Australia’s Public Sector

Fit for Purpose. Fit for the Future


IPAA’s inaugural National Event Series arrives in Perth on the 23rd of August. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the national discussion about the readiness of the public sector to meet imminent challenges.

IPAA National President, Professor Peter Shergold AC FIPAA, will be joined on the program by some of Western Australia’s leading influencers and thinkers in public service design and delivery.

Hear the latest thinking from across Australia in Prof Shergold’s address, before local leaders provide essential insight into the critical challenges and opportunities facing public service delivery in our state over coming decades.

Ideas discussed in this session will contribute to a final report to the 2018 IPAA National Conference in October.

Key issues to be explored

The conversation will be future-focused and consider the challenges and opportunities for the sector. Issues may include, but will not be limited to:

  • disruptive technologies (e.g. advanced robotics, automation of knowledge work, the Internet of Things, the Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, machine learning)
  • digital identity for individuals and businesses
  • the use of systems approaches to tackle complex problems
  • innovation in the face of cross-cutting challenges (e.g. migration, ageing population crises, uncertainties about the future of work and job automation, and continued gender and economic inequalities)
  • citizen engagement and digital democracy
  • new capabilities provided by advances in big data and advanced analytics
  • significantly falling trust in government, with the majority of Australians having no confidence or trust in government.


Mike Rowe
Vice-President, IPAA WA
Director General, Department Water and Environmental Regulation




Keynote Presenter

Prof. Peter Shergold AC FIPAA
President, IPAA National; 
Chancellor, Western Sydney University

Peter Shergold is now the Chancellor of Western Sydney University. He had a distinguished career in the Australian Public Service, including as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He now serves as a director on the boards of both private and community sector organisations. He also remains active in public administration at both the Commonwealth and State level, including in the areas of higher education, vocational education, public administration, refugee resettlement, Medicare Data and the development of Western Sydney 


Colin Murphy PSM FIPAA
President, IPAA WA





Darren Foster
Director General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet