accounts of their very diverse career paths – I really got a lot out of it.’

‘Thank you for organising such a wonderful and highly useful event!’

Last reviewed: 
13 November 2019