The theme for the 2018 IPAA National Conference is Fault lines for the future of the public sector.

The 2018 IPAA National Conference will examine several fault lines with the potential to dramatically shake the foundations of our professional public sector: hyper-partisanship, automation and AI, the use of consultants, and other challenges impacting on the public sector.

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Tuesday 16 October

6.00pm to 10.30pm
Pre-Conference Welcome Dinner

The Conference Welcome Dinner brings together some of our sector’s most important leaders and is a unique opportunity to build your professional network within this important leadership group from around Australia and New Zeland.

Wednesday 17 October


Wednesday 17 October

9.15am to 9.50am
Garran Oration

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs will deliver this pre-eminent lecture on public policy and administration.

11.20am to 12.20pm
The Reality of the AI/Automation Revolution

What is the realistic potential for automation and artificial intelligence to reshape the forms and functions of public sector workplaces, workforces and service delivery?

1.35pm to 1.55pm
Government 4.0: Australia’s Public Sector – Fit for Purpose, Fit for Future

IPAA National President Professor Peter Shergold AC has recently visited every IPAA division across Australia to explore what they see as the big challenges for the public sector and IPAA, as the professional association for people working in that sector. What has he learned and what does he think the future of the public sector looks like?

3.30pm to 4.45pm
Q&A: Navigating the Public Sector Fault Lines

Automation, outsourcing, integrity protection, workplace and workforce change, growing community expectations, hyper-partisan politics, intergovernmental relations... Our closing Q&A session explores the future of the public sector.

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