Consultants, capabilities and the public sector – finding the balance

Wednesday 17 October 2018 - 1.55pm to 3.00pm

A recent Government audit found that the Commonwealth government spends around $700M a year on consulting.

How can we leverage consultants to achieve outcomes while continuing to develop capabilities within the public sector that we need now and in the future?

In this session we look at what we know about the public sector’s use of consultants and what it’s like to be a consultant working with the public sector. The two recently appointed Public Sector Commissioners for Victoria and New South Wales (Paul Grimes and Emma Hogan) will reveal the skills and capabilities that they think our sector most needs to develop

Conference Host, Tony Jones, will facilitate a panel discussion, with Paul Grimes PSM (VPSC Commissioner and former APS Secretary), Emma Hogan (NSW PSC Commissioner with extensive private sector experience), Paul Low (National Leader, Infrastructure, Government & Healthcare, KPMG), Danielle Wood (Budget Policy and Institutional Reform Program Director, Grattan Institute) and Carolyn Curtis (Chief Executive Officer, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation).


Tony Jones

Walkley Award-winning Australian television and political journalist


Dr Paul Grimes PSM

Victorian Public Sector Commission
Emma Hogan

Emma Hogan

NSW Public Service Commission

Danielle Wood

Grattan Institute

Carolyn Curtis

The Australian Centre for Social Innovation

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