http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/ en-us http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/rss?cid= Copyright 2014 IPAA Victoria info@vic.ipaa.org.au SB4: http://www.ivt.com.au/web-development/content-management/advanced-cms-platform 60 April 24, 2014 "We are Geelong..." IPAA expands into Victoria's second city. <p>IPAA Victoria will be opening a new office in Geelong, reflecting the large number of important public administration activities that are now located in the second largest city of Victoria.</p> <p>The new office will initially be staffed on a part time basis as IPAA develops a tailored program of events and professional development opportunities over the next 12-18 months.</p> <p>As a practical sign of IPAA&#39;s involvement, we recently joined the Geelong Chamber of Commerce and met with their members to discuss opportunities for IPAA to support their work.</p> <p>IPAA has also established a Geelong Advisory Committee, led by IPAA Board member and CEO of the Traffic Accident Commission Janet Dore, which will meet quarterly and help IPAA to tailor its offerings to meet the key priorities for the region.</p> <p>&quot;Its has been a fantastic experience to see just how enthusiastic people are about IPAA coming to Geelong&quot; said IPAA Victoria CEO Geraldine Kennett. &quot;We&#39;re looking forward to being an active member of the business community and using our resources to help build the capacity of all three levels of government that are operating in the area around Geelong&quot;.</p> <p>If you would like to stay in touch with IPAA Victoria&#39;s Geelong activities, just send us an <a href="mailto:geelong@vic.ipaa.org.au?subject=Please%20keep%20me%20in%20touch%20with%20what%20IPAA%20is%20doing%20in%20Geelong...">email.</a></p> <p><img alt="Geelong Chamber of Commerce President Kylie Warne and IPAA Victoria CEO Gerladine Kennett" src="/sb_cache/news/id/840/f/Geelong - GK and KW.jpg" style="width: 670px; height: 446px;" /></p> <p>Geelong Chamber of Commerce President Kylie Warne and IPAA Victoria CEO Geraldine Kennett</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/517/cid/4/parent/0/t/news April 23, 2014 Nous Group named 'Best management consulting firm' <p><a href="http://www.nousgroup.com.au">Nous Group</a> has been named &lsquo;Best management consulting firm&rsquo; in Australia in the 2012 BRW Client Choice Awards, held on 14 March 2012. Nous Group was also recognised as the best professional service firm in Australia for outstanding client care, being the most innovative and the friendliest firm.</p> <p>Nous Group partners with IPAA Victoria to deliver the 5 day intensive program: <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/gain-the-policy-edge">Gain the Policy Edge</a>. This core program is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to make a major contribution to policy development and policy leadership.</p> <p>The BRW Client Choice Awards are Australia&rsquo;s most prestigious and comprehensive awards for professional services providers. The awards are determined by the opinions of over 20,000 clients of professional services organisations - the largest of its type undertaken in Australia.</p> <p>We also congratulate the following IPAA members on their achievements in these awards:</p> <p>KPMG (Gold Member)</p> <ul><li>Market leader</li> <li>Best Western Australian firm</li> </ul> <p>PricewaterhouseCoopers Services (Gold Member)</p> <ul><li>Best professional services firm, revenue over $200 million</li> <li>Best accountancy firm, revenue over $500 million</li> <li>Best firm rated by the IT and telecommunications sector</li> <li>Best firm rated by the mining industry</li> <li>Best firm rated by the power, utilities and infrastructure sector</li> <li>Best ACT Firm</li> <li>Best South Australian firm</li> </ul> <p>Minter Ellison Lawyers (Silver Member)</p> <ul><li>Best Queensland firm</li> </ul> <p>Pitcher Partners (Silver Member)</p> <ul><li>Best accountancy firm, revenue between $50 million and $500 million</li> </ul> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/353/cid/62/parent/0/t/news April 16, 2014 Melbourne Now Fellows Forum <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/830/f/1 - 236.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px;" /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/events/id/1973/f/EXHI021642 236wide.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 133px;" /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/events/id/1975/f/fellows forum logo 133 high.jpg" /></p> <p>On 17 March 2014 IPAA Victoria Fellows gathered after work at the The Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square. There they were treated to a &#39;behind the scenes&#39; tour of the &#39;Melbourne Now&#39; exhibition, which celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice and reflects the complex cultural landscape of creative Melbourne.</p> <p>Max Delaney, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, discussed how the works were selected for inclusion in this hugely popular exhibition. He also explained the rationale for &#39;Melbourne Now&#39;, which has broadened the scope of what the NGV presents. He then conducted a comprehensive tour of a major part of the exhibition.</p> <p>Max enthralled and inspired us all, and his insights helped to build a greater understanding, appreciation and valuing of Melbourne&#39;s contemporary art scene.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/832/f/2 - 236.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px;" /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/834/f/3 - 236.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px;" /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/512/cid/4/parent/0/t/news April 16, 2014 Public Sector Regulators Learn from Regulatory Disasters <table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 650px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td><p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/836/f/2 - 236.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px;" /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/838/f/1 - 236.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px;" /></p> <p>Professor Julia Black, Director for Research at the London School of Economics, was the speaker at this Public Sector Regulators Community of Practice event. Julia presented a new framework for moving beyond traditional regulation typologies, to dig deeper into the common causes of regulatory failure.</p> <p>Despite developments in regulatory theory (with concepts such as principles-based, risk-based or meta-regulation), major regulatory failures still occur and examples range from the Deep Water oil spill to the New Zealand Pike River Mining disaster and the Global Financial Crisis.</p> <p>In her talk, Julia presented a new framework for moving beyond such typologies, to dig deeper into the common causes of regulatory failure. Her framework asks us to view regulatory failures through six lenses:</p> <p><strong>Individuals: </strong>How individuals behave within the regulatory system, with common failures including &lsquo;over-empathy&rsquo; for regulatees (&lsquo;going native&rsquo;), individual rogues and inappropriate risk calibrations in decision-making</p> <p><strong>Organisations:</strong> How individual actions translate into collective action, and how regulators and regulatees interact from systems perspective, with common failures including inadequate leadership, unhealthy power structures between regulators and regulated parties and tensions within regulators about regulatory culture</p> <p><strong>Knowledge:</strong> How knowledge, ideas and assumptions are created, with common failures including biases in constructing the regulatory problem and solution (&lsquo;cognitive capture&rsquo;) , the inability to sustain real reform and the need to rethink problem specifications and regulatory mixes after a major crisis</p> <p><strong>Strategy</strong>: How strategies get formed and hold despite internal tensions, with common failures including the mismatch between problem and solution, &lsquo;mis-targets&rsquo; and conflicting strategies (e.g. between principles-based regulation and a tough enforcement approach)</p> <p><strong>Communications: </strong>How regulators explain regulatory expectations and what overall signals are given to regulatees, with common failures including a lack of understanding about expectations leading to inaction</p> <p><strong>Acceptance/ trust: </strong>How regulators earn legitimacy and build trust, with common failures including too little or too much trust, and a &lsquo;failure to bring the community along&rsquo;.</p> <p>The seminar challenges us as regulators to step back from day-to-day practice, and learn broader lessons from recent regulatory failures through a practical framework that includes all the key element of regulatory regimes.<br /> <br /> Discussion raised by the network raised the role of the community in terms of organisational dynamics e.g. with rise of public interest litigants, the importance of using the community to build legitimacy to the regulator, and the fact that regulators operate in dynamic complexity, meaning that much of regulation is in fact, an experiment.</p> <p>This session was a joint initiative, presented by IPAA/ ANZSOG Regulators Community of Practice, facilitated by EPA Victoria Chairman Cheryl Batagol, and was hosted by KPMG.</p> <p> </p> Author: Andrea Fung</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/507/cid/4/parent/0/t/news April 16, 2014 Embedding Sustainability <table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 650px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td><p>More than 35 public sector professionals from local and state government agencies met on 11 March 2014 to share the latest thinking and practice about embedding sustainability.</p> <p>Embedding sustainability involves &lsquo;building the environment into everything that we do&rsquo;. By doing so environmental challenges can be avoided or minimised and environmental, and other, benefits maximised.</p> <p>Three short presentations by Dr Kate Auty (Victoria&rsquo;s Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability); Mr Stan Krpan (CEO of Sustainability Victoria), and; Ms Natasha Palich (Lead Coordinator, Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment) set the scene for a lively and interactive discussion amongst participants, facilitated by Ms Kerry Thompson, the CEO, Wyndham City Council and IPAA Board Member.</p> <p>Key themes that emerged included that: embedding sustainability can deliver economic, social and environmental benefits; everybody can play a leadership role in embedding sustainability (it doesn&rsquo;t have to be top down); working collaboratively, including through small scale partnerships and pilot projects, can achieve significant benefits and generate considerable momentum, and; innovation comes from unexpected places.</p> <p>Other insights that emerged included the importance of clearly communicating to diverse audiences the outcomes achieved from efforts undertaken, and that actions can be implemented across a variety of levels.</p> <p>Numerous examples of how embedding sustainability is being promoted emerged in the discussions, including cases from the: health sector (where triple bottom line outcomes were achieved, through rethinking waste management practices); local government sector (where an alliance of councils is working collaborating on ways to improve the environmental performance of buildings in the design phase), and; commercial and residential sector (where &lsquo;building tune ups&rsquo; can real improvements to building performance).</p> <p>Areas with considerable potential include: continuing to work collaboratively; delivering on the basics; ensuring responsibilities and accountabilities are clear; and documenting and celebrating the benefits gained from embedding sustainability.</p> <strong>Author: Brian Coffey, Alfred </strong><strong>Deakin</strong><strong> Postdoctoral Research Fellow</strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/506/cid/4/parent/0/t/news April 16, 2014 YIPAA Bayside Site Visit <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/828/f/1v2.jpg" style="width: 167px; height: 236px;" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/818/f/2.jpg" style="width: 177px; height: 236px;" /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/820/f/4.jpg" style="width: 315px; height: 236px;" /></p> <p>Leaving the city just before 4pm on Wednesday 2 April 2014, we got a head start on the traffic and headed south. On the bus Nicola Waldron, Executive Officer, Victorian Coastal Council provided us with a State level perspective on Victoria&rsquo;s coastal management, including the nature and profile of coastal ownership and management and the respective roles of governments, statutory authorities, committees of management, tenants and environmental groups. Nicola then proceeded to interview Adrian Robb, CEO of Bayside City Council who provided an outline of the profile of Bayside including socio-demographic and land use issues, as well as development pressures and influences on change and how Council responds to these. Adrian also discussed the significance of Bayside&rsquo;s coastline, and the way it influences Council and the Bayside community. This proved to be a very stimulating and interactive discussion with many questions and frank answers.</p> <p>Upon our arrival at Ricketts Point, Beaumaris we were met by a team of staff from Bayside City Council who would later deliver a number of topical presentations in the tearooms. But before this Ray Lewis, OAM of Ricketts Point Marine Care took us on a truly fascinating foreshore &lsquo;walk and talk&rsquo;. In true David Attenborough style, Ray proved an expert in more areas than I could possibly count on my fingers. Ray explained the importance of the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary and the role of community organisations in valuing and caring for the site. He highlighted aspects of the local environment and key considerations in the management plan.</p> <p>At the Ricketts Point Tea House cafe staff served us afternoon tea as we took in a comprehensive presentation ranging from coastal management issues and infrastructure with Adrian Robb, to HMVS Cerberus, an iconic marine wreck and it&rsquo;s unique site management challenges with Shiran Wickramasinghe, Director City Strategy, as well as a briefing on a truly innovative and democratic Child Care Futures Forum run by Kaylene Conrick, Director Community Services. A video outlining this leading practice initiative was also shown and that will be made available along with the slide presentation on the <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/membershipinfo/resources">YIPAA Resources page</a> on IPAA&rsquo;s website.</p> <p>We returned to the city at 7pm, much the wiser, nourished and inspired, having had the opportunity to chat further with fellow YIPAA members on the bus and further exploring some of the issues raised.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/824/f/6.jpg" style="width: 315px; height: 236px;" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/826/f/7.jpg" style="width: 315px; height: 236px;" /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/509/cid/4/parent/0/t/news April 15, 2014 IPAA's next Spotlight on Westminster seminar - 30 April 2014 <p>Listen to the interview <a href="/document/item/2247" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p>More information about the seminar <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/category/spotlight-on-westminster" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>Other speakers include:</p> <ul><li>Nicole Feely - former Chief of Staff for Prime Minister John Howard</li> <li>Peter Harris - Chairman of the Productivity Commission and former Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, and the Victorian Government agencies responsible for Sustainability and the Environment; Primary Industries; and Public Transport.</li> <li>Yehudi Blacher - Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and former Secretary of the Department of Planning and Community Development, and Department for Victorian Communities.</li> </ul> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/514/cid/4/parent/0/t/news April 11, 2014 Five prescriptions for an ailing bureaucratic and political interface <p>The Australian Financial Review has published an OpEd by IPAA National President Terry Moran on practical ways to improve the health of an ailing bureaucratic and political interface.</p> <p>You can read the text of the OpEd <a href="http://www.ipaa.org.au/documents/2014/04/terry-moran-op-ed-afr-11-april-2014.pdf">here</a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/511/cid/4/parent/0/t/news April 7, 2014 Our award winning Reconciliation Action Plan! <table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 650px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td><p>IPAA Victoria&#39;s Reconciliation Action Plan [RAP] has won the Meeting and Events Association of Victoria&#39;s annual Corporate Social responsibility Award. The Plan sets out the ways in which IPAA uses its resources and services to advance reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Victorians.</p> <p>Proudly holding the Award, IPAA Victoria&#39;s CEO Geraldine Kennett said that it was a tribute to the work put into the RAP by Board members, advisory committees, individual and corporate members and staff.</p> <p>&quot;Our RAP&#39;s actions are based on our strengths as the professional association for the public sector&quot; she said. &quot;For example, we try to bring Indigenous perspectives into our core activities, we run research to identify the special needs of Indigenous administrators, we use Indigenous suppliers at our events, and we offer scholarships and reserved positions to many of our most popular programs and services.&quot;</p> <p>She also noted the special role played by IPAA Indigenous members and supporters. &quot;We&#39;ve only been able to do these things because of the support we have received from groups like our Indigenous Advisory Committee, chaired by DTPLI Deputy Secretary Terry Garwood, and our Professional Indigenous Network members.&quot;</p> <p>IPAA Victoria also won an MEA Award for its education work and the 2012 Congress was a finalist in the Best Government Event.</p> <p>For more information and to view our Reconciliation Action Plan click <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/801">here</a>.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/508/cid/4/parent/0/t/news March 4, 2014 Why this book reminds me of where I work... <p><br /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/814/f/600 x Book image.jpg" style="width: 720px; height: 266px;" /></p> <p><strong>We want to hear about the books that remind you of working life in the public service.</strong></p> <p>From the Ministry of Magic in JK Rowling&#39;s Harry Potter series and Franz Kafka&#39;s The Castle, to Shane Maloney&#39;s Murray Whelan books and Hilary Mantel&#39;s Wolf Hall, a surprising number of books offer an insight into the the working world of public servants.</p> <p>Tell us about a book you&#39;ve read and that has stayed with you.</p> <p>Just send us the name of the book and a brief 100-150 word description about a scene in the book that captures one part of your working world.</p> <p>Don&#39;t worry it&#39;s not a school book review! Just describe a scene from the book. Or if it&#39;s easier, tell us why the plot - or a character - helps readers to understand what working life is like in the public service.</p> <p>Want to see the books and scenes that other people have nominated? Just click <strong><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ipaa2012/sets/72157641581839835/" target="_blank">here </a></strong>and follow the discussion at #PSBookClub</p> <p>Click <strong><a href="mailto:nbastow@vic.ipaa.org.au?subject=Why%20this%20book%20reminds%20me%20of%20where%20I%20work...&amp;body=My%20book%20is%3A%0A%0AIts%20about%3A%0A%0ATell%20us%20about%20the%20plt%2Fcharacter%2Fscene%20that%20you%20think%20captures%20one%20element%20of%20working%20in%20the%20public%20service%3A">here </a></strong>to tell us about your book - or if you want to stay anonymous click <strong><a href="mailto:nbastow@vic.ipaa.org.au?body=*Please%20make%20this%20an%20anonymous%20response*%0A%0AMy%20book%20is%3A%0A%0AIts%20about%3A%0A%0ATell%20us%20about%20the%20plt%2Fcharacter%2Fscene%20that%20you%20think%20captures%20one%20element%20of%20working%20in%20the%20public%20service%3A">here</a></strong></p> <p>This will also be the subject of a session at the IPAA Victoria 2014 State Summit. Join Lisa Dempster, the head of the Melbourne Writers Festival, as she conducts the first ever Public Service Book Club! For more details about the Summit and this session click<strong> <a href="http://www.ipaavicsummit.org.au/program/state-summit-2014/">here</a></strong>.</p> <p>And if you see a book that interests you, you&#39;ll just be one click away from seeing if there is a second-hand copy available via the Brotherhood of St Laurence&#39;s fantastic online <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CCgQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.brotherhoodbooks.org.au%2F&amp;ei=DcwPU-KwDYG6iQev64CQDA&amp;usg=AFQjCNGmb1Vgr_fPuytRzExFo8wbB6zT6Q&amp;sig2=EPjltnXUwHhVnclkT6xXPw&amp;bvm=bv.61965928,d.aGc" target="_blank">Brotherhood Books</a> social enterprise service.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/505/cid/4/parent/0/t/news February 11, 2014 Reform inertia in Australia? <p>IPAA President Terry Moran discusses the priorities for government in reforming v reviewing on Sunday Extra - ABC Radio National. Listen to the <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/sundayextra/reform-inertia3f/5245904">15 minute audio</a> of his discussion Jonathan Green and Professor Stephen Martin from CEDA</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/503/cid/4/parent/0/t/news January 29, 2014 It's an honour <p> </p> <p>In particular, congratulations to IPAA Victoria Fellow, and long term supporter of IPAA, Bruce Hartnett who received an AM for significant service to the community through the Australia Day Committee in Victoria, and to education and industrial relations.</p> <p>IPAA Victoria would also like to congratulate all the recipients of the Victorian Public Service Medal<br /> <br /> John BENNIE PSM<br /> Dandenong and Manningham City Councils<br /> For outstanding public service in the pursuit of excellence in local government management<br /> <br /> Lynette Kaye (Lynne) BROWN PSM<br /> Department of Health<br /> For outstanding public service in public health leadership and work on tuberculosis prevention<br /> <br /> Gregory Bruce (Greg) BYRNE PSM<br /> Department of Justice<br /> For outstanding public service to the community in the area of criminal law.<br /> <br /> Bruce Thomas COLCOTT OAM PSM<br /> Victoria Police<br /> For outstanding public service in crime prevention and community relationships.<br /> <br /> Garry Philip ELLIS PSM<br /> For outstanding public service in the area of public transport and safety.<br /> <br /> Beverley Ann GARRATT PSM<br /> Department of Justice<br /> For outstanding public service in the area of corrections and service provision for offenders.<br /> <br /> Dr Rosemary Ann LESTER PSM<br /> Department of Health<br /> For outstanding public service in public health leadership, particularly on communicable diseases and immunisation.<br /> <br /> John Nimon MOONEY PSM<br /> Department of Education and Early Childhood Development<br /> For outstanding public service in the area of education for children with special needs.<br /> <br /> Dr Eugenie Mary TUCK OAM PSM<br /> St Vincent&#39;s Correctional Health Services<br /> For outstanding public service in the area of healthcare in correctional services.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/500/cid/4/parent/0/t/news January 29, 2014 Find out more about the Masters of Public Administration at Melbourne University <p><strong>We asked new IPAA Fellow Professor Janine O&#39;Flynn to describe what the Melbourne School of Government&#39;s new Masters in Public Administration will course will offer and how it could fit into professional development planning. </strong></p> <p>This year is an exciting one at the Melbourne School of Government, not least because we are launching our newest degree program, the Master of Public Administration (MPA). We are looking forward to welcoming our inaugural cohort in February.</p> <p>Our aim with the MPA is to work with participants, all of them experienced professionals, to develop the skills necessary to operate effectively in the complex world of governing; not just in the public sector, but in the non-profit and corporate sectors too. The teaching team is cross-faculty - from Arts, Law and Business &amp; Economics - and also includes leading academics visiting us from around the globe, such as:</p> <ul><li>Professor Jon Pierre, a world-leading governance scholar with previous appointments at the University of Gothenburg and the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Pierre will lead The Nature of Governing</li> <li>Professor Stephen Peterson, who spent more than two decades leading the public financial management program at the Kennedy School at Harvard University and advising governments around the world. Professor Peterson will teach Managing Public Finances</li> <li>Professor Peter Gahan, head of the new Centre for Workplace Leadership, a distinguished academic from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and the European University Institute, Peter is also a former Victorian Government Departmental Director. Professor Gahan will co-teach Managing Effectively.</li> <li>A/Professor Susan Ainsworth from the School of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Business &amp; Economics is an internationally recognised expert on older workers and gender in organisations, privacy in employment, especially the impact of social media. A/Professor Ainsworth will co-teach Managing Effectively.</li> </ul> <p>In my class, The World of Public Administration, several of the University of Melbourne&rsquo;s leading experts on public administration, management and policy will be in the classroom including:</p> <ul><li>The Vice Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis;</li> <li>The Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Mark Considine;</li> <li>The Director of the Melbourne School of Government, Professor Helen Sullivan;</li> <li>and our newest colleague A/Professor Helen Dickinson.</li> </ul> <p>The flexibility of this MPA is also a strong advantage. We recognize that it&rsquo;s difficult to step away from work and family commitments to pursue study full-time, so the MPA is designed to enable students to maintain study in conjunction with these other commitments. Core subjects run as either 3, 5 or 6 day intensives (often over weekends) or evening classes, so if you&#39;re committed to working full-time we can work with you to make undertaking an MPA a reality. There are also a number of 20% fee remissions available to students commencing the Master of Public Administration in 2014, worth $6000 for the first year of the program.</p> <p>For more information on the Master of Public Administration please <a href="http://www.government.unimelb.edu.au/degrees/37-master-of-public-administration">click here</a> or attend our <a href="http://www.government.unimelb.edu.au/study/information-sessions">Meet an Academic event</a> on February 11. Or feel free to <a href="mailto:janine.oflynn@unimelb.edu.au">get in touch with me directly</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/498/cid/4/parent/0/t/news December 17, 2013 New IPAA Victoria Fellows announced <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/810/f/IPAA AGM-001.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 400px;" /></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 650px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td><p>Announcing the new group of Fellows, IPAA Victoria&#39;s President Gill Callister noted that Fellowship of IPAA was awarded in recognition of:</p> <ul><li>outstanding contribution to public administration;</li> <li>support of the Institute&rsquo;s objectives;</li> <li>and exemplary service to the Victorian community.</li> </ul> <p>She observed that even a brief description of the new Fellows&rsquo; achievements was impressive in both their scale and scope. Their work, she said, has made a great contribution to Victoria and that Fellowship was one way of acknowledging that contribution.</p> <p>The new Victorian Fellows are:</p> <ul><li>David Ali</li> <li>Christine Bruce</li> <li>Shaun Condron</li> <li>Adam Fennessy</li> <li>Sandy Forbes</li> <li>Justin Hanney</li> <li>Julian Hill</li> <li>Gillian Miles</li> <li>Grantly Mailes</li> <li>Andrew Nicolaou</li> <li>Professor Janine O&rsquo;Flynn</li> <li>Tracey Slatter</li> <li>Marion van Rooden</li> <li>Melissa Skilbeck</li> </ul> <p>Also congratulated were three new IPAA National Fellows:</p> <ul><li>Andrew Jackomos</li> <li>Claire Noone</li> <li>Andrew Tongue</li> </ul> <p>Descriptions of the achievements of all the new Victorian and National Fellows are available below.</p> <p>IPAA congratulates all the new Fellows and thanks them for their contribution to the development of public administration in Victoria and Australia, as well as their ongoing support of IPAA.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/497/cid/4/parent/0/t/news December 15, 2013 2013 Jackomos Oration: Understanding the past - Seeing the future <table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 650px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td><p>To the intermingled notes of a bouzouki and didgeridoo, Andrew Jackomos, Victoria&#39;s first Commissioner for Indigenous Children and Young People took the stage to deliver the IPAA Victoria&#39;s inaugural Alick and Merle Jackomos Oration.</p> <p>The Oration honours the life and work of Alick and Merle Jackomos, a couple whose life together symbolises the power and potential of reconciliation. Alick, the son of Greek migrants, and Merle, a member of the Yorta Yorta nation, worked together in Victoria&#39;s aboriginal community for over fifty years. Through their work they were responsible for the creation and development of important Aboriginal community organisations, the improvement of government and community-based services and the establishment of national bodies that articulated the aspirations of Indigenous Australians.</p> <p>In delivering the Oration, their son Andrew, reflected on the Indigenous history of 20th century Victoria and the courage and leadership shown by a generation of Elders who dreamed large and fought hard for the ideals of equality and recognition.</p> <p>He also reflected on the life of his father who grew up in harsh economic conditions but, in part because of the discrimination he personally experienced, managed to build a life-long bond with the Aboriginal community in Melbourne. This bond led Alick Jackomos to serve with Indigenous members of the AIF in WW2, to be the last manager of the Lake Tyers Mission in south western Victoria, to be a Field Officer for the Aboriginal Welfare Board and spend twenty one years working in Indigenous Affairs for the Commonwealth and Victorian governments.</p> <p>Andrew Jackomos suggested that the story of his parents, and the work of so many other Indigenous community leaders, is a message of challenge and hope to Australia. We all gain from having stronger families with strong sense of community and the challenge for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians alike is to understand what they can do to build that strength.</p> <p>He issued the powerful reminder that of the 99 deaths in custody reviewed by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in the late 1980&rsquo;s, 66 of those deaths were of Aboriginal people who had been removed from their families, from community and from country.</p> <p>He concluded with these six thoughts:</p> <ul><li><em>Yes it is true that it takes a village to grow a child and that is the ethos of Indigenous culture and our community.</em></li> <li><em>Strong culture is central to a strong family and a strong community. The best place for Koorie kids is in strong families and our challenge as a community is to make that happen.</em></li> <li><em>If you see an injustice, speak up and take a stand. Don&rsquo;t be silent in the face of injustice.</em></li> <li><em>Non-Koories, such as my father, such as many people in this room can and are making valuable contributions to our community. More people need to ask: how can I contribute?</em></li> <li><em>We need to invest more in prevention and early intervention programs to keep young families strong and together, and when intervention is necessary that children are kept in the community and in their culture.</em></li> <li><em>Next time you go past Parliament Gardens in Melbourne, take five seconds to reflect on the struggles and successes that have been as a result of the work of Sir Douglas and Lady Nicholls and other great leaders of the Koorie community</em></li> </ul> <p>You can hear the audio of the 2013 Jackomos Oration at the link below. Photos of the event are <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ipaa2012/sets/72157637687232174/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>Also launched at the Oration was IPAA Victoria&#39;s Professional Indigenous Network, a forum for public administrators to talk about the work they have been involved in, so more people can learn more about the huge range of work that Indigenous public servants do. To stay in touch with the network, please send an <a href="mailto:info@vic.ipaa.org.au?subject=I'm%20interested%20in%20IPAA's%20Professional%20Indigenous%20Network%20">email.</a></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/496/cid/4/parent/0/t/news October 30, 2013 Annabel Crabb says 'Call me maybe' to 400+ public servants <p>Beginning by saying how excited she was to be shut in a room with hundreds of public servants, who she often spent much of her working day trying to talk to, Annabel Crabb presented the fourth in IPAA Victoria&#39;s Media Perspectives seminars.</p> <p>One of Australia&#39;s most respected and innovative journalists, Annabel used the seminar to reflect on the seismic change that has happened in the Australian media during her career, including an end of the media&#39;s monopoly on news dissemination.</p> <p>In a period when owning a printing press has shifted from being a prerequisite to a liability, she noted that this change had led to higher levels of accountability and competition at the expense of fracturing audiences and warping the behaviour of politicians. She argued that at a time when politicians talk more than ever, the actual content of their talking was decreasing. As an example, she highlighted the objective of the Parliamentary doorstop interview as often being to get no media coverage at all.</p> <p>She reflected that this was of particular significance given that the evolution of democracy in western societies over the last 250 years has been a story of changing information control, starting in the late 18th century when even the accurate reporting of parliamentary debates was still prohibited in the UK. Despite the huge strides that have happened since then, in terms of interaction between politicians and journalists, there are still major barriers put in the way of journalists talking to public servants, at a time when public servants were one of the last untapped reservoirs of knowledge and experience. This, she argued, was unlikely to change without strong political leadership and the recent decision to not publish the 2013 Red and Blue Books was not a good omen.</p> <p>Reflecting on her pioneering use of new forms of political coverage, from <a href="https://twitter.com/CrabbTwitsard" target="_blank">Twitsard </a>to <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/tv/kitchencabinet/" target="_blank">Kitchen Cabinet</a>, Annabel cautioned that whatever style new forms of coverage take, the key for new and existing journalists is to remember that coverage is not all about &#39;your own opinions&#39; and that the ultimate job of all journalists was to make democracy work better.</p> <p>Finishing with a comprehensive Q&amp;A discussion, which ranged from the barriers to more women entering politics to her &quot;ones to watch&quot; review of Australia&#39;s current crop of political leaders, Annabel Crabb left the stage making the universal gesture for &quot;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Carly_Rae_Jepsen_-_Call_Me_Maybe.ogg" target="_blank">call me maybe</a>&quot; to ringing applause from an audience of 400+ people.</p> <p>You can hear what she said <a href="https://soundcloud.com/ipaavic/annabel-crabb-speaks-at-ipaa" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/494/cid/4/parent/0/t/news October 29, 2013 Put your message up front <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/808/f/Delegate Pic_ 256x256_72dpi.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px 5px; width: 256px; height: 256px; float: left;" />&ldquo;Put your message up front,&rdquo; was the key message at the most recent Executive Assistant and Administrator (EAA) Community of Practice event.</p> <p>Special guest at the event was Jeanette Learmont of Wordsworth Effective Communications, who delivers IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s Write Right training course.</p> <p>For EA&rsquo;s and administrators, who often have to write on behalf of others, Jeanette urged everyone to remember that clarity is critical.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Make sure that your key messages are not lost in your content.&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Jeanette also reinforced the importance of identifying your target audience and using a clear document structure, whether you are writing an email, a procedure or a promotional flyer.</p> <p>Using a combination of key messages up front, a clear structure, knowing your audience, good formatting and concise wording can help to substantially improve your documents readability.</p> <p>If you would like to find out more about the writing course Jeanette teaches at IPAA click here. If you would like to attend future EAA Community of Practice events click here.<br /> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/495/cid/4/parent/0/t/news October 23, 2013 Vietnam and Victoria <p>IPAA Recently hosted a delegation HR specialists from the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As part of the visit, the delegation had a discussion with DTPLI&#39;s Nicola Brown [Director, People and Workplace Services] and Antoinette Battista Director, Organisational Development and Learning and Development team]</p> <p>The meeting was organised by IPAA and was an opportunity to discuss the differences and similarities between the HR issues facing public service departments in Vietnam and Australia.</p> <p>While Australia and Vietnam are very different countries, it was interesting to see that the top five HR issues identified by Nicola and Antoinette resonated strongly with the group.</p> <p>One notable divergence was the group&#39;s observation that permanent positions were more closely associated with seniority in Vietnam than in Australia. They also noted a far greater tendency for Vietnamese administrators to stay working within one department for long periods of time.</p> <p>The group was participating in a 10 day study program organised by RMIT.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/806/f/vietnamese group - page width.jpg" style="width: 670px; height: 215px;" /></p> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/492/cid/4/parent/0/t/news October 23, 2013 Inaugural VPS Indigenous Network Conference <p><img align="left" alt="" border="0" height="236" hspace="10" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/169/vps_indig_conf_1image.jpg" vspace="10" width="236" /><img align="left" alt="" border="0" height="236" hspace="10" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/169/vps_indig_conf_2image.jpg" vspace="10" width="236" />On 8 October the Indigenous flag flew proud over the VPS at the Inaugural VPS Indigenous Network Conference.</p> <p>The theme, Growing the Indigenous Workforce in the Public Sector, attracted over 130 Indigenous participants from all across the state.<br /> <br /> Terry Garwood, IPAA National Fellow and Chair of the IPAA Indigenous Initiative Steering Committee, opened the proceedings by inviting Ian Hamm, Executive Director, Aboriginal Affairs Victoria Andrew Jackomos Director, Indigenous Issues, Department of Justice, and Jody Broun, Director-General, Dept of Aboriginal Affairs, NSW to share their experiences and perspectives about the working in the public sector.</p> <p>Then it was the turn of our Indigenous younger leaders, Jason Mifsud of the AFL Foundation and Sheena Watt from Dept of Sustainability to provide the perspective of the younger generation of leaders now making their mark.<br /> <br /> The rest of the day gave participants a chance to &lsquo;yarn&rsquo;, mingle and share their ideas about how to make the VPS &lsquo;Koori Friendly&rsquo;. Mentoring, professional development needs, the stresses of being of the community and working in government were vigorously explored. The recommendations from the Conference will be passed on to the VPS Indigenous Network to be established shortly.<br /> <br /> If you weren&#39;t able to attend the Conference, but would like to join the VPS Indigenous Network<strong>, <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/contact">click here to let us know</a>.</strong></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/169/cid/31/parent/0/t/news October 22, 2013 IPAA President named as one of the AFR's 100 Women of Influence <p>The Australian Financial Review has announced that Gill Callister was selected by them as one of the ten most influential women in public policy, in a process that included more than 500 nominees.</p> <p>IPAA also congratulates other winners in this category:</p> <p>Dale Fisher - CEO of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre</p> <p>Justine Greig - Director General at the Department of Defence</p> <p>Leslie Loble - CEO at the NSW Department of Education and Communities</p> <p>Marie Johnson - Managing Director at the Centre for Digital Business</p> <p>Karen Thorpe- Director of Research tat he Queensland University of Technology</p> <p>Marian Baird - Professor of Employment Relations at the University of Sydney Business School</p> <p>Sarah Jones - Porject Director at the National Transport Commission</p> <p>Sheree Vertigan - President of the Australian Secondary Principals Association</p> <p>Tanya Denning - Channel Manager of National Indigenous Television at SBS</p> <p>Tanya Hosch - Deputy Campaign Director at Recognise</p> <p> </p> <p>The full list of all winners is <a href="http://www.afr.com/p/national/work_space/100women/meet_women_of_influence_89lkRPpsrjBUXkALmxU8UO" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/493/cid/4/parent/0/t/news October 17, 2013 Portraits of Women in Public Service - Book Order <p>IPAA Victoria is pleased to announce the publication of <em>Portraits of Women in Public Service</em>; a book compiling the perspectives of one hundred women working in and around the public service in Victoria.</p> <p>This project is IPAA&rsquo;s acknowledgement of the centenary of International Women&rsquo;s Day. <em>Portraits of Women in Public Service</em> celebrates the contribution of women to public administration and reflects on the progress and achievements of women in the changing landscape of the Victorian public service.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/321/cid/56/parent/0/t/news October 2, 2013 2013 Fire Awareness Awards <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/788/f/logo 125.jpg" style="width: 115px; height: 115px;" /> 1<img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/786/f/1.jpg" style="width: 147px; height: 115px;" /> 2<img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/784/f/2.jpg" style="width: 146px; height: 115px;" /> 3<img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/782/f/3.jpg" style="width: 147px; height: 115px;" /></p> <p><span style="font-size:9px;">1. Slamed Creations for the Black Saturday Remembrance Cruise &ndash; winner of the 2012 RACV Insurance Award for Excellence.<br /> 2. <span style="line-height: 1.6;">Deaf Access Victoria </span>Loddon<span style="line-height: 1.6;"> </span>Mallee<span style="line-height: 1.6;"> for the Deaf Smoke Alarm and Alerting Equipment Loan Project &ndash; winner of a 2012 Special Incentive Grant.<br /> 3. </span><span style="line-height: 1.6;">Alpine Shire Council for the </span>Bushfire<span style="line-height: 1.6;"> Inspection </span>iPad<span style="line-height: 1.6;"> </span>app<span style="line-height: 1.6;"> &ndash; winner of the 2012 New and Emerging Technologies Award.</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p>Each year, ordinary people achieve extraordinary things by working together to help protect Victoria from fire. Often, they don&rsquo;t think twice about their contribution to the community.</p> <p>Victoria&rsquo;s three fire agencies, Country Fire Authority (CFA), Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB) and Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) together with the Fire Services Commissioner, are encouraging these Victorians to share their hard work and achievements by entering the 2013 Fire Awareness Awards.</p> <p>The Fire Awareness Awards are a great opportunity to share your expertise, be recognised and to receive funding for your project. RACV Insurance is a proud long-term sponsor of the Fire Awareness Awards, which aim to raise community awareness and educate the community about fire prevention. ABC Local Radio Victoria will once again provide integral media support for the awards.</p> <p>Nominate your completed project for one of 12 awards, from which an overall winner will be awarded the RACV Insurance Award for Excellence. If you have a great idea that needs funding to get started, or you require financial support to complete your project, apply for one of the grants on offer. A $10,000 RACV Insurance Fire Innovation Grant is available, as well as Special Incentive Grants of up to $2,000.</p> <h3>Awards</h3> <p>&bull; Community Preparedness Award<br /> &bull; Recovery Award<br /> &bull; Multicultural Award<br /> &bull; Youth Award<br /> &bull; Aged and Disability Award<br /> &bull; Education Award<br /> &bull; Fire Services Award<br /> &bull; Media and Communications Award<br /> &bull; Industry/Service Award<br /> &bull; Building/Construction Award<br /> &bull; Product Design Award<br /> &bull; New and Emerging Information Technologies Award</p> <h3>Who can apply?</h3> <p>The Fire Awareness Awards are open to anyone involved in projects that reduce the number or impact of fire in Victoria. Projects can focus on any fire type,<br /> including structure fires and bushfires.<br /> Projects may address:<br /> &bull; fire preparedness<br /> &bull; fire safety<br /> &bull; fire awareness<br /> &bull; fire prevention<br /> &bull; fire response<br /> &bull; recovery after fire</p> <h3>How to apply</h3> <p>Online: <a href="http://www.fireawarenessawards.com.au">www.fireawarenessawards.com.au</a><br /> Phone: (03) 9262 8266 or (03) 8822 8035<br /> Email: <a href="mailto:fire-awards@cfa.vic.gov.au?subject=FIRE%20AWARENESS%20AWARDS">fire-awards@cfa.vic.gov.au</a></p> <p><br /> Entry closes <strong>30 September 2013.</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6;">Recipients will be announced at the awards presentation event on 4 December.</span></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/476/cid/4/parent/0/t/news October 2, 2013 2013 International Conference on Public Administration (9th ICPA) call for papers <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/772/f/8th ICPA.jpg" style="width: 416px; height: 195px;" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/774/f/logo icpa 125 high.jpg" style="width: 207px; height: 125px;" /></p> <p>The 2013 International Conference on Public Administration (9th ICPA) will be held from October 31 - November 2, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference them is <em>Advancing Public Management Excellence and Innovation Worldwide</em>.</p> <p>With the advent of the &ldquo;knowledge economy&rdquo; rapidly gaining ground throughout the world and the Information Age upon us, it has become ever more important that governments and non-profit organisations across the globe stay on the leading edge of public management excellence and innovation. The demand for higher quality and quantities of public goods and services continues to grow in response to citizen expectations that opportunities for better health and higher living standards can be attained within emerging economies, and can be further improved in developed countries. This increased demand is at a time when resource pressures are critical and are likely to remain so for many years. Leaders worldwide no longer have the luxury of maintaining the status quo. The challenges they face require concerted effort to pursue public sector excellence and to facilitate innovation. Innovation involves more than creating something new; it also involves the translation of innovative ideas, practices, and sometimes behaviours into a new reality.</p> <p>The 9th International Conference on Public Administration seeks to bring together public administration professionals and practitioners worldwide who are committed to new knowledge, excellence in public service, and innovation for advancing the welfare of ordinary people regardless of ethnic, racial, religious, or cultural heritages. Papers and proposals for identifying, achieving, and implementing excellence in governance and the adoption of innovative practices are welcomed. Case studies, survey research, best practices, and comparative analyses between and among countries are especially solicited. We are especially receptive to proposals that focus on the sub-themes below but encourage submissions that bring new ideas to any aspect of the overall conference theme.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#FF8C00;">Sub-themes, Topics, Questions</span></strong></p> <p><span style="color:#000080;"><strong>Advancing Excellence thru/in</strong></span><br /> &bull; <strong>Leadership</strong> &ndash; does it make a difference in achieving public management excellence? If so, how?<br /> &bull; <strong>Human resources management</strong> &ndash; making a difference through talent acquisition, building<br /> professional administration and merit-based employment, promoting and valuing ethnic diversity,<br /> introducing and assessing performance management, identifying training needs and strategies,<br /> comparing compensation and benefits across and within work specialties<br /> &bull; <strong>Ethics and integrity</strong> &ndash; achieving ethical competency for public service leadership, building<br /> organisations of integrity, promoting ethical standards and professions, identifying exemplary<br /> leadership styles and models, assessing codes of ethics, designing and implementing ethics<br /> audits, developing laws and institutions, analysing the causes and consequences of a culture of<br /> corruption, measuring corruption, Comparing and contrasting cultural influences on ethical practices<br /> &bull; <strong>Information communication and technology</strong> &ndash; outsourcing IT, building E-government services,<br /> adopting and diffusing new IT technologies, developing models of technological change,<br /> promoting IT transparency and accountability, sharing information and IT, promoting public<br /> participation, managing information overload.<br /> &bull; <strong>Local, regional, national governance</strong> - assessing governance/administration, identifying innovative<br /> practices in service delivery (water, waste water, sanitation, social services etc), exploring the<br /> innovative use of new technology at the local level to improve service delivery in urban/regional<br /> governance/administration, fostering civic engagement and participatory planning, creating<br /> sustainable habitat, examining local/regional knowledge management.<br /> &bull; <strong>Networks</strong> - examining inter-organisational collaboration, enhancing networks and partnerships to<br /> deliver better services, building professional networks across and beyond governments, working<br /> with the public not just delivering services to the public<br /> &bull; <strong>Global advances and experiences</strong> - linking innovation and excellence in performance, designing,<br /> refining, and implementing New Public Management, learning global lessons, examining<br /> governance and influence of international organisations, fostering development management,<br /> identifying post-global public administration practices, establishing global ethics standards,<br /> developing global &quot;core competencies&quot; within public administration</p> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.6;"><span style="color:#000080;">Public Sector Innovation</span></strong><br /> &bull; <strong>Sources and diffusion of public sector innovations</strong> - where do public sector innovations emanate?<br /> Are they the product of pressures to achieve greater efficiencies, effectiveness, and economies?<br /> Are innovations fostered by devolution, decentralization and the use of non-government<br /> organizations (for profit and not-for-profit)? Why do some organizations innovate and others do not?<br /> Can one lead innovation, as we&rsquo;ll as follow? What is the pattern of innovation diffusion in public<br /> sector agencies? What is the key to effective cross-border learning?<br /> &bull; <strong>Managing innovative initiatives</strong> - what is the process whereby an innovation is transformed into<br /> routinised practice? Why do public sector innovations succeed or fail?</p> <p>All accepted papers will be published in the official Proceedings of 2013 International Conference on Public<br /> Administration by <span style="color:#FF8C00;">Press of University of Electronic Science and Technology of China</span> and will be sent to be<br /> indexed by<span style="color:#FF8C00;"> ISI Proceedings</span> (Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science &amp; Humanities<br /> (CPCI-SSH, ex-named as Index to Social Science and Humanities Proceedings -ISSHP) through <span style="color:#FF8C00;">ISI Web<br /> of Knowledge</span> in USA. The submitted papers should be written in English with Microsoft Word 2000 or<br /> higher edition. Authors should identify the primary subtheme where their abstract/paper should be placed.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#FF8C00;">Important Dates</span></strong><br /> Paper Abstract Submission Deadline: June 30, 2013<br /> Full Paper Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013<br /> Paper Acceptance Notification: Before August 31, 2013</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.icpa-uestc.cn" target="_blank">Visit conference website</a></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:12px;"><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/1261" target="_blank">Download call for papers</a></span></strong></p> <p> </p> <p>Also the 9th ICPA will select and recommend the best papers for publication in one of the following<br /> journals subject to blind reviews.</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 500px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top;"><strong><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/766/f/Par.jpg" style="width: 101px; height: 131px;" /></strong></td> <td style="vertical-align: top;"><span style="color:#ff6600;"><strong>Public Administration Review (PAR)</strong></span>&mdash;the best paper that focuses on identifying and analyzing current public administration trends in theory and practice.<br /> The <strong>Public Administration Review</strong> (PAR) is the premier journal of<br /> the American Society for Public Administration with a history dating<br /> back more than 60 years. The journal serves academics,<br /> practitioners, and students interested in public sector management<br /> and provides a factual basis for decision-making, discussion, and<br /> literature in the field in an easily accessible format.</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top;"><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/768/f/PI.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 215px;" /></td> <td style="vertical-align: top;"><span style="color:#ff6600;">Public Integrity</span>&mdash;the best paper that focuses on ethics, integrity, corruption, or a related issue.<br /> The <strong>Public Integrity</strong> is the journal of American Society for Public<br /> Administration and the foremost journal on ethics and leadership in all aspects of modern public service. Written for both scholars and<br /> practitioners as well as concerned citizens, its driving force is the<br /> notion of integrity that is so basic a part of democratic life. The journal features refereed articles, case studies, exemplar profiles, field reports, commentaries, and book reviews on a broad spectrum of ethical concerns in local, state, national, and international affairs.</td> </tr> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/770/f/Chinese PA.jpg" style="width: 166px; height: 229px;" /></td> <td style="vertical-align: top;"><span style="color:#ff6600;"><strong>Chinese Public Administration</strong></span>&mdash;the best paper that focuses on international comparative study.<br /> The <strong>Chinese Public Administration</strong> is the journal of Chinese Public<br /> Administration Society and has been the top tier journal in Public<br /> Administration and Political Science in China since its establishment in 1982. It is a window for scholars and practitioners outside China to understand the history and development of Chinese public administrative and a bridge that connects China and the World.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/463/cid/4/parent/0/t/news September 26, 2013 The Rise of China - Victoria in the Asian century <p>The economic growth of China is creating an extraordinary moment in world history as the centre of the world economy moves away from the US and Europe and towards Asia. In this engaging <a href="http://vimeo.com/73428452">presentation </a>leading thinker Martin Jacques, author of When China Rules The World, discusses the implications and opportunities for Australia from China&#39;s dramatic economic expansion.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="375" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/73428452" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/73428452">Victoria in the Asian Century and The Rise of China</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/ipaavictoria">IPAA Victoria</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/481/cid/4/parent/0/t/news September 26, 2013 Big Picture wanted: Photos and Ideas! <p><strong>Enter IPAA 2013 National Conference competitions to win cash prizes and a one year membership to IPAA! These two competitions, the Pitch Competition and A Day in the Life of a Public Servant photography competition, both close in October. Don&rsquo;t miss out on your chance to enter.</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>1. Win $500! Enter A Day in the Life of a Public Servant &ndash; Photography Competition</strong><br /> <br /> IPAA&rsquo;s A Day in the Life of a Public Servant photography competition invites you to show your creative side to demonstrate the diversity within the Australian Public Service. Go in the draw to win a first place prize of $500, or a second place prize of $200 from the competition sponsor Comcare.<br /> <br /> You can enter as a team or individual, submitting your artwork as an A2 photography poster. Each poster will be judged against criteria which include diversity, social inclusion and healthy work practices. The competition closes on 31 October, so get your entry in soon! Click <a href="http://ipaa2013.org.au/get-involved/photography-competition">here </a>for more information</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>2. Last chance &ndash; two weeks to go to submit entries in the Pitch Competition</strong></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t miss the last chance to submit your entry into the Pitch Competition. Tell us your inspiring idea that will help make the public service smarter, better and broader for your chance to win $500 from CPA Australia and a year&rsquo;s membership to IPAA! All finalists will receive FREE registration to the IPAA 2013 National Conference. Get involved and share your big idea before entries close on 11th October. Click <a href="http://ipaa2013.org.au/get-involved/the-pitch">here </a>for more information.</p> <p><strong>Both competitions are being held as part of the IPAA 2013 National Conference taking place in Canberra in November. For more information on the Conference, or to register, click <a href="http://www.ipaa2013.org.au/">here</a>.</strong></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/487/cid/4/parent/0/t/news September 26, 2013 Navigating organisational change... <p> </p> <p>We always have a strong response to any event that discusses the opportunities and challenges that organisational change creates and our combined IPAA and State Services Authority event in early September was no exception.</p> <p><a href="http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-cross/1b/992/55b">John Cross</a> from the SSA gave an insightful presentation into how powerfully the metaphors we use to describe what an organisation is &ndash; from machine to information processor to network &ndash; affect how organisations are structured and restructured. You can see his presentation below.</p> <p>In discussion with the audience John made the point that, despite the image of public administration as a very static working environment, the reality is that change in the public sector is almost continual. He argued that much of the change narrative is predictable and that we need to be more honest in conversations with staff about the public sector working environment.</p> <p>John was followed by <a href="http://www.vic.gov.au/contactsandservices/directory/?ea0_lfz99_120.&amp;organizationalUnit&amp;81b39120-eb70-4afb-996e-4e98863dbfb9#Key%20Staff">Gary Atherton</a> and <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=28003796&amp;authType=NAME_SEARCH&amp;authToken=8fVj&amp;locale=en_US&amp;srchid=846895641378445015517&amp;srchindex=1&amp;srchtotal=84&amp;trk=vsrp_people_res_name&amp;trkInfo=VSRPsearchId%3A846895641378445015517%2CVSRPtargetId%3A28003796%2CVSRPcmpt%3Aprimary">Chris Corrigan</a>, senior leaders in the People and Culture area of the Department of Environment and Primary Industry. They both spoke about the practical challenges of introducing a systemic approach to dealing with dysfunctional workplace behaviour and understanding staff personal responses when confronted by major change. They presented with enormous candour about their work, which is why we have consciously decided not to make their presentations available, and the response from the audience at question time was striking.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="375" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/73841044" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>Navigation image from Flickr user: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmoorr/">Flickmor </a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/482/cid/4/parent/0/t/news September 26, 2013 What could the Australian public sector look like in the future? <p>As part of the IPAA 2013 National Conference being held in Canberra on 20-21 November, IPAA ACT have produced a short film asking some of the 2013 IPAA National Conference&rsquo;s keynote speakers,as well as current APS graduates for their thoughts on what the Australian public sector could look like in the second half of the 21st century.</p> <p>The film features:</p> <ul><li>Dr Ian Watt AO, Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet</li> <li>Professor Jane Halton PSM, Secretary of the Department of Health and Ageing</li> <li>Andrew Cappie-Wood FIPAA, Head of Service and Director-General, ACT Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate</li> <li>Robyn Archer AO, Creative Director, Centenary of Canberra</li> <li>Andrew Metcalfe AO FIPAA, President, IPAA ACT and Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry</li> <li>Scott Hansen, Graduate, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry</li> <li>Roisin Mortimer, Graduate, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry</li> </ul> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_FCAVD1vnTI" width="420"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Plus don&rsquo;t miss the opportunity to win $500 and free Conference registration in the Pitch Competition</strong><br /> Enter the Pitch Competition with your inspiring idea that will help make the public service smarter, better and broader for your chance to win $500 from CPA Australia, free registration to this year&rsquo;s National Conference and a year&rsquo;s membership to IPAA! Submit an idea that relates to federal, state or local levels of government in the all ages stream (above 18 years old) or the young professionals stream (18-36). Your entry will be assessed against criteria including originality, innovation and capacity of the idea to help government improve people&rsquo;s lives. Don&rsquo;t miss this opportunity to get involved and share your big idea.<br /> <a href="http://www.ipaa2013.org.au/get-involved/the-pitch">More information about the Pitch...</a></p> <p>More information on the IPAA 2013 National Conference and online registration <a href="http://www.ipaa2013.org.au">here </a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/483/cid/4/parent/0/t/news September 26, 2013 Corruption and the public service in Victoria <p>A new survey has found that the public service in Victoria is seen as one of the three institutions least affected by corruption and despite a perceptions of increasing general corruption more broadly, there is exceptionally little personal experience of bribery in return for a service by government officials. These findings, and others from a report commissioned by IBAC, were discussed at IPAA&#39;s recent Integrity and Anti Corruption Symposium by Professor Adam Graycar from the Australian National University.</p> <p>As well as interviewing members of the public, the survey also looked at the experiences of senior Victorian public servants. While one third of the 800+ respondents said they thought that levels of corruption in Victoria had stayed the same, only 1% reported observing bribery within their current agency. Whilst the traditional image of corruption focuses on bribery, the senior public servants reported much more concern about other practices, for example with a quarter of the group reporting having observed the hiring of friends or family for public service jobs.</p> <p>The Symposium also heard from the new CEO of IBAC, Alistair McLean, who outlined some of the operating processes and major priorities for IBAC. He noted that there was a mis-perception that IBAC was some sort of &#39;cloak and dagger&#39; organisation and stressed that it would have a strong prevention and education focus. In particular, he highlighted his concern at the survey&#39;s findings that ten per cent of the senior public servants surveyed were not aware of their department/agency&#39;s integrity framework. He argued that this would need to be a major area of effort, both from IBAC, departments and agencies. He reflected that as IBAC brings more matters into the public realm, there would be a growing awareness of IBAC role and activities. IBAC is planning a Special Report to Parliament later this year that will address the caseload that IBAC has developed and is acting on</p> <p>More than 200 people attended the Symposium and you can get a copy of the full survey findings <a href="http://www.ibac.vic.gov.au/docs/default-source/research-documents/ibac-perceptions-corruption-report-v2-2013.pdf?sfvrsn=2">here</a>.</p> <p>Image flickr user: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wka/">WKA</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/484/cid/4/parent/0/t/news September 26, 2013 New School of Government New Opportunities <p><strong>The University of Melbourne recently launched a new School of Government. IPAA is already partnering with the new Melbourne School of Government on a range of <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/january-2013/ipaa-victoria-partners-with-new-school-of-government">projects</a>, but we asked Professor Janine O&#39;Flynn to describe some of the new opportunities the School will create for public sector bodies in Victoria.</strong></p> <p>In June this year, the University of Melbourne launched the Melbourne School of Government. In doing so, we joined a growing number of the world&rsquo;s leading universities who are investing in similar schools. But what distinguishes the Melbourne School of Government is it&rsquo;s partnership approach which brings together the faculties of Arts, Law and Business and Economics, and its whole-of-university role to connect up across the institution and the community to contribute to the creation of knowledge and the practice of policy and governance.</p> <p>Three of our established programs have been bought together under the Melbourne School of Government &ndash; our Masters degrees in Public Policy and Management, International Relations, and Development Studies. In 2014 we will launch our first new program, the Master of Public Administration, a cross-faculty program for experienced practitioners working in and with government. Our globally-focused, interdisciplinary degree is aimed at those professionals who want to enhance their knowledge and skills to successfully implement and deliver public policy in a rapidly changing world.</p> <p>The degree is unique in that it is partnership between the three partner faculties of the Melbourne School of Government and the curriculum reflects this with:</p> <ul><li>an introduction to the world of administration and management;</li> <li>core discipline-oriented subjects in public financial management, the rule of law, and the nature of governing;</li> <li>core professionally-oriented subjects in managing effectively, working ethically, and using evidence;</li> <li>and a major subject which brings these strands back together in a &ldquo;live case&rdquo; simulation that calls on students to apply their professional expertise and new knowledge to a major administrative challenge, in real time.</li> </ul> <p>In addition, students will choose a capstone experience &ndash; a minor thesis, an internship, or they will take part in an applied syndicate project where they will work, as a team, under the supervision of a practitioner and an academic expert to devise advice and a major report for their sponsoring organisation.</p> <p>There are many ways for our colleagues in IPAA to be involved in the MPA, however the Internship and the Applied Syndicate Project will give them the opportunity to draw on some of the best and brightest students from around the world, students keen for a new experience, and who have strong professional expertise.</p> <p>We are very excited to meet our first cohort of MPA students who will join us in February 2014, and who will join their colleagues in our existing degree programs, to develop our next generation of local, regional, and global leaders.</p> <p>Find out more about the <a href="http://government.unimelb.edu.au/">Melbourne School of Government</a></p> <p>Find out more about new <a href="http://government.unimelb.edu.au/master-of-public-administration.html">Master of Public Administration</a></p> <p>Find out more about all our <a href="http://government.unimelb.edu.au/degrees">degree programs</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/486/cid/4/parent/0/t/news September 26, 2013 Creative Innovation 2013 <p>Creative Innovation 2013 brings together big and small business, entrepreneurs, educators, creative and government leaders, emerging talent and leading thinkers from around the World, Asia and Australia to tackle critical issues and opportunities, and transfer knowledge across sectors.</p> <p>The Conference theme, &#39;Race to the Future&#39;, will be addressed at the personal, organisational and global level across the major sectors of business, industry, community and government. Sessions will allow delegates the opportunity to expand their scope of creative understanding and learn new strategies whilst also leveraging their innate, but sometimes hidden, right-brained creative capabilities. Artists in residence will create moments of non-verbal content that help to change traditional mindsets.</p> <p>Using innovative audience interaction the sessions will provide an exchange between presenter and audience. The one way communication presentation style that stifles many conferences will be transformed by world class dialogues, facilitators, performers, provocateurs and &ldquo;hot spot&rdquo; debate centres.</p> <p>The theme will also facilitate <a href="http://www.creativeinnovationglobal.com.au/ci2013/deep-conversations/">Deep Conversations </a>around important and challenging issues we face. A series of <a href="http://www.creativeinnovationglobal.com.au/ci2013/master-classes/">Master Classes</a> with leading facilitators will enable delegates to take away new strategies and inspiration into their work and lives.</p> <p>You can find out more about the Conference and their line up of speakers and sessions <a href="http://www.creativeinnovationglobal.com.au/Ci2013/">here</a></p> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/489/cid/4/parent/0/t/news September 5, 2013 100+ Young Professionals attend IPAA / LG Pro event <p>IPAA Victoria &amp; LG Pro has partnered to present a networking event to more than 100 Young Professionals working with or in the Victorian Public Service.</p> <p>The event titled, &lsquo;Young Professionals in the Public Sector,&rsquo; addressed the challenges and opportunities faced by senior members of the Victorian Public Service as they have progressed into roles of leadership and greater responsibility.</p> <p>The session provided an opportunity for attendees to reflect on their career paths and ask themselves where they are headed and how they will get there.</p> <p>Speakers for this session included Tracey Slatter (CEO, Port Phillip City Council), Jonathan Spear (Director, Legal, Department of Premier and Cabinet, VIC), Kym Peake (Deputy Secretary, Higher Education and Skills Group, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, VIC) and Ben Morrissey (Corporate Planning &amp; Performance Office, Maribyrnong City Council).</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 500px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/796/f/020--IPAA-August-08,-2013.gif" style="width: 200px; height: 133px;" /></td> <td><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/798/f/048--IPAA-August-08,-2013.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 133px;" /></td> <td><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/800/f/059--IPAA-August-08,-2013.gif" style="width: 200px; height: 133px;" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/792/f/LGPro.jpg" style="width: 108px; height: 49px;" /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/794/f/ipaa logo 50 x 50.jpg" style="width: 50px; height: 50px;" /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/479/cid/4/parent/0/t/news September 4, 2013 Internal Communicators Connect the Dots <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/790/f/IPAA CONNECTING THE DOTS BANNER 31.07.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 145px;" /></p> <p>More than 45 Internal Communicators from across the Victorian Public Service gathered on Wednesday 7 August 2013, to examine how topical workplace issues affect the development of successful communication strategies for many organisations.</p> <p>The half day forum titled &ldquo;Connecting the Dots,&rdquo; included seminar sessions which focused on Personal Branding, Stakeholder Engagement, Building Employee Trust and the Four Rooms of Change Model.</p> <p>Speakers included Simon Troeth (Director, Strategic Communication Branch, Department of Justice), Angela Scaffidi (Partner and Change Practice Lead, Senate SHJ), Jane Hunt (CEO, Fitted for Work) and Kerry Walker (Director, Neighbourhood Justice Centre, Department of Justice).</p> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/480/cid/4/parent/0/t/news August 26, 2013 Lessons from IPAA 2012 Congress profiled in Assocations Magazine <p>You can download the article <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/1434" target="_blank">here...</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/472/cid/4/parent/0/t/news August 26, 2013 Who makes public policy? Interactive Q&A Panel 14 August <p>The new Melbourne School of Government will be running a Q&amp;A style event on Wednesday 14 August on whether &quot;the reinstatement of Kevin Rudd as leader of the ALP and Prime Minister shifted focus from the drama of personality politics to a focus on policy, or are policies the pawns of political power play?&quot;</p> <p>To find out more or to book a place, click <a href="http://events.unimelb.edu.au/events/3215-who-makes-public-policy-in-australia">here </a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/469/cid/75/parent/0/t/news August 26, 2013 Build it and they will come. Train them and they will leave? <p>New research from IPAA Victoria&#39;s CEO Dr Geraldine Kennett shows that some training and development models are actually associated with higher levels of staff turnover. Her research, using a number of Victorian government departments and agencies, identified three distinct training and development models: Individual Development, Team Development, and Organisational Development. Click <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/1272" target="_blank">here</a> to see which model is associated with higher levels of staff turnover. IPAA also runs <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/training-and-development-models">training courses</a> that help Managers and HR professionals to identify ways to raise the capacity and productivity of a lean workforce.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/467/cid/75/parent/0/t/news August 26, 2013 IPAA as a Professional Association.... <p>Geraldine Kennett recently discussed IPAA Victoria&#39;s approach to governance and the involvement of senior leadership in the Institute, in the Associations Forum magazine.</p> <p>You can read an edited version of her article here</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/459/cid/75/parent/0/t/news August 26, 2013 Digging Ministerial Advisors out of the accountability black hole <p>Terry Moran, IPAA National President, describes his concern at the lack of accountability for Ministerial Advisors on the ABC&#39;s The Drum.</p> <p><em>...Ministers have a legitimate need for political advisors to help them make the inevitably hard political decisions.</em></p> <p><em>But some of these advisors are now going way beyond that mission.</em></p> <p><em>I have seen what happens when they intrude into complex areas of policy or when they screen out the policy advice that comes to the minister from a department. The results are inevitably bad, both for the ministers they serve and for public policy making.</em>..</p> <p>Read <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4650306.html#comments">more</a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/458/cid/75/parent/0/t/news August 26, 2013 Meet IPAA Victoria's new President Gill Callister <p>New IPAA Victoria President Gill Callister gets to see a world unseen by most people. As the Secretary of the Department of Human Services, it&rsquo;s a world that she wishes more people could understand.</p> <p>DHS is the largest department in Victoria, employing more than 10,000 people who deliver many complex and important government services, including housing, disability and child protection.</p> <p>Reports that come across her desk each illustrate the complexity of the problems that public administration is faced with. Each day she reads reports detailing instances of serious child abuse along with the responses that child protection workers have had to make.</p> <p>This is not an unfamiliar world to her, having risen through the ranks of public administration after joining DHS Child Protection&#39;s After Hours and Crisis Service in the early 1990s.</p> <p>Her interest in becoming President of IPAA Victoria reflects her belief that the world of public administration needs to be better understood by the community.</p> <p>&#39;When people hear about a problem in a school or hospital, they usually mediate it against the positive experiences they or their family and friends have had with those types of services&#39;, she says. &#39;It doesn&#39;t diminish the importance of that problem but it does mean that it gets seen as part of a bigger picture&#39;.</p> <p>She thinks that IPAA Victoria&#39;s mission of building the capacity, integrity and reputation of the public sector can be part of painting that bigger picture describing what public administration does.</p> <p>&#39;The people I see coming into our sector from private or community organisations are always amazed at just how hard public administrators work. Any lingering perceptions they have about &quot;cardigan wearing clock watchers&quot; are just blown away&#39;, she observes.</p> <p>She&#39;s looking forward to using her role as IPAA President to provide a stronger voice for the profession. &#39;In a period of change, we need to be talking about what we do and what we can do better. IPAA can help encourage those sorts of conversations, whether they&#39;re about the skills needed by public sector of the future, maintaining our sector&#39;s reputation for having women at senior management levels or the public sector&#39;s role in building Asian engagement&#39;.</p> <p>You can contact Gill Callister via president@vic.ipaa.org.au and read her professional background <a href="http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/our-organisation/gill-callister" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/465/cid/75/parent/0/t/news August 26, 2013 Nominations are now open for YIPAA Advisory Committee 2013/14 <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/778/f/yipaa 125.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 125px;" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/780/f/yipaa pic 125.jpg" style="width: 187px; height: 125px;" /></p> <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 600px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td> </td> <td style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">IPAA is now seeking expressions of interest from young professionals working within the public sector to take part in the YIPAA Advisory Committee for August 2013 &ndash; June 2014.<br /> <br /> The Young Institute of Public Administrators Australia (YIPAA) offers seminars, workshops, and events to public service professionals under the age of 36.</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">The YIPAA program places a focus on relevant topics such as leadership, networking &amp; professional development. It encourages budding professionals to connect with one another, to build relationships, to learn and develop skills, to engage in networking opportunities and to enhance themselves as the next generation of leaders.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">Each year the successful development and implementation of the YIPAA program is made possible by the contributions and assistance of an Advisory Committee, which is comprised of representatives from a range of sectors ( including Commonwealth, State and local government and private &amp; not for profit organisations).<br /> <br /> YIPAA Advisory Committee members also take an advisory role on a number of wider IPAA events.<br /> <br /> If you are interested in being a part of the 2013/14 YIPAA Advisory Committee please <a href="/document/item/1264">click here</a> to complete your application. Finalised applications can be returned to yipaa@vic.ipaa.org.au or fax (03) 9639 9663.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">Applications close on <u><strong>Friday 12 June 2013.</strong></u></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">Members of the new Advisory Committee will be announced on <strong>Wednesday 26 June 2013</strong></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/464/cid/75/parent/0/t/news August 26, 2013 IPAA State Summit 25 -26 June 2013 <p>The Institute of Public Administration celebrates the shortening of the days by extending our members&rsquo; knowledge. IPAA will present the inaugural State Summit on 25 -26 June 2013. This much anticipated 2-day event is for mid level to senior public administrators from across Local, State and Commonwealth departments and agencies together with representation from organisations who work with the public sector.</p> <h3>What is the Summit About?</h3> <p>The business of public administration is to deliver the services that the private sector can&#39;t or won&#39;t deliver to the community. But there is still much that the public sector can learn from the skills and experience of the business sector. This includes understanding that the needs and demands of customers, and the users of government services, are constantly changing. This Summit will look at how public administrators can draw on this private sector understanding, as we meet the unique obligations of the public sector.</p> <h3>Six Highlights</h3> <p>1. Potential learnings for public administration in the way the private sector operates, with presentations from the Bank of Melbourne, Australia Post and the Australian Industry Group</p> <p>2. How public sector leaders think we can improve the way we operate and make Victoria a leader in service provision. Presentations from three Secretaries and two Deputy Secretaries&hellip;</p> <p>3. Getting more value from the skills and services of the private and community sectors - with two of Australia&#39;s leading experts on commissioning and outsourcing: John Alford and Gary Sturgess</p> <p>4. Using new tools - like behavioural economics and design - to change the way we provide services. Featuring Rory Gallagher from the Behavioural Insights Team at the UK Cabinet Office, Nicholas Gruen, economist, thinker and Gov 2.0 expert and Jane Treadwell, from the Australian Centre for Excellence in Public Sector Design.</p> <p>5. Measuring performance against national and international best practice Perspectives from Uschi Schreiber, Managing Partner for Global Government &amp; Public Sector at Ernst and Young, Sonja Stewart, Deputy Commissioner, NSW Public Service Commission on public sector productivity, and Rosemary Hannah-Parr, CEO, New Zealand Leadership Development Centre.</p> <p>6. How do we keep thinking big - during a time of change? Big thinking from Helen Silver, Tim Orton (Nous Group) and Christopher Stone (Centre for Policy Development).</p> <p>Plus....</p> <ul><li>Measuring public sector productivity</li> <li>Understanding the role of design in improving public services</li> <li>Showing leadership during organisational change</li> <li>Building the public servants of the future</li> <li>Behind-the-scenes site visits</li> </ul> <p>And more than seventy speakers over two days&hellip;.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ipaavicsummit.org.au/">TAKE ME TO THE SUMMIT WEBSITE</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/449/cid/75/parent/0/t/news August 26, 2013 Under the microscope... IPAA Summit 2013 <p><strong>Victorian State Summit</strong></p> <p>The business of public administration was put under the microscope at the recent IPAA Victoria State Summit. More than 400 delegates and 80 speakers were part of the Summit, which was staged over two consecutive days in Melbourne and Geelong and featured speakers from the public, private and community sectors.</p> <p>Highlights of the Summit were:</p> <ul><li>Big thinking from Uschi Schreiber, Ernst &amp; Young&#39;s Global Markets Leader and Global Government Leader. Uschi outlined six of the biggest global trends affecting public administrators around the world and the potential these trends created for new ideas about what pubic administration can and should do</li> <li>A provocative discussion from Tim Orton, Managing Director of the Nous Group, about what it would take for public administration in Victoria to make a step change in its performance and be substantially better than any other state in Australia.</li> <li>Andrew Tongue, Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, outlining the enormous opportunities he saw for Victorian public administrators in the Asian Century and in particular the value of Victoria&#39;s intellectual property in good public administration systems and thinking.</li> <li>Big thinking from ABC Radio National presenter Waleed Aly on what he saw as the enduring relevance of the public sector, particularly at a time when the boundaries between the public and private sectors are increasingly blurred.</li> <li>Two challenging perspectives on the public service of the future, involving Adam Fennessy, new Secretary of the Victorian Department of Primary Industry and the Environment, and Penny Armytage, former long serving Secretary of the Department of Justice.</li> </ul> <p>You can see video of all five of these highlights on the<a href="https://vimeo.com/channels/statesummit"> IPAA Victoria website</a></p> <p>The Summit also featured site visits that allowed delegates to get a &#39;behind the scenes&#39; tour of some of the important infrastructure that public administration helps to fund, support or operate. Highlights of the tours included Melbourne&#39;s unique sporting precinct and the new Royal Children&#39;s Hospital.</p> <p>You can see pictures from the Summit in Melbourne and Geelong <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ipaa2012/sets/">here</a>.</p> <p>IPAA Victoria would like to thank our major Summit Sponsor Ernst &amp; Young for their help in making the 2013 Summit possible.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/471/cid/4/parent/0/t/news August 26, 2013 Frank thoughts on the relationship between state and local governments <p><span style="line-height: 1.6;">On 18 April 2013 the IPAA Fellows and LGPRO CEO Forum was held where</span><span style="line-height: 1.6;"> former Deputy Premier and Mayor of South Melbourne John </span>Thwaites<span style="line-height: 1.6;">, spoke to an audience of Local Government </span>CEOs<span style="line-height: 1.6;"> and senior Victorian public servants. In his introductory remarks he reflected on the particular experience of local government, the drivers of state government and the obstacles to building better relationships between the two levels of government. </span><span style="line-height: 1.6;">You can listen to his remarks </span><a href="https://soundcloud.com/ipaa2012/johnthwaites" style="line-height: 1.6;">here</a>.</p> <p>Other speakers at the event were:</p> <p>Kerry Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Wyndham City Council<br /> Dean Yates, Secretary, Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure<br /> Allan Bawden, Chief Executive Officer, Bass Coast Shire Council<br /> Katy Haire, Deputy Secretary, Community and Executive Services, Department of Human Services, Victoria</p> <p>Image of South Melbourne Town Hall courtesy of Flickr user: avlxyz</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/456/cid/75/parent/0/t/news August 26, 2013 Indigenous Career Advancement in the Public Sector <p>IPAA Victoria and PwC have worked collaboratively to examine the links between professional development and career advancement for Indigenous people in the Victorian public sector.</p> <p>The results of this study will inform how IPAA can play an effective role in professional development for Indigenous public administrators through both advocacy and delivery of programs. This March 2013 Report is one of many of the Institute&rsquo;s initiatives of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/1200" target="_blank">Download report</a></p> <p><a href="mailto:rastley@vic.ipaa.org.au?subject=Beyond%20attraction%20and%20retention&amp;body=Please%20mail%20me%20a%20free%20printed%20copy%20of%20the%20IPAA%2FPwC%20report%3A%20Beyond%20attraction%20and%20retention%0A%0AMy%20name%20and%20mailing%20address%20is%3A%20">Order free printed copy of report</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/about/reconciliation-action-plan" target="_blank">IPAA Reconciliation Action Plan</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/453/cid/75/parent/0/t/news August 26, 2013 2013 Leadership Awards Winners <p>Keeping important historical documents in the community they were created in, dramatically decreasing the amount of waste going to landfill and helping everyone to identify the correct traditional owners across Victoria, are just three of the winners in IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s 2013 Leadership in the Public Sector Awards.<br /> Among the award winning projects were:</p> <ul><li>the Bendigo Regional Archives Centre which will permanently preserve regional community records in their place of origin, and make them accessible to all researchers. Local history is a source of great pride and interest to local communities, but until now fragile historical records usually had to be sent to Melbourne for safe-keeping. The $1.8M Centre is the result of a partnership between the Public Record Office Victoria, the City of Greater Bendigo and the Goldfields Library Corporation.</li> <li>the Waste Diversion Incentive Project by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council that has cut the amount of waste going to landfill by more than half. This has done by Council staff analysing what was coming in as waste and then actively seeking users for those waste streams before they went into landfill. Given the high environmental and economic costs of landfill, and the dramatic diversion rates the project has achieved, the results will be long-term community savings for local residents.</li> <li>&bull; Right People For Country, a project started by Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, which has now identified the agreed traditional owners of areas around Victoria. Getting consensus on local ownership means that governments, business and the community now know who they be should be talking to. This will make it easier to get community engagement on everything from economic development ideas to community consultation.</li> </ul> <p>The awards were presented by Helen Silver, Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, on behalf of Victoria&#39;s Institute for Public Administration Australia.</p> <p>Congratulating the winners, Ms Silver said &quot;When you see what these Awards winning projects do, you can see how better public administration helps to create better services&quot;.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s Awards received more than ninety entries from local, state and Commonwealth departments and agencies working in Victoria.</p> <p>A full list of all 2012 Award winners is below and more information about the winners and finalists is <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/685">here</a>. Photos of the evening are available <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ipaa2012/sets/72157632870534840/">here</a></p> <h3>2012 WINNERS</h3> <p><strong>Innovation in Partnering Award</strong><br /> Public Record Office Victoria: The Bendigo Regional Archives Centre<br /> AND<br /> Department of Planning and Community Development: Right People for Country Project</p> <p><strong>Innovation in People Development Award</strong><br /> Port Phillip City Council: Values and Behaviours Team Building Workshops</p> <p><strong>Innovation in Policy Development Award</strong><br /> Department of Human Services: Services Connect</p> <p><strong>Innovation in Service Delivery Award</strong><br /> Mornington Peninsula Shire Council: Waste Diversion Incentive Scheme</p> <p><strong>Indigenous Employment Award</strong><br /> Department of Justice: Koori Employment Strategy</p> <p><strong>Young Indigenous Leader Scholarship</strong><br /> John Bell: Department of Justice</p> <p><strong>Leading the Way in Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award</strong><br /> Wannon Water: Home Safe - Work Safe: Health and Wellbeing Program</p> <p><strong>Risk Management Award</strong><br /> Royal Women&#39;s Hospital: Maternity Clinical Information System</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/441/cid/75/parent/0/t/news August 26, 2013 IPAA's Indigenous Scholarship - delivering results <p><img alt="" height="114" src="/sb_cache/news/id/730/f/web JB 059_1577_25Feb13.jpg" width="171" /> <img alt="" height="113" src="/sb_cache/news/id/732/f/web IPAA RAP launch 2012-55.jpg" width="172" /></p> <p>We were recently delighted to announce that John Bell was the winner of the 2012 IPAA Victoria Young Indigenous Leaders Scholarship. John works as the Executive Officer of the Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee in the Department of Justice and he will receive a twelve month professional development package tailored to his needs and interests.</p> <p>We were also really pleased to hear from Kaylene Williams, winner of the 2010 scholarship, whose career continues to go from strength to strength. Kaylene is pictured on right, with fellow 2010 winner Erin Birch.</p> <p>Having spent a number of years working in the HR areas of the Department of Planning and Community Development, Kaylene is now the Manager of the Combat Sports Unit within Sport and Recreation Victoria. This means that she, along with her team of four staff, is responsible for all combat sports in Victoria, which includes boxing and martial arts.</p> <p>According to Kaylene, &quot;Without the support of IPAA I truly believe that my career would not have taken off as quickly as it has&quot;.</p> <p>The Scholarship is part of IPAA Victoria&#39;s Indigenous Initiative, which has developed a range of activities that help enhance the career development of Indigenous public servants in Victoria.</p> <p>You can find out more about the Young Indigenous Leadership Scholarship Program <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/awards/young-indigenous-leader-scholarship/young-indigenous-leader-scholarship">here</a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/443/cid/75/parent/0/t/news August 26, 2013 Membership renewal time <p>IPAA Corporate and Personal members are invited to renew their membership for the 2013-14 financial year. Significant benefits are offered to members along with the opportunity to contribute and connect with the broader public sector.</p> <p>Renewal reminders have been emailed to all members, so if you haven&#39;t received yours, give Joady Donovan, the Membership Manager a call on 9653 2027.</p> <p>What our members say...<span style="line-height: 1.6;"> </span></p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/752/f/b.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 69px;" /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/742/f/c.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 69px;" /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/744/f/d.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 69px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/760/f/medium.jpg" style="width: 635px; height: 69px;" /></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6;">Membership benefits...</span></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/702/f/personal table 650 wide.jpg" style="width: 635px; height: 425px;" /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/448/cid/75/parent/0/t/news August 26, 2013 IPAA Victoria... already active in the Asian Century <p><br /> One of IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s strategic priorities has been to build and strengthen international partnerships with similar organisations around the world. IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s Executive Director, Dr Geraldine Kennett, recently attended two major international conferences on public administration in India. She comments on her experience:</p> <p>Many of Australia&rsquo;s public administration systems are shared with other members of the Commonwealth. Despite their diversity, this meant that many of the issues discussed by the 300+ delegates at the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) Conference in New Delhi built on discussions that are familiar to Australian administrators.</p> <p>It was particularly striking at the Conference to see the strong role that our sister organisation in Canada plays in building and strengthening governance structures in developing economies, particularly in Africa. Their activity made me reflect on how IPAA could be a useful vehicle for greater Australian public sector engagement across the India/Asia arc.</p> <p>Shortly after the CAPAM Conference, I also had the opportunity to present my PhD research findings, on training and retention in the public service, at the 2012 International Conference on Public Administration in Hyderabad, India.</p> <p>This Conference has been supported by IPAA National, as well as the American Society for Public Administration, for a number of years. It attracted particularly strong representation from many of Australia&rsquo;s major economic partners, including China, India, Japan and Malaysia. These countries have very differing economic and political structures, but there were some useful similarities in their perspectives on the development of stronger public administration institutions.</p> <p>IPAA Victoria in the Asia Century Committee<br /> To help build on these new contacts, IPAA Victoria is establishing a new committee of expert members to discuss the challenges and opportunities for IPAA to assist in building public sector engagement in the Asia-India arc. Please feel free to register your interest with me by email gkennett@vic.ipaa.org.au</p> <p>&Acirc;</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/429/cid/68/parent/0/t/news August 26, 2013 New Faces at IPAA: new President, Fellows and Board members <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/664/f/1 - 650 wide.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 326px;" /></p> <p><em>New IPAA Victoria Fellows, National Fellows and President.</em></p> <p>The appearance of Christmas decorations around town means that it is time for IPAA Victoria&#39;s AGM and Annual Fellows Dinner. On Wednesday 21 November, more than 50 members attended our AGM and more than 200 Fellows attended our Annual Dinner.</p> <p>In addition to inducting 16 new Victorian Fellows and congratulating 3 new National Fellows, the evening was also a chance to welcome new IPAA Victoria President Jim Betts and new Board members Janet Dore and Professor Helen Sullivan.</p> <p>This is the full list of new Victorian Fellows</p> <ul><li>Cheryl Batagol</li> <li>Jane Brockington</li> <li>Deborah Cole</li> <li>Paul Fearon</li> <li>Ian Hamm</li> <li>Craig Lapsley PSM</li> <li>John Merritt</li> <li>Gail Moody</li> <li>Clive Noble</li> <li>Ian Porter</li> <li>Adrian Robb</li> <li>Anthony Schinck</li> <li>Mike Scrafton</li> <li>Glenda Strong PSM</li> <li>Tony Sweeney</li> <li>Andrew Tongue PSM</li> </ul> <p>IPAA Victoria congratulates all our new Fellows and thanks them for their great service to public administration in Victoria.</p> <p>Terry Moran, IPAA National President also presented awards to three new National Fellows:</p> <ul><li>Peter Harris</li> <li>Fran Thorn</li> <li>Jennifer Westacott</li> </ul> <p>You can read about the extraordinary contributions of these new Victorian and National Fellows <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/983 "><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>In making the presentations to the new National Fellows, Terry made particular mention of the achievements of outgoing IPAA Victoria President Fran Thorn, both in her work as a public sector leader and in her leadership role at IPAA Victoria. IPAA Victoria has benefited enormously from Fran&#39;s involvement and its organisational strength is a tribute to that involvement.</p> <p>IPAA Victoria&#39;s new President is Jim Betts, Secretary of the Department of Transport. Jim thanked all the Fellows for their involvement in the Institute and offered his particular thanks to Fran Thorn, as well as to Dr Claire Noone, who had been Acting President of IPAA Victoria in the lead up to the Annual General Meeting. Jim reflected briefly on his 25 year career as a public servant and the opportunities that the public sector creates for the community it serves and for the staff who work in it. You can see more information about Jim and all the IPAA Board members <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/about/board"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/430/cid/66/parent/0/t/news August 26, 2013 New Faces at IPAA: new President, Fellows and Board members <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/664/f/1 - 650 wide.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 326px;" /></p> <p><em>New IPAA Victoria Fellows, National Fellows and President.</em></p> <p>The appearance of Christmas decorations around town means that it is time for IPAA Victoria&#39;s AGM and Annual Fellows Dinner. On Wednesday 21 November, more than 50 members attended our AGM and more than 200 Fellows attended our Annual Dinner.</p> <p>In addition to inducting 16 new Victorian Fellows and congratulating 3 new National Fellows, the evening was also a chance to welcome new IPAA Victoria President Jim Betts and new Board members Janet Dore and Professor Helen Sullivan.</p> <p>This is the full list of new Victorian Fellows</p> <ul><li>Cheryl Batagol</li> <li>Jane Brockington</li> <li>Deborah Cole</li> <li>Paul Fearon</li> <li>Ian Hamm</li> <li>Craig Lapsley PSM</li> <li>John Merritt</li> <li>Gail Moody</li> <li>Clive Noble</li> <li>Ian Porter</li> <li>Adrian Robb</li> <li>Anthony Schinck</li> <li>Mike Scrafton</li> <li>Glenda Strong PSM</li> <li>Tony Sweeney</li> <li>Andrew Tongue PSM</li> </ul> <p>IPAA Victoria congratulates all our new Fellows and thanks them for their great service to public administration in Victoria.</p> <p>Terry Moran, IPAA National President also presented awards to three new National Fellows:</p> <ul><li>Peter Harris</li> <li>Fran Thorn</li> <li>Jennifer Westacott</li> </ul> <p>You can read about the extraordinary contributions of these new Victorian and National Fellows <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/983 "><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>In making the presentations to the new National Fellows, Terry made particular mention of the achievements of outgoing IPAA Victoria President Fran Thorn, both in her work as a public sector leader and in her leadership role at IPAA Victoria. IPAA Victoria has benefited enormously from Fran&#39;s involvement and its organisational strength is a tribute to that involvement.</p> <p>IPAA Victoria&#39;s new President is Jim Betts, Secretary of the Department of Transport. Jim thanked all the Fellows for their involvement in the Institute and offered his particular thanks to Fran Thorn, as well as to Dr Claire Noone, who had been Acting President of IPAA Victoria in the lead up to the Annual General Meeting. Jim reflected briefly on his 25 year career as a public servant and the opportunities that the public sector creates for the community it serves and for the staff who work in it. You can see more information about Jim and all the IPAA Board members <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/about/board"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/430/cid/85/parent/1/t/news August 19, 2013 300+ public policy enthusiasts come to joint IPAA/Melbourne Uni event <p>Other speakers were</p> <ul><li>Melissa Conley Tyler:National Executive Director, Australian Institute of International Affairs; conflict resolution lawyer; member of International Advisory Council of US Center for Citizen Diplomacy; research includes Australian foreign policy making, its role in the G20, Australia as a middle power.</li> <li>Professor Brian Howe: Deputy PM 1991-95; Federal Minister 1984- 96; credited with major policy reforms, including introduction of Child Support, National Mental Health Strategy and Commonwealth Dental Scheme; Professorial Associate, Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne.</li> <li>Geoff Allen AM: founder Allen Consulting, advising government and companies on public policy, regulation, government-business relations and public affairs management; founding Chair, Centre for Corporate Public Affairs; Chair, Australian Statistics Advisory Council and Committee for Economic Development of Australia; Director, European Centre for Public Affairs.</li> <li>Gay Alcorn: The Age and Sydney Morning Herald Washington correspondent covering 2000 presidential election and September 11; deputy editor The Age 2006-08; editor The Sunday Age 2008-12; currently The Age columnist and election fact-checking editor, The Conversation.</li> <li>Terry Garwood: Deputy Secretary, Local Infrastructure and Land, Department of Transport, Planning &amp; Local Infrastructure; Victoria&rsquo;s most senior Aboriginal public servant, 30+ years&rsquo; experience in six different Victorian government departments and agencies; Director, Museum of Victoria and Institute of Public Administration Australia Victoria.</li> </ul> <p>The forum was moderated by Professor Helen Sullivan, Director of the <a href="http://government.unimelb.edu.au/">Melbourne School of Government.</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/474/cid/4/parent/0/t/news August 19, 2013 VMIA Risk Conference tackles new and emerging risks <p>With global financial crises, increasing social complexity, ever emerging instances of cybercrime and unnaturally large weather disasters occurring more frequently, the risk landscape facing governments large and small grows more challenging by the day.</p> <p>The Victorian Managed Insurance Authority&rsquo;s (VMIA) two-day risk conference set for 7-8 October in Melbourne, will look at the main risks facing the public sector as well as providing expert advice to help keep these risks in check and offer insight into the leading risk analysis methods.</p> <p>Topics to be covered during the conference include:</p> <ul><li>Linking global risks to Victoria</li> <li>&lsquo;Wicked&rsquo; problems faced by Victoria and how to address them</li> <li>The value of strong leadership during difficult times</li> <li>Risk, governance and the role of responsible bodies</li> <li>Interagency risk and the importance of communication and leadership</li> <li>Risk and resilience</li> </ul> <p>Ms Bernie Hobbs, ABC TV presenter, returns to MC the event while Oscar winning local animator, Adam Elliot, joins us as the keynote speaker at the luncheon on day one.</p> <p>Conference delegates will also hear from keynote speakers:</p> <ul><li>Dr John Bircham, Principal, Bircham-Global</li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.6;">Janet Compton, CEO Northern Health</span></li> <li>John Doyle, Victoria&rsquo;s new Auditor General</li> <li>Craig James, Chief Economist with CommSec</li> <li>Trudi Lang, Associate Director with the Strategic Foresight Team World Economic Forum</li> <li>Rod McGeoch, Chairman of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum</li> <li>Dr Nick Palousis, CEO and Founder of 2xE</li> </ul> <p>To find out who else will be speaking or to learn more about how to register visit: <a href="http://www.vmiaconference.com.au">www.vmiaconference.com.au</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/475/cid/4/parent/0/t/news August 6, 2013 IPAA Professional Development Courses 2008 <p><br /> <img alt="" height="208" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/94/080117_Professional_Development_Courses_2008.jpg" style="padding: 5px; float: left; margin-right: 5px;" width="236" />IPAA Victoria is committed to enhancing the capacity and skills of public sector employees through our Professional Development Program. The Institute&#39;s focussed and intensive courses are designed to achieve learning outcomes while minimising the impact of time and cost. To assist you with planning your own professional development, a range of courses are outlines in the &#39;<a href="/professional">Whats On</a>&#39; section. <a href="/professional">Click here for course information</a>.</p> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/94/cid/81/parent/0/t/news August 6, 2013 IPAA's First Orator: Professor Mark Moore <p><br /> <img alt="" height="157" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/93/080124_IPAAs_First_Orator_Professor_Mark_Moore_1.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" width="236" />The difficulty in public administration is persuading the general community - and sometimes ourselves - of the care, thought and innovation that goes into the development of effective public policy. We were honoured to have Professor Mark Moore, Director, Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University as our first Orator. While it took some 400 years for the private sector to evolve its performance measures to where they are today, the public sector is only 25 years into it, claims Professor Moore. This challenge is complex. There will always be difficulties in determining public value and assigning measures to <img alt="" height="157" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/93/080124_IPAAs_First_Orator_Professor_Mark_Moore_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" width="236" />social outcomes. But as we know, the public expects us to develop and respect the value they place on such things.<br /> <br /> To view Professor Mark Moore&#39;s presentation <a href="http://epress.anu.edu.au/anzsog/policy/pdf/ch08.pdf" target="_blank">click here</a>.<br /> <br /> Moore, Mark &lsquo;Recognising Public Value: The Challenge of Measuring Performance in Government&#39;, in Wanna, John (ed) <i>A Passion for Policy: Essays in Public Sector Reform</i> (ANU E Press, Australian National University, Canberra, 2007), pp 91 - 116. <img alt="" height="157" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/93/080124_IPAAs_First_Orator_Professor_Mark_Moore_3.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" width="236" /></p> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/93/cid/81/parent/0/t/news June 4, 2013 Spotlight on Westminster <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/734/f/web panel.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 100px;" /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/736/f/037_9223_27Feb13.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 100px;" /></p> <p>Our Westminster system of government has deep historical roots but the world it operates in is changing rapidly. At the heart of Westminster is the relationship between the elected Minister and professional Secretary of a Department. IPAA Victoria&#39;s Spotlight on Westminster seminar on 27 February 2013 brought together three speakers with unique perspectives on how this relationship is changing:</p> <ul><li>Professor Helen Sullivan, Director, Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne</li> <li>Terry Moran, IPAA National President</li> <li>Professor Geoff Gallop, University of Sydney and former Premier of Western Australia</li> </ul> <p>They were joined in discussion with George Megalogenis, one of Australia&#39;s most respected political authors, commentators and journalists.</p> <p>The evening was a great success with a deeply engaged audience of more than one hundred people.</p> <p>You can now hear highlights of the presentations from:</p> <ul><li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/ipaa2012/spotlight-on-westminster">Professor Helen Sullivan</a></li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/ipaa2012/spotlight-on-westminster-terry/s-rMige">Terry Moran</a></li> <li><a href="https://soundcloud.com/ipaa2012/spotlight-on-westminster-1">Professor Geoff Gallop</a></li> </ul> <p>You can see pictures of the event <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ipaa2012/sets/72157632911830316/">here</a>, including this <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ipaa2012/8526535352/in/set-72157632911830316">one </a>of Terry Moran and Professor Gary Banks with RFI Smith who helped write sections of the 1975 Coombs Royal Commission on Australian Government.</p> <p>IPAA ACT recently held a similar event and you can read the thought of Professor John Wanna - long time editor of AJPA and Sir John Bunting Professor of Public Administration at the ANU - <a href="/document/item/1099">here </a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/446/cid/73/parent/0/t/news June 4, 2013 IPAA 2013 National Conference 20-21 Nov 2013 <p><span style="color:#4B0082;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><strong>IPAA 2013 National Conference<br /> 20-21 November 2013 Canberra</strong><br /> <em>Serving Australia in the 21st Century</em></span></span></p> <p><br /> The IPAA 2013 National Conference provides a forum for debate, discussion and promotion of the public sector. It is an opportunity for those who are passionate about the public sector to engage with peers and colleagues to improve public administration in Australia.</p> <p>The Conference will examine the sub-themes of agility and resilience; productivity and innovation and crossing boundaries &ndash; broadly summarized as smarter, better, broader!</p> <p>Confirmed speakers for the Conference include:</p> <ul><li>Robyn Archer AO, Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra</li> <li>Professor Gary Banks AO, Australian and New Zealand School of Government who will present the Garran Oration</li> <li>Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner</li> <li>Andrew Cappie-Wood, Head of Service and Director-General, ACT Chief Minister and Cabinet Directorate</li> <li>Professor Yves Doz (INSEAD Business School of the World)</li> <li>Dr Rory Gallagher, Advisor, Behavioural Insights, NSW Government</li> <li>Professor Peter Hughes, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington</li> <li>Paul Kirby, ex advisor to the British PM</li> <li>Carmel McGregor PSM, Deputy Secretary, Department of Defence</li> <li>Jenny McGregor, founding CEO of Asialink</li> <li>Andrew Metcalfe AO, President, IPAA ACT</li> <li>Terry Moran AC, President, IPAA Australia</li> <li>Mary Ann O&#39;Loughlin PSM, COAG Reform Council</li> <li>Jan Owen AM, winner of the AFR Women of Influence Award 2012</li> <li>Emeritus Professor Christopher Pollitt (Belgium/UK)</li> <li>Helen Silver, Secretary, Victorian Department of Premier &amp; Cabinet</li> <li>Peter Thompson, Fellow, the Australian &amp; New Zealand School of Government</li> <li>Jane Treadwell, CEO, Australian Centre for Excellence in Public Sector Design</li> <li>Lucy Turnbull, prominent business leader</li> <li>Sue Vardon, public policy expert</li> <li>Peter Varghese AO, Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade</li> <li>Dr Ian Watt AO, Secretary, Department of Prime Minister &amp; Cabinet</li> <li>Sir James Wolfensohn KBE AO (USA)</li> </ul> <p>Conference information and details can be found at <strong><a href="http://www.ipaa2013.org.au">www.ipaa2013.org.au</a></strong><br /> Register now and go in the draw for some exciting earlybird registration prizes!</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/447/cid/4/parent/0/t/news June 4, 2013 2013 Local Government Research Forum - Call for papers <p>The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government invites you to attend the 2013 Local Government Researchers Forum to be held on the 6-7 June 2013 at the University of Adelaide. Call for papers now open.</p> <p><a href="http://lgresearch.net.au/2013-Forum" target="_blank">Read more</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/437/cid/73/parent/0/t/news June 4, 2013 It's a [public service] honour... <p>IPAA Victoria would like to congratulate all the public administrators recognised in the 2013 Australia Day Honours. Many of them have strong connections with IPAA and all of them have provided great service to Victoria and Australia.</p> <p>In particular, we would like to congratulate Bruce Esplin who received an AM in recognition of his significant service to the emergency management sector in Victoria. Bruce has been a great supporter of IPAA Victoria over many years and spoke at a number of IPAA events. We also congratulate Laurie Harkin, another IPAA Fellow, who is Victoria&#39;s Disabilty Services Commissioner and who was recognised with an AM for his significant service to the community, particularly through the care and protection of people with a disability.</p> <p>Jill Morgan received an AM for her significant service to the promotion of multicultural and indigenous art through leadership roles in arts organisations. Through Multicultural Arts Victoria, IPAA has been delighted to work with Jill to provide a more diverse range of entertainment at IPAA functions.</p> <p>Dr Philip Moors received an AO for his distinguished service to conservation and the environment through contributions to the botanical and scientific community and the promotion of Australian flora. Dr Moors&rsquo; assistance helped us to organise a number of IPAA Fellows functions that involved the Royal Botanic Gardens.</p> <p>We would also like to extend our particular congratulations to the five public administrators who received Public Service Medals in recognition of their extraordinary record of commitment to the public sector in Victoria</p> <p>&bull; Wayne Craig for his outstanding public service to education in the Northern Metropolitan Region of Victoria</p> <p>&bull; Margaret Dobson for her outstanding public service to the Primary School Nursing Program,</p> <p>&bull; Malcolm Millar for his outstanding public service to education in the Grampians Region of Victoria,</p> <p>&bull; Dr Clive Noble for his outstanding public service and leadership in science policy, innovation, collaboration and governance at state and national levels,</p> <p>&bull; Lenard Norman for his outstanding public service within Corrections Victoria,</p> <p>Finally, we also congratulate those Australians whose work has contributed to the strength of IPAA bodies and public administration around Australia. In particular, we salute Lynelle Briggs who received an AO and who is a former Public Service Commissioner and former chief executive of Medicare Australia. We also congratulate Carmel McGregor who received a Public Service Medal for her work in the Australian Public Service. Carmel has also made a major commitment to IPAA in the ACT.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/440/cid/73/parent/0/t/news June 4, 2013 CoP - Internal Communication roundtable with Andrew Tongue <table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" style="font-size: 10px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.6; width: 600px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top;"><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/692/f/Round Table110.jpg" style="width: 413px; height: 275px;" /></td> <td style="vertical-align: top;"><p><span style="font-size:12px;">&lsquo;Internal Communicators should get ready for change in 2013,&rsquo; suggests Andrew Tongue, Secretary, Department of Planning and Community Development.</span></p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/688/f/andrewtongue1.jpg" style="width: 107px; height: 110px;" /></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><p><span style="font-size:12px;">More than 35 Internal Communicators joined Andrew around the table at IPAA&rsquo;s first Internal Communication, Community of Practice seminar for 2013, to discuss and identify the best ways to utilise and implement communication strategies to achieve greater buy in from line managers and employees.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;">Whilst not claiming to have all the answers, Andrew believes effective communication should be relevant, interesting, thoughtful and utilise a two way communication process.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;">To illustrate Andrew identified a number of effective communication strategies, used within his own workplace:</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;">- The Friday Flyer: which focuses on the everyday organisational happenings of staff, as well as management&rsquo;s learning.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;">- Corridor Conversations: Andrew believes in taking each and every opportunity to initiate a conversation with an employee, in an effort to overcome the communication barrier between senior managers and their employees.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;">- Scripting a Narrative: in situations where communications strategies have not yet been implemented, Andrew suggests scripting a narrative which utilises the internal langue of employees.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;">The seminar highlighted that crafting effective communication strategies, involves understanding the context of the communication and ensuring the message is well positioned, planned, strategic, specific and measurable. Utilising a communicator that employees can identify with, will also ensure greater buy in of the corporate message.</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/444/cid/73/parent/0/t/news June 4, 2013 International Women's Day Gala Dinner "Inspire" <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/672/f/women's day banner web page - event page- RGB - 72dpi.jpg" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/678/f/iwdc gala 163.jpg" /></p> <p>On Thursday 7 March 2013 we celebrated International Women&#39;s Day by honouring the achievements of women working in the public sector. A gala dinner was held at Melbourne Town Hall featuring host Jean Kitson and former public servant Geraldine Cox, who shared her inspirational story of challenges she has undertaken both within Australia and overseas.</p> <p>The theme for this year&rsquo;s event was Inspiration and it proved to be a night to remind ourselves of just how inspirational big thinking can be and what it can help to create.<br /> <br /> Our guest speaker was Geraldine Cox, a former public servant, who in 1993 was inspired to help establish and operate a Cambodian orphanage which has now cared for thousands of young children.</p> <p>Geraldine will was joined by writer and performer Jean Kitson who is a legend in the Australian comedy scene. Jean has had an amazing career on stage, radio, television and film, and her success has helped to open the door for new waves of Australian comedians. M<span style="line-height: 1.6;">usical entertainment was also provided by two of Melbourne&#39;s best new emerging performers Emmy Bryce and </span>Shauntaii<span style="line-height: 1.6;"> </span>Batzke<span style="line-height: 1.6;">.</span><br /> <br /> Once again this event was a sell out bringing together more than 700 men and women from across the public sector.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/450/cid/73/parent/0/t/news June 4, 2013 Gain the Policy Edge 3 - 7 June 2013 <p><img alt="" height="144" src="/sb_cache/news/id/728/f/web IMG_3627.jpg" width="216" /></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6;">Successful public sector leaders are intelligent, intensely curious and articulate. They know the way governments work and how they are shaped over time. </span><span style="line-height: 1.6;">This innovative five-day program is aimed at senior government officers and managers who want to develop their policy skills and leadership potential. </span><span style="line-height: 1.6;">It challenges participants to think cleverly about policy.</span></p> <p><br /> Previous participants say...<br /> <br /> <img alt="" height="170" src="/sb_cache/news/id/722/f/1.jpg" width="170" /> <img alt="" height="167" src="/sb_cache/news/id/724/f/2.jpg" width="167" /></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><strong><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/gain-the-policy-edge">More information and to register ...</a></strong></span></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/452/cid/73/parent/0/t/news June 4, 2013 State Budget Briefings 8 - 9 May 2013 <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/716/f/back to back.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 178px;" /></p> <p>On Wednesday 8 May 2013 at the Crown Palladium from 7:15 am to 9:30 am public sector professionals will come together for the 16th Annual IPAA State Budget Briefing Breakfast to hear of the initiatives announced in the State Budget. This regular fixture on the public sector calendar provides an early opportunity for public servants to learn how the Victorian State Budget will influence their planning and programs for the coming year. <span style="line-height: 1.6;">The briefing will be delivered by Grant </span>Hehir<span style="line-height: 1.6;">, Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance. Commentary will be provided by Bernard Salt, Partner at KPMG, and Tom Elliott, Radio Commentator and Managing Director of MM&amp;E Capital Pty Ltd</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6;">Then on Thursday 9 May 2013 at The Dandenong Club from 12 pm to 2 pm the IPAA Regional State Budget Briefing Lunch will be held will Grant Hehir again presenting initiatives announced in the State Budget but with a regional context. The presentation will be chaired by Lachlan Bruce<br /> Chief Executive Officer, Regional Development Victoria with analysis by John Bennie Chief Executive Officer, Greater Dandenong Council.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6;">Table bookings are now open along with group and guest bookings.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/event/state-budget-briefing-breakfast-8-may-2013"><span style="line-height: 1.6;">BREAKFAST BOOKINGS</span></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/event/state-budget-briefing-lunch-9-may-2013"><span style="line-height: 1.6;">LUNCH BOOKINGS</span></a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/451/cid/73/parent/0/t/news June 4, 2013 New CEO of IBAC announced <p> </p> <p>IPAA welcomes the new CEO of Victoria&#39;s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission, Alistair Maclean.</p> <p>Mr Maclean previously had a 20 year career with the Australian foreign service, including as Ambassador to Laos from 2004 &ndash; 2007, and in postings to Washington DC and Bangkok. In Canberra, Alistair worked primarily on international trade and environment policy and negotiations. He was a departmental and ministerial speechwriter, a lead negotiator for the Australia &ndash; US Free Trade Agreement, and a senior policy advisor in the office of the Prime Minister.</p> <p>More recently, Mr Maclean was General Manager (External Affairs) with PanAust Ltd, an ASX100 listed gold and copper producer, with responsibility for relations with external stakeholders, as well as sustainability, safety and security issues.</p> <p>IPAA&#39;s mission is to build the capacity, integrity and reputation of the sector and we look forward to working with Alistair and his team at IBAC in the future.</p> <p>Find out <a href="http://www.ibac.vic.gov.au/" target="_blank">more </a>about IBAC&#39;s activities.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/454/cid/73/parent/0/t/news June 4, 2013 CPSGAP Public Sector Forum <p>La Trobe University&rsquo;s Centre for Public Sector Governance, Accountability and Performance (CPSGAP) is holding a symposium on public sector governance presented by Mr John Harte. This presentation will examine the current governance environment from the basic frameworks of the agency model through the global re-pricing of risk we now term the global financial crisis into practical issues in governance.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6;">The presentation will address the impact of changes governance </span>practices<span style="line-height: 1.6;"> and expectations in the public sector. </span><span style="line-height: 1.6;">The presenter, Mr John </span>Harte<span style="line-height: 1.6;">, is a professional business manager and non-executive director. He specialises in the healthcare, water, primary production and Government owned businesses. John has over 20 years experience in business management, including head of </span><span style="line-height: 1.6;">business, chief executive, Chairmanship and directorship roles in a range of companies in Europe, Australia and the US.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6;"><strong>Date:</strong> Wednesday 22 May 2013</span></p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> 6 &ndash; 8pm (light refreshments will be served)</p> <p><strong>Location:</strong> La Trobe City Campus, Level 20, 360 Collins St, Melbourne, Room 20.03</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> Free</p> <p><strong>RSVP:</strong> Thursday 16 May 2013 <a href="http://www.latrobe.edu.au/cpsgap/register" target="_blank">here online</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/764/f/lt logo 75.jpg" style="width: 263px; height: 75px;" /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/460/cid/73/parent/0/t/news June 4, 2013 Welcome to Gill Callister, IPAA Victoria's new President <p>Gill has been a speaker at a number of <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/search?command=search&amp;search_terms=gill+callister" target="_blank">major IPAA events </a>and we are looking forward to working with her.<br /> Her involvement with IPAA is particularly significant given that the innovations and reforms that Gill has championed at DHS exemplify many of the priorities identified for the public sector during the development of IPAA Victoria&#39;s new 2013-16 Strategic Plan.<br /> At a time when there is a growing demand to challenge thinking about how public administration can operate in a time of change, her expertise and ideas about how the public sector can deliver better value to citizens will be great asset to IPAA.<br /> You can read more about Gill&#39;s experience in the public sector <a href="http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/our-organisation/gill-callister" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/455/cid/73/parent/0/t/news June 4, 2013 Meet IPAA Victoria's new President Gill Callister <p>New IPAA Victoria President Gill Callister gets to see a world unseen by most people. As the Secretary of the Department of Human Services, it&rsquo;s a world that she wishes more people could understand.</p> <p>DHS is the largest department in Victoria, employing more than 10,000 people who deliver many complex and important government services, including housing, disability and child protection.</p> <p>Reports that come across her desk each illustrate the complexity of the problems that public administration is faced with. Each day she reads reports detailing instances of serious child abuse along with the responses that child protection workers have had to make.</p> <p>This is not an unfamiliar world to her, having risen through the ranks of public administration after joining DHS Child Protection&#39;s After Hours and Crisis Service in the early 1990s.</p> <p>Her interest in becoming President of IPAA Victoria reflects her belief that the world of public administration needs to be better understood by the community.</p> <p>&#39;When people hear about a problem in a school or hospital, they usually mediate it against the positive experiences they or their family and friends have had with those types of services&#39;, she says. &#39;It doesn&#39;t diminish the importance of that problem but it does mean that it gets seen as part of a bigger picture&#39;.</p> <p>She thinks that IPAA Victoria&#39;s mission of building the capacity, integrity and reputation of the public sector can be part of painting that bigger picture describing what public administration does.</p> <p>&#39;The people I see coming into our sector from private or community organisations are always amazed at just how hard public administrators work. Any lingering perceptions they have about &quot;cardigan wearing clock watchers&quot; are just blown away&#39;, she observes.</p> <p>She&#39;s looking forward to using her role as IPAA President to provide a stronger voice for the profession. &#39;In a period of change, we need to be talking about what we do and what we can do better. IPAA can help encourage those sorts of conversations, whether they&#39;re about the skills needed by public sector of the future, maintaining our sector&#39;s reputation for having women at senior management levels or the public sector&#39;s role in building Asian engagement&#39;.</p> <p>You can contact Gill Callister via president@vic.ipaa.org.au and read her professional background <a href="http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/our-organisation/gill-callister">here</a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/466/cid/73/parent/0/t/news May 22, 2013 Registrations open for Australian Public Sector Anti Corruption Conference <p>The Conference theme &#39;Vision.Vigilance.Action&#39; reflects the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to effectively identify, consider and respond to corruption and misconduct.<br /> <br /> Pre-conference workshops feature interactive sessions with practitioners to develop knowledge and understanding of: corruption prevention approaches; better whistleblower and reporting systems management; probity in procurement and disposal; embedding ethics; conducting fact finding activities; and managing complaint handling systems.<br /> </p> <p>You can see the full conference program <a href="http://www.apsac.com.au/2013conference/program.html">here</a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/462/cid/4/parent/0/t/news March 27, 2013 Everyday Life in British Government <p>Speaking at the farewell function for outgoing IPAA Victoria President Fran Thorn, Prof Rod Rhodes from the University of Southampton and Griffith University, discussed his most recent book &quot;Everyday Life in British Government&quot;. In conversation with Fran, Rod discussed his unprecedented access to ministers and senior civil servants in three government departments and answers the question: &#39;what do they do?&#39; You can find out more about his book, which Fran called &ldquo;One of the best books I have ever read about how the public service works&rdquo; <a href="http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199601141.do#">here</a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/432/cid/70/parent/0/t/news March 27, 2013 IPAA Regional Conference helps to shape Australia's future <p><span style="line-height: 1.6;">Wagga Wagga will be the centre of discussion about innovation across Australia when public sector professionals gather for the Institute of Public Administration&rsquo;s (IPAA) </span><a href="http://www.ipaaregionalconference.org.au/" style="line-height: 1.6;" target="_blank">Regional Conference</a><span style="line-height: 1.6;"> in March.</span></p> <p><strong>Peter Williams</strong>, Chairman of Deloitte&rsquo;s Innovation Council, <strong>Deirdre Lemerle</strong>, Director and Professor of Agricultural Innovation, EH Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation and <strong>Andrew Metcalfe AO</strong>, Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry will be amongst the 30 speakers exploring innovation in service delivery, organisational change and policy. Speakers will also focus on systemic innovation and innovation transfer.</p> <p>&ldquo;An innovative public sector is critical in order for regional cities and towns to be vibrant, economically sustainable communities,&rdquo; said <strong>Gemma Rygate</strong>, Executive Director, IPAA NSW. &ldquo;This conference presents a unique opportunity for public servants across regional Australia and those in metropolitan areas with regional responsibilities, to explore how creative and innovative thinking can strengthen local communities and build a better future.&rdquo;</p> <p>Peter Williams is a recognised thought leader and practitioner in digital innovation. He began working with internet technologies in 1993. Peter is a former CEO of the Eclipse Group, one of Australia&rsquo;s largest web and mobile development firms and the founder of Deloitte Digital, a business pioneering the delivery of professional services online. Peter currently leads the newly formed Australian chapter of the Centre for the Edge, a Silicon Valley Applied Research Centre. Peter will give a keynote address on scaling edges in government.</p> <p>Deirdre Lemerle is an agronomist who heads up the EH Graham centre for Agricultural Innovation. The Graham Centre is an alliance between Charles Sturt University and the Department of Primary Industries which aims to increase sustainable productivity for mixed farming systems. She is an ABC New Inventors program grand finalist with the &lsquo;Stubble Star&rsquo; invention, and her research and development for food security and agricultural sustainability was screened in the Australian Pavilion at the World Expo, Shanghai.</p> <p>Andrew Metcalfe AO will give his first presentation as the new Secretary for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. In his new role, Andrew leads in developing and implementing policies and programs that ensure Australia&rsquo;s agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable. Andrew&rsquo;s keynote speech will focus on social, economic and environmental innovation in primary industry.</p> <p>The IPAA Regional Conference will be held from 14 &ndash; 15 March 2013. More than 100 delegates from across Australia will converge on Wagga Wagga to network and share ideas about public sector administration across Australia.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="/document/item/1016" target="_blank">Conference Brochure</a></p> <p><a href="/document/item/1017" target="_blank">Conference Program</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.ipaaregionalconference.org.au/" target="_blank">Further details and how to register</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.ipaa.org.au/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/668/f/IPAA logo.jpg" style="width: 129px; height: 64px;" /></a></p> <p><strong>The 2013 IPAA Regional Conference is a joint initiative of IPAA NSW, Victoria &amp; ACT</strong></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/433/cid/70/parent/0/t/news February 18, 2013 Member Connect <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/630/f/m2 125x125.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 125px; " /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/626/f/memconimage 236x236.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px; " /></p> <p><strong>Member Connect</strong> is IPAA&#39;s social networking tool, enabling members to have shared discussions.</p> <p><strong>Who has access?</strong></p> <ul> <li>Personal Members</li> <li>Victorian Fellows</li> <li>YIPAA corporate nominees</li> </ul> <p><strong>Getting started</strong></p> <ol> <li>Login to the IPAA website with your IPAA username and password<a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/register/forgotten_password" target="_blank"><br /> Forgotten your login details</a></li> <li>Select link to <strong>Member Connect</strong></li> </ol> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/410/cid/69/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2013 Policies and professionals promoting mental health <p>Using policy to promote mental health and wellbeing &ndash; a guide for policy makers has been updated and reissued to reflect the latest data and reiterate the importance of broad cross-sectoral involvement in promoting all aspects of health. The guide encourages Victorian policy makers to consider the social and environmental determinants of mental health when developing or reviewing policy. The guide can be downloaded from: <a href="http://www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealthpromotion/resources.htm" target="_blank">http://www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealthpromotion/resources.htm</a></p> <p>The mental health promotion online network MHpro reached a significant milestone, welcoming its 500th member. The network, established in 2010, enables professionals with an interest in mental health promotion to connect and gain access to the latest information and resources. In a recent user feedback survey, the majority of members found membership of the network useful in day-to-day work, and 80 per cent of members would definitely or probably recommend the forum to others. For further information on MHpro visit <a href="http://mhpro.health.vic.gov.au/login.asp?target=default.asp" target="_blank">http://mhpro.health.vic.gov.au/login.asp?target=default.asp</a></p> <p>Or contact <a href="mailto:ming.ding@health.vic.gov.au?subject=Policies%20and%20professionals%20promoting%20mental%20health%20">ming.ding@health.vic.gov.au</a> or phone 9096 5035</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/407/cid/68/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2013 New President - Terry Moran <p>The Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Terry Moran AC as new National President. IPAA is the nationwide professional association for the public sector.</p> <p>Speaking from the Institute&rsquo;s Annual General Meeting (AGM), outgoing President Percy Allan AM welcomed Terry&rsquo;s appointment, highlighting his record of significant achievement at both State and Commonwealth levels over more than 20 years.</p> <p>&ldquo;Terry held the most senior position in the Australian Public Service from 2008 to 2011 as Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. He oversaw work on national and international policy, negotiated major reforms through the Council of Australian Governments, and helped lead the development of Australia&rsquo;s response to the global financial crisis in 2008-09,&rdquo; Mr Allan said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Terry is currently the Chair of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, a Special Adviser on Public Sector Reform at the Boston Consulting Group, a member of the Grattan Institute Board (and Chair of its Public Policy Committee), Cranlana Program Board and Nexus Primary Care Board, and is a governor of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p>Mr Moran&rsquo;s appointment comes as the current Institute&rsquo;s National President Percy Allan steps down after more than two years in the Chair.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am pleased to be appointed to the Institute&rsquo;s national presidency and thank Percy for his dedication in the role over the previous two years,&rdquo; said Mr Moran.<br /> &ldquo;Australia has internationally well-regarded public services which have been a significant part of the transformation of Australia&#39;s economy and society over the last three decades. The integrity of our public services is also admired in the developed world and is a source of national strength.</p> <p>&ldquo;There are many talented people in the public sector making big contributions to prepare Australia for change and reform. I am pleased to have been part of that and am committed to increasing awareness about the Institute and the role it can play in helping public administrators improve their ability to meet the increasingly complex challenges they face,&rdquo; Mr Moran said.</p> <p>&ldquo;I see IPAA playing an increasingly important role in helping public administrators manage for today, while preparing themselves, and the programs and services they deliver, for a very different future,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p>The Institute&rsquo;s AGM also saw the appointment of Sian Leathem as Deputy President (Events) and Kevin Riley as Treasurer.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/402/cid/68/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2013 After Now: What do you think the future holds? <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/634/f/after now banner 670w.jpg" style="width: 670px; height: 197px; " /></p> <p>In future, in democratic countries like Australia, sustaining growth must involve maximum inclusion and equality of opportunity. Brotherhood of St Laurence is responding to this new awareness by launching a programme of research aimed at describing the policies that are needed to promote inclusive growth. An important early step will be to develop a number of possible scenarios for the future. Are you interested in helping develop the scenarios by contributing your views about what may, or should happen in Australia after now?</p> <p><a href="http://www.bsl.org.au/after-now" target="_blank">Learn more</a></p> <p><a href="/document/item/965" target="_blank">Brochure</a></p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/636/f/afternow pic2 670w.jpg" style="width: 670px; height: 210px; " /></p>   http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/411/cid/68/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2013 IPAA President delivers Parker Moffit Oration <p>Terry Moran delivered the 2012 Parker Moffit-Oration on Thursday 11 October 2012. In it, he reflected on the role that public administration has played in the economic transformation of Australia over the last forty years and in the future challenges it faces in education reform. The Parker-Moffit Oration honours two of Australia&#39;s earliest professional social workers and you can read Terry speech <a href="http://www.ipaa.org.au/documents/2012/10/parker-moffit-oration.pdf">here</a>.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/413/cid/68/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2013 CoP: Inaugural People and Culture forum - Transformation and Change <p> </p> <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 600px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/644/f/Summit banner final3 72 dpi.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; width: 600px; height: 217px;" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span style="color: rgb(204, 0, 102);"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>IPAA Victoria presents the inaugural IPAA People and Culture Forum: Transormation and Change</strong></span></span></p> <p>IPAA is excited to launch this flagship Community of Practice event, which will take place <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong>Thursday 29 November 2012 at Melbourne Museum.</strong></span></p> <p>In the current climate, People and Culture practitioners are under increased pressure to balance employee engagement and retention against a diminishing resource pool and changing workforce requirements. Doing more with less has become a common principle<strong>.</strong></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong>Yet from this challenge, comes a unique opportunity for People and Culture practitioners to transform the way we work.</strong></span></p> <p>Join facilitator, Geraldine Kennett, Executive Director of IPAA Victoria, as she provides practical insight into how People and Culture specialists can best deal with the changing landscape of the public sector.</p> <p>With three distinct sessions and a networking lunch, this half day forum provides a wonderful opportunity for frank discussion, interactive engagement and relationship building.</p> <p>The forums opening keynote address will be delivered by:</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong>Dr Attracta Lagan, Co-Principal, Managing Values Pty Ltd</strong></span><br /> An organisational sociologist, Attracta has 20 years experience working with the Boards and senior management of many of Australia&rsquo;s government enterprises. Attracta holds an honours degree in sociology, a Masters degree in social ecology and a Ph.D. which reviewed how the organisational context compromises personal values.</p> <p>For full program and speaker details or to register <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/event/cop-people-and-culture---transformation-and-change-forum---29-Nov-2012">click here.</a></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/414/cid/68/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2013 Local government and the Victorian Charter of Human Rights <p>Victoria&#39;s Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission is running consultation sessions for Councils to give them more support, training and information to help in their efforts to implement the Charter of Human Rights</p> <p>Sessions will run across Victoria in November and December 2012</p> <ul> <li>23 November in Melbourne</li> <li>28 November in Wangaratta</li> <li>5 December in Ararat</li> <li>12 December in Mildura</li> </ul> <p>These are free events and will provide a great professional development opportunity for council staff.</p> <p>To register online visit humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au/localgovforums .</p> <p>For more information about the forums, contact Priscilla White on (03) 9032 3430.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/415/cid/68/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2013 IPANZ presents Auckland Two Years On - 10 Dec 2012 <p>IPANZ with the support of Westpac, Vector and the Office of the Mayor of Auckland have put together this one day programme Auckland Two Years On - A Metropolitan Centre Emerges. If you want to understand how the governance of New Zealand will be impacted by the emergence of Auckland as a metropolitan centre, then you need to be there. <a href="http://www.ipanz.org.nz/Event?Action=View&amp;Event_id=74" target="_blank">READ MORE</a></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/416/cid/68/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2013 Public servants on the silver screen <p>President Ronald Reagan famously said the nine most terrifying words in the English language are, &quot;I&#39;m from the government, and I&#39;m here to help.&quot;</p> <p>But where would Gotham City be without the tireless service of Batman&#39;s government ally, Commissioner Gordon? And how great a debt of gratitude does the world owe a few government scientists and fighter pilots who halt an alien invasion of Earth in Independence Day?</p> <p>Box office hits reveal the paradoxical love-hate relationship Americans have with their government, according to new research from University of Dayton political science professor Michelle Pautz.</p> <p>Pautz studied the top-100 grossing films of all time (unadjusted for inflation) in both the U.S. and Australia for how the movies portrayed government and civil servants.</p> <p>&quot;Overall, these movies offer generally negative &mdash; or at best, mixed &mdash; depictions of government, but the individual government characters fare much better,&quot; Pautz said.</p> <p>She said this reflects the experience of most Americans, who may be skeptical about government on the whole but generally have positive experiences with civil servants on a daily basis.</p> <p>Pautz identified 424 government characters in 134 of the 200 films, which included blockbusters such as Avatar, Titanic, The Dark Knight, Star Wars, Toy Story 3 and Jaws.</p> <p>&quot;Film is the most accessible form of art and has a powerful influence over the perceptions of audiences worldwide,&quot; Pautz said. &quot;Most research on this topic looks at films most people have never seen. I&#39;m interested in how government and government employees fare in history&#39;s most popular movies.&quot;</p> <p>Some of the key findings included that overall, government depictions were 30 percent positive, 48 percent negative and 22 percent mixed. In U.S. films, government received a 26/46 (positive/negative) rating, and in Australian films, the rating was 34/49.</p> <p>You can read more information about the research released at IPAA2012 <a href="http://www.udayton.edu/news/articles/2012/10/government_good_guys_pautz_film_research.php">here</a></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/418/cid/68/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2013 Fran Thorn leaves IPAA Victoria <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 600px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width: 150px; text-align: left; vertical-align: top;"> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/646/f/Fran 2.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; width: 137px; height: 210px;" /></td> <td style="text-align: left; vertical-align: top;"> <p>After six years on the Board of IPAA Victoria, Fran Thorn has announced her resignation from the Board and as President.</p> <p>Fran has made an enormous contribution to the strength and development of IPAA Victoria and we are all deeply grateful for her commitment to the Institute.</p> <p>Amongst a host of achievements were the IPAA2012 international congress recently held in Melbourne, the development of IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s mentoring and YIPAA programs, the expansion of the Institute&rsquo;s Indigenous Initiative, the growth of IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s professional development program and the delivery of our Portraits of Women project.</p> <p>Fran was also a tireless advocate for the Institute amongst senior public sector leaders and her recent National IPAA Fellowship Award is a tribute to the respect she has earned amongst public administrators in Victoria and Australia.</p> <p>We wish Fran all the best in her new position as a Partner at Deloitte.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/419/cid/68/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2013 What now after Williams? <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 600px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width: 225px; text-align: left; vertical-align: top;"> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/654/f/williams 3.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; width: 200px; height: 133px;" /></td> <td style="text-align: left; vertical-align: top;"> <p><strong>What began as a court case about the funding of chaplains in Queensland government schools has the potential to reshape state and Commonwealth relations&hellip;</strong></p> <p>Speaking at a recent event organised by IPAA Victoria and DPC, Professor of Constitutional Law Anne Twomey explored the implications of the recent High Court decision in Williams v Commonwealth.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" style="text-align: left; vertical-align: top;"> <p>Ironically the initial basis of the case, which was that the funding of school chaplaincy programs was in breach of a notional separation of Church and State, was dismissed by the High Court.</p> <p>However, the Court ruled against the chaplaincy program for quite a different reason, which related to Commonwealth&rsquo;s power to fund activities without supporting legislation. In response, the Commonwealth moved quickly to pass legislation giving authority to the Executive to make, vary or administer any arrangement by which public money is paid out by the Commonwealth.</p> <p>However, in the long run, Professor Twomey argued, it may be that the Williams decision will deeply affect Commonwealth/State relations given the range of complex funding agreements that now exist between different levels of Australian government.</p> <p>Professor Twomey noted that, broadly speaking, the Williams case was a serious loss for the Commonwealth and that it builds a stronger argument that the Commonwealth cannot now simply spend on whatever it wants.</p> <p>She noted that much of the previous thinking about the about the power of Canberra had been based on the idea of the nationhood power of the Commonwealth. It was &ldquo;nationhood&rdquo; power that had previously been used by the High Court to justify financial benefits paid out during the height of the global financial crisis and that had been challenged in the Pape v Commonwealth case. Professor Twomey noted that the new decision in Williams had now significantly limited this nationhood power, as well as the executive powers of the Commonwealth government more broadly</p> <p>One important outcome of this limitation could be that the High Court might now view the Commonwealth&rsquo;s use of funding agreements with state governments to be &ldquo;coercive&rdquo;. Many state governments have claimed that the reluctance of Canberra to engage in real negotiations in the creation of funding agreements in areas like education, effectively does makes them coercive.</p> <p>In essence, Professor Williams concluded, the Williams case could herald a new era of federalism in Australia, with greater negotiating power moving back to the states and with greater demands for Commonwealth parliamentary scrutiny on the spending of taxpayer dollars.</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#800080;">Resources</span></strong></p> <p>A copy of Professor Twomey&#39;s presentation and her responses to the unanswered questions from the seminar are linked below.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/420/cid/68/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2013 Sustainability Victoria seeks independent member for People and Culture Committee <p>Sustainability Victoria (SV) is the program delivery agency of the Victorian Government in the areas of integrated waste management and resource efficiency. Our programs make a difference to our environment and the Victorian community.</p> <p>SV is implementing a new three year strategy and undergoing a significant transformation including the way we work with our stakeholders, engagement with regional Victoria, governance and people and leadership. The People and Culture Committee of the SV Board plays an integral role in the transformation through providing strategic advice to the SV Board. Working with SV&rsquo;s Executive Leadership Team, the focus of the Committee is to build a positive, engaged and constructive culture and leadership capability that positions SV to deliver the outcomes it has committed to.</p> <p>SV is seeking to appoint at least one external independent member for the People and Culture Committee. Members will demonstrate significant relevant experience in Human Resources, in particular culture change and employee engagement.</p> <p>The Committee will include appropriate expertise in organisational culture change, employee engagement, leadership and capability development.</p> <p>Expressions of interest must be emailed to daniela.giandinoto@sustainability.vic.gov.au by 12.00pm Monday 3rd December 2012. Late expressions of interest will not be accepted.</p> <p>For more information, including the People and Culture Committee Terms of Reference, contact Daniela Giandinoto on 03 8626 8877 or email daniela.giandinoto@sustainability.vic.gov.au</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/656/f/sv bw.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 53px;" /></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/423/cid/68/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2013 2013 Peer Plus Mentoring Program- Applications Closing Soon! <p>The YIPAA Peer Plus Mentoring Program is now in its sixth year and is delivered by IPAA Victoria in association with the Australian Mentor Centre (AMC).</p> <p>It is designed to provide young professionals working in or with the public service in Victoria (local, State or Commonwealth) with an additional layer of professional development support during the foundation stages of their career, whilst also developing the capacity of our senior professional members and building a pool of experienced mentors.</p> <p>Applications for mentees and mentors for the 2013 program will be <strong>closing on 31 January</strong>. For more information, please <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/membershipinfo/peer-plus-mentoring">click here.</a></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/424/cid/68/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2013 State Trustees CONNECTED Art Exhibition <p>State Trustees CONNECTED Art Exhibition celebrates its tenth anniversary. CONNECTED is a highly celebrated event open to Victorian artists with a disability or a mental illness, offering them the experience of showcasing their artwork in a professional environment. CONNECTED encourages new and emerging artists to realise their potential as contributing members of the artistic community. When the exhibition first began in 2003, 22 artists were featured. Since then, it has steadily grown to many hundreds of entries. Artists who participate in the exhibition have the opportunity to display and market their work, many being inspired to pursue their talent further while members of the public have the rare opportunity to purchase original grassroots art pieces at a reasonable price, reassured in the knowledge that 100% of the profits go to the artist.</p> <p><a href="http://www.statetrustees.com.au/connected" target="_blank">Read more</a></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/425/cid/68/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2013 IPAA National President outlines five directions for public sector reform <p>Speaking at the opening of La Trobe University&#39;s new Centre for Governance, IPAA National President Terry Moran has outlined his vision for the stage of public sector reform in Australia. You can read his thinking here</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/427/cid/68/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2013 IPAA Victoria partners with new School of Government <p>Speaking at the announcement of the University of Melbourne&#39;s new School of Government, IPAA National President Terry Moran has announced that IPAA Victoria will partner with the new School in their &quot;Public servants of the future&quot; research project. You can read Terry&#39;s speech describing his perspective on the value of this new institution below.</p> <p>You can read more about the activities of the School, which will be lead by IPAA Victoria Board Member Professor Helen Sullivan, <a href="http://newsroom.melbourne.edu/MSOG">here</a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/428/cid/68/parent/0/t/news November 19, 2012 Armando Iannucci at IPAA 2012 <p>You can now watch Armando Iannucci presentation to the IPAA 2012 Congress in which he discusses the emergence of a new political hominid: the policial advisor .</p> <p><span style="font-size: 11px;"><strong>Watch his presentation </strong></span><span style="background-color:#(color);"><span style="font-size: 11px;"><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/50044287"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 205);">here</span></a></strong></span></span><span style="font-size: 11px;"><strong>. Armando&#39;s presentation starts at 4.20</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11px;"><strong>The second part of his presentation and the Q&amp;A session can be seen <a href="https://vimeo.com/50116223">here</a>.</strong></span></p> <p>For more IPAA Congress VIDEO presentations from the plenary hall click <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/resources/ipaa-international-congress-2012-video-presentatio">here</a>.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/406/cid/66/parent/0/t/news November 19, 2012 Public servants honoured at prestigious awards ceremony <p>Public administrators and academics from across Australia were honoured today at the 2012 IPAA National Awards Ceremony in Melbourne. The Awards Ceremony was held in conjunction with the IPAA 2012 International Congress.</p> <p>Newly elected National President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, Terry Moran AC, said the awards are to acknowledge individuals from across the country who have made an outstanding contribution to public administration.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are very fortunate to have such talented, dedicated and highly professional public administrators at all levels of government, and IPAA, as the professional association of the public sector, is proud to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements in this way,&rdquo; Mr Moran said.</p> <p>&ldquo;To become a National Fellow of the Institute is the highest honour for IPAA members,&rdquo; Mr Moran added.</p> <p><strong>Recipients of the 2012 IPAA National Fellow award are:</strong></p> <p>&bull; Carmel McGregor (Australian Capital Territory)<br /> &bull; Andrew Metcalfe (Australian Capital Territory)<br /> &bull; Donna Rygate (New South Wales)<br /> &bull; Jennifer Westacott (New South Wales)<br /> &bull; Nazha Saad (New South Wales)<br /> &bull; Fran Thorn (Victoria)<br /> &bull; Peter Harris (Victoria)<br /> &bull; Barry Dunphy (Queensland)<br /> &bull; Professor Ian Thynne (Northern Territory)<br /> &bull; Mike Blake (Tasmania)<br /> &bull; John Comrie (South Australia)<br /> &bull; Dr Peter Wilkins (Western Australia)<br /> &bull; Grahame Searle (Western Australia)</p> <p>&ldquo;The 2012 recipients join a pre-eminent group of leaders from across jurisdictions and agencies, who capably demonstrate the qualities and attributes required of their profession. These individuals have also actively contributed to the work of the Institute,&rdquo; said Mr Moran.</p> <p>Other awards presented at the IPAA National Awards Ceremony included the Sam Richardson Award for the most influential article published in the <em>Australian Journal of Public Administration</em> (AJPA), and the IPAA Young Public Sector Leader Award.</p> <p>Catherine Althaus took out the Sam Richardson award for her AJPA article <em>Assessing the Capacity to Deliver &ndash; The BER Experience</em>.</p> <p>Nadine Williams, Coan Harvey and Cheryl George received the IPAA Young Public Sector Leader award which recognises the achievements of outstanding public servants under the age of 40 who have just completed the Executive Master of Public Administration program.</p> <p>Further information about IPAA awards can be found at <a href="http://www.ipaa.org.au">www.ipaa.org.au</a>.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/405/cid/66/parent/0/t/news November 19, 2012 Key principles of business case development <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/614/f/1 image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px; " /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/612/f/3 image.jpg" style="width: 354px; height: 236px; " /></p> <p>On 3 August IPAA held is fifth <em>Building the Business Case</em> seminar at Melbourne Park Function Centre. Senior advisors from the Department of Treasury and Finance provided guidance on government expectations and ways to improve the quality of business cases. In addressing the key principles of business case development they also looked at how value can be demonstrated in the proposal. The seminar was followed by an optional &lsquo;practicum&rsquo; led by experts from: Deloitte, Ernst &amp; Young., Grant Thornton, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers.</p> <p>The small group practicums gave participants an opportunity to share their experiences and learn how to tell their business case stories with clarity, as well as how to develop proposals for major projects, operational funding and social programs.</p> <p>The event was chaired by Gail Moody, Executive Director, Strategic Projects and Planning, Department of Justice, with other speakers including Joe Monforte, Director, Infrastructure Risk Management, Department of Treasury and Finance, Susan Gillett, Principal Advisor, Infrastructure Policy, Department of Treasury and Finance and Neil Morgan, Assistant Director, Infrastructure Risk Management, Department of Treasury and Finance .</p> <p>The focus of practicums included:</p> <ul> <li>The Drive for Productivity and its Impact on Business Cases</li> <li>Operational Funding</li> <li>Building Collaborative Business Cases</li> <li>Financial Modelling of Real Systems</li> <li>Social Programs</li> </ul> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/618/f/6 image.jpg" style="width: 354px; height: 236px; " /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/620/f/9 image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px; " /></p> <p>&Acirc;</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/401/cid/66/parent/0/t/news November 19, 2012 International Leadership Expert Meg Wheatley <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/622/f/meg wheatley.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 125px; float: right; " />More than 150 participants came to hear Margaret Wheatley present on &quot;Leading through Change&quot; as IPAA Victoria partnered with CFA &amp; the Fire Services Commissioner Victoria in presenting a half day seminar at the Melbouorne Park Function Centre.</p> <p>Meg Wheatley is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, organisational consultant, researcher and is president of a global, charitable foundation which teaches and supports effective leadership.</p> <p>Meg has published several books which include<em> Leadership and the New Science</em>, <em>Turning to One Another</em>, <em>Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time</em>. And her latest book (October 2012), is <em>So Far from Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World</em>.</p> <p>Meg&#39;s captivating presentation addressed three big questions:</p> <ol> <li>How leaders deal with the new reality of constant challenges and frequent crises while not losing direction, focus or enthusiasm.</li> <li>How do leaders lead in a way that inspires people to contribute, to act responsively and intelligently even as staff encounter setbacks, frustrations and increasing anxiety, specifically for major projects, operational funding and social programs.</li> <li>How do leaders lead in environments that may be outside their traditional sphere of influence and organisations</li> </ol> <p style="text-align: center; ">Further information on Meg Wheatley is available via the website <a href="http://margaretwheatley.com/">http://margaretwheatley.com/</a><br /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/602/f/034_2746_30Aug12.jpg" style="width: 133px; height: 200px; " /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/604/f/022_4355_30Aug12.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; " /></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/400/cid/66/parent/0/t/news November 19, 2012 Just one week to go until IPAA 2012 Congress <p>Just one week to go until the IPAA 2012 Congress with more than 700 delegates already registered. So don&#39;t miss out! You can still register at www.ipaa2012.org.au and be part of a great three day program with 50+ sessions and 120+ speakers.</p> <p><br /> Here&#39;s a Magnificent Seven reasons...</p> <p><strong>1. Great international guest speakers including:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Armando Iannucci - writer and director of The Thick of It,</li> <li>William Eggers - US innovation expert</li> <li>Professor Wolfgang Drechsler - leading European public administration academic</li> <li>David Halpern - head of the UK Cabinet Office&#39;s Behavioral Insights Team</li> <li>Professor Geert Boukaert - leading European public administration academic</li> <li>Professor Edward Glaeser - economist, author and commentator on cities</li> <li>Shashi Tharoor - former Indian Minister for External Affairs and UN Undersecretary General</li> <li><a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/speaker-highlights/">[plus many more]</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>2. Big issues</strong></p> <ul> <li>engaging with countries across the India-China arc</li> <li>performance improvement</li> <li>economics</li> <li>demographics</li> <li>innovation and new ways of working</li> <li><a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/IPAA-Congress-Program.pdf">[see the whole program]</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>3. Big Australian thinkers</strong></p> <ul> <li>Terry Moran</li> <li>Professor Peter Shergold</li> <li>Nicholas Gruen</li> <li>Greg Hywood</li> <li>Jennifer Westacott</li> <li>Professor Paul Frijters</li> <li>Ahmed Fahour</li> <li>Professor Ian Anderson</li> <li>Professor Larissa Behrendt</li> <li><a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/speaker-highlights/">[and many more]</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>4. Seven great site visits</strong></p> <p>Get a behind the scenes view of the infrastructure that public administration helps to create, fund or support:</p> <ul> <li>Transport systems</li> <li>Melbourne&#39;s sporting precinct</li> <li>Hospitals</li> <li>Old buildings - new uses</li> <li>Administration in a growth area</li> <li>Indigenous Australia</li> <li>New facilities - new opportunities</li> <li><a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/site-visits/">[see more details]</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>5. Congress Dinners with a Difference</strong></p> <ul> <li>Take your brain out to dinner at one of our six <a href="http://heartofphilosophy.wordpress.com/events/ipaa-conference-dinner/">Philosophy Cafes</a> and think about some REALLY big issues...</li> </ul> <p><strong>6. Understanding the unique working of public administration</strong></p> <ul> <li>Fashion and public administration</li> <li>Leadership in the public sector</li> <li>Public administration on the silver screen</li> <li>Sharpening the regulatory toolkit</li> <li>Public administration in history</li> <li>[and that&#39;s just five of <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/IPAA-Congress-Program.pdf">our fifty plus sessions!</a>]</li> </ul> <p><strong>7. The Great IPAA Congress Value Proposition Challenge</strong></p> <ul> <li>Four of Australia&#39;s most creative advertising agencies battle it out to see who can best <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/the-great-value-proposition-challenge/">sell the value of public servants</a>, in front of pecial guest judge Armando Iannucci</li> </ul> <p><strong>See you there!</strong></p> <p>&Acirc; </p>   http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/399/cid/66/parent/0/t/news November 19, 2012 IPAA Leadership in the Public Sector Awards close 22 Oct <p>Commonwealth, state and local government, as well as community sector organisations delivering government services are eligible for entry in these awards recognising the outstanding achievements and practices of teams and individuals in Victoria.</p> <p>One of the highlights of the public sector calendar is the annual presentation of the IPAA Victoria <strong>Leadership in the Public Sector Awards</strong>. Nominations are now open to acknowledge the important and distinctive achievements accomplished by our talented public sector. The awards recognise leadership and talent in both individuals and teams from Commonwealth, state, local government and community sector organisations delivering government services in Victoria.</p> <p>Award categories:</p> <ul> <li>Innovation in Partnering Award NEW AWARD</li> <li>Innovation in People Development Award</li> <li>Innovation in Policy Development Award</li> <li>Innovation in Service Delivery Award</li> <li>Indigenous Employment Award</li> <li>Young Indigenous Leader Scholarship</li> <li>Leading the Way in Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award</li> <li>Risk Management Award</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/awards/leadership-in-the-public-sector/">Entry details and online application form</a></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/396/cid/66/parent/0/t/news November 19, 2012 Rethinking Public Service Delivery - book review <p>RETHINKING PUBLIC SERVICE DELIVERY: MANAGING WITH EXTERNAL PROVIDERS<br /> John Alford and Janine O&rsquo;Flynn (Palgrave Macmillan 2012)</p> <p>Alford and O&rsquo;Flynn have written an admirable book on the contemporary reality of public service delivery. For most public services effective delivery involves engaging external providers.</p> <p>The work is broad in scope, erudition and example. It is practical in its intent as &lsquo;unequivocally a book about management&rsquo; (p4) and true to that sober spirit, it is usable for practitioners. It is well organised and a pleasure to read for a subject so apparently dry. It elegantly &ndash; and cunningly, as the authors&rsquo; plain language masks their theoretical sophistication &ndash; subverts the view that external arrangements can be governed only by contract for material reward or by sanction. Ultimately, it challenges the inward-looking, superior, attitude of too many bureaucrats &ndash; the attitude that the savages outside (businesses, not-for-profits, the public) can only be bought or commanded, and must be governed accordingly.</p> <p>Alford and O&rsquo;Flynn may eschew that last characterisation as over-blown. They take care to demonstrate empirically against the managerial standard of costs and benefits how external providers are most effectively engaged, and to provide practicable advice as to what works best. Their disarming conclusion is: &lsquo;there is no one best way&rsquo; in public delivery, &lsquo;it depends&rsquo; on the circumstances.</p> <p>At the risk of over-simplifying an extended yet lucid argument, their thesis is that:</p> <ul> <li>services differ in the nature of delivery, in their complexity, and the ease of output specification;</li> <li>the key questions for policy design are who decides, who produces, and of whom and how is coordination necessary;</li> <li>even if institutions or interests only respond to material reward or legal sanction, people are also motivated by &lsquo;purposive values&rsquo; and social belonging - by a sense of the public good &ndash; so the means of securing engagement may vary; and</li> <li>&lsquo;strategic&rsquo; and &lsquo;relationship&rsquo; costs and benefits count, not just finances and efficacy.</li> </ul> <p>Critical to the thesis is that &lsquo;[t]o the extent that they receive private value, [public sector] clients seem analogous to private sector customers, but they are quite dissimilar in important ways&rsquo;(p 177):as beneficiaries, obligatees or regulatees, as citizens, and so often and so much as &lsquo;co-producers&rsquo; in a &lsquo;public value chain&rsquo;. Co-production is a concept which Alford has developed in a number of previous works, but never as simply and convincingly as here.</p> <p>It is at this point that the thesis edges closest to a theory of democratic government, a theory overdue for reinstatement: that governing is different in kind because engagement is intrinsic and that in one way or another, consent is critical. But the book does not articulate this point as it ploughs its sober managerial field.<br /> Along the way, Alford and O&rsquo;Flynn offer astute guidance on diverse public management challenges:</p> <ul> <li>mobilising volunteers, and recognising the &lsquo;relationship costs&rsquo; in doing so;</li> <li>how to avoid corrupting the particular value-add of not-for-profits; factoring in varying business cultures and drivers; and</li> <li>PPPs, noting that arrangements where government is solely the &lsquo;decider&rsquo; and business solely the contract &lsquo;provider&rsquo; are not partnerships in any business sense.</li> </ul> <p>This is a point often lost on Treasury departments who specify contract terms so tight and allocate risk so fearfully as to rule out any additional public value generated in the creative pursuit of commercial opportunities.</p> <p>Alford and O&rsquo;Flynn&rsquo;s concluding guidance on the capabilities required for establishing and sustaining external delivery is coherent and concrete.</p> <p>This book is replete with tables and figures applying the argument &lsquo;it depends&rsquo; on the circumstances, by way of easy-to-follow decision-making guidance for public managers.</p> <p>It is destined to become a standard text in public management, for all the right reasons.</p> <p>Available through <a href="http://www.palgravemacmillan.com.au/palgrave/onix/isbn/9780230237957">Palgrave-Macmillan </a></p> <p><em>Neil Edwards is an IPAA Victoria Fellow and Chairman of the Airservices Board of Training at Airservices Australia. He has held a number of senior public service positions at state and Commonwealth levels, working in Australia and Canada.</em></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/395/cid/66/parent/0/t/news November 19, 2012 Free AJPA special issues on Public Value coincides with IPAA 2012 Congress <p>You can now access a free special online issues of the Australian Journal of Public Administration (AJPA) on Public Value, featuring articles by the world&#39;s most influential public administration researchers.</p> <p>Check it out in the <a href="http://eventmobi.com/ipaa2012/infobooth/13537">Resources</a> section of the Congress app</p> <p>Download <a href="http://www.eventmobi.com/ipaa2012">Congress app</a></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/391/cid/66/parent/0/t/news November 19, 2012 Creative Innovation 2012 - Asia Pacific <p><a href="http://www.ci2012.com.au" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/600/f/Ci2012 400x133 banner 520 wide.jpg" style="width: 520px; height: 173px; " /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.ci2012.com.au" target="_blank">Creative Innovation Asia Pacific 2012</a> is sure to be a conference that changes minds and inspires action.</p> <p>Building on the success of Ci2010 and Ci2011, over 40 innovators, thinkers and business leaders will present valuable strategies, stories and insights to create an interactive and un-missable event of a lifetime. This is a rare opportunity to learn, think, connect and share ideas with some of the world&rsquo;s most influential thinkers under one roof. Inspire your leadership and achieve business success.</p> <p>The theme for Ci2012 is <em><span style="color:#a52a2a;">Wicked Problems, Great Opportunities! Leadership and courage for volatile times</span>.</em></p> <p><strong>Learn, debate and think</strong></p> <p>With over 40 incredible minds including Baroness Susan Greenfield (UK), public sector innovation expert Geoff Mulgan (UK), Google&rsquo;s CTO Michael T Jones (USA), global futurist Thomas Frey (USA), strategist Richard Rumelt (USA), systems thinker Adam Kahane (Canada), psychologist Dr Iain McGilchrist (UK), regenerative medicine leader Professor Nadia Rosenthal (UK), disruptive innovation expert Scott Anthony (Singapore), anthropologist Wade Davis (USA), Li Cunxin (Mao&rsquo;s Last Dancer), McKinsey&rsquo;s Michael Rennie and many more...</p> <p><em><span style="color:#0000cd;">&ldquo;In my 30 years of attending conferences this was the best conference ever...inspirational!&rdquo;</span></em></p> <p><strong>Creative Innovation 2012</strong> includes a 2 day conference, Master Classes, Deep Conversations and a Gala Dinner with leading Australian performers.</p> <p>For more information and to book your tickets for this world class event, please go to <a href="http://www.ci2012.com.au" target="_blank">www.ci2012.com.au</a><br /> Receive a special <span style="color:#a52a2a;">10% discount</span> by using the code WICKED upon booking.</p>   http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/389/cid/66/parent/0/t/news November 19, 2012 2012 Fire Awareness Awards - enter now <p>The Fire Awareness Awards are back again for another year of recognising people, groups, communities and organisations in their efforts to reduce fire and the effects of fire across Victoria. Grants of up to $10,000 are also on offer. Entry closes Tuesday 2 October 2012.</p> <p>The new Awards website is at <a href="http://www.fireawarenessawards.com.au" target="_blank">www.fireawarenessawards.com.au</a></p> <p>Please spread the word to people in your community who may have been involved in fire related projects. Entry is open to projects conducted in the period from 28 September 2010 to 29 September 2012. Projects falling under multiple categories can apply for multiple awards. Grants of up to $10,000 are also on offer for developing projects that need just a little &lsquo;nudge&rsquo; to take them to the next stage.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/388/cid/66/parent/0/t/news November 19, 2012 IPAA National launches new website <p><br /> The Institute of Public Administration Australia &ndash; the nationwide professional association of the public sector &ndash; has launched a new national website to promote events and professional development services to public administrators across Australia.</p> <p>The vibrant, new <a href="http://www.ipaa.org.au" target="_blank">website</a> features a comprehensive Knowledge Centre, lists upcoming IPAA events for all states and territories, and provides members with easy access to the Australian Journal of Public Administration and the Institute&rsquo;s quarterly magazine, Public Administration Today. The website also acts as a portal so interested individuals can navigate to the appropriate IPAA divisional website for their state or territory.</p> <p>National President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, Percy Allan AM, said the new website would play an important role in achieving the Institute&rsquo;s vision to be recognised as the professional face of a confident public sector, fostering high quality public administration throughout Australia.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Institute was established in Australia in 1929 by dedicated public servants interested in and committed to improving government administration in this country,&rdquo; Mr Allan said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Today the Institute is still a voluntary, non-profit, member organisation enabling people with an interest in public administration and public sector reform to exchange ideas on trends, practices and innovations.</p> <p>&ldquo;The new website features a Knowledge Centre with links to public policy and management resources, and includes IPAA policy submissions, national conference presentations as well as orations by prominent Australians dating back to 1959.</p> <p>&ldquo;Professional public servants can also use the site to discover the vast range of IPAA national and state/territory awards on offer as well as the comprehensive suite of events and training programs delivered to more than 21,000 public sector professionals each year,&rdquo; Mr Allan added.</p> <p>To see the new IPAA National website go to <a href="http://www.ipaa.org.au" target="_blank">www.ipaa.org.au</a></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/382/cid/66/parent/0/t/news November 19, 2012 Writing Seminar 2012 <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 368px; height: 244px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/594/f/WS Photo 1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></td> <td> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/598/f/WS Photo 2.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>More than 150 writing enthusiasts attended IPAA&rsquo;s 2012 Writing Seminar which is held each year in response to Don Watson&#39;s observations about public sector writing in his book <em>Death Sentence</em>.</p> <p>Each year the seminar presents differing views about the challenges for public sector writing, including the views of public sectors leaders and professional writers. By tradition, the seminars also present speakers who work in very different worlds, but whose thinking could help create better public sector writing.</p> <p>The session started with Misha Ketchell, Managing Editor of The Conversation, a site that links the research of ~3000 academics with a wider audience. Misha began by reflecting on Australia&rsquo;s rapidly changing media landscape and then discussed the role of new service providers like The Conversation. He finished with a provocative exercise in which audience members were invited to pitch him a one sentence description of one of their current work areas. You can see Misha&rsquo;s presentation <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/862 ">here</a>.</p> <p>Next was a three person panel of public sector leaders, including Jim Betts [Secretary of the Department of Transport], Joanne De Morton [Deputy Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet] and Adrian Robb [CEO of the City of Bayside] They discussed what they looked for in writing that they send up with their approval, send back for revision or send out to their community. They also each nominated other writers that they thought could help public administrators in their quest to improve their writing. These ranged from the condensed prose of Ernest Hemmingway, the hugely popular Twilight series, Anthony Beevor&rsquo;s new history of World War Two and the New Yorker.</p> <p>The session finished with cartoonist Mark David who took the audience through the process of planning, drawing and completing a cartoon, along with the refining one idea down to a few drawn lines and a six word caption! You can see Mark&rsquo;s presentation <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/863 ">here</a>.</p> <p>Following the session, audience members got a sneak preview of the <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ipaa2012/sets/72157626570395617/">Bureaucratics</a> photo exhibition and &#39;<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ipaa2012/sets/72157630187808628/">What I wear to work and why</a>&rdquo; photo gallery. that are part of the IPAA 2012 Congress in Melbourne from 18-20 September 2012. More information at <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au">www.ipaa2012.org.au</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/387/cid/66/parent/0/t/news November 19, 2012 Cardie Time - Why has one garment become so linked to public servants? <p>In preparation for our international congress <em>Valuing Public Administration</em> in Melbourne, 18-20 September 2012, IPAA Victoria has just published <em>Cardie Time</em>, a study of the vexed relationship between public servants and the cardigan.</p> <p>The essay is written by Dr Prudence Black, ARC Research Fellow at the University of Sydney, and readers can revel in its chunky cable knit splendour <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Cardigan-story.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p>Beyond the easy stereotypes, what public servants wear to work reflects how they, and their organizations, view and value their work, as well as broader ideas about the community they they serve. The cardigan story is therefore one part of a Congress session called <em>Fashion and Public Administration</em> with speakers from RMIT University, National Gallery of Victoria and major fashion retailers.</p> <p>For more information on the 50+ Congress sessions please visit <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au">www.ipaa2012.org.au</a></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/381/cid/66/parent/0/t/news November 19, 2012 Snap! IPAA's Public administration and fashion photo gallery <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/578/f/4sq new 236.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px; " /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/584/f/square cardigan clipboard 184.jpg" style="width: 184px; height: 184px; " /></p> <p>IPAA&#39;s <em>What I wear to work and why</em> public administration and fashion photo gallery is underway! One of the highlights of the 2012 Congress will be the <em>Fashion and Public Administration</em> session. We already have speakers discussing the history of the suit and the story of the cardigan, plus expert commentary on how the world of office wear is changing and what those changes reflect.</p> <p>But we need your help to make this session even better! We want to build an actual picture of what public servants wear to work and why we wear what we do.</p> <p><strong>There are three easy steps to help us build this picture:</strong><br /> <br /> 1. During a break &ndash; get someone to take a picture of you in your work clothes<br /> from the neck down and against a plain background</p> <p>2. Describe briefly what you are wearing today and why you decided to wear it<br /> [2-3 sentences is fine]</p> <p><span style="color:#800080;">3. Email the words and the picture to:<br /> congress@vic.ipaa.org.au</span></p> <p><strong>Things to know</strong></p> <ul> <li>Don&rsquo;t show us your face&hellip;<br /> it&rsquo;s your clothes we want, not you!</li> <li>The photos will be on the Congress&rsquo; Flickr/Facebook pages&hellip;<br /> they can be seen by the public but there will be no names/contact details.</li> <li>It&rsquo;s anonymous and it&rsquo;s not a fashion shoot&hellip;<br /> we want your usual day-to-day clothes</li> </ul> <p><strong><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ipaa2012" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see what people have already sent in?</strong></p> <p><strong>Questions/Concerns? Email us</strong>: congress@vic.ipaa.org.au</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/380/cid/66/parent/0/t/news October 24, 2012 Vale Richard Edmund (Dick) Butler AM <p>IPAA Victoria was sad to learn of the recent passing of Dick Butler. Dick was a long term supporter, Fellow and Life Member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA).</p> <p>Dick was in many aspects the classic civil servant. He started in PMG as a Telegram delivery boy and studied at night to get his Diploma of Accounting from RMIT. He was later appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (1983-1989) and was the first and only Australian to occupy the position of Secretary-General of the ITU, which he held from 1983 to 1989.</p> <p>Dick was alert and engaged all his life, and earlier this year he was a member of the Australian delegation to the ITU conference.</p> <p>Dick received world wide acclaim for his policy insights and effective leadership of the ITU. He was one of the lead pioneers in understanding of the importance of the communications infrastructure to national economic efficiency and social development. Since returning to Australia, he continued his interest in policy research, telecommunication reforms and new applications.</p> <p>IPAA Victoria offers its condolences to his family, Brendan and Christine, Gerard and Jenny, Jennifer and David, Paul and Genevieve, Helen and Mark and his many grandchildren and friends.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/372/cid/63/parent/0/t/news September 20, 2012 Call for nominations IPAA National Council <p>Nominations are invited for election to the IPAA National Council for 2012 to 2014. <strong>Deadline 7 September 2012</strong>.</p> <p>The Institute&#39;s Council comprises a President, two Deputy Presidents (one of which is to be female), Immediate Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, the Editor of the AJPA and one member of each Division, nominated from time to time by the Division. The following office bearer positions become vacant at the 2012 AGM:</p> <ul> <li>President</li> <li>Deputy President (female)</li> <li>Treasurer</li> </ul> <p>Further information about the role and entitlements of Executive Members can be found in the National Council <a href="http://www.ipaa.org.au/about-us/national/governance/">Governance Charter</a>. For more information please contact: Percy Allan AM, National President tel 02 9810 6346 email p.allan@bigpond.net.au</p> <p><strong>President</strong></p> <p>IPAA National Council is seeking an IPAA member with leadership experience to join the National Executive as President.</p> <p>The successful candidate will be responsible for providing leadership to IPAA and ensuring that the IPAA National affairs are conducted in accordance with the National Governance Charter and the resolutions of the National Executive and National Council.</p> <p>The President will be required to provide progress reports to the National Executive and National Council. The successful candidate will also liaise with, and provide guidance to, the Executive Director, National and support staff in the IPAA National Secretariat (located in Sydney).</p> <p>The President liaises actively with National Council, Executive, and Divisions, including visiting all Divisions over a two-year term. The President also coordinates the production of IPAA policy discussion papers, including the selection of topics, the engagement of consultant authors and editorial work.</p> <p>Requirements</p> <ul> <li>Willingness to work in a part-time, up to 2 days per week, voluntary capacity with an expense allowance of up to $2,000 to cover the cost of travel etc</li> <li>Experience in management at a senior level</li> <li>Well developed project management skills</li> <li>Highly developed leadership, policy development, communication and interpersonal skills</li> <li>Ability to provide advice to the National Executive and National Council on a wide range of matters.</li> </ul> <p>Please note, only financial individual members of IPAA can nominate for the President position. All nominations must be supported by a current financial individual member of the Institute.</p> <p><strong>Terms of Office</strong></p> <p>The President and the Deputy Presidents shall hold office until the conclusion of the second annual general meeting following the date of the office-bearers&rsquo; election and are eligible for re-election for a third term only (i.e. a maximum of six years total continuous terms of office) (Section 14.4, National Constitution)</p> <p>The Secretary and the Treasurer shall hold office until the conclusion of the second annual general meeting following the date of the office-bearer&rsquo;s election or appointment and are eligible for re-election. (Section 14.6, National Constitution)</p> <p><strong>Nominations</strong></p> <p>Nomination of a member of a Division as a candidate for election as an office-bearer of the Institute:</p> <p>(a) shall be made in writing, signed by two members of the Council (one of whom shall be a member of a Division other than the one to which the candidate belongs) and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate (which may be endorsed on the nomination form); and</p> <p>(b) shall be delivered, not less than 7 days before the date fixed for the Annual General Meeting of the Institute at which the election is to take place.</p> <p>The ballot for the election of office-bearers shall be conducted at the annual general meeting of the Institute.</p> <p>If sufficient nominations are received to fill all vacancies amongst office bearers, the candidates nominated shall be deemed to be elected.<a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/890" target="_blank"><br /> <br /> Download nomination form</a> for completion and forwarding to the Institute, addressed to the National Secretary, IPAA National, GPO Box 904, Sydney NSW 2001, or email info@nsw.ipaa.org.au by 5.00 pm Friday 7th September 2012.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/394/cid/64/parent/0/t/news September 5, 2012 IPAA International Congress - Entertaining Performances <p> </p> <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2" style="width: 124px;"> <h2>MULTICULTURAL ARTS VICTORIA</h2> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 124px; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/552/f/Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne congress 2.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; width: 124px; height: 83px; " /></td> <td style="width: 325px;"> <strong>The Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne (CYSM) </strong>is a non-profit youth society which celebrates and promotes all aspects of Chinese culture. The aims of the CYSM are multi-faceted. Primarily, it aims to educate young Australians with Chinese decadency about their heritage through participation in traditional activities. The CYSM boasts the largest number of active lion dance performers in Melbourne and owns the largest variety of lions, display weapons and lion dancing equipment. The CYSM also has major performance runs in many suburban areas during the Chinese New Year celebrations.<br /> Performance Time: Wednesday 19 September 8:30 am &ndash; 9:30 am</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/554/f/Sapphire Dance Troupe congress.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; width: 124px; height: 85px;" /></td> <td> <p> </p> <p><strong>Sapphire Dance Team<br /> </strong>Breath-taking moves, vibrant choreography and expert technique &ndash; Sapphire Dance brings together Indian classical dance with the energy and colour of contemporary Bollywood. All our dancers are professional artistes in their own right, each with over 15 years experience in either classical and/or contemporary Indian dancing.<br /> Performance Time: Wednesday 19 September 8:30 am &ndash; 9:30 am</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/556/f/Te Hononga Nga Iwi Congress.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; width: 124px; height: 82px;" /></td> <td> <p> </p> <p><strong>Te Hononga Nga Iwi </strong>formed two and a half years ago in a family&rsquo;s living room where they realised that they wanted to pass on the culture they had learned from their parents to the next generation. They have around 50 performers who perform traditional and contemporary dance including men&rsquo;s &lsquo;haka&rsquo; and women&rsquo;s &lsquo;poi&rsquo;. They perform frequently to support Maori, New Zealand and other causes.<br /> Performance Time: Wednesday 19 September 12:30 pm &ndash; 1:30 pm</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/558/f/Neda Rahmani1 Congress 2.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; width: 124px; height: 93px;" /></td> <td> <p> </p> <p><strong>Neda Rahmani </strong>is a dancer, performer percussionist who has been entertaining, teaching and collaborating professionally throughout Australia for the past seven years &ndash; specialising in Brazilian Dance, Percussion, Performance and Leadership. Neda brings her enthusiasm, energy, motivation and colour to all her performances inspiring audiences with exciting percussive beats as heard at Carnival, in the streets of Brazil.<br /> Performance Time: Wednesday 19 September 5:00 pm &ndash; 5:20 pm</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"> <h2>VICTORIAN COLLEGE OF THE ARTS</h2> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/560/f/Daniel Nistico.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; width: 124px; height: 100px;" /></td> <td> <strong>Daniel Nistico </strong>is a classical guitarist who performs evocative blends of fine music from Romantic to Latin American. In 2005, aged 12, Daniel was accepted into the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Young Academy.<br /> In 2011, Daniel completed his Bachelor of Music Performance (Honours) at the Faculty of the VCA and Music with ARIA award-winning guitarist Antony Field. Daniel won first place in the 2011 Lions Club Global Youth Music Competition in Seattle, USA, as well as competing as one of 10 finalists in the 2011 World International Classical Guitar Competition in Serbia.<br /> Performance Time: Thursday 20 September 12:30 pm &ndash; 12:50 pm</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/562/f/Shauntaii.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; width: 89px; height: 124px;" /></td> <td> <p> </p> <p><strong>Shauntaii Batzke<br /> </strong>This up and coming dramatic Soprano has been best known as an Inspirational Artist with her music played often on Australian radio. Her debut self titled EP &lsquo;Shauntaii&rsquo; was number 1 on the Soul Charts for three months.<br /> Shauntaii has the ability to cross genres from Gospel to Classical. With her strong stage presence and uplifting lyrics she has delighted audiences around Australia.<br /> Performance Time: Monday 17 September 5:15 pm &ndash; 6:00 pm</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/564/f/Trio Brazil.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; width: 124px; height: 50px;" /></td> <td> <p> </p> <p><strong>Trio Brazil </strong>is Gideon Brazil &ndash; saxaphone and flute, Darrin Archer &ndash; piano and Tamara Murphy &ndash; double bass.<br /> Trip Brazil draw upon such broad styles of jazz, bossa nova, samba, salsa, mambo, tango, calypso and also play popular standards. Outstanding musicianship and an expanding repertoire have seen Trio Brazil perform at various festivals including the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Queenscliff Music Festival and the St.Kilda Festival.<br /> Performance Time: Tuesday 18 September 8:50 am &ndash; 9:20am</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/566/f/Oh Pep.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; width: 79px; height: 124px;" /></td> <td> <p> </p> <p><strong>Oh Pep!</strong> formed in 2009 through the meeting of musicians and songwriters Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs, at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. They were joined by Paddy Montgomery (bouzouki and mandolin), Justin Olsson (drums) and Stuart West (double bass) and developed an enthrallingly catchy folk/pop style.<br /> Oh Pep! recently won the 2011 Maldon Folk Festival writing competition with their track &lsquo;Fooling Around.&rsquo;<br /> Performance Time: Tuesday 18 September 12:30 pm &ndash; 1:30 pm</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/572/f/Milestones.jpg" style="width: 124px; height: 87px;" /></td> <td> <p> </p> <p><strong>Milestones</strong> comprises four contemporary jazz musicians: Richard Butler (tenor saxophone), Lincoln McKenzie (jazz guitar), Steve Hornby (double bass) and Jordan Scotney (drum kit).<br /> Individually they have played and studied with some of the biggest names in Australian jazz including Julien Wilson, Steve Magnusson and Tony Gould. Together the quartet has been making a name for itself as one of the most exciting and sophisticated young jazz acts in Melbourne.<br /> Performance Time: Thursday 20 September 8:30 am &ndash; 9:00 am</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 200px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td> </td> <td> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> <td> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&Atilde;�&Acirc; &Acirc; </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/367/cid/63/parent/0/t/news September 3, 2012 IPAA Congress countdown <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 600px; "> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><em>Clock visible on computers only</em></p> <div style="background:#000;width:200px; height:260px;font:0px sans-serif;text-align:left;"> <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" height="235" id="cdtw" style="outline:none" width="200"><param name="movie" value="http://cdn.countingdownto.com/c/w.swf" /><param name="flashvars" value="eid=113730" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="#000000" flashvars="eid=113730" height="235" name="cdtw" src="http://cdn.countingdownto.com/c/w.swf" style="outline:none" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="200"></embed></object>ththhthhh<a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/" target="_blank"><br /> </a><a href="http://countingdownto.com" style="font:bold 8px Arial;padding-left:19px;color:#444;">WEBSITE COUNTDOWN WIDGET</a>th</div> </td> <td style="width: 370px; "> <p>With just ... days to go, <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 153, 0); "><strong>IPAA2012 International Congress</strong></span></span></a> adds more <strong>Big Thinkers</strong> to an already bulging program of over 100+ speakers in 3 days.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Armando Iannucci</strong>, UK writer and director of TV series <em>The Thick of It,</em> will examine the portrayal of public servants from <em>The Ministry of Silly Walks</em>, <em>The Naked Civil Servant</em>, <em>Yes Minister</em>, <em>Spooks</em> and <em>The Thick of It</em>.</li> <li><strong>Larissa Behrendt</strong>, Professor of Law and Indigenous Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney is the author of numerous indigenous people reports from Australia, NZ and Canada, as well as works of fiction and, <em>Indigenous Australia for Dummies</em>.</li> <li><strong>Greg Hywood</strong> is CEO of Fairfax Media and a former senior public servant having worked as Executive Director of Policy in Victoria&#39;s Department of Premier and Cabinet.</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><br /> Plus leading speakers from India, China and South East Asia who will discuss how the Australian public sector can better engage with public administration in the India/Asia arc.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/program-highlights/" target="_blank">New formats</a> will challenge your thinking and give you new insights, including:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Leadership and culture in the public sector</strong> analyses the results of 250,000 360-Degree surveys from people who hold senior positions in the public service</li> <li><strong>The Great Value Proposition Challenge</strong> asks four leading advertising agencies for their pitch on how to convince:<br /> - a young person to pursue a career in public administration;<br /> - the private sector that their next senior level appointment should be a public servant; or<br /> - a &ldquo;Captain of Industry&rdquo; to take a major pay cut in return for the opportunity to lead a large and complex government department.</li> <li><strong>Behind-the-scenes site visits</strong> look at major infrastructure that is funded, operated or supported by public administration, including growth area communities, transport infrastructure and Melbourne&#39;s own unique sporting precinct.</li> </ul> <p><span style="color:#339900;"><strong>Come to a hands-free, paper-free event that will change the way you think! </strong></span>Get the IPAA Congress App to see the full program, create a personalised daily schedule, AND read speaker and session backgrounds. It works on <strong>any device</strong> and can even be used off-line. <strong><a href="http://www.eventmobi.com/ipaa2012/" target="_blank">Download App</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/" target="_blank">INFORMATION &amp; REGISTRATION</a> <span style="color:#fff;">xx</span></strong>20% discount for staff of IPAA Victoria <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/membershipinfo/our-corporate-members" target="_blank">Corporate Members</a></p> <p>&Atilde;�&Acirc; &Acirc; </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/390/cid/64/parent/0/t/news September 3, 2012 IPAA Congress speakers and sessions in the news! <p>From Armando Iannucci to engaging with the Asia/India arc, IPAA&#39;s congress speakers and session subjects are in the news.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/education-system-given-a-fail-20120820-24io3.html">Ken Henry</a> is worried about our education system and engagement with Asia.<br /> Luckily IPAA 2012 has keynotes, plenaries and panel discussions on how Australian public servants can better engage in the Asia/India arc. <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/program-highlights/">Check out the sessions </a>on Wed 19 Sept<br /> </li> <li><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/aug/22/the-thick-of-it-politicians?newsfeed=true">The Guardian</a> says that when it comes to politics and bureaucracy - life is starting to imitate <em>The Thick Of It</em>.<br /> Armando Iannucci, writer and director of <em>The Thick Of It,</em> is a <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/speaker-highlights/">special guest speaker</a> at the Congress<a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/speaker-highlights/"><br /> <br /> </a></li> <li><a href="http://theage.drive.com.au/roads-and-traffic/tunnel-is-right-says-transport-tsar-20120819-24gmm.html">The Age</a> discusses the East West Tunnel project, just one of the big transport projects that will be profiled during the <em>Transport of Delight</em> site visit during the Congress. <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/site-visits/">Read more</a> about the Congress site visit tours.</li> </ul> <p>Visit the Congress website <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au">www.ipaa2012.org.au</a></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/393/cid/64/parent/0/t/news September 3, 2012 IPAA Internal Communication Summit 2012 <p>The IPAA Internal Communication Summit 2012 sought to highlight the essentiality of good Internal Communication in business delivery and performance.</p> <p>The half-day summit boasted an impressive program which included public sector representation from NSW (Department of Education and Communities), the ACT (Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities), the Australian Taxation Office and Australia Post. Presentations from across the private sector: Macquarie Bank, Socom, Melcrum and The Art of Business, offered further insight into innovative and creative Internal Communication strategy and solutions.</p> <p>Take home messages highlighted the essential, yet changing role which Internal Communicators play in business organisation and performance, impressing the need to leverage resources and in-house experience to deliver cost-efficient strategies to effectively engage employees and key internal stakeholders. Liaising with management to correctly identify and communicate key business goals, was, according to the vast majority of speakers, the best way to show value and build relationshps across departments and organisations.</p> <p>Dr Louise Mahler injected humour and life with her innovative workshop which unearthed the subliminal connection between mind, body and voice. Speakers and delegates alike found themselves humming, singing and gesturing as one, with surprising results. All were left with a unique insight into the subconscious messages we send through our voice and body language - and took away practical skills to enhance communication throughout their organisation.</p> <p>Attendees were treated to a delicious lunch courtesy of venue, SUMAC, and enjoyed wonderful networking opportunities. IPAA Victoria would like to the thank the Internal Communication Steering Committee for their support and input into the program, as well as all speakers who participated in the Summit.</p> <p> </p> <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 450px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/586/f/008_8194_14Jun12.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; width: 150px; height: 100px;" /></td> <td> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/588/f/079_7829_14Jun12.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; width: 150px; height: 100px;" /></td> <td> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/590/f/154_7892_14Jun12.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; width: 150px; height: 100px;" /></td> <td> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/592/f/160_8501_14Jun12.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; width: 150px; height: 100px;" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> </td> <td> </td> <td> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&Atilde;�&iuml;&iquest;&frac12;&Atilde;�&Acirc; &Atilde;�&Acirc; &Acirc; </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/386/cid/63/parent/0/t/news August 27, 2012 Nominate individuals and teams for recognition in IPAA Leadership in the Public Sector Awards <p>One of the highlights of the public sector calendar is the annual presentation of the IPAA Victoria Leadership in the Public Sector Awards. Nominations are now open to acknowledge the important and distinctive achievements accomplished by our talented public sector. The awards recognise leadership and talent in both individuals and teams from Commonwealth, state, local government and community sector organisations delivering government services in Victoria.</p> <p>Award categories:</p> <ul> <li>Innovation in Partnering Award <strong>NEW AWARD</strong></li> <li>Innovation in People Development Award</li> <li>Innovation in Policy Development Award</li> <li>Innovation in Service Delivery Award</li> <li>Indigenous Employment Award</li> <li>Young Indigenous Leader Scholarship</li> <li>Leading the Way in Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award</li> <li>Risk Management Award</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/awards/leadership-in-the-public-sector/">Entry details</a></p>   http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/378/cid/63/parent/0/t/news August 27, 2012 Future Proofing the State - Risk Responses and Resilience 24-26 July <p><strong>Future Proofing the State - Risk Responses and Resilience<br /> Wellington, New Zealand<br /> 24 July (from 4pm) - 26 July 2012</strong></p> <p>Each year the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) holds a conference to explore an issue of major concern to government. This year, and to coincide with the centenary of passage of New Zealand&rsquo;s Public Administration Act, the conference will be held in Wellington, New Zealand. IPAA Victoria will be attending as an exhibitor.</p> <p><strong>Conference focus</strong><br /> The focus of our 2012 conference will be the challenges facing governments in preparing for and responding to the hard-to-predict and unavoidable challenges posed by events ranging from earthquakes, to tsunamis, to pandemics, to global financial shocks.</p> <p><strong>The challenges for governance</strong><br /> Besides dealing with the implications of rapid social, demographic, economic, technological and environmental change, governing for the future is one of the most important challenges facing public managers in the 21st Century. Increasingly governing for the future involves our capacity to learn from our recent experiences and anticipate and prepare for foreseeable challenges. Future proofing the state means taking long-term problems seriously, managing risk, showing astute leadership, building resilience and reducing future vulnerability. We hear frequent calls for &lsquo;better future proofing&rsquo; as we manage in the aftermath of crises and disasters - not only natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and fires, but also failures of the financial system, pandemics, technological breakdown, moral panics and the unintended consequences of government&rsquo;s own actions.</p> <p>The 2012 ANZSOG Annual Conference will bring together leading thinkers and expert practitioners to consider four major dimensions of future proofing:</p> <ul> <li>What does the future hold, and can we predict and manage it better?</li> <li>Can we realign or transform our shortening policy and political cycles to better prepare us to meet future challenges and ensure long-term problems receive attention?</li> <li>What can we learn as policy-makers and public managers from recent experiences in our region in recovering from natural disasters? and</li> <li>How do we (re)build trust and resilience, which hold our nations and communities together in the face of significant challenges or natural disasters?</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.anzsog.edu.au/events/conference-2012/overview" target="_blank">Read more</a></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/360/cid/63/parent/0/t/news August 27, 2012 Our Reconciliation Action Plan <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/536/f/gals image1.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px; " /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/540/f/group image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px; " /></p> <p>More than 50 IPAA Fellows, members and supporters braved a cold night to gather at the Koorie Heritage Trust on Wednesday 6 June to launch IPAA Victoria&#39;s <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/latest-news/ipaa-victoria-reconciliation-action-plan">Reconciliation Action Plan</a>.</p> <p>After a beautiful musical introduction by <a href="http://www.kinja.com.au/navpage.htm" target="_blank">Kinja</a> and delicious food from <a href="http://www.blackolive.net.au/" target="_blank">Black Olive</a> catering and a welcome from IPAA Victoria President Fran Thorn, the RAP was launched by Terry Garwood, who is Chair of IPAA&#39;s Indigenous Advisory Committee, IPAA Board member and the Executive Director of Freight, Logistics and Marine at the Department of Transport.</p> <p>Terry began by noting the appropriateness of the <a href="http://www.koorieheritagetrust.com/" target="_blank">Koorie Heritage Trust</a> as the place for the launch of a document about reconciliation and with the date of the launch coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Mabo High Court decision.</p> <p>Terry spoke about his pride in IPAA Victoria being the first IPAA in Australia to develop a RAP and thanked everyone who had contributed to the Plan and to the broader development of the IPAA Indigenous Initiative. He reflected on the disparity between IPAA Victoria&#39;s relatively small size as an organization compared to its significant access to resources and networks that can develop and support Indigenous administrators and, in doing so, help the broader Victorian community.</p> <p>Terry then introduced the two winners of the <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/march-2011/and-the-2010-ipaa-victoria-leadership-award-winners-are">2011 Young Indigenous Leader Scholarships</a>: Erin Birch, from the Department of Justice and Kaylene Williamson, from the Department of Planning and Community Development.</p> <p>The Scholarship is one of the 22 actions in IPAA&#39;s RAP and both Kaylene and Erin spoke about the immensely positive impact that winning the Scholarship had had on their careers and on their perceptions about a long term future in public administration. They also both welcomed the general transition of reconciliation from being a &#39;policy directive&#39; into being an accepted way that modern workplaces function.</p> <p>Noting that Kaylene and Erin were a hard act to follow, Terry then thanked everyone for coming and the enthusiastic applause and conversations that broke out across the room were a testament to the solid base that IPAA Victoria&#39;s new <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/latest-news/ipaa-victoria-reconciliation-action-plan">Reconciliation Action Plan</a> builds upon.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/365/cid/63/parent/0/t/news August 27, 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours <p>Dr Alf Smith, a long time IPAA supporter who passed away earlier this year, received an AM in the recent Queen&rsquo;s Birthday Honours. The Award was given in recognition of Alf&rsquo;s oversight of major projects, including the relocation of the Melbourne Market, and his contributions to public policy in transport and logistics development. This is a great tribute to Alf and to his service to the Victorian community. IPAA Victoria offers our congratulations to Alf&rsquo;s family.</p> <p><strong>IPAA also congratulates the newest Victorian recipients of the Public Service Medal:</strong></p> <p>Mr Paul Laurence Buckley<br /> For outstanding public service and sustained leadership to the local community.</p> <p>Ms Valerie Joy Callister<br /> For outstanding public service to the Gippsland region, especially in the areas of relief and recovery following natural disasters.</p> <p>Mr Bruce Andrew Gardner<br /> For outstanding public service to criminal law reform.</p> <p>Mr Peter John Greenham<br /> For outstanding public service to the transport portfolio and broader community in delivering property services.</p> <p>Mr Ronald Wright Harris<br /> For outstanding public service in transforming the lamb industry into a vibrant and export oriented industry, and in leading the development and delivery of innovative services for farmers and rural communities.</p> <p>Ms Jane Margaret Herington (IPAA Victoria Fellow)<br /> For outstanding public service to the Victorian aged care system, improving the lives of many older Victorians, people with disabilities and vulnerable client groups.</p> <p>Mr Ronald Francis Irwin<br /> For outstanding public service to the detection, investigation and resolution of crime on the public transport system.</p> <p>Mr Craig William Lapsley<br /> For outstanding public service to the community through the improvement of the emergency management sector.</p> <p>Mr Kerryn Vincent Shade<br /> For outstanding public service to local government in the Wimmera region.</p> <p>Mr Randall Lyn Straw<br /> For outstanding public service to the community as a leading advocate, strategist and practitioner of technology-based innovation, and for making a significant contribution to the development of Victoria&rsquo;s public sector, ICT industry and research base.</p> <p>Ms Pamela Dawn White (IPAA Victoria Fellow)<br /> For outstanding public service to disadvantaged and vulnerable people; and policy roles in disability, community care, child protection, youth justice and housing, and for her expertise in emergency management responses.</p> <p><strong>And IPAA congratulates further members of the Public Service who received honours in Victoria:</strong></p> <p>Joan Kirner AM AC<br /> Barry Marsden AFSM AM<br /> Christine Gilligan OAM<br /> Robert Rankin AFSM OAM<br /> Commander Trevor Carter APM<br /> Superintendent Richard Watkins APM<br /> Superintendent Rodney Wilson APM<br /> Alan Dale AFSM<br /> Peter Egan AFSM<br /> Alan Goodwin AFSM<br /> Donald Kelly AFSM<br /> Peter Marke AFSM<br /> Trevor Roche AFSM<br /> Joan Steel AFSM<br /> Bill Watson AFSM<br /> Bradley Dalgleish ESM</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/368/cid/63/parent/0/t/news August 27, 2012 Professor Sandford Borins addresses senior Victorian PS <p>In a joint event with IPAA Victoria and the Department of Premier and Cabinet, more than 30 high level public administrators attended a lunchtime seminar with Professor Sandford Borins, Professor of Management at the University of Toronto.</p> <p>Professor Borins has a particular interest in innovation in government and his latest research looks at data accumulated through the Harvard Kennedy School of Government&#39;s Innovations in American Government Awards. Using this unique data set, Professor Borins discussed some of the trends in government innovation over the last 15 years and what those trends show about what inhibits and encourages public sector innovation.</p> <p>You can download a copy of his <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/840 " target="_blank">presentation</a> and you can also download a recent paper he wrote on <a href="http://www.businessofgovernment.org/report/challenge-innovating-government" target="_blank">The Challenges of Innovating in Government</a>.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/369/cid/63/parent/0/t/news August 27, 2012 Follow IPAA Congress 2012 on Facebook <p>You can now follow and like the 2012 IPAA Congress on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/ipaa2012" target="_blank">Facebook </a>to stay in touch with everything that is happening</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/375/cid/63/parent/0/t/news August 27, 2012 Public Administration Research Trust Fund 2012 applications open <p>Institute of Public Administration Australia and University of Canberra have a longstanding partnership to award small grants for research projects in public administration. The Public Administration Research Trust Fund 2012 has put out a call for applications for grants, the closing date for applications is 17 August 2012.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/848" target="_blank">Download brochure</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/376/cid/63/parent/0/t/news August 27, 2012 Congratulations to YIPAA Committee Member, Julia De Luca on IPAA National Scholarship <p>IPAA National have awarded a scholarship to YIPAA Committee Member, Julia De Luca, to attend the <a href="http://www.npconference.org.nz/" target="_blank">IPANZ New Professionals Conference</a> from 9-10 August 2012 in New Zealand.</p> <p>In line with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) and the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ), IPAA national have been invited to send two young professionals to the upcoming IPANZ New Professionals Conference being held in August 2012.</p> <p>As part of IPAA&#39;s National Awards Program, IPAA National will cover the cost of flights and accommodation for two successful nominees.<br /> The IPANZ New Professionals Conference draws people between the areas of 18 and 39 who are mid-career working in or with the public sector, who want to meet new people and contribute to building the public sector of the future.</p> <p>In May each year IPAA state divisions are asked to nominate Young Professionals who would be suitable representatives of IPAA, using the following criteria:<br /> 1. each Division can submit a maximum of two (2) nominees, in order of preference;<br /> 2. nominees must be individual members of the nominating Division and, where possible, an active IPAA Member, particularly in relation to YP activities;<br /> 3. nominees must be under 35 years of age;<br /> 4. nominees will need to have a valid passport;<br /> 5. gender balance is to be considered when selecting nominees;<br /> 6. nominees will need support from their Agency / Department in attending the Conference, by way of recognising this opportunity as professional development or by granting leave.</p> <p>Each nomination must include:<br /> 1. an opening statement from the Division detailing why the nominee is considered a suitable representative and what his/her involvement with IPAA has been to date.<br /> The nomination must also include a statement from the nominee detailing his/her:<br /> 2. ability to write a post conference article which details to the broader YP IPAA Membership their learnings and experience from the conference. The article will be posted on the IPAA website and be published in the Public Administration Today (PAT);<br /> 3. ability to actively participate in the Conference and contribute to the various workshops and other interactive sessions;<br /> 4. ability to contribute to any follow up activities or events on return to Australia;<br /> 5. contribution to the public sector;<br /> 6. brief biography.</p> <p><a href="http://www.npconference.org.nz/" target="_blank">Visit the conference website</a></p> <p>&Acirc; </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/377/cid/63/parent/0/t/news August 27, 2012 Social networking with IPAA Members <p>Take a look at our new social networking tool called,<strong> Member Connect</strong>.</p> <p>It provides a unique opportunity for personal members to have closed discussions. So join in the discussion now with IPAA Victoria <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/membershipinfo/our-fellows">Fellows</a>, <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/membershipinfo/personal-membership/personal-membership">Personal</a> Members and <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/membershipinfo/yipaa">YIPAA</a> (Young IPAA) corporate nominees from across the public sector.</p> <p>As we embark on a new membership year, IPAA Victoria wishes to thank all of our personal members who have supported us and renewed their membership for 2012-13, and kindly request those members who still need to renew, to login and select the <strong>My membership</strong> link there or telephone our Membership Team for help on 03 9653 2000</p> <p><strong>Login and start using Member Connect today!:</strong></p> <ol> <li><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/">Click here</a> to login to the IPAA Victoria website with your IPAA username and password<br /> If you have forgotten your login details then <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/register/forgotten_password">click here</a> to reset</li> <li>Select the <strong>Member Connect</strong> link</li> </ol> <p>If you need a little help in getting started then please refer to our <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/850">Member Connect User Guide</a>. However, I would suggest the operation of Member Connect is quite self-evident and thus best to just explore the links provided there.</p> <p>If you are not already an IPAA Personal Member then we invite you to join now! As a Personal Member you will enjoy unique, high level, networking opportunities across government and invitation to exclusive member-only events. Tell me more about <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/membershipinfo/personal-membership/personal-membership">Personal Membership</a></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/379/cid/63/parent/0/t/news August 22, 2012 Is Saturday a better day? <p>Saturday workshops held to date have been fully booked out responding to our members&rsquo; demand to attend professional development programs on Saturdays!</p> <p>These workshops are held in the IPAA Boardroom with reduced numbers to maximise interaction with the facilitator. Come along and enjoy a relaxed environment of networking and learning.</p> <p>Don&#39;t miss out on these forthcoming programs:<br /> 15 SEP &ndash; <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/working-inside-the-public-service-saturday-session">Working Inside the Public Service</a> &ndash; maximum of 14 people</p> <p>This is an exclusive offer only open only to IPAA Personal and Corporate members.</p> <p>If you have any queries, please contact Jo Jenson, Manager, Professional Development on 03 9653 2003 or <a href="mailto:jjenson@vic.ipaa.org.au?subject=Saturday%20workshops">email</a> I hope to personally welcome you to one of these programs.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/348/cid/63/parent/0/t/news July 23, 2012 Making The Cut... <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/416/f/648 wide 4 speakers.jpg" style="width: 648px; height: 162px;" /></p> <p>Speaking at <em>Making The Cut</em>, IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s annual writing seminar, four prominent writers offered their perspectives on the challenges facing all public administrators interested in better writing.</p> <p><strong>Dennis Glover</strong>, speech writer and media commentator, began with some suggestions about improving the quality of speech writing. He provided a practical check list of tips as well as a number of examples that illustrated how the rhetorical lessons of Ancient Rome had been successfully incorporated into modern speech writing. Dennis noted that this was not to suggest that all speeches needed classical tools, but that it was one way of recognizing that sometimes &quot;logic alone is not enough&quot;.</p> <p><strong>Sophie Cunningham</strong>, author and editor, then reflected on her professional experience at a major publisher, when she was often asked to scan through the &quot;slush&quot; pile of unsolicited manuscripts and the strengths and weaknesses revealed in new writers. She also discussed her reading of archives relating to Cyclone Tracey in 1974, including police reports about the impact of the cyclone on Darwin. She noted the importance of establishing some personal connection between writer and subject matter, despite the challenges this often poses, and the risks associated with a reader sensing that a writer is bored with their subject.<br /> <br /> <strong>Michael Gurr</strong>, playwright and presenter of IPAA&#39;s training course on speech writing, followed by discussing his experience as a judge on the ABC&rsquo;s recent public speaking program. What struck him was the strength of entrants who seemed genuinely interested in their subject and that had &quot;a need to persuade&quot;. It was this sense of having &quot;no other choice but to speak&quot; that he felt connected them to the type of characters he created in his plays. He argued that capturing that sense of urgency, and linking it to our basic urge to believe, was one way to improve public administration writing.</p> <p><strong>Tania Doko</strong>, musician and songwriter, closed with some thoughts about the connections between song writing and brief writing. Whilst speech writers, brief writers and journalists often have hundreds of words to play with, a song may often use less than a hundred words. She noted that good songs needed to be layered, thought provoking and instant in their ability to hook you in, requirements that are not dissimilar to a good departmental brief.</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 650px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/414/f/musicians.jpg" style="width: 243px; height: 162px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" /></td> <td> <p>Sophie and Dennis then undertook <em>The Great IPAA Re-Write Challenge</em>, re-writing a piece of public administration writing. By popular vote, Sophie prevailed and won the prestigious prize with a novel-like rewrite of a media release about the disease risks for livestock after flooding. You can see both the original piece and her response below. The morning finished with Tania Doko performing three of her biggest hit songs, demonstrating how song writing theory gets put into practice.</p> <p>The event also inspired <strong>Emily Blake</strong> and <strong>Gina Suntesic</strong> to compose verse as a way of explaining to their colleagues what they learned. You can see their sonnet below.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Winner of <em>The Great IPAA Re-Write Challenge 2011</em></strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><strong>Original Piece</strong></span></p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/400/f/IPAA Re-write DPI media release 680wide.jpg" style="width: 680px; height: 403px;" /></p> <p><span style="color:#006400;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><strong>Rewrite</strong></span><em> </em>&ndash;<em> &#39;Floods can bring a range of animal health issues&#39; </em> &ndash; a story by Sophie Cunningham</span></p> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width: 680px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 325px;"> <p><span style="color:#006400;">It wasn&rsquo;t the weather forecasts that warned Brian that things were going to be bad, it was his Angus. He was sitting on the verandah, having a sundowner &ndash; well, a pre-sundowner - when he noticed the herd in the closest paddock shuffling around in circles and beginning to sit down. There was more than the usual amount of lowing. First one, then ten, then cattle as far as they eye could see were settling down in the once lush, now dry paddocks that made up his estate.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#006400;">&lsquo;What are they doing, Dad?&rsquo;</span></p> <p><span style="color:#006400;">Brian turned with a start. He hadn&rsquo;t heard Bruce come home from footy practice . Thought he&rsquo;d had the place to himself. Judy was in town at her pil-a-tes class or whatever it was you called it. Women&rsquo;s business that was.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#006400;">&lsquo;Sitting down. What do you think they&rsquo;re doing?&rsquo;</span></p> <p><span style="color:#006400;">Bruce was use to dragging words out of his father. &lsquo;Der,&rsquo; he said. &lsquo;But why?&rsquo;</span></p> <p><span style="color:#006400;">&lsquo;Rain&rsquo;s coming. They know they&rsquo;re going to have stand a while once it hits.&rsquo; Brian sighed heavily. &lsquo;I suppose I better listen to what they&rsquo;re telling me, then. And I&rsquo;ll need you to help me.&rsquo; His voice was deadpan as usual, but the truth was that Brian knew he&rsquo;d been slack. He&rsquo;d got so use to forecasts of rain bearing nothing so much as a sprinkle that he&rsquo;d stopped paying attention. That last lot of feed that&rsquo;d been delivered was scattered around the storage shed looking like so many wooden toys left out after a child&rsquo;s careless game.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#006400;">&lsquo;Damned if we do and damned if we don&rsquo;t,&rsquo; Brian had muttered, in between issuing instructions to his son. &lsquo;If it doesn&rsquo;t rain we have to bring feed in. If it rains too much we have to keep on buying the stuff anyway. Or the buggers get bloat from all the clover. Farming, it&rsquo;s a mug&rsquo;s game.&rsquo;</span></p> <p><span style="color:#006400;">It was summer, the twilights were long, and Bruce spent this one moving what feed they could to the barn, and covering the rest with tarps. Last time it had rained much he&rsquo;d been five years old so it was hard to believe there was much to worry about. He tried to run through the problems his dad had told him about. Water damaged feed became mouldy. The cows stopped wanting to eat it, and even if they did it didn&rsquo;t do them much good. No nutrition was the least of it. &lsquo;Can cause liver damage, Mate.&rsquo; Brian told his son. &lsquo;Or knock &lsquo;em off altogether.&rsquo;</span></p> <p><span style="color:#006400;">&lsquo;Send your mother down to help me when she gets here, &lsquo; Brian said, when he&rsquo;d finished telling Bruce what to do. Then let the dogs off their lead, put them in the back of the ute and drove down to the bottom paddock, the lowest one, the one near the damn.</span></p> </td> <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 30px;"> </td> <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 325px;"> <p><span style="color:#006400;">Judy joined him as he was herding them to higher ground. The going was tough. They&rsquo;d just got themselves comfy sitting down on that dirt and damned if they could be bothered moving themselves. The dogs had their work cut out for them.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#006400;">&lsquo;You reckon it&rsquo;ll happen this time?&rsquo; Judy asked</span></p> <p><span style="color:#006400;">Brian shrugged. &lsquo;Seems like Murphy&rsquo;s Law. Every time I move them, the clouds disappear.&rsquo; Poetic, for a brief moment, he held out his hands to indicate clouds disappearing &ndash; PUFF &ndash; like smoke.<br /> Judy smiled and looked up to the storm clouds that were brewing overhead. &lsquo;Those ones don&rsquo;t look as if they&rsquo;re going anywhere fast. And it sure is a long time since the Angus sat down like that.&rsquo;<br /> Brian nodded in agreement.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#006400;">&lsquo;Be good to have the dam fill,&rsquo; she said.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#006400;">Brian was dubious. &lsquo;You remember last time it rained a lot? So much crap ended up in the water we had that ruddy algae bloom. Cows wouldn&rsquo;t drink a drop. Bloody things were standing in two feet of water and dying of f...ing thirst.&rsquo;</span></p> <p><span style="color:#006400;">Judy tried to look on the bright side. &lsquo;Least we sold of the sheep, love&rsquo;.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#006400;">&lsquo;Spose,&rsquo; Brian agreed. &lsquo;Though I liked the buggers. Smarter than people think &ndash;smarter than cows.&rsquo;</span></p> <p><span style="color:#006400;">&lsquo;But we don&rsquo;t have to deal with the blight. Or pinkeye.&rsquo; Though secretly Judy was thinking how much she liked sheep too. Sure, in a herd they could be stupid. But get a sheep by itself and you could have a real old commune. In a way though, the caring made it worse and Judy thought back to the day when they&rsquo;d run sheep as well and the last drought had finished. The ewes had just lambed and the poor girls all got mastitis &ndash; overdone it on the long grass that had sprung up after the rain. Not to mention the pneumonia and the parasites. She pushed these thoughts from her head. If you were a glass half empty kind of person you went mad around here. No point dwelling.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#006400;">Brian and Judy worked into the dark, and watched the lightening that was beginning to pepper the horizon. Normally that meant fires but tonight &ndash; tonight it seemed like things were going to be different. As the storm got closer the thunder got louder.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#006400;">&lsquo;We&rsquo;d better get back to the house, love.&rsquo;</span></p> <p><span style="color:#006400;">Brian nodded in agreement. And while they both knew that flood followed drought as sure as night follows day. And while they knew the next few weeks would be tough, their hearts raced just that bit quicker at the thought of rain, lots of it. Then the heavens opened up and the rains began.</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="color:#(color);"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">The report back</span> <span style="font-size:10px;">by Gina Suntesic and Emily Swann</span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span style="color:#800080;">You could see the man did understand his<strong> forum</strong>.<br /> With <strong>handshake</strong>; in the eye he looked me&mdash;dead.<br /> I knew it stat; the bastard&rsquo;s real <strong>conviction</strong><br /> His face forgotten but not the words he said.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#800080;">&ldquo;In government, lads and lassies, you must have <strong>substance</strong>&mdash;<br /> <strong>Rebuke</strong> your doubters; your case be argued every way.<br /> The same, we are; you and I are not that different &ndash;<br /> Even in government, every dog will have his day.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="color:#800080;">Truth be told, a <strong>character</strong> like this is rare&mdash;<br /> Few have moved us, and less, have kept their word.<br /> Yet sonnets remind us, <strong>structured</strong> voice and prose&mdash;<br /> Will rise; forever destined to strike a chord.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#800080;">May we public servants now as bureaucrats of yore,<br /> Faithfully, the public serve &ndash; but not the public, bore.</span></p> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/312/cid/53/parent/0/t/news July 3, 2012 Vale Peter Kirby <p>IPAA Victoria was sad to learn of the recent passing of Peter Kirby AO. In addition to holding many very senior positions within the Victorian Public Service, Peter was a long term supporter of IPAA Victoria, played a major role in the development of the Institute during the 1990&#39;s and was President of the Institute from 1994 to 1996.</p> <p>During his involvement with what was then called the Royal Institute of Public Administration Australia, the Institute made a number of major leaps forward, including establishing its first fully professional Secretariat, moving to new offices at 55 Swanston Street, holding the National Conference in Victoria for the first time in eight years, and reinvigorating the National organisation through the recruitment of Elizabeth Proust as National President.</p> <p>The 1994/95 Annual Report gives a good sense of the dynamism of the Institute under Peter&#39;s leadership, with an annual state conference, leadership forums, technical workshops, regional conferences and special interest group meetings. Peter also put a priority on extending the reach of the Institute into the private and not-for-profit sectors, and the organisation&#39;s current strength owes much to his long-term thinking in this area.</p> <p>Peter is remembered as someone who embodied many of the virtues of good public administration. Peter was a Victorian and National Fellow of IPAA and received a richly deserved AO in 2004 for his service as a leader, reformer and administrator in a range of public policy areas, including the labour market, education and training sectors.</p> <p>IPAA Victoria offers its condolences to his wife Sheila, his family and his many friends.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/354/cid/62/parent/0/t/news July 2, 2012 2012 Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management <p>IPAA ACT invites you to attend an Information session for the <strong>2012 Prime Minister&#39;s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management</strong> on 22 May 2012.</p> <p>Has your government organisation devised and implemented innovative customer-focused initiatives as a result of a methodical approach to improving practices in client satisfaction, leadership, change management, planning, governance and innovation?</p> <p>If the answer is &quot;Yes&quot;, does your organisation want to be recognised for its achievements through participating in this year&#39;s Prime Minister&#39;s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management, the pre-eminent awards for recognising excellence across Commonwealth, State/Territory and local government public sector organisations?</p> <p>If so, this is a must attend IPAA event for you as it will provide information on the Awards and how to participate this year, and give you an opportunity to raise any questions about the Awards process.</p> <p>The Prime Minister&#39;s Awards focus on sustainable excellence in public sector management, demonstrated through the performance of specific initiatives or change processes. The Awards are based on the IPAA Public Sector Excellence Model, which draws on the best features of international excellence frameworks and assessment methodologies. It combines these with concepts and practices in a way that contextualises the Prime Minister&#39;s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management more closely with the Australian Public Sector, across all three tiers of government. Awards nominations must demonstrate success against four demanding criteria - not only do Agencies have to demonstrate that they are able to devise and implement innovative customer-focused initiatives, but they must also demonstrate that their success was the result of a methodical approach to improving the Agency&#39;s practices in client satisfaction, leadership, change management, planning, governance and innovation.</p> <p><strong>The Prime Minister&#39;s Awards comprise:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Sustainable Excellence in Public Sector Management&mdash;Gold, Silver, Commended.</li> <li>Collaboration - Joint nominations between two or more agencies or across levels of government, involving high performing projects.</li> <li>Innovation - Initiatives involving high levels of innovation with actual or the potential for highly successful outcomes.</li> </ul> <p>In addition to the Awards, each nominating agency receives a detailed feedback report prepared by the volunteer assessors (on several occasions this feedback has resulted in an agency re-submitting their nomination in a subsequent year and being recognised).</p> <p>9.00am till 11.30am<br /> Theatrette, Ground Floor DEEWR Building<br /> 50 Marcus Clarke Street, Civic, ACT</p> <p>This event will be live-streamed on the day</p> <p><a href="http://www.act.ipaa.org.au/component/com_eventbooking/Itemid,109/event_id,13/task,view_event/" target="_blank">REGISTER NOW</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/364/cid/62/parent/0/t/news July 2, 2012 IPAA State Budget Briefings 2012 <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/530/f/bbb speakers image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px; " /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/528/f/room.jpg" style="width: 354px; height: 236px; " /></p> <p>Grant Hehir, Secretary of the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, and Vince FitzGerald of The Allen Consulting Group, were joined by economics commentator Tom Elliott at the 2012 IPAA State Budget Briefing on Wednesday 2 May 2012.</p> <p>Grant began by noting that this was one of the most challenging Budgets to develop in the last 15 years, with the government&rsquo;s commitment to maintaining an operating surplus, investing in infrastructure spending and critical areas of government expenditure and keeping state debt low. Added to this, has been a substantial decrease in some areas of government income.</p> <p>Nevertheless, he also noted that the media sometimes overstated the challenges facing the Victorian economy. For example, despite talk of a &ldquo;two speed&rdquo; economy, Victoria has been a beneficiary of increased investments driven by the mining sector, and structural adjustment within the Victorian economy has been occurring for a number of years.</p> <p>After reviewing a number of areas of government investment in the budget, Grant also noted the particular challenges for the public service to improve service delivery and create a more effective public service.</p> <p>Copies of Grant&rsquo;s slides are available <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/819">here</a>.</p> <p>Vince FitzGerald said that he characterised the Budget as &ldquo;tightening our belt in tough times&rdquo;. He outlined five criteria to assess the Budget and was broadly positive about the government&rsquo;s actions in four out of the five of these criteria. However, he did note that the Federal financial framework was still negative for Victoria and that there had been little progress in replacing inefficient State taxes with more efficient ones. He suggested there could be scope for States to collectively take the initiative in this area.</p> <p>Copies of Vince&#39;s slides are available <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/820">here</a>.</p> <p>A third broad economic analysis was provided by Tom Elliott, economics commentator and Managing Director of MM&amp;E Capital Limited, a Melbourne based hedge fund. He commented on the disparity between the Reserve Bank&rsquo;s recent move to further reduce interest rates at a time when state and Commonwealth Governments were trying to reduce spending and produce surplus budgets. Tom also noted the limits in the ability of state governments to effectively shield local manufacturing industries from the effects of a high Australian dollar, but said the Government had acted well to protect Victoria&rsquo;s AAA credit rating.</p> <p><br /> <strong>IPAA&rsquo;s Regional State Budget Briefing</strong></p> <p>IPAA&rsquo;s Regional State Budget Briefing was held in Geelong on Thursday 3rd May 2012, and featured analysis by Grant Hehir and Diana Taylor, Executive Director and General Manager for Commercial Development for the Geelong based company CT Management Group.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/532/f/hehir at BBL image.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 213px; " /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/534/f/bbl speakers.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 213px; " /></p> <h2><strong>Coming events</strong></h2> <p><strong>Building the Business Case</strong> - <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/category/building-the-business-case">3 Aug 2012</a><br /> Department of Treasury and Finance share what makes a successful business case for budget funding submissions - including alignment with government objectives and conventions of content, strucutre and format. This seminar is followed by a selection of optional one and a half hour long master classes</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/363/cid/62/parent/0/t/news July 2, 2012 IPAA Victoria Reconciliation Action Plan <p>Our Indigenous Initiative began in August 2008 to enhance the career development of Indigenous public servants in Victoria and to organise the inaugural Victorian Public Service Networking Conference.</p> <p>The Institute&rsquo;s Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) drives the implementation of the Indigenous Initiative; including the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).</p> <p>The aim of our RAP is to promote cultural awareness and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture within IPAA and among members to:</p> <ul> <li>increase Indigenous membership and participation in IPAA programs</li> <li>build relationships with and among Indigenous people working in the public sector through the expansion of existing professional networks</li> <li>promote IPAA and the wider public sector as an employer of choice for Indigenous people</li> </ul> <p>As we work towards achieving our RAP and the continuing development of the Indigenous Initiative, we encourage our networks to develop their own RAPs and promote Reconciliation in their professional and personal spheres.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/801" target="_blank">DOWNLOAD RAP</a></p> <p><a href="mailto:rastley@vic.ipaa.org.au?subject=Please%20mail%20me%20a%20printed%20copy%20of%20the%20RAP&amp;body=My%20mailing%20address%20is%3A%20">ORDER FREE PRINTED COPY</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/357/cid/62/parent/0/t/news July 2, 2012 Governance Week 21-25 May 2012 <p>Making the most of public money and good governance strengthens community confidence in public entities. IPAA Governance Week explores the value that good governance and fiscal management has on the delivery of public services.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/making-the-most-of-public-money">Making the Most of Public Money</a> 25 May - has been introduced into Governance Week. This workshop explores the context and issues often encountered when managing partnerships. Topics will include mechanisms to manage performance, improve accountability, control and contract objectives when collaborating with various partners.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/public-sector-governance-3">Public Sector Governance</a> 21 May - discusses the emerging and recurring issues for public sector accountability and outlines how the different roles and responsibilities fit into the governance framework.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/boards-and-directorships">Boards and Directorships</a> 22 May - will be very useful if you have recently accepted (or are considering accepting) a position on a public sector board, committee of management or a similar partnership. This program also covers assessing the importance of board minutes and other documents in addition to understanding the role and responsibilities of the Chair<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/finance-for-governance">Finance for Governance</a> 23 May - is being held on Wednesday 23 May and no financial experience is required to attend this workshop. This workshop is aimed at those wanting to gain an understanding of financial statements and their use.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/risk-management-3"> Risk Management</a> 24 May - is delivered in conjunction with the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority and examines the Victorian Government Risk Management Framework and current standards for managing risk and compliance. It also provides participants with food for thought: how can risk management principles be imbedded to create a healthy organisational culture?</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/356/cid/62/parent/0/t/news July 2, 2012 IPAA 2012 International Congress brochure now available <p>Click <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/799" target="_blank">here</a> to find details about</p> <ul> <li>10+ Big Thinker sessions discussing new ideas for creating value</li> <li>7 Congress streams to help you tailor your own itinerary of ideas</li> <li>Our special guest speakers, including Armando Iannucci (acclaimed writer of The Thick of It and The Veep) and Dr Shashi Tharoor, a former UN Under-Secretary-General and Indian Minister of State for External Affairs</li> <li>24 program highlights to whet your appetite</li> <li>Details about our site visits program, a special photographic exhibition and Congress Dinners With A Difference</li> <li>Details on our 50+ speakers and their session topics</li> <li>7 powerful reasons why the Congress should be part of your professional development activities in 2012</li> <li>Plus for those who like a schedule - a 3-day program construct</li> </ul> <p>And remember that if you <a href="https://ei.eventinfotech.com.au/ei/rs.esp?id=913&amp;scriptid=HOME" target="_blank">register</a> before 1 July there is a 20% early bird discount.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/358/cid/62/parent/0/t/news July 2, 2012 IPAA Internal Communication Summit - 14 Jun 2012 <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 200px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/events/id/906/f/banner internal2.jpg wep page final.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid;" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);"><strong>Join us for the third annual IPAA Internal Communication Summit 2012 Internal Communication: the Essential ingredient to Business Performance</strong></span></span></p> <p>The 2012 Summit aims to provide a place for those people working within the specialised area of Internal Communication to come together to learn, share experience and explore the very latest trends and ideas in internal communications.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>In the current political and economic climate internal communication practitioners are being increasingly relied upon to support change and transformation projects, manage crises and promote engagement. Doing more with less has become a common principle.</p> <p><strong>Yet out of these changing times comes great opportunity!</strong></p> <p>The practical skills and strategic vision which internal communicators bring to the table are in increasing demand which enables great opportunities for practitioners to demonstrate their value and help organisations navigate challenging times.</p> <p><strong>Now is a great time to be in internal communication.</strong></p> <p>This half-day summit offers you the opportunity to engage with a variety of speakers who represent leading bodies, both locally and nationally, public and private, within the internal communications sphere. Stand-alone presentations, practical workshops and comparative discussion panels will cover a number of key interest areas &ndash; all of which demonstrate that good internal communications area an essential ingredient to business performance.</p> <p><strong>For program details, speaker information and to register click <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/event/cop-internal-communication-summit---14-jun-2012">here.</a></strong></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/362/cid/50/parent/0/t/news July 2, 2012 Gain the Policy Edge <p>This innovative, week-long program is ideal for those looking to advance their policy skills, or for anyone who needs to understand the conceptual framework for the policy work they already do. The program is a mix of theory and practice, with senior public administrators sharing their experience combined with hands-on learning where delegates have the opportunity to put theory into practice and thus gain valuable learning insights.</p> <p>This year the program will be held at Crown Melbourne from Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June. Delegates will also be invited to attend a welcome reception on Monday 28 May from 5.30 &ndash; 7.30pm at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Peter Collins, who is currently a lecturer and faculty member at the Centre for Public Policy, Mt Eliza Centre for Executive Education and the Centre for Ethical Leadership at Melbourne Business School also works extensively with key leaders and was formerly an adviser to two senior Federal Cabinet Ministers. Peter will be at the lectern entertaining attendees with his anecdotes and insights into policy making. <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/gain-the-policy-edge">Register here</a></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/347/cid/62/parent/0/t/news June 12, 2012 Leadership in the Public Sector Awards - finalists announced <p>From reducing the impact of extreme heat on the health of Victorians to streamlining the collection of hard waste through GPS systems or developing a practical social media policy that helps public servants understand their responsibilities when engaging in social media, the finalists show the diversity of activity underway in public administration across Victoria.</p> <p>Details of finalists are available <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/awards/finalists/2011-finalists">here</a> and the six winners will be revealed at Parliament House on 27 February 2012.</p> <p>The IPAA Victoria Leadership in the Public Sector Awards identifies, recognises and celebrates the achievements of teams and individuals whose commitment, leadership and creativity have driven improvements to public policy and service delivery, as well as public sector indigenous employment, people development and risk management.</p> <p><strong>J.A. Aird Award recipient</strong><br /> Melbourne University students Matthew Psycharis and Alex Willemyns are the recipients of IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s J.A. Aird Award. Alex and Matthew received the highest score in the Public Policy subject at the University of Melbourne in 2010 and 2011 respectively. This award is named after John Allan Aird, a founding member and former President of IPAA Victoria and State Rivers and Water Supply Commissioner from 1949 to 1957.</p> <p>Alex commences his Honours year in Political Science this year. Matthew is currently travelling overseas on an exchange program. IPAA congratulates them both.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/345/cid/58/parent/0/t/news June 12, 2012 Vale Dr Alf Smith <p>IPAA Victoria Fellow and Deputy Secretary at the Department of Business and Innovation, Alf Smith passed away suddenly on 17th January 2012.<br /> Alf was made an IPAA Victoria Fellow in 2006 and was always generous in sharing his professional expertise and experience, particularly in managing large capital works projects.</p> <p>To Alf, these projects were always about more than just concrete and steel. They were an expression of public service and through his career Alf served the Victorian public with distinction. He will be sadly missed by IPAA Victoria and our thoughts are with his family and friends.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/339/cid/58/parent/0/t/news May 1, 2012 Building the capacity of our regions - IPAA Regional Conference 15-16 March 2012 <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/480/f/reg logo image.jpg" style="border-top-width: 10px; border-right-width: 10px; border-bottom-width: 10px; border-left-width: 10px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; width: 236px; height: 236px; " /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/476/f/ALBURY POSTER IMAGE.jpg" style="border-top-width: 10px; border-right-width: 10px; border-bottom-width: 10px; border-left-width: 10px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; width: 236px; height: 236px; " /></p> <p><a href="http://www.ipaaregionalconference.org.au" target="_blank">CONFERENCE WEBSITE</a><em> This picture was taken at the conference on Thursday 15 March 2012</em></p> <p>Building the capacity of public administration in regional Australia is integral to developing vibrant, economically sustainable communities. That&rsquo;s why IPAA Victoria, NSW and ACT are hosting the inaugural<strong> IPAA Regional Public Administration Conference</strong> on 15 to 16 March at the Albury Entertainment Centre.</p> <p>&quot;For regional cities and towns to sustain long-term productivity we need to grow and nurture their leaders,&rdquo; said Geraldine Kennett, Executive Director, IPAA Victoria.</p> <p>&ldquo;When constructing this conference, we engaged leading public sector agencies in rural Victoria, NSW and the ACT to build a program that would address both internal workforce development issues and external service delivery challenges.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are looking forward to thought-provoking presentations and lively discussion at the IPAA Regional Conference in March&quot; added Ms Kennett.<br /> <br /> <strong>Engaging 30 speakers across 12 topics</strong><br /> More than 200 public administrators will hear 30 presenters from federal, state and local government speaking on regional strategy, engagement and leadership. Delegates will participate in three specialised concurrent streams in the areas of economic development, service-delivery technology and managing natural resources.</p> <p><strong>Speakers include:</strong><br /> &bull; Glenys Beauchamp, Secretary, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport<br /> &bull; Peter Harris, Secretary, Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy<br /> &bull; Helen Silver, Secretary, Department of Premier &amp; Cabinet Victoria<br /> &bull; Fran Thorn, former Secretary Department of Health Victoria, and President, IPAA Victoria<br /> &bull; Yehudi Blacher, former Secretary, Department of Planning and Community Development Victoria, and National Vice President, IPAA<br /> &bull; Professor Percy Allan AM, Principal, Percy Allan &amp; Associates, and National President IPAA<br /> &bull; Debra Unsworth, Assistant Commissioner, Australian Taxation Office<br /> &bull; Professor Ian Goulter, former Vice-Chancellor, Charles Sturt University<br /> &bull; Pam Davoren, Deputy Director-General, Policy and Cabinet, Chief Minister and Cabinet Directorate, ACT Government</p> <p>For the full conference program and speakers please visit <a href="http://www.ipaaregionalconference.org.au/program" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">www.ipaaregionalconference.org.au/program</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>Wide range of activities</strong><br /> The conference features an exhibition highlighting innovation in local government; many councils from throughout Australia will be represented at this event. This component is open to all local councils in Australia. To submit poster displays or for further information please contact <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/contact">Danielle Gorman</a></p> <p>A conference dinner will be held at the Albury Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen&rsquo;s Club with a keynote address given by Cr Mark Byatt, Mayor of Wodonga City Council.</p> <p>To end the conference, delegates can experience one of three site visits &ndash; Albury City Library and Museum, the Australian Tax Office or the City of Wodonga precinct.<br /> <br /> <strong>Sustainable conference</strong><br /> Delegates and community members will be offsetting the regional conference power usage by pedalling on 12 bikes, over 6 hours. The Future Spark Power Trailer bikes directly input into the electricity grid.<br /> <br /> <strong>Registration</strong><br /> Full conference registration is $660 (GST inclusive) for the two-day program including site visits and the conference dinner. One day registration is also available. To register for this event please visit the conference website <a href="http://www.ipaaregionalconference.org.au" target="_blank">www.ipaaregionalconference.org.au</a></p> <p>If you can&rsquo;t make it this year, IPAA NSW will be hosting the Regional Conference in 2013 and the ACT will be hosting it in 2014.</p> <p>For further information please contact the conference organisers IPAA Victoria via telephone (03) 9653 2000 or email <a href="mailto:events@vic.ipaa.org.au?subject=IPAA%20Regional%20Conference%20Enquiry">events@vic.ipaa.org.au</a>.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/344/cid/60/parent/0/t/news May 1, 2012 Leadership in the Public Sector Awards Announced <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/464/f/winners image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px; " /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/466/f/clap thumb.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 125px; " /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/468/f/crowd thumb.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 125px; " /></p> <p><em>Photo: Mr Greg Tweedly, CEO WorkSafe Victoria and Awards Sponsor with joint winners of the &#39;Leading the Way in Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award&#39;, Chief Commissioner Ken Lay, Victoria Police, and Department of Sustainability and Environment, represented by Glynnise Matthews and Adam Saunders</em></p> <p>IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s <em>Leadership in the Public Sector Award</em>s have gone to projects that do everything from managing the safety of Victoria&rsquo;s 400 rapidly filling dams to a radically new approach to youth homelessness.</p> <p>Presenting the awards, Grant Hehir, Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance, said that &lsquo;as a group, the entries in these Awards are a testament to variety and to the skills of Victoria&rsquo;s public administrators&#39;.</p> <p>The seven winning projects, selected from 21 finalists, were:</p> <ul> <li>Department of Health&rsquo;s <em>Supporting Accommodation for Vulnerable Victorians Initiative</em> which helps the housing providers prepare for extreme heat conditions that are particularlty dangerous to elderly and at risk Victorians &ndash; Innovation in Policy Development Award</li> <li>UnitingCare Ballarat&rsquo;s <em>Karrung Foyer</em> which delivers a new level of integrated accommodation and support for young people who are homeless or experiencing disadvantage &ndash; Innovation in Service Delivery Award</li> <li>Barwon Water&rsquo;s <em>Cultural Programs - iCatch and Our Values</em> which has captured more than 700 staff suggestions about workplace improvements, using easy online and paper-based processes &ndash; Innovation in People Development Award</li> <li>Victoria Police&rsquo;s <em>Health, Safety and Wellbeing Strategy</em> which has led to 40% reduction in workplace injuries to VicPol staff and the Department of Sustainability and Environment&rsquo;s <em>Appropriate Workplace Behaviours Workshops</em> which was introduced to address concerns and stress caused by inappropriate behavior in the workplace &ndash; joint winners of the Leading the Way in Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award</li> <li>Department of Sustainability and Environment&rsquo;s <em>Dam Safety Reporting Program</em> which monitors Victoria&rsquo;s 19 water corporations in the management of dam safety risk &ndash; Risk Management Award</li> </ul> <p>A special highlight was the presentation of the Indigenous Employment Award to the Department of Justice for their ongoing and exceptional work in the area of Indigenous Employment which has meant that the Department of Justice has already exceeded the Victorian Government&rsquo;s Koori employment target of 1.0% and is on track to achieve 2.5%.</p> <p>Melbourne University student Alex Willemyns was the recipient of IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s J.A. Aird Award Named after John Allan Aird a founding member and former president of IPAA Victoria this award is given to the student who achieves the highest score in the Public Policy subject at the University of Melbourne.</p> <p>Winners were announced by Grant Hehir, Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance, who presented the Innovation in Leadership Awards; Greg Tweedly, CEO, WorkSafe Victoria, who presented the Leading the Way in Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award; and Warren Hutcheon, newly appointed CEO of the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, who presented the Risk Management Award.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/awards/leadership-in-the-public-sector/">Further information</a></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/346/cid/60/parent/0/t/news May 1, 2012 IPAA Regional Conference media scrapbook <p> </p> <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 400px; "> <p><strong>Building the capacity of public administration in regional Australia is integral to developing vibrant, economically sustainable communities.</strong></p> <p>That&rsquo;s why IPAA Victoria, NSW and ACT hosted the inaugural<a href="http://www.ipaaregionalconference.org.au/" target="_blank"><br /> IPAA Regional Public Administration Conference</a> on 15 - 16 March 2012 at the Albury Entertainment Centre.</p> <p>Over 100 public administrators attended the 2 day conference conference</p> <p><strong>Speakers included:</strong></p> <p>Glenys Beauchamp, Secretary, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport<br /> &bull; Peter Harris, Secretary, Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy<br /> &bull; Helen Silver, Secretary, Department of Premier &amp; Cabinet Victoria<br /> &bull; Fran Thorn, former Secretary Department of Health Victoria, and President, IPAA Victoria<br /> &bull; Yehudi Blacher, former Secretary, Department of Planning and Community Development Victoria, and National Vice President, IPAA<br /> &bull; Professor Percy Allan AM, Principal, Percy Allan &amp; Associates, and National President IPAA<br /> &bull; Debra Unsworth, Assistant Commissioner, Australian Taxation Office<br /> &bull; Professor Ian Goulter, former Vice-Chancellor, Charles Sturt University<br /> &bull; Pam Davoren, Deputy Director-General, Policy and Cabinet, Chief Minister and Cabinet Directorate, ACT Government</p> <p>For further updates relating to the 2013 conference together with speaker presentations for the 2012 conference please visit <a href="http://www.ipaaregionalconference.org.au">www.ipaaregionalconference.org.au</a></p> <h2>Click to enlarge or play ....</h2> </td> <td style="vertical-align: top; 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" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/506/f/regional4.JPG" style="width: 125px; height: 125px; " /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2><a href="/document/item/771" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/488/f/2AY radio station.jpg" style="width: 120px; height: 58px; " /></a></h2> <p><a href="/document/item/772" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/482/f/p10 Border Mail 15 March 2012.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 219px; " /></a> <span style="color:#fff;">- </span> <a href="/document/item/774" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/484/f/p24 Border Mail 16 March 2012.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 273px; " /></a> <span style="color:#fff;">-</span><a href="/document/item/773" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/486/f/p23 Border Mail 16 March 2012.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 207px; " /></a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/355/cid/60/parent/0/t/news May 1, 2012 700 Public Administrators INSPIRED at IPAA International Women's Day Gala Dinner <p>L-R Sarah Moir, Kerrianne Cox, Rachael Robertson centre stage at Melbourne Town Hall.</p> <p>Over 700 Victorian Public Administrators celebrated International Women&#39;s Day at Melbourne Town Hall on Thursday 8 March 2012. The &quot;Inspire&quot; Gala Dinner truly did inspire with highlight presentations and performances by inspirational women. The evening commenced with an energizing performance by internationally renowned classically trained violinist Sarah Moir. IPAA President Fran Thorn followed by introducing Expedition Leader and former Victorian public servant Rachael Robertson, who spoke on the challenges of leading a large team remotely and overcoming adversity. Rachael&#39;s presentation concluded with a slide show highlighting some key reflections of her 18-month journey.</p> <p>Kerrianne Cox, an indigenous singer, songwriter and community leader spoke of her journey, choices made, lessons learnt and opportunities seized. Kerrianne spoke of the importance of staying true to oneself and never giving up. Kerrianne then shared her amazing vocal talents in an intimate setting amongst guests. The evening concluded with a tribute to female artists by Sarah Moir.</p> <p>IPAA would like to acknowledge the support of our event sponsors, who made this evening possible. </p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="279" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/38416898?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="398"></iframe></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/302/f/kpmg logo.jpg" style="width: 90px; height: 35px; " /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/300/f/racv logo.jpg" style="width: 63px; height: 35px; " /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/294/f/Wallage Executive_RGB_Strapline.jpg" style="width: 97px; height: 35px; " /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/298/f/Regent Logo.jpg" style="width: 79px; height: 35px; " /></p>   http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/350/cid/60/parent/0/t/news May 1, 2012 Local governments join IPAA <p>IPAA has been progressively strengthening it&#39;s relevance to local government. The local government representative on our Board is Kerry Thompson, CEO, Wyndham City Council. Local government membership has now grown to 17 councils and we look forward to welcoming many more in the coming months.</p> <p><strong>Local governments are joining IPAA to:</strong></p> <ul> <li>learn <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/how-government-works">How Government Works</a></li> <li>meet and network across the public sector at IPAA <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events">events</a> and <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional">courses</a></li> <li>get involved in the <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/membershipinfo/corporate-membership">governance</a> of IPAA</li> <li>involve their young professionals in our <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/membershipinfo/yipaa">YIPAA</a> program</li> </ul> <p><strong>Local government members already include:</strong><br /> Ballarat City Council<br /> Banyule City Council<br /> Bayside City Council<br /> Boroondara City Council<br /> Colac Otway Shire Council<br /> Darebin City Council<br /> Glen Eira City Council<br /> Greater Dandenong City Council<br /> Maribyrnong City Council<br /> Melbourne City Council<br /> Monash City Council<br /> Moonee Valley City Council<br /> Moreland City Council<br /> Port Phillip City Council<br /> Whittlesea City Council<br /> Wyndham City Council<br /> Yarra Ranges Shire Council</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/351/cid/60/parent/0/t/news May 1, 2012 MAV Workshop 'Rescuing Policy' - 29 March <p>The Municipal Association of Victoria are holding a workshop, &lsquo;<strong>Rescuing Policy: The new public engagement framework for the 21st century</strong>&rsquo; (co-convened by the Canadian Public Policy Forum). This workshop will explore new ways of engaging citizens in service delivery, highlighting results from the ground-breaking Australian Co-design project involving 3 levels of government working with citizens and local providers to generate a new service vision.</p> <p>This workshop highlights results from the ground-breaking Australian Co-design project where 3 levels of government have worked with citizens and local providers to generate a new service vision for the nation: moving from delivering services to customers to designing with services with the community.</p> <p><strong>Date</strong>: Thursday, March 29<br /> <strong>Location</strong>: MAV office, level 11, 60 Collins Street, Melbourne<br /> <strong>Time</strong>: 10.30am to 3.30pm<br /> <strong>Cost</strong>: $286 (incl. GST)</p> <p>The workshop, facilitated by Dr Don Lenihan, the Canadian Public Policy Forum&rsquo;s Vice President, Engagement, is based on Don&rsquo;s recent book <em>Rescuing Policy</em>. The book contains a timely and innovative re-thinking of the policy process, based on the Public Engagement Project, an 18-month, cross country dialogue that involved nine federal, provincial and municipal governments in Canada. In Australia, the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) have completed pilots in nine locations, adopting the co-design principles of Dr Lenihan, who was highly involved as an advisor for the project.</p> <p>Each workshop attendee will receive a copy of Dr Lenihan&rsquo;s new book.</p> <p><strong>What will you learn?</strong><br /> Each workshop provides a practical, learning-intensive introduction to the Canadian Public Policy Forum&rsquo;s approach to public engagement, based on first-hand experience through original case studies. The process will focus on six basic questions:<br /> &bull; What&rsquo;s wrong with the policy process?<br /> &bull; What is public engagement?<br /> &bull; How can we ensure public engagement processes work well?<br /> &bull; How can we evaluate them?<br /> &bull; How can we begin using them to change policy development, communications and service delivery?<br /> &bull; What are new ways of effectively engaging citizens in service delivery?</p> <p><a href="http://www.mav.asn.au/events/Pages/Rescuing-policy-the-new-public-engagement-framework-for-the-21st-century-26032012.aspx">E</a><a href="http://www.mav.asn.au/events/Pages/Rescuing-policy-the-new-public-engagement-framework-for-the-21st-century-26032012.aspx" target="_blank">vent details and registration</a></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/352/cid/60/parent/0/t/news May 1, 2012 IPAA 2012 Congress continues to grow <p><a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/">CONGRESS WEBSITE</a> | <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/799">DOWNLOAD PROGRAM</a></p> <p>With five months to go, the IPAA2012 International Congress on 18-20 September is continuing to grow into being the event for public servants in 2012. We now have 120 speakers in 50 sessions over 3 days.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/march-2012/ipaa2012-congress---insights-into-public-administration-in-the-super-states">Last month</a>, we highlighted two international speakers who will give you their unique perspectives on two of Australia&#39;s most important trading partners: China and India.</p> <p>But while China and India experience high levels of growth, other countries are facing the challenges of administering in a time of fiscal austerity. That&#39;s why our international line up also includes <a href="http://pia.gmu.edu/people/pposner">Professor Paul Posner</a>, former President of the American Society for Public Administration and Managing Director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, who will tell us why he is optimistic - not pessimistic - about the ability of public administration system to respond to economic crises.</p> <p>He will be joined by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfgang_Drechsler">Professor Wolfgang Drechsler</a>, former advisor to the German government, during the re-unification process of East and West Germany, and to the Estonian Government, as it radically reduced government expenditure to become the most recent country to join the Euro zone</p> <p>The Congress will also have a strong focus on how we can improve public sector performance. Peter Shergold and Terry Moran will discuss their perspectives on the need for change in the way the public service operates, Professor Paul Frijters from University of Queensland will help you understand the tools of behavioural economics, and Jennifer Westacott, Glyn Davis, and Greg Hywood, whose careers inside and outside the public service have given them unique perspectives, will reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the public service.</p> <p>That&#39;s just ten of the more than fifty speakers who have now confirmed their involvement in the Congress. You can learn more about this unique event at the <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/">Congress website</a> and if you register <a href="https://ei.eventinfotech.com.au/ei/rs.esp?id=913&amp;scriptid=HOME">now</a> you will get a 20% earlybird discount!</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/349/cid/60/parent/0/t/news March 9, 2012 IPAA2012 Congress - Insights into public administration in the super-states <p>Australia&#39;s economic future depends heavily on our relationships with the economic and demographic giants that live in our region. Two major international speakers at IPAA&#39;s 2012 <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/">International Congress</a> in Melbourne 18-20 September 2012 will offer Australian administrators unique insights into public administration in China and India:<br /> &bull; <strong>Professor Daniel Bell </strong>is Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy and Director of the Center for International and Comparative Political Philosophy at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He has particularly interesting ideas about the <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/the-chinese-confucian-party/article1475141/singlepage/#articlecontent">growing official interest in Confucianism</a>, as a way of understanding public administration in China<br /> &bull; <strong>Shashi Tharoor </strong>is former Indian Minister for External Affairs and United Nations Under Secretary General. India&#39;s public service serves more than 1 billion people, in a political framework that shares similarities with Australia. But while Australia&#39;s average economic growth rate over the last few years has been 3%, India has grown at around 8%. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GbsrsD2fzE">Drawing on his experience</a>, Dr Tharoor will look at the challenges facing public administrators working in India and in international bodies like United Nations.<br /> Other Congress highlights include:<br /> &bull; <strong>Secrecy and Public Administration </strong>with Dennis Richardson, former Director General of ASIO and Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade<br /> &bull; <strong>What An Anthropologist Sees When She Looks At Public Servants</strong> with Professor Tess Lea, University of Sydney<br /> &bull; <strong>A History Of Public Administration In Ten Objects </strong>with Robyn Annear, author of Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne<br /> &bull; and lots <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/program-highlights/">more</a></p> <p>If you register now you are eligible for a <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/about-congress/costs/">huge Early Bird discount</a>.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/342/cid/58/parent/0/t/news March 9, 2012 IPAA National Vice President receives Public Service Medal <p>Mr Yehudi Blacher, National Vice President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, was recognised as part of the Australia Day 2012 Honours List.</p> <p>Mr Blacher received the Public Service Medal for his outstanding service in the instigation, promotion and implementation of innovative reforms in public administration.</p> <p>In congratulating Yehudi, National President Percy Allan AM highlighted Mr Blacher&rsquo;s career in the Victorian public sector which spanned more than 30 years.</p> <p>&ldquo;Mr Blacher delivered significant improvements in the structure and services of local government, greater state government support for the community sector, and greater integration in planning for land use and transport over his 30 years of service&rdquo;, Mr Allan said.</p> <p>&ldquo;He was also instrumental in improving responsiveness to industry and the community on the planning system while pioneering new ways of thinking about how government works, some of which have evolved into national benchmarks.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mr Blacher, who also played a critical leadership role in the successful delivery of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, said &ldquo;You don&rsquo;t expect these things for working within your profession. I am very proud.&rdquo;</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/341/cid/58/parent/0/t/news March 9, 2012 2012 Mentoring Program- Application Period Extended <p>Applications to be part of the 2012 Peer Plus Mentoring Program, run by IPAA in conjunction with the Australian Mentor Centre, are underway. The cut-off date has been extended to Wednesday 25 January to allow for those last-minute applications!</p> <p>The Peer Plus Program matches senior professionals with extensive experience in the VPS with young professionals in the early stages of working in or with the VPS. To find out more, including eligibility crieria and how to apply, please visit our webpage which can be accessed by clicking <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/membershipinfo/peer-plus-mentoring">here</a>.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/340/cid/58/parent/0/t/news March 9, 2012 Terry is tops <p>Mr Terry Moran, IPAA Fellow and former secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia&#39;s top public servant, was recognised in the Australia Day 2012 Honours List.</p> <p>Mr Moran has been at the heart of Federal and State governments in Australia for over 20 years and was one of just five people to receive our top award, the AC, namely the Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia.</p> <p>Other AC&#39;s went to a High Court judge, an international conductor and musician, and to two state governors.</p> <p>Mr Moran received his award for eminent service to the community through public sector leadership, as a significant contributor to policy development, program delivery and effective governance, and to the implementation of contemporary government administration.</p> <p>Mr Moran insists the formation of good public policy is a team effort. He says, &quot;It is a great honour but for me it is a recognition of the work of lots of public servants, not just me,&quot; and &quot;Australians sometimes lose track of how many talented people there are in the public sector who make big contributions to preparing Australia for change and reform.&quot;</p> <p>Mr Moran said &quot;I think Ministers haven&#39;t realised the extent to which, in the case of most departments, policy work and management have become much more complex and have required an improvement in the skills base of public servants,&quot; and he says &quot;We should be proud of our public service and I am proud to have been a part of it.&quot;</p> <p>IPAA Victoria commends and congratulates Mr Terry Moran AC.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/343/cid/58/parent/0/t/news March 9, 2012 New Chair of Council of Australasian Museum Directors <p>Museum Victoria Chief Executive Officer Dr Patrick Greene has been appointed the new Chair of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors (CAMD).</p> <p>CAMD brings together the leaders of the major national, state and regional museums in Australia and New Zealand. CAMD&rsquo;s 21 museums operate in 67 locations across Australia and New Zealand and include natural science and social history museums, industry and technology collections, science centres, combined museums and art galleries, heritage houses and outdoor museum sites.</p> <p>CAMD former Chair Ms Margaret Anderson said Dr Greene was elected by his peers at the CAMD annual general meeting in Christchurch, New Zealand.</p> <p>&ldquo;Dr Greene is a highly respected figure in the museum world, both in Australia and internationally, and will bring a wealth of experience to the position,&rdquo; said Ms Anderson.</p> <p>Under Dr Greene&rsquo;s management, Museum Victoria has become Australia&rsquo;s largest museums organisation and now experiences record visitation numbers. With venues including Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Immigration Museum, in addition to the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and IMAX Melbourne Museum, Museum Victoria has become both a major cultural tourist destination and a source of academic authority.</p> <p>In addition to this appointment, Dr Greene was also recently announced as CEO of the Year at the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) Awards. The AHRI Awards recognise outstanding individuals and organisations that have demonstrated excellence in the contributions they have made to their business, as well as to the HR profession.</p> <p>Dr Greene completed his PhD in Archaeology in 1986 from the University of Leeds. He received an OBE in 1991 and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Salford University in 1997. He took up the position of CEO of Museum Victoria in August 2001.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/338/cid/58/parent/0/t/news February 6, 2012 Congratulations 2011 YIPAA Mentoring Group <p>Committed Mentors and Mentees who were part of the 2011 YIPAA Peer Plus Mentor Program convened on Monday the 28th of November to celebrate a valuable year of learning and development.</p> <p>The Peer Plus Program is now in its 5th year and is run by IPAA in partnership with the Australian mentor Centre. The Program is designed to provide young public service professionals with an additional layer of career and professional development support during their foundation stages of service with the public sector, while building a pool of experienced mentors to strengthen the mentoring culture within YIPAA.</p> <p>On Monday the group was able to reflect on the year and the program, particularly in light of the evaluation survey feedback that was collected. Four participants formally shared with the group, considering what they had personally learned through their mentoring experience and offering insights into the successes and indeed the challenges they faced throughout the year. The insights shared were illuminating and valuable for the group and the coordination team. Later in the evening, professional networking expert, Ron Gibson, joined the group to deliver an incredibly engaging presentation on how to develop and maintain professional networks, which many of the YIPAA mentees, in particular, found beneficial.</p> <p>The 2012 Peer Plus Mentoring Program will begin formally in March next year, and registrations are open until the 20th of January. For more information please click <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/membershipinfo/peer-plus-mentoring">here</a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/336/cid/56/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2012 Gain the Policy Edge 5-day intensive <p>Bookings are now open for the 28 November to 2 December <em>Gain the Policy Edge</em> 5-day intensive. Numbers are restricted to 50 participants and places have already started to fill.</p> <p>For the past 12 years <em>Gain the Policy Edge</em> has been a right of passage for senior public sector policy makers. The program is ideal for those who are looking to advance their existing policy skills, or for anyone who needs to understand the conceptual framework for the policy work they already do.</p> <p>This innovative program is aimed at senior government officers and managers who want to develop their policy skills and leadership potential.</p> <p>It challenges participants to think cleverly about policy.</p> <p><strong>Previous participants say:</strong></p> <p><em>&lsquo;I liked the role plays and group work - even though challenging! &#39;Gain the Policy Edge&#39; provided a good opportunity to listen to high profile government figures (past &amp; present)&rsquo;.</em><br /> Tracey Mander - Senior Project Officer, Department of Health</p> <p><em>&#39;Being relatively new to the public sector, &#39;Gain the Policy Edge&#39; helped me create good policy and understand the interaction of policy and government. Best facilitators I have had on a course and a good opportunity to build networks with other participants.&#39;</em><br /> Andrew Crow - Manager Post Acute Services, Metropolitan Health and Aged Care Services, Department of Human Services</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/gain-the-policy-edge">Register now</a></strong></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/315/cid/56/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2012 George Megalogenis - plotting our political landscape <p>Speaking to more than two hundred people, George Megalogenis presented the third of IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s <em>Perspectives</em> seminars on 7 September 2011 that offers public administrators the opportunity hear from, and question, Australia&rsquo;s leading political journalists.</p> <p>In a wide ranging and deeply analytical presentation, George Megalogenis argued that the current political climate in Australia was without historical parallel. He suggested that the public desire for a political &ldquo;messiah&rdquo; figure had never been stronger and was leading to extraordinary volatility in political leadership and public opinion.</p> <p>He reflected that it was only since 2001 that political lobby groups had been able to effectively construct alternative political realities, using the new tools created by information technology. Even in this short period, he argued, these new tools have changed the way that reporters cover major new public policy announcement, with less focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the new policy and a greater focus on the response of affected interest groups.</p> <p>He described these changes as being similar to &ldquo;white noise&rdquo; and creating the sense that &ldquo;everyone is on at once&rdquo;. One consequence he noted was that this effectively made it impossible for public administrators to receive any form of recognition for the development of good public policy.</p> <p>The only real hope of change, he felt, was for political and public administration leaders to accept that &ldquo;it is never about you&rdquo;. He posed the challenging idea that one way to re-engage with the community would be to withdraw from the media cycle, which would be both counter-intuitive and politically risky.</p> <p>Paula Giles, IPAA Board Member, then lead a Q&amp;A session where George demonstrated his extraordinary ability to both think analytically and speak frankly a across a diversity of subjects.</p> <p>IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s three Perspectives seminars have now attracted more than one thousand registrations. Previous speakers include <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/249/cid/45/parent/0/t/news">Kerry O&rsquo;Brien</a> and <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/august-2011/dont-offend-informs">Barrie Cassidy</a>.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/322/cid/56/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2012 Canadian Institute for Public Administration (IPAC) annual conference <p>Katy Haire, IPAA Victoria Board member, attended the annual conference of the Canadian Institute for Public Administration (IPAC), on 28-31 August 2011 which was held in Victoria, British Columbia. We asked her about her experience.</p> <p><em>It was a great privilege to represent IPAA Victoria at the Conference and to experience the hospitality and enthusiasm for Australian perspectives shown by my Canadian hosts.</em></p> <p><em>Canada and Australia have very similar political systems, and so many of the ideas that the Canadians were discussing, such as Commonwealth/state funding issues and multi-speed internal economies, had a very familiar ring to them. </em></p> <p><em>Australia and Canada also have similar economies and we both seem to have avoided the housing bubble that caused so much damage in the United States economy. However seventy five percent of Canadian exports currently go to the US, which means that Canada&rsquo;s economic health is on less certain trajectory compared to Australia&rsquo;s. </em></p> <p><em>This was reflected in one of the stand-out presentations at the Conference, which from Wayne Wouter, Canada&#39;s most senior public servant, who spoke very frankly about the impact that tighter budgets would have on the Canadian public service.</em></p> <p><em>I also had the chance to make two presentations that highlighted our work at IPAA. </em></p> <p><em>Firstly, I had the opportunity to speak on a panel with the Presidents of IPAC and the American Society for Public Administration about the some of the major future challenges for public administration. My presentation was based on the <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/july-2011/ipaa---new-policy-paper-on-government-challenges">excellent policy paper written for IPAA by Martin Stewart-Weeks</a> and the feedback I got was that our thinking resonated strongly with many delegates. I really recommend Martin&rsquo;s paper, if you haven&rsquo;t already read it. </em></p> <p><em>My second presentation was to the National Board of IPAC, where we discussed the initial findings of the joint Australian and Canadian survey of senior public administrators. The data collection phase of this project is now over and our first look at the findings shows a range of interesting similarities and differences between the world views of Australian and Canadian public administrators. Catherine Althaus from the University of Victoria [British Columbia] will be analysing the data and I am particularly keen to see how we translate our research findings into practical actions for our two professional associations.</em></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/323/cid/56/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2012 Special discounts for IPAA members at Creative Innovation 2011 <p>The Creative Innovation conference, running in Melbourne from 16-18 November 2011, will bring together a range of big thinkers including US entrepreneur Raymond Kurzweil, acclaimed philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett, world authority on creative thinking Edward De Bono, Stanford and IDEO design thinking expert Brendan Boyle and technology entrepreneur Tan Le.</p> <p>Personal and Corporate members of IPAA will get a 10% discount off the 2 Day Conference, 2 Deep Conversations, 10 Master Classes and Gala Dinner just by using the password &#39;CONNECT&#39; when booking. Bookings and further information is available at <a href="http://www.ci2011.com.au/" target="_blank">www.ci2011.com.au</a> or by calling 03 9645 9858.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/324/cid/56/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2012 Inaugural Battle of Ideas - A Great Success <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/428/f/4.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 133px;" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/430/f/5.jpg" style="width: 133px; height: 133px;" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/432/f/6.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px;" /></p> <p>IPAA&rsquo;s Inaugural <strong>Battle of Ideas</strong> kicked off in front of a crowd of more than 100 administrators on Thursday 21 October 2011. Using a unique boxing ring format, four speakers engaged in &ldquo;intellectual biffo&rdquo; on the future of federalism.<br /> <br /> Under the watchful eye of referee <strong>Tim Orton </strong>[CEO of The Nous Group]<strong> Dr Gael Jennings</strong> started by noting the danger of simply assuming that current federal system would endure because it had been here in the past. Drawing on her scientific background, she memorably noted that if the whole of life on earth was represented by an MCG full of jellybeans, Australia&rsquo;s federal system had been around for less than a handful of beans.<br /> <br /> <strong>Professor Cliff Walsh</strong>, Emeritus Professor at the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide, then entered the ring. Painting himself as the underdog through his support for the idea of federalism, he argued that competition rather than cooperation between states would be of greater benefit to Australia. Rather than looking to COAG, he suggested that the states should reboot their own body the Council for the Australian Federation.</p> <p>Third speaker <strong>Dr Sally Cockburn</strong> [aka Dr Feelgood] offered a different diagnosis, saying that rather than arguing over the distinctions between the Commonwealth and states, the real issue was the relationships between administrators. She argued that bodies like IPAA, which bring administrators from different spheres of government together, could play a major role in making our federal system function more effectively.<br /> <br /> Expressing his pleasure at being at an event in a state that was &ldquo;the historical home of federalism&rdquo; <strong>Professor Andrew Parkin</strong>, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Flinders University in South Australia suggested a number of alternative venues for the discussion. Rather than a boxing room, he felt that school classrooms, hospital emergency waiting rooms or public housing foyers would better symbolise the conflicts between the state and Commonwealth governments. He noted that both the weight of history and strong state self identification amongst citizens suggested that Australia&rsquo;s states would be around for many years to come.</p> <p>At the end of four rounds Tim Orton brought the contestants together for an all-in Q&amp;A session. The audience was then invited to act as Judges and vote for their winner. In a close points-based decision Dr Sally Cockburn took home the inaugural trophy.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/325/cid/56/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2012 Today magazine now available online <p>IPAA Victoria members will soon receive their new look <em>Public Administration Today (Today)</em> magazine in the post and for the first time ever can access the full publication online. This issue has a special focus on Indigenous employment and workforce issues.</p> <p><em>Today</em> reports IPAA activities, promotes and celebrates achievements in Australian public sector management, and disseminates information about major trends and developments in public administration, and facilitates discussion and debate.</p> <p>Australia&rsquo;s public servants have taken a strong stand on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and this issue of <em>Today</em> presents a positive showcase of Indigenous employment and workforce issues.<em> Today </em>has taken the high ground in the drive to see more First Australians gainfully employed as the foundation for improving their lives.</p> <p>IPAA National President Percy Allan has called on his senior public service colleagues to emulate the private sector in pledging more jobs for Indigenous Australians. &ldquo;Indigenous success stories tell us those who find work have far fewer problems than those who don&rsquo;t,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;To find work Indigenous Australians need skills and opportunities to escape the downward spiral of hopelessness and despair that many regrettably view as the natural fate for Australia&rsquo;s original peoples&rdquo;.</p> <p>Mr Allan&rsquo;s plea echoed a similar recent call by Special Minister of State Gary Gray on public service chiefs to &lsquo;lead by example&rsquo; in hiring more Indigenous employees. He said he expected the public service to be doing more towards achieving the 2018 target of a further 100,000 private and public sector jobs for Indigenous Australians.</p> <p><strong>Members</strong></p> <p>To access the full publication of <em>Today</em> online you first need to<a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/login" target="_blank"> log in</a> to the IPAA Victoria website with your username and password and then go to the &#39;Resources&#39; page. If you have forgotten your log in details, <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/register/forgotten_password" target="_blank">click here</a> to reset.</p> <p><strong>Non members</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.act.ipaa.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=99&amp;Itemid=130#" target="_blank">Click here</a> to view sample pages of <em>Today.</em> Learn more about IPAA <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/membershipinfo" target="_blank">membership</a>.</p> <p> </p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/326/cid/56/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2012 IPAA AGM and Annual Report 2010-11 <p>All IPAA members, including Fellows, Corporate Member Heads and Personal Members are invited to attend the IPAA Annual General Meeting on 23 November 2011, <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/event/acceptance-agm-23-nov-2011" target="_blank">click here</a> to register your attendance. As part of our commitment to an environmentally responsible approach we are pleased to advise that our Annual Report is now available <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/about/annual-report-2">online</a> and printed copies are available upon request tel 9653 2000.</p> <p>The last twelve months were a period of growth for IPAA Victoria. As this Report details, we have again expanded the range of services we offer our members, the uptake of those services has grown, and our membership base continues to broaden. It is particularly pleasing to report that all this has been possible during the first year of our new Strategic Plan with our new Executive Director.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/327/cid/56/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2012 Countdown to Congress 2012 starts <p>The IPAA 2012 International Congress on public administration is now less than a year away.</p> <p>Running from 18-20 September 2012, the Congress will bring together more than 1000 administrators from around Australia and the South Asia-Pacific region, in one of the biggest gatherings of public administrators ever held in Australia.</p> <p>Many of Australia&rsquo;s senior public servants and leading thinkers have already agreed to present and the Congress will take a &ldquo;Festival Of Ideas&rdquo; approach, inviting big thinkers to present a big idea that they think public administrators need to be thinking about.</p> <p>The Congress will also explore the unique world of public administration in subjects ranging from &ldquo;A History of Public Administration in Ten Objects&rdquo; to &ldquo;Public Administrators On The Silver Screen&rdquo;. There will in depth sessions on a huge variety of subjects, including everything from public administration in our region to balancing the competing demands for secrecy and transparency.</p> <p>Plus a curated innovation-in-government expo, book clubs, photographic exhibitions, a totally new approach to the tired old conference dinner experience and more...</p> <p>So mark the date in your diary, add it to your professional development goals for 2012, and visit <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au" target="_blank">www.ipaa2012.org.au</a> to stay in touch.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/328/cid/56/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2012 Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference 2011 <p>Lobbying, procurement fraud, police oversight and whistleblowing are just some of the topics that will be examined at the <em>Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference</em> (APSACC) from 15 - 17 November in Fremantle, Western Australia. Be sure to visit IPAA&#39;s exhibition booth</p> <p>Program and registrations now online at <a href="http://www.apsacc.com.au">www.apsacc.com.au</a>.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/313/cid/56/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2012 YIPAA Peer Plus Mentoring Program 2012 <p>The Peer Plus Mentoring Program is now in its fifth year and is delivered by IPAA in association with the Australian Mentor Centre (AMC). It is designed to provide young professionals in the VPS with an additional layer of career and professional development support during their foundation stages of service with the public sector, while building a pool of experienced mentors to strengthen the mentoring culture within YIPAA.</p> <p><strong>What are the benefits to mentees? </strong></p> <p>The objectives of the Program are to provide mentee participants with opportunities to:<br /> &bull; Develop relationships with more senior colleagues to explore career and professional pathways in a supportive, informal environment.<br /> &bull; Develop personal skills and self-confidence.<br /> &bull; Gain a broader understanding of the public sector and the role of IPAA and YIPAA.</p> <p><strong>What are the benefits for mentors? </strong></p> <p>The objectives of the Program are to provide mentor participants with opportunities to:<br /> &bull; Develop an improved understanding of the experience of public sector professionals in their foundation years.<br /> &bull; Engage with younger colleagues outside formal work relationships.<br /> &bull; Gain experience and develop leadership skills to assist career development.<br /> &bull; To enhance the mentoring culture across the VPS.</p> <p>To find out more, and to register for the <strong>2012 Program</strong>, please <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/membershipinfo/peer-plus-mentoring">click here</a>.</p>   http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/329/cid/56/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2012 International Perspectives at IPAA Internal Communication Summit <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/434/f/intern comms summit image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px;" /><br /> <em>Bernie Carolan , Helen Slater, Pam White , David Hawkins</em><br /> <br /> IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s recent Internal Communications Summit on 18 October 2011 brought together more than 60 Internal Comms practitioners from across three levels of government in Victoria.<br /> <br /> Under the theme of <strong><em>Innovate, Engage and Inspire,</em></strong> a diverse range of speakers looked at the challenges, successes and failures of communicating &ldquo;inside the tent&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> <strong>Helen Slater</strong>, Director of Strata Communications in New Zealand spoke about how New Zealand&rsquo;s public sector has managed its internal communications during the Christchurch earthquake.<br /> <br /> <strong>Bernie Carolan</strong>, Chief Executive Transport Ticketing Authority and <strong>Pam White</strong>, Former Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Bush Fire Reconstruction and Recovery, spoke frankly about their experience of managing crises and the importance of communicating strategically during those times.<br /> <br /> <strong>Su Reardon</strong> from Australian Business Theatre looked at communication that didn&rsquo;t just relate to implementing strategies, but that also helped to shift workplace culture and direction.<br /> <br /> The Summit finished with a panel discussion on internal conversation and community building, looking at social media and the ever increasing range of communication channels. Three speakers provided their perspectives on how technology can be used to effectively engage with employees, participants and stakeholders. Speakers included: <strong>Amanda Finnis:</strong> Manager, Online Strategy, Department of Business and Innovation. <strong>Patrick McCormick:</strong> General Manager, Online Collaboration and Citizen Engagement Strategic Communication Branch, Department of Justice. <strong>Jonathan Roper</strong>: Digital and online content planning and strategy, Briarbird Online Communications Consultancy</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/330/cid/56/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2012 YIPAA: Ten Commandments, Seven Deadly Sins and On The Buses <p> </p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/442/f/bus commentary.jpg" style="width: 249px; height: 166px;" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/444/f/trekking across the west.jpg" style="width: 249px; height: 166px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/440/f/walk the plank.jpg" style="width: 133px; height: 133px;" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/438/f/3 gals.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 133px;" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/436/f/group.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px;" /></p> <p>YIPAA Victoria now has almost 450 members and continues to grow and develop. This expansion was highlighted by two recent major events: the 2011 YIPAA Annual Address, featuring former Victorian Deputy Premier John Thwaites, and a YIPAA Twilight Talk, which took YIPAA members on a guided tour of Melbourne&rsquo;s western growth area and local heritage sites.</p> <p>John Thwaites reflected on his experiences at the highest levels of both local and state government. He offered some candid insights into the challenges facing political decision makers and their need for information. Drawing on his own experience, John Thwaites then offered YIPAA members his &lsquo;Ten Commandments&rsquo; and &lsquo;Seven Deadly Sins&rsquo; when it comes to influencing and informing Ministers.</p> <p>The Address was unique chance for YIPAA members to hear directly from a very senior former politician about a world that is often a mystery for many administrators.</p> <p>YIPAA Victoria members also recently got to take a bus tour with a difference through Melbourne&rsquo;s western growth area. Melbourne&rsquo;s west is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia and a highlight of the tour was the tour guide commentary provided by Kerry Thompson, CEO of the City of Wyndham. Her analysis gave YIPAA members a firsthand view of the challenges and opportunities for local government in building new suburbs and supporting new communities.</p> <p>The group then visited the historic Werribee Mansion where Julian Hill, Executive Director from Victoria&rsquo;s Department of Planning and Community Development spoke about the Victorian Government priority on regionalisation and the structures in place to help public servants based in Melbourne work with their colleagues and communities in Victoria&rsquo;s regions.</p> <p>The role of the public service as major employer in regional Victoria was also highlighted by presentations from Parks Victoria, a public sector organisation with more than one thousand staff who manage an estate covering more than 4 million hectares, or about 17 per cent, of Victoria.</p> <p>Victoria&rsquo;s YIPAA program offers a range of opportunities for people under 36 who work in or with the public sector. These opportunities include:</p> <ul> <li>free entry to regular presentations by senior public sector practitioners</li> <li>networking with likeminded people to discuss issues and share ideas</li> <li>professional development activities that help young administrators gain knowledge of new skills and the &#39;ins and outs&#39; of particular public sector jobs</li> <li>Peer Plus Mentoring program which provides handpicked mentors with five to ten years experience in the public sector.</li> </ul> <p>Read more about <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/membershipinfo/yipaa">YIPAA</a></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/331/cid/56/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2012 Governance Week - May 2012 <p>IPAA Victoria held Governance Week commencing on Monday 17 October.</p> <p>Over 100 people participated in this week with several of the workshops being delivered to capacity audiences. Irrespective of what area you currently work within, there is something for everyone in these programs. This highlights the importance of governance in the public sector and the value public administration is placing on this area.</p> <p>Governance week is held each May and October and in 2012 comprises of five half-day workshops focussing on:</p> <p><strong><a href="/professional/category/public-sector-governance-3">Public Sector Governance</a> &ndash;</strong> Mon 21 May 2012<br /> <strong><a href="/professional/category/boards-and-directorships">Boards and Directorships</a> -</strong> Tuesday 22 May 2012<br /> <strong><a href="/professional/category/finance-for-governance">Finance for Governance</a> &ndash;</strong> Wednesday 23 May 2012<br /> <strong><a href="/professional/category/risk-management-3">Risk Management</a> &ndash; </strong>Thursday 24 May 2012<br /> <strong>Making the Most of Public Money &ndash; </strong>Friday 25 May 2012</p> <p><strong>2011 Brochure:</strong></p> <p><a href="/document/item/663"><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/448/f/Governance Week.jpg" style="width: 134px; height: 192px;" /></a></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/333/cid/56/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2012 High performers recognised <p> </p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/452/f/Yehudi Blacher and Peter Dawkins 236w.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 157px; " /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/454/f/2011new fellows &amp;YBlacher FThorn 400w.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; " /></p> <p>The long term work of thirteen high performing public administrators has been recognised in the list of new Fellows of Victoria&rsquo;s Institute for Public Administration Australia. Fellowship is awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to public administration, the achievement of IPAA&rsquo;s objectives and exemplary service to the Victorian community.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is a high bar to cross&rdquo; said Fran Thorn, IPAA Victoria President, in making the announcement at the 2011 IPAA Victoria Fellows Dinner on 23 November 2011. &ldquo;Their combined achievements are impressive in their scale and scope and their work has made a great contribution to Victoria&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>She noted that the new Victorian Fellows came from all levels of government in Victoria and from the private and not-for-profit sectors.</p> <p>&ldquo;As the professional association for people working in the public sector, IPAA Victoria is the place where all three spheres of government in Victoria can come together&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>Bringing all levels of government together with the unique skills and networks of the private and not-for-profit sectors, is increasingly recognised as a vital ingredient in the development and delivery of effective public policy.</p> <p>Also recognised at the Dinner were Victoria&rsquo;s two new National Fellows Gerard Vaughan (Director of the National Gallery of Victoria) and Peter Dawkins (former Secretary of the Department for Education and Early Childhood Development).</p> <p>Yehudi Blacher, new Vice President of IPAA National, congratulated the two new National Fellows, noting that the nature of the achievements placed them in a unique group of Australian administrators.</p> <p><a href="/document/item/681" target="_blank">Click here</a> to read about the achievements of all these new IPAA Fellows in the Annual Dinner Program.</p> <p><strong>2011 Victorian Fellows</strong><br /> Bronte Adams<br /> Marco Bini<br /> Graeme Emonson<br /> Katy Haire<br /> Jane Herington<br /> Peter Hertan<br /> Claire Higgins<br /> Rob Knowles AO<br /> Carl Obst<br /> Pradeep Phillip<br /> Jeff Rosewarne<br /> John Skerritt<br /> Paul Smith</p> <p><strong>2011 National Fellows</strong><br /> Peter Dawkins<br /> Gerard Vaughan AM</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/334/cid/56/parent/0/t/news January 31, 2012 Win an iPad 2 by registering early for the IPAA 2012 Congress <p>A quick update about the IPAA 2012 Congress, which will be one of the biggest gatherings of public administrators ever held in Australia. Plus did someone say <em>&quot;Register now and win an iPad&quot;</em>? [Yes we did!] Register by 26 January 2012.</p> <p><strong>New speakers confirmed</strong><br /> We already have a range of <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/speaker-highlights/">great speakers</a> and in the last few days we have added two more.</p> <ul> <li>Dennis Richardson, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and former Director-General of ASIO has agreed to speak on the complex world of secrecy and public administration.</li> <li>We will also have Peter Mitchell, the public servant who ran the Villawood Detention Centre. His new book &quot;Compassionate Bastard&quot; talks frankly about the challenges facing public servants whose jobs require them to undertake difficult and confronting work.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Watch a movie and become a researcher...</strong><br /> We are now recruiting reviewers for our Public Servants On The Silver Screen research project. All you have to do is watch one of the 100 most popular Australian films of all time, fill in an online survey and your work will become part of a unique crowd-sourced Australian/US research project to be presented at the IPAA 2012 Congress. How are public servants portrayed in films and do Australian and Hollywood films differ in the images of public administration that they show? You&rsquo;re just a click away from <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/movie-review-project-selection/">selecting your film</a> or <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/movie-review-project-background/">getting more info</a>.</p> <p><strong>Special offer - win an iPad 2</strong><br /> Early birds deserve a worm and so all Congress registrations received by<strong> 26 January 2012</strong> will go into a draw for a WiFi/3G enabled iPad 2. You could be one of those administrators we all secretly envy at meetings, just by registering for the Congress before Australia Day. Plus you get to tick off a Professional Development activity for 2012!</p> <p>You can register right now on the <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/">Congress website</a>.</p> <p><strong>Top tweets</strong><br /> You can follow us at @ipaavic but here are some of our favourite recent tweets:</p> <ul> <li>If you see something cleverer than this today - it&#39;s a good day! Creating interactive documents <a href="http://bit.ly/ips3TA">http://bit.ly/ips3TA</a></li> <li>Richard &quot;Nudge&quot; Thaler on what people perceive as &quot;fair&quot; <a href="http://nyti.ms/uLEw35">http://nyti.ms/uLEw35</a></li> <li>Attn all event organizers: Famous $16 muffin did not exist. But other $$ in US Govt Auditor&#39;s report are daunting <a href="http://1.usa.gov/p28KBU">http://1.usa.gov/p28KB</a></li> </ul> <p>We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne in September 2012.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/337/cid/56/parent/0/t/news December 5, 2011 VMIA Risk Conference 17 - 18 August 2011 <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/392/f/vmia riskconf image2.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px;" /></p> <p>The Victorian Managed Insurance Authority&rsquo;s (VMIA) second Risk Management Conference is just around the corner - being held on the 17th and 18th of August at the Sofitel on Collins, Melbourne.</p> <p>The 2011 VMIA Risk Conference looks at risk management from all perspectives, inside and out.</p> <p>If you haven&#39;t registered yet, we&#39;ve put together a short video that describe what the conference is all about. (Limk no longer available)<br /> <br /> Join leaders from across government for this premier risk event, exclusively for the public sector.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vmiaconference.com.au/" target="_blank">Read more</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/309/cid/51/parent/0/t/news October 28, 2011 Two new National Fellows from Victoria <p>IPAA Victoria congratulates Professor Peter Dawkins and Dr Gerard Vaughan who have just been announced as new National Fellows of the Institute of Public Administration Australia at the annual conference in Hobart.</p> <p>Professor Dawkins is the former Secretary of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and Dr Vaughan is Director of the National Gallery of Victoria</p> <p>They are both Fellows of IPAA Victoria and have been long term supporters of IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s work and of the public sector more generally.</p> <p>Peter was Secretary of the Victorian Department Education and Early Childhood Development (2006-2010) and Deputy Secretary of the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance (2005-2006) where he worked on Victoria&rsquo;s national reform initiative for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) especially in the area of human capital reform in the areas of education, health and work incentives.</p> <p>After twelve years as Director of Australia&#39;s oldest public art gallery, Gerard is now responsible for a collection of more than 70,000 artworks with a current value of approximately $3.5 billion. Gerard has also been responsible for a redevelopment program involving two separate building complexes: The Ian Potter Centre - NGV Australia at Federation Square, and NGV International in St Kilda Road.</p> <p>IPAA National Fellowship is the highest accolade for IPAA members and is made in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the practice and study of public administration.</p> <p>A full list of IPAA Victoria Fellows and IPAA National Fellows is available <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/membershipinfo/fellows-honorary-and-life-members" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/320/cid/53/parent/0/t/news October 28, 2011 US perspectives on public administration challenges <p>IPAA Victoria hosted a Fellows lunch on 29 August 2011 for Meredith Newman, former President of the American Society for Public Administration, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Administration at Florida International University.</p> <p>Professor Newman discussed her work on emotional labour in the public sector and the implications of having to manage one&rsquo;s own feelings, as well as those of others, in order to &ldquo;get the job done&rdquo;.</p> <p>She noted that this type of work ranged from the authentic expression of a workers own emotional state to requiring workers to done &ldquo;masks&rdquo; and display an emotion, or lack of emotion, they don&rsquo;t actually feel.</p> <p>Staff who are required to undertake significant amounts of emotional labour typically face both the risk of burnout and the opportunity for deeper engagement in their work.</p> <p>Professor Newman argued that this mixture of risk and opportunity created a range of implications and intervention strategies for public sector managers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/602" target="_blank">Download paper</a> &ldquo;Burnout versus Making a Difference: The Hidden Costs and Benefits of Emotion Work&rdquo;</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/319/cid/53/parent/0/t/news October 28, 2011 Prime Minister's speech at IPAA National Conference <p>Prime Minister Julia Gillard presented the Robert Garran Oration at the 2011 IPAA Conference in Hobart. The Oration is delivered in memory of Australia&rsquo;s first Commonwealth public servant, Robert Garran, who served eleven Attorneys-General and sixteen governments. You can read the Prime Minister&rsquo;s speech <a href="http://www.pm.gov.au/press-office/robert-garran-memorial-oration-institute-public-administration-australian-national-conf" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/317/cid/53/parent/0/t/news October 28, 2011 Fresh ideas everyday via IPAA tweets <p>More than 100 people now follow <span style="font-size:16px;">@IPAAVic</span> but if you are not into Twitter then here is a selection of ten recent IPAA tweets!<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/IPAAVic"> Click here</a> to start following IPAA Victoria on Twitter</p> <ol> <li><a href="http://www.bit.ly/qQHSNy" target="_blank">Saul Eslake&rsquo;s RBA paper</a> says &quot;no linear correlation b/w no. of people employed in delivering services and the quality of them&quot;</li> <li>Interesting perspectives on Twitter/Facebook from <a href="http://www.bit.ly/pTNrxM" target="_blank">US Navy Admiral</a></li> <li>A helpful gov text generator: &ldquo;<a href="http://www.bit.ly/pSppZJ" target="_blank">The Ministry of Lorem</a>&rdquo;</li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/n1tD36" target="_blank">Time to Pull the Plug on Government Web Sites?</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.bit.ly/pmEXFI" target="_blank">shURLy</a> - shortens weblinks so they stay on YOUR server [not bit.ly&#39;s etc]</li> <li><a href="http://www.bit.ly/mSC3vC" target="_blank">Tips on pitching an innovative idea</a></li> <li><a href="http://nudges.org/2011/07/20/nudges-and-public-policy-get-back-to-the-basics-of-behavioral-science/" target="_blank">The perils of over simplifying nudging</a></li> <li>Catch up with the always interesting <a href="http://www.bit.ly/oheWxz" target="_blank">Geoff Mulgan</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.bit.ly/nMWECb" target="_blank">Public services without government?</a> Are phrases like &quot;delivery&rsquo;, &lsquo;strategy&rsquo; and &lsquo;performance&quot; dying out in the UK?</li> <li><a href="http://www.bit.ly/oXNkCI" target="_blank">Policy visualisation &ndash; what is it?</a> Going beyond data visualisation into policy visualisation &ndash; what could it look like?</li> </ol> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/316/cid/53/parent/0/t/news October 28, 2011 Governance Week 17 - 20 October 2011 <p>IPAA is pleased to present a series of workshops centred around the topic of Governance in the public sector. These programs are:</p> <p>Monday 17 October <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/public-sector-governance-3">Public Sector Governance </a></p> <p>Delivered in conjunction with Chartered Secretaries Australia</p> <p>Tuesday 18 October <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/boards-and-directorships">Boards and Directorship</a>s <em><strong>NEW PROGRAM</strong></em></p> <p>Facilitated by Professor Peter Loney, Adjunct Professor at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute</p> <p>Wednesday 19 October <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/finance-for-governance">Finance for Governance</a></p> <p>Facilitated by Claire Higgins, Chair, State Emergency Services</p> <p>Thursday 20 October <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/risk-management-3">Risk Management Governance</a></p> <p>Delivered in conjunction with Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA)</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/314/cid/53/parent/0/t/news October 28, 2011 IPAA Perspectives with George Megalogenis - 7 September <p>On Wednesday 7 September from 12pm - 2pm at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, George Megalogenis will provide his perspective on the cycle of polls, focus groups and presidential politics and explore what it has done to the prospect of serious, difficult reform and the style of our leaders.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/perspectives">Read more</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/311/cid/53/parent/0/t/news October 28, 2011 IPAA2012 International Congress <p>From 18-20 September 2012, Melbourne will be hosting the IPAA International Congress on public administration, bringing together more than 1000 administrators from around Australia and the South East Asia-Pacific region.</p> <p>This will be one of the largest gatherings of public administrators ever brought together in Australia.</p> <p>More than twelve months out, a number of sessions are already planned, including:<br /> &bull; <strong>Disaster! </strong><br /> From earthquakes and cyclones to floods and fires, public administration plays a major role during and after a crisis. What have we learned from recent disasters in Queensland, Victoria and New Zealand about how public administrations responds when disaster occur?<br /> &bull; <strong>What do you look like? </strong><br /> How do outsiders view the world of public administration? Private and community sectors leaders who suddenly found themselves working in the public administration world provide their unique insights on what they experienced.<br /> &bull; <strong>[Classified]</strong><br /> From national security to commercial-in-confidence, a growing number of public administrators have to think about secrecy at a time when the demand for openness has never been louder.<br /> &bull; <strong>Ready for your close up?</strong><br /> The first ever study that compares how public administrators are portrayed in US and Australian films. Analysing more than 300 of the most popular films in the United States and Australia, this research contradicts the myths about how public administrators are portrayed in popular culture.</p> <p>Plus fashion and public administration, the history of public administration in ten objects, book club, photo exhibitions and much more.</p> <p>Stay informed by visiting <a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au">www.ipaa2012.org.au</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/308/cid/53/parent/0/t/news October 28, 2011 Nominate for IPAA Leadership in the Public Sector Awards <p>IPAA&rsquo;s annual Leadership in the Public Sector Awards recognise the outstanding achievements and practices of teams and individuals. The Awards are open to Commonwealth, state, local government and community sector organisations delivering government services in Victoria. These Awards acknowledge leadership potential and celebrate commitment to excellence and continuous improvement.</p> <p>Award categories are :</p> <ul> <li>Indigenous Employment Award</li> <li>Innovation in People Development Award</li> <li>Innovation in Policy Development Award</li> <li>Innovation in Service Delivery Award</li> <li>Leading the Way in Health, Safety and Wellbeing</li> <li>Risk Management Award</li> </ul> <p>Previous Award winner, Kaylene Williamson, Acting Senior HR Adviser with the Department of Planning and Community Development says:<br /> &ldquo;<em>The Award has given me more credibility within my team and across the Department as more of an expert in my field</em>.<em> Personally I feel more confident within my ability and it has driven me to learn more and raised the profile of the Department&#39;s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy</em>.&rdquo;</p> <p>Award winners will be announced at the presentation in Queens Hall, Parliament House in early 2012.</p> <p>For more information including criteria and online entry <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/awards/leadership-in-the-public-sector/">click here</a><br /> <strong>Nominations close 31 October 2011.</strong><br /> Past applicants are welcome to renominate.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/307/cid/53/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 POSITIONS VACANT <p>IPAA is seeking super motivated applicants for two positions. These positions are integral to the smooth running of our busy office.</p> <p>To view vacant positions <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/about/careers-at-ipaa-victoria">click here</a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/184/cid/42/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 'Private Meets Public' Leadership Forum <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/66/f/1 image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px;" /></p> <p>IPAA Victoria partnered with the Committee for Melbourne to arrange the &lsquo;Private meets Public&rsquo; Leadership Forum which aimed to dispel myths and share experiences from both sides of what is increasingly an interchangeable divide.</p> <p>Designed to meet and share leadership experiences in the private and public sector, the Forum, held on Wednesday 19 May 2010 was a pilot event for the Institute.</p> <p>The evening commenced with a &lsquo;Crossing the Divide&rsquo; interview with Fran Thorn, Secretary of Department of Health in which she spoke candidly about her experiences working in both the public and private sectors.</p> <p>Attendees, including the Committee for Melbourne Future Focus Leadership group, IPAA Peer Plus Mentors and Victorian Leadership Development Centre participants then took part in a group &lsquo;Simulation Workshop&rsquo; facilitated by Kathy Laster, Executive Director, IPAA Victoria and Julian Gardner, Former Public Advocate, Victoria.</p> <p>To close, George Pappas, Chair of the Committee for Melbourne spoke to the audience on the theme of leadership in the public and private sector while they enjoyed a sit down dinner.</p> <p>The forum offered an opportunity for participants to build networks and future partnerships between the sectors and was hosted by IPAA Gold Corporate Member and Committee for Melbourne Corporate Member, PricewaterhouseCoopers.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/62/f/2 image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 131px;" /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/68/f/3 image v2.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 131px;" /></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/228/cid/39/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 YIPAA Annual Address - Breaking up is hard to do <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/70/f/secretaries.JPG" style="width: 258px; height: 165px" /></p> <p>First there was one, then there were two! On Thursday 22 July Fran Thorn, Secretary, Department of Health and Gill Callister, Secretary, Department of Human Services joined forces to provide our YIPAAs (Young IPAA) with an insight into how the machinery of government changes and transitions that the Secretaries faced during this historic restructure of departmental responsibilities.</p> <p>In August 2009 the Premier announced a significant change in the delivery of human services in Victoria, dividing the functions of the former Department of Human Services between two departments: The new Department of Health headed by Fran Thorn as Secretary and the Department of Human Services restructured under the new Secretary, Gill Callister.</p> <p>This evening seminar &lsquo;Breaking up is Hard to Do&rsquo; provided public service professionals aged 36 and under with a rare opportunity to hear about the machinery of government changes and transitions that the Secretaries faced during this historic restructure of departmental responsibilities.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/229/cid/39/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Women Honoured at the IPAA International Womens Day Celebration <p><font size="2">Over 900 people gathered at the National Gallery of Victoria to honour seventy public sector women at IPAA&#39;s ninth International Women&rsquo;s Day Celebration supported by KPMG, RACV and TAC. The women Legends of Service Delivery were recognised for their exceptional contributions to the Victorian community.</font></p> <p><font size="2">This year, IPAA Victoria celebrated International Women&rsquo;s Day with an &lsquo;Afternoon Delight&rsquo; cocktail function at the National Gallery of Victoria&rsquo;s Great Hall on Wednesday 3 March 2010.</font></p> <p><font size="2">The event celebrated seventy &lsquo;Women Legends of the Front Line of Service Delivery&rsquo;, nominated by thirty agencies from across the state including Yooralla, Department of Human Services, WorkSafe, Barwon Water, Department of Transport and the Victorian Electoral Commission. The women were nominated for consistently, and tirelessly, meeting the needs of the community through their diligence, enthusiasm and hard work. Each woman was named on an Honour Roll which was launched at the event.</font></p> <p><font size="2">Over nine hundred people attended the event, enjoying entertainment by the Stiletto Sisters and a grand afternoon tea by Peter Rowland catering. The celebration was hosted by Claire Noone (IPAA Board member and Executive Director, Consumer Affairs Victoria), who was assisted by Kerry Thompson (IPAA Board member and CEO of Maribyrnong City Council), Janet Dore (IPAA Fellow and CEO of the Transport Accident Commission), Gill Callister (IPAA Fellow and Secretary, Department of Human Services) and Penny Armytage (IPAA Fellow and Secretary, Department of Justice).</font></p> <p><font size="2">In addition to the &lsquo;Afternoon Delight&rsquo;, some of our Honour Roll women were treated to a &lsquo;Big Day Out&rsquo;, which included a tour of Parliament and a lunch with senior women leaders, as well as a private tour of the famous women portraits at the National Gallery of Victoria prior to their arrival at the Great Hall.</font></p> <p><font size="2">Next year, this signature IPAA event will return to an evening dinner function, with a view to holding an afternoon tea event in alternate years. </font></p> <p><font size="2">IPAA Victoria is particularly grateful to our partners, KPMG, RACV and TAC for their on-going support for this fixture of the public sector calendar.</font></p> <h4><img alt="" height="62" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/wysiwyg/2177/web_kpmg_logo.jpg" style="width: 74px; height: 28px;" width="160" /> <img alt="" height="89" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/wysiwyg/2177/Web_racv_logo.jpg" style="width: 91px; height: 32px;" width="160" /> <img alt="" height="40" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/wysiwyg/2177/Web_tac_logo.jpg" style="width: 102px; height: 24px;" width="160" /></h4> <h4><br /> The women added to the Honour Roll in 2010 are:</h4> <div> <font size="2">Alexandra Esther Cameron, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Angela Avery, Department of Primary Industries </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Anne Kenneally, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Anne Leadbeater, Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Antoinetta Cavallo, VicRoads </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Antoinette Gentile, Department of Justice </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Belinda McNair, Department of Health </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Bernadette Brown, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Bernice Vance, Department of Transport </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Betty Bunnett, Victorian Electoral Commission </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Bronwen Sarantoulia, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Cath Duane, WorkSafe Victoria </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Cathy Vanderfeen, State Trustees Ltd </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Charmaine Greene, Victorian Electoral Commission </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Charmaine Martin, Department of Health </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Christine Bowen, Dental Health Services Victoria </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Christine Harris, Deakin University </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Dannii De Kretser, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Eileen Canfor, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Emma Moore, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Emma O&rsquo;Neill, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Felicity Hunter, Department of Transport </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Fiona Xuereb, Department of Transport </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Gemma Heemskerk, Department of Primary Industries </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Glenda Frazer, Victorian Electoral Commission </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Gloria Clark, Mildura Rural City Council </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Gloria Falla, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Gloria Jelleff, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Helen Kenney, Country Fire Authority </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Helen Ward, Department of Treasury and Finance </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Jackie Furmedge, Frankston City Libraries </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Janet Danby, Victorian Electoral Commission </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Jeanne Grant, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Jeannie McIntyre, Aboriginal Affairs Victoria </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Jennifer Boulton, Yooralla </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Joyce Prinzi, Department of Justice </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Judith Lewis, Dental Health Services Victoria </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Judy Lazarus, Department of Planning &amp; Community Development </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Kelly Arnold, Department of Health </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Keryn Crebbin, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Lana Kolyunski, 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Larissa Scanlon, Department of Transport </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Lidia Slucki, Department of Transport </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Liz Williams, Victorian Electoral Commission </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Lorraine Beasley, La Trobe University, School of Law </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Margaret Merlo, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Mary Rydberg, City of Greater Dandenong </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Maureen Lococo, Victorian Electoral Commission </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Meaghan Flannery, Bureau of Meteorology </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Meghan Colautti, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Melissa Alessandrini, Department of Transport </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Melissa Stevens, Barwon Water </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Merilyn Yemm, Victorian Electoral Commission </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Miria Kostiuk, Victorian Electoral Commission </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Monica White, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Narelle Parsons, Victorian Electoral Commission </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Natalie Gibson, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Pauline King, Victorian Electoral Commission </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Penny Croser, Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Phillippa Heskett, Victorian Electoral Commission </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Robyn Bourke, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Ruth Coulson, Victorian Electoral Commission </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Sandra Lowth, Victorian Electoral Commission </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Sandra Nolan, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Sarah Langmore, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Susan Guice, Centrelink </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Thelma Chilly, Department of Planning &amp; Community Development </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Trudy Rosser, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Wendy Rae, Department of Human Services </font></div> <div> <font size="2">Yvonne Luke, Department of Human Services </font></div> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/213/cid/34/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Policy Leadership Potential <p><font size="2"><em>Gain the Policy Edge</em> has been specifically designed for public sector officers and managers who want to develop their leadership potential. This bi-annual 5-day intensive is simulation-based and includes the involvement of senior public sector leaders who share their perspectives on pressing public policy questions. Now in it&#39;s eleventh year <em>Gain the Policy Edge</em> has become the rite of passage for public sector leaders. The next program takes place in the first week of June.</font></p> <p><font size="2"><img alt="" height="167" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/wysiwyg/2232/Web_2.jpg" style="WIDTH: 182px; HEIGHT: 111px" width="250" /></font></p> <h3>Previous participants say...</h3> <p align="left"><font size="2">&#39;The guest speakers were very interesting and offered fantastic insights into the policy making process. Also giving a presentation in the Assembly was an amazing opportunity&#39;</font></p> <p align="left"><font size="1">Stephen Parker, Legal Policy Officer, Criminal Law Policy, Department of Justice</font></p> <p align="left">++++</p> <p align="left"><font size="2">&#39;I enjoyed the variety of highly motivated, skilled and knowledgeable participants and presenters. Each participant and presenter had their own style and personality which contributed to the mix and variety of conversations throughout the course&#39;</font></p> <p align="left"><font size="1">Claire Sandford, Manager, Health Service Operations, Grampians Region, Department of Health.</font></p> <p align="left">++++</p> <p align="left"><font size="2">&#39;I liked the role plays and group work - even though challenging! Gain the Policy Edge provided a good opportunity to listen to high profile government figures (past &amp; present)&#39;</font></p> <p align="left"><font size="1">Tracey Mander, Senior Project Officer, Victorian Cancer Agency.</font></p> <p align="left">++++</p> <p align="left"><font size="2">&#39;I liked the style of teaching. There was plenty of small group work and discussion with not too much lecturing. I also thought the guest speakers were great&#39;</font></p> <p align="left"><font size="1">Helen Matters, Senior Policy Advisor, Health and Wellbeing, Disability Services, Department of Human Services.</font></p> <p align="left">++++</p> <p align="left"><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/event/gain-the-policy-edge-stream-a-2-june-2010"><strong>Booking details</strong></a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/220/cid/37/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Leadership Speaks with Peter Harris <p>The new National Broadband Network is the largest public or private infrastructure project in Australia&#39;s history. It will deliver internet access speed more than ten times faster than current average speeds to more than 90% of the Australian population.</p> <p>On Thursday 27 May Peter Harris, Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and formerly Secretary for the Victorian Department of Sustainability and the Environment spoke about the challenges and opportunities in leading such a large enterprise.</p> <p>Peter noted that, while the opportunities created by ubiquitous high speed internet were immense, the challenges in a project as big as the NBN could be simply summarised as &#39;big, risky and ugly&#39;. He noted that this required a model of leadership that accepted risk, used ideas to inspire and created forward movement in the face of prejudice or indifference.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/58/f/Peter_3214.JPG" style="width: 150px; height: 224px;" /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/225/cid/39/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Inaugural VPS Indigenous Network Conference <p><img alt="" height="334" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/161/Growing_the_Indigenous_Image.JPG" style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; FLOAT: left; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px" width="236" />IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s Indigenous Initiative was launched in 2008 to promote reconciliation and celebrate Indigenous employment in the public sector. As part of this Initiative, the inaugural <em>VPS Indigenous Network Conference</em> on 8 October has been developed as a first step towards creating a vibrant Network for Indigenous employees across the Victorian Public Sector.</p> <p>The conference was developed with the advice and assistance of the Indigenous Initiative Steering Committee, Chaired by Terry Garwood, and a conference Working Group made up of Indigenous and non-Indigenous employees from various agencies across the public sector.</p> <p>The conference will explore ways to build Indigenous presence and contribution throughout the public sector in Victoria, and how best to establish and sustain formal and informal networks. It will also provide participants with practical insights into career pathways in the VPS.</p> <p><em>VPS Indigenous Network Conference</em><br /> Date: 8 October 2009<br /> Time: 9am &ndash; 5pm followed by drinks and canap&eacute;s<br /> Venue: Hilton on the Park, 192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne</p> <p>If you are an Indigenous public sector employee and are interested in attending the conference, please contact <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/contact">Kate Berry</a> tel 9653 2007 for further information.</p> <p>Please download the conference brochure (below) for more information.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/161/cid/29/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Events Community of Practice gets Tools of the Trade <p><img alt="" height="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/wysiwyg/2259/IMG_3040_image.jpg" width="236" /> <img alt="" height="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/wysiwyg/2259/IMG_3005_image.jpg" width="236" /></p> <p>IPAA&#39;s Events Community of Practice provides a forum for Events Managers and advisers across government to meet, network, and share experiences and learnings in a collaborative way.</p> <p>Corporate IPAA Members and Personal IPAA Members are welcome to attend these meetings for free as a membership benefit. Just let us know if you would like to join the email invitation list.</p> <p>Thanks to all those who attended the most recent &#39;Tools of the Trade&rsquo; meeting held on 10 March. It was a very successful meeting jam packed with presentations from five different suppliers.</p> <p><em>Unscripted Business</em> gave an inspirational show that will surely be remembered by all who heard and saw it. <em>TryBooking</em> demonstrated a seamless ticketing solution to help ensure your event goes ever so smoothly.</p> <p>Here is a full list of the suppliers who inspired us with their presentations:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.conferenceworks.net.au/">Conference Works</a> (<a href="http://www.meetingmart.com.au">Meeting Mart </a>tradeshow), Richard Dinnage</li> <li><a href="http://www.trybooking.com/default.html">TryBooking</a> (online registration system), Alexandra Kinloch</li> <li><a href="http://www.unscriptedbusiness.com/">Unscripted Business</a> (workshops on story telling), Gina Kennedy</li> <li><a href="http://www.av-technologies.com/">Audio Visual Technologies</a>, Shane Burdett</li> <li>Film Producer and Editor, Libby Chow tel 0409 761 853</li> </ul> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/221/cid/34/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Critical Stakeholder Relations: Engaging Indigenous Communities <p><img align="left" alt="" height="235" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/155/Engaging_with_Indigenous_Communities_IMAGE.jpg" style="PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; FLOAT: left; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" width="236" /><em>Penny Armytage to speak at Critical Stakeholder Relations</em></p> <p>The theme of this year&rsquo;s <em>Critical Stakeholder Relations</em> forum is &lsquo;<em>Engaging Indigenous Communities&rsquo;</em> and features case studies of the Aboriginal Justice Agreement, and the dilemmas of securing census and other statistical data to support COAG initiatives to &lsquo;turn the curve&rsquo; on Indigenous disadvantage.</p> <p>At this forum public sector leaders including Penny Armitage, Secretary Department of Justice and Peter Harper, Deputy Australian Statistician share insights gained from managing complex community engagement and service delivery projects.</p> <p>Critical Stakeholder Relations: <em>Engaging with Indigenous Communities</em> is a forum being held on 7 October, 4pm &ndash; 6.30pm at Hilton on the Park, 192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/critical-stakeholder-relations">Register now</a></strong></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/155/cid/29/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Connect.Gov 2010 Emerging Leaders Forum <p>More than 150 future leaders of public administration attended the Digital Government 2010 Emerging Leaders Forum on 28 May. As IPAA President Fran Thorn noted in her welcome, the opportunities created by the uptake of information communication technology (ICT) are enormous, ranging from major improvements in the delivery of government services to new models of co-production, community engagement and citizen participation in decision making and policy development.</p> <p>Other speakers highlighted:</p> <ul> <li>innovation occurring in Victoria through the use of new social media, community consultation and collaboration tools</li> <li>moves towards greater efficiency in government investment in ICT</li> <li>the ability for greater online connectedness to increase individual capabilities</li> <li>and the work of the community sector in making sure that all groups within the community have access to online services and opportunities.</li> </ul> <p>Participants also had the chance to hear a select group of very senior VPS leaders respond on their feet to a hypothetical Gov 2.0 initiative and then work in small groups to discuss their thoughts about the opportunities and challenges of digital government directly with those leaders.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/34/f/_DS71080.jpg" style="width: 126px; height: 84px;" /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/36/f/_DSC4907.jpg" style="width: 202px; height: 84px;" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/38/f/_DS71202.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 83px;" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/52/f/David _DS71176X.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 83px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/32/f/ELF 1.jpg" style="width: 125px; float: left; height: 83px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/50/f/Jen &amp; Jane_DSC4804X.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 83px;" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/42/f/_Darren DSC4846.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 83px;" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/48/f/_Andrew &amp; Rhonda.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 83px;" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/54/f/Peter_3214.JPG" style="width: 83px; height: 124px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/56/f/For website.jpg" style="width: 165px; height: 71px;" /></p> <p>&Acirc; </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/224/cid/39/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Climate Change: On the Record <p>An enthusiastic gathering of 100 people deliberated over climate facts, interpretation and implications at the Bureau of Meteorology and IPAA Victoria <em>Executive Conversation </em>on 24 March 2010.</p> <p>Chaired by Alan Vallance, Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer, Australian Bureau of Meteorology, and using a <em>Climate Change Risk Register </em>participants mused over the risks and mitigating strategies under review in their agencies, leading into a panel discussion of data and implications for Australia&rsquo;s climate future.<br /> <br /> Observational data and their implications for Australia were presented and interpreted by Bruce Stewart, Assistant Director, Climate and Oceans, Bureau of Meteorology and Penny Whetton, Research Program Leader, Climate Variability and Change, CSIRO - clearly demonstrating continuing trends in climate change.</p> <p>Using data interpretated by the previous speakers, Kevin Love, Deputy Secretary Department of Sustainability and Environment, engaged participants in a discussion on developing a critical plan to adapt to our climate future.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/4/f/Web story small IMG_3060.JPG" style="width: 314px; float: left; height: 210px;" /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/222/cid/34/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 IPAA Oration with Martin Flanagan - 25 Feb 2011 <p>The IPAA Oration on Friday 25 February is an annual provocative lecture which seeks to challenge the accepted norms of the public sector and build thought leadership in public administration.</p> <p>This year, storyteller, poet, author, and &#39;legend of Australian journalism&#39;, Martin Flanagan, will speak on the horrors of slavery and how it led to the world&#39;s first international human rights movement.</p> <p>Orator:<br /> <strong>Martin Flanagan</strong><br /> Martin is the author of twelve books and currently writes two weekly columns for The Age: &#39;Monday Story&#39; and his Saturday sports column, &#39;One of The Crowd&#39;. Taking an unconventional look at sport, &#39;One of the Crowd&#39; earned Martin the AFL Coaches&#39; media award in 2003 for the best sportswriter.</p> <p><strong>Date: </strong>Friday 25 February 2011<br /> <strong>Time: </strong>12.00pm &ndash; 2.00pm<br /> <strong>Venue: </strong>BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne<br /> <strong>Price </strong>(includes buffet lunch)<br /> Personal IPAA Member $99<br /> Corporate IPAA Member $110<br /> Non Member $165</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/ipaa-orations">REGISTER NOW</a></strong></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/261/cid/46/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 And the 2010 IPAA Victoria Leadership Award winners are... <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/322/f/6386 image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/320/f/DSC_6407 image.jpg" style="width: 354px; height: 236px" /></p> <p>IPAA Victoria has recognised innovative public sector projects ranging from giving school students a real say in developing school policies to helping prevent people leaving jail from re-offending.</p> <p>The winning ideas were showcased at the IPAA Leadership in the Public Sector Awards ceremony held on Monday 21 February 2011 at Parliament House by Helen Silver, Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet</p> <p>&ldquo;These Award winning initiatives show how the public sector can create innovative and practical solutions to the challenges that our community faces,&rdquo; said Ms Silver.</p> <p>Winning entries came from state government agencies and from individual local councils.</p> <p>President of IPAA Victoria, Fran Thorn, praised the entries for showing a combination of innovation and practicality.</p> <p>&ldquo;Making workplaces safer, increasing workplace diversity and building effective leadership programs are challenges for any large public and private organisation,&rdquo; said Ms Thorn. &ldquo;These Awards also recognise solutions to workforce challenges that are often unique to the public sector&rdquo;.</p> <h2>IPAA Leadership in the Public Sector Awards - 2010 Winners</h2> <p><strong>Indigenous Employment Award: Latrobe City Council&rsquo;s indigenous employment program Steps to the Future &ndash; Gippsland.</strong></p> <p>The direct results of Latrobe City&rsquo;s Indigenous Employment Program are that since 2003 more than 300 people have been employed, with an average 85 percent retention rate. Since October 2009, nearly 50 people have been employed and the retention rate currently sits at 90 percent. This includes 26 participants with government roles, agency traineeships, including local government, primary health care, and childcare. Latrobe City&rsquo;s Indigenous Employment Program was a key response to the Council&rsquo;s Statement of Reconciliation and Commitment to Indigenous People.</p> <p><strong>Innovation in Service Delivery Award: The Department of Justice&rsquo;s Corrections Victoria Housing Project.</strong></p> <p>When people are released from jail, early support programs can play an important role in stopping reoffending. This project brings together a range of agencies from across government to provide better housing options for people leaving jail and to strengthen connections to post-release services in education, training and employment assistance, family counseling, drug and alcohol counseling and basic living skills.</p> <p><strong>Innovation in Policy Development Award: The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development&rsquo;s Authentic Student Participation in Policy Development.</strong></p> <p>This initiative recognises that students have been an untapped resource in education policy development. It allows students to offer their opinions, advice and expertise in shaping the policies that govern how our education system operates.</p> <p><strong>Risk Management Award: Office of Police Integrity: Assessing Unauthorised and Inappropriate Emails.</strong></p> <p>Circulation of inappropriate emails is a risk for all large organisations. This initiative provides a process to detect emails that breach internal codes of conduct. It has created a simple, risk-based &lsquo;tool kit&rsquo; that assists managers in rating communication. The tool kit allows for a consistent approach across a large and diverse work-force and considers material at face value, the factors relating to the individual staff member, and the potential impact of the email upon the agency.</p> <p><strong>Health &amp; Safety Performance Improvement Award Southern Health: Staff Safety, Health and Wellbeing. Southern Health provides services to more than one million people living in south eastern metropolitan Melbourne from over 40 care locations.</strong></p> <p>The programs developed by Southern Health tackle many of the key causes of workplace injury including manual handling injuries and violent and aggressive incidents. The programs also provide greater access to staff health and wellbeing programs and encourage attitudes and behaviors that eliminate unsafe practices and promote staff wellbeing.</p> <p><strong>Support for Emerging Leaders Award VicRoads: New Leaders Program.</strong></p> <p>Effective leadership programs play an important role in ensuring there is generational renewal in the public sector. VicRoads offer a number of leadership development programs aimed at developing leadership at all levels across the organisation. The New Leaders Program offers extra support to first time leaders over the initial six months of their appointment to ensure a successful transition into their new role.</p> <p><strong>Young Indigenous Leader Scholarship: Erin Birch, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and Kaylene Sherwell, Department of Planning and Community Development.</strong></p> <p>This Award recognises high performing young Indigenous public sector employees. It offers a twelve month professional development package to young Indigenous administrators with significant leadership potential and a dedication to the public sector.</p> <p><strong>Background</strong><br /> The Institute for Public Administration (IPAA) is the professional association for people working in the wider public sector in Victoria. The Awards are supported by WorkSafe, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, Department of Premier and Cabinet and the State Services Authority.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/270/cid/46/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Speaking with passion about the abolition of slavery <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/328/f/photo 6 image.jpg" style="width: 354px; height: 236px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/326/f/Untitled-1 image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px" /></p> <p>Author and journalist Martin Flanagan presented the 2011 IPAA Oration to around two hundred administrators on Friday 25 February.</p> <p>IPAA orators are asked to present ideas that challenge the accepted norms of the public sector and that build thought leadership in public administration.</p> <p>Speaking with passion about the abolition of slavery, Martin began by arguing that there had been a re-legitimisation of torture as an acceptable tool of the state.</p> <p>Drawing on his experiences in South Africa and Zimbabwe, he described the horrific violence that had been carried out by the state against individuals.</p> <p>He noted that the spirit and strength of people who could experience torture and still subsequently argue for reconciliation and forgiveness was an example of the greatness to which we are capable of rising to.</p> <p>In seeking to abolish torture as an instrument of the state, he argued that we should learn from the fifty year campaign to abolish slavery that started in the UK in the late 1780s. This was a period, he noted, which coincided with the establishment of the new Australian colony.</p> <p>The campaign against slavery was of particular significance, he said, not only for what it finally achieved, but also in the new conception of politics that it created, which in turn lead to many of the great reform movements of the nineteenth century.</p> <p>He concluded with the thought that whilst the battle against inhumanity is never over, what should give us cause for optimism is that human goodness, including the demand that all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, is also continually reborn.</p> <p>He finished with a lively question and answer session that included the Commonwealth intervention in the Northern Territory, the role of individual leaders versus community-wide movements and media reporting of sexual misconduct by professional sportsmen.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/272/cid/46/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Yehudi Blacher talks about the public service in government transition <p>Yehudi Blacher, Secretary of the Department of Planning and Community Development delivered the first YIPAA seminar of 2011 on Thursday 24 February on the topic of &#39;Working under Changes of Government - Impacts and Opportunities&#39;.</p> <p>Drawing on his experience working under four changes of government, Yehudi outlined a range of challenges faced by public administrators when governments change, and discussed the sorts of opportunities that are presented during uncertain times.</p> <p>Yehudi spoke of proper record-keeping, long term innovation, accountability, community involvement as ingredients for successful service delivery.</p> <p>Questions came thick and fast from the audience of 50 Young IPAAs concerning areas for improvement in the public sector&#39;s role as drivers and shapers of administrative reform and the issue of changing community perceptions of government.</p> <p>The next YIPAA event will be held on Thursday 7 April 2011 and registrations will be available via the <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/category/yipaa-events">YIPAA Events</a> page</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/273/cid/46/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Good governance for the public sector - new workshops <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/368/f/gov pic 600 wide.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 217px" /></p> <p>Good governance is recognised by a number of key characteristics. The diversity of this topic is offered in a new series of workshops meeting these professional development needs.</p> <p>Good governance is recognised by a number of key characteristics, including:</p> <ol> <li>participatory</li> <li>consensus oriented</li> <li>accountable</li> <li>transparent</li> <li>responsive</li> <li>effective and efficient</li> <li>equitable</li> <li>inclusive</li> </ol> <p>The diversity of this topic cannot be covered in a single workshop. We are pleased to offer a series of workshops meeting these professional development needs.</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="1" style="width: 600px"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/336/f/ps governance thumb.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 125px" /></td> <td> <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/public-sector-goverance">Public Sector Governance</a><br /> Wednesday 25 May<br /> 9.30 &ndash; 1.30pm<br /> Facilitated by Marco Bini, Director Policy and Coordination, Victorian Auditor Generals Office</td> </tr> <tr> <td> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/330/f/Risk Management thumb.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 125px" /></td> <td> <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/risk-management-3">Risk Management </a><br /> Thursday 26 May<br /> 9.00 &ndash; 2.00pm<br /> Facilitated by Jonathon Masom, Risk Management Adviser VMIA</td> </tr> <tr> <td> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/332/f/Finance for Governance thumb.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 125px" /></td> <td> <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/finance-for-governance">Finance for Governance</a><br /> Thursday 26 May<br /> 1.00 &ndash; 5.00pm<br /> Facilitated by Claire Higgins, Chair, State Emergency Services</td> </tr> <tr> <td> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/334/f/Contracts and RelationshipsPS thumb.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 125px" /></td> <td> <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/contracts-and-relationships-in-the-public-sector">Contracts &amp; Relationships in the Public Sector</a><br /> Friday 27 May<br /> 9.30am - 4.30pm<br /> Facilitated by Andy Armiger-Grant, Commercial Advisor</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/279/cid/49/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Managing complex policy challenges - YIPAA Seminar <p>130 Young IPAAs were given an insight into managing complex policy challenges by a panel of public sector professionals on Thursday 7 April 2011.</p> <p>Governments and bureaucracies everywhere face trade offs between quick wins and pursing longer term reforms that might be slow to implement, but ultimately reap greater rewards for the state and for the community. Key themes in how to navigate the pathway between short term wins and long term gains, that emerged from the panel discussion, centred around the need for strategy, clarity and agreed purpose in understanding.</p> <p><strong>Cameron Frazer</strong>, General Manager Business &amp; Industry at Sustainability Victoria spoke on carbon pricing, while <strong>Jonathon Spear</strong>, Director, Strategy and Innovation Branch, Policy &amp; Cabinet Group at the Department of Premier and Cabinet discussed alcohol fuelled violence. Both speakers had a wealth of knowledge in working on these challenging and sometimes &lsquo;sticky&rsquo; policy issues. They both stressed the need for all levels of government to work together and take a holistic view of complex policy issues in order to fully address these problems.</p> <p><strong>Dean Yates</strong>, Deputy Secretary, Budget and Financial Management Division at the Department of Treasury and Finance spoke on priority setting in whole of government budgeting. He examined the role of individual budget submissions and discussed what he believed to be some of the key challenges in achieving a sustainable budget.</p> <p>The seminar closed with questions from the audience and <strong>Katy Haire</strong>, Executive Director, Policy and Cabinet Group at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and IPAA Board Member, ensured that the post-presentation discussion was provocative, candid and insightful.</p> <p>The next YIPAA event &lsquo;<strong>Lessons from Crossing the Public-Private Sector Divide</strong>&rsquo; will be held on <strong>Thursday 16 June 2011</strong> and registrations will be available via the <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/category/yipaa-events">YIPAA Events</a> page.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/288/cid/49/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 IPAA Victoria State Budget Briefing <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/374/f/1 image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px;" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/372/f/2 image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px;" /></p> <p>Speaking to a packed audience of over 1,000 guests, Grant Hehir, Secretary of the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, and Vince FitzGerald of the Allen Consulting Group, presented the IPAA Victoria 2011 State Budget Briefing.</p> <p>Grant began by reviewing the economic context for the budget. This included reductions in Victoria&rsquo;s Gross State Product over the coming years and the economic pressure created by a booming mining sector and the high Australian dollar. Despite these challenges, he noted that history showed that Victoria&rsquo;s economy has had the ability to adapt and change to new economic circumstances.</p> <p>In reviewing the fiscal environment, Grant highlighted the interim findings of the Independent Review of State Finances which showed: that Victoria&rsquo;s current financial position is unsustainable into the medium term; that Victoria&rsquo;s finances are not well placed to absorb another material financial shock; and that the current level of net infrastructure investment is insufficient.</p> <p>This situation is aggravated by changes in the Commonwealth&rsquo;s funding model that will reduce GST grants to Victoria by $2.5B over the next five years, along with slower growth in the overall pool of GST revenue. Copies of Grant&rsquo;s slides are <a href="/document/item/526" target="_blank">available here</a>.</p> <p>Vince FitzGerald echoed Grant&rsquo;s concern at the impact on Victoria&rsquo;s economy of unpredictable Commonwealth funding decisions. He noted a number of opportunities for raising these concerns, including the Commonwealth tax summit to be held later in 2011. He also noted the value of bodies, like the newly created Infrastructure NSW, that could improve the quality of funding submissions for new infrastructure proposals made by states to the Commonwealth.<br /> Copies of Vince&#39;s slides are <a href="/document/item/529" target="_blank">available here</a>.</p> <p>Mike Hirst , Managing Director at Bendigo &amp; Adelaide Bank provided a commentary at the regional budget briefing luncheon in Bendigo on Thursday 5 May 2011<br /> Copies of Mike&#39;s slides are <a href="/document/item/534">available here</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/298/cid/49/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Managing stakeholders in a Crisis <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/376/f/managing in crisis crowd image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px;" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/378/f/managing in crisis speaker image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px;" /></p> <p>Delegates from across the public sector participated in a discussion about managing stakeholders in a crisis, in the<em> Critical Stakeholder Management Seminar - Predicting events, coordinating actions and communicating responses</em> on 6 April 2011. The Chief Officer, Country Fire Authority, Euan Ferguson and Andrew Gissing, Director of Emergency Management and Communication, Victorian State Emergency Service spoke about the use of predictive models and coordination with the community sector during a crisis.</p> <p>This seminar also addressed how effective communication is vital for stakeholder management. Doug Weller illustrated, using case studies, what to say to the media and what not to say. Also Tim Martin, Director, 2 Sticks Digital emphasised that the growing trend for citizens to use social media during a crisis highlighted the need for public sector agencies to develop &lsquo;street credibility&rsquo; in communicating using these mechanisms.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/301/cid/49/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 IPAA in the news <p><strong>A recent story in the Australian Financial Review (13 April 2011, page 3) noted Victorian government spending on IPAA&rsquo;s &#39;How Government Works&#39; training workshop. Here is the letter to the Editor sent in response by IPAA Victoria President Fran Thorn.</strong></p> <p>Dear Editor</p> <p>Toilet humour has its place in the world. But your cartoon (page 3, 13 April) is wrong to suggest that paying for training that helps public servants to understand how government works is flushing money away.</p> <p>Every review has noted the complexities of Australia&rsquo;s public administration systems and the solution for almost every major social, economic or infrastructure issue, from homelessness to family violence to meeting the infrastructure requirements of communities, is now described as demanding &ldquo;whole of government&rdquo; response. Creating this coordinated response requires a skilled workforce that understands the checks, balances and expectations public administrators have to operate within.</p> <p>Australia&rsquo;s government landscape is also littered with projects that failed to coordinate the involvement of Australia&rsquo;s three levels of government. Forcing public administrators to reflect on the processes of government is one way to reduce that wastage, at a time when there are pressing demands on the public purse.</p> <p>It is also crucial that we bring the skills of people now working in the private and community sectors into public administration. Expecting these new administrators to immediately pick COAG from an IDC, or to understand the processes needed to brief a Cabinet or a Council, is a recipe for us to lose their skills, rather than gain from them.</p> <p>As the professional association for people working in the public sector, IPAA understands that Australians have a healthy scepticism about bureaucracy. But the relatively small amounts that governments spend on training courses like &ldquo;How Government Works&rdquo; should be seen as a practical investment rather than the object of criticism.</p> <p>Fran Thorn<br /> President<br /> Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria)</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/290/cid/49/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 IPAA Perspectives with Barrie Cassidy - 1 June 2011 <p>Barrie Cassidy cites &#39;Don&#39;t offend&#39; as the new political mantra and gives his perspective on modern politics and the development of public policy. He argues that modern politics has become corroded by the timidity of governments who are too afraid to offend and too reluctant to persuade.</p> <p>Barrie asks whether long term policy development has become a casualty in a media contest that has to be won on the day, every day!</p> <p>Join us on 1 June 2011 at 5pm to 7.30pm for Barrie&#39;s insightful and thought provoking address at Hilton on the Park.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/ipaa-perspectives">Register now</a></strong></p> <p><strong>About the speaker</strong></p> <p>Barrie Cassidy is one of Australia&rsquo;s most experienced political journalists and commentators, having covered federal politics since the late 70s. In that time he has either been personally involved in, or reported on 12 federal elections.</p> <p>Barrie has worked as political correspondent for both <em>ABC TV News</em> and <em>The 7.30 Report</em> and been posted overseas, in global political capitals - Washington DC and Brussels.</p> <p>He was for four years in the late 80s, Prime Minister Bob Hawke&rsquo;s senior press secretary and eventually senior political adviser. He is now the host of the popular Sunday morning political discussion program, <em>Insiders</em>, as well as the sporting spin off, <em>Offsiders</em>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/300/cid/49/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Gain the Policy Edge - last chance to register <p>This innovative five day program is aimed at emerging leaders and managers who want to advance their policy skills, and gain a greater understanding of the conceptual framework for policy.</p> <p>The program is delivered by policy experts and provides an opportunity for hands on policy development while networking with your peers. Only a few places are still available, so don&#39;t delay, make your booking today!</p> <p>Telephone inquiries to Ms Jo Jenson, Professional Development Manager, IPAA Victoria tel 9653 2003</p> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/274/cid/49/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Victoria scoops finalists in 2011 Excellence in eGovernment Awards <p>Commonwealth Special Minister of State, Gary Gray has announced the finalisits in the 2011 &#39;Excellence in eGovernment Awards&#39;. The Awards recognise the most outstanding initiatives in eGovernment.</p> <p>Victoria is a finalist in four out of five categories with recognition of projects by DOJ, DSE, DBI and CFA. Congratulations also to Maria Katsonis (DPC) and Guy Sigley (CFA) who are finalists in the Government 2.0 Innovator of the Year.</p> <p>The winners will be announced at the CeBit celebration dinner on June 1. Further information <a href="http://www.finance.gov.au/e-government/awards/e-government-awards.html">click here</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/297/cid/50/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Membership Renewals <p>Corporate and Personal IPAA Victoria members are invited to renew your membership for 2011-12. Significant benefits are offered to you along with the opportunity to connect and share new ideas and knowledge across the whole of government.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/membershipinfo">About IPAA membership</a></p> <p><strong>IPAA Victoria members have their say:</strong></p> <p><em>Even more than excellent classes and fantastic speakers and events throughout the year, what I most value from IPAA membership are opportunities to interact with VPS colleagues to exchange the ideas, experiences and inspiration that enable better outcomes for Victoria.</em><br /> <strong>Mr Patrick McCormick</strong>, IPAA Personal Member and Manager, Digital Engagement, Strategic Communication Branch, Department of Justice</p> <p><em>When you&#39;re in a profession I think it is important to really be part of that profession. IPAA provides the opportunity to develop professionally, to meet others and hear about their ways of working, their achievements and to learn about different ways of doing things, innovating, within a public sector context. IPAA can link people across different areas of interest and helps develop a sense of being part of a broader, highly professional public sector.</em><br /> <strong>Ms Lynne Wannan</strong> AM, IPAA Personal Member and Director, Office for the Community Sector, Department of Planning and Community Development</p> <p><em>I chose to be a member of IPAA Victoria as a way to stay in touch with fellow public servants and those with a strong interest in public policy. IPAA provides a range of forums to inform, share and develop public policy skills that provides something for all of us. The functions are always enjoyable, well run and stimulating so that you leave having learnt something and had a good time!</em><br /> <strong>Dr Lynne Williams</strong>, IPAA Fellow and Former Under Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance</p> <p><em>The reason I am a longstanding member of IPAA is because I believe it is important that the public sector is represented by a body that understands, supports and advocates for the challenges of professional public service. The public sector operates in a complex, often relentless, intrinsically rewarding environment, but the challenges faced by public servants are often poorly understood and the prestige is, let&rsquo;s face it, is limited. It is vital we support and learn from each other. IPAA provides effective networks, information and challenging opportunities for me and my staff to learn across sectors and levels of government.</em><br /> <strong>Ms Jennifer Wolcott</strong>, IPAA Personal Member and General Manager, Corporate Strategy &amp; Services, Parks Victoria</p> <p>Should you have any membership queries, please telephone Joady Donovan, IPAA Membersip Manager 9653 2027</p> <h3>TO RENEW YOUR PERSONAL MEMBERSHIP</h3> <p>If you would like an invoice before proceeding with payment, please follow the steps below and simply choose &#39;Invoice&#39; as your payment method. However, please note that once an invoice is issued, payment is required within 14 days.</p> <p>1. Go to www.vic.ipaa.org.au<br /> Log in with your username and password.<br /> [If you have forgotten these, simply click &lsquo;Forgotten your password?&rsquo; and follow the prompts to reset.]</p> <p>2. When logged in, select link on right called &#39;My Membership&#39;</p> <p>3. Click RENEW NOW and follow the prompts.</p> <h3>TO RENEW YOUR <strong>CORPORATE</strong> MEMBERSHIP</h3> <p>Only the designated corporate contact has access to renew an organisation&#39;s membership. If you would like an invoice before proceeding with payment, please follow the steps below and simply choose &#39;Invoice&#39; as your payment method. However, please note that once an invoice is issued, payment is required within 14 days.</p> <p>1. Go to www.vic.ipaa.org.au<br /> Log in with the corporate contact&#39;s username and password.</p> <p>2. When logged in, select link on right called &#39;My Membership&#39;</p> <p>3. If you can see the red text: &#39;Details: Corporate&#39; then you may proceed.<br /> If not, use the dropdown menu to change over to the Corporate membership details</p> <p>4. Click RENEW NOW and follow the prompts.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/291/cid/50/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 IPAA National Conference programme now available <p>More details on the 2011 IPAA National conference are now available.</p> <p>Keynote presentations will be delivered by:</p> <ul> <li>The Hon. Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia</li> <li>The Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Former New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister</li> </ul> <p>Other major presenters include:</p> <ul> <li>Akash Paun - Senior Researcher at the London-based Institute for Government, an independent think tank that undertakes research and other activities to help improve the effectiveness of government in the UK.</li> <li>Dr Randal Stewart &amp; Katherine Hilyard - Managing Director and Associate Consultant at People &amp; Strategy speaking on Minority Government &ndash; inertia or advantage? Who decides?</li> <li>Andrew Murray - Chair of the Western Australian Regional Development Trust and former Senator for Western Australia</li> <li>Barbara Etter - Chief Executive of Tasmania&#39;s Integrity Commission</li> <li>Ian McPhee, Auditor-General for Australia</li> </ul> <p>To view the full programme and speaker profiles, please <a href="http://www.ipaanationalconference.org.au/2011-national-conference/2011-conference-overview/2011-conference-programme.html" target="_blank">click here</a>. To secure your place, <a href="http://www.ipaanationalconference.org.au/" target="_blank">book now</a>.</p> <p><strong>IPAA National Conference</strong><br /> 25-26 August 2011<br /> Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/302/cid/51/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 'Don't offend' informs <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/382/f/bcassidy image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px; margin: 10px;" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/380/f/bcassidy crowd 256.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p>Speaking to an audience of 300 people, the host of the ABC&rsquo;s <em>Insiders</em> program Barrie Cassidy delivered &#39;Don&#39;t offend&#39;, the second of IPAA&#39;s Perspectives seminars.</p> <p>Saying that the reputation of politicians was at an all time low, he noted the paradox that whilst politicians were working harder than ever they were getting little results for their work.</p> <p>Part of the problem he said was an obsession with the media and that the &ldquo;contest of ideas&rdquo; was being replaced by the &ldquo;contest for laughs&rdquo;.</p> <p>Ironically, this was happening at a time when the country was doing relatively well economically, leading him to suggest that politicians had lost the ability to talk about prosperity, as well as offer clear direction and ideology.</p> <p>He noted this had a particularly negative impact on public administration, with rapid policy reversals and lack of consistency inevitably leading to poor advice.</p> <p>Despite this fairly gloomy view, he urged public administrators to continue to be advocates for good policy and to talk up the importance of action. This situation has not always been like this, he argued, and sooner or later the wheel will turn.</p> <p>A lively Q&amp;A session, facilitated by broadcaster Glenn Capelli, culminated in Michael McGarvie, the Legal Services Commissioner, being selected to ask Barrie the last question of the evening, seated in an Insiders studio replica.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/303/cid/51/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Sustainability in the Public Sector Seminar <p>On Tuesday 9 August 2011 IPAA presents an Executive Conversation: <em>Sustainability in the Public Sector, </em>focussing on changing environments and changing cultures. This seminar will be held at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, from 12pm - 2.30pm.</p> <p>A mixture of legislative requirements and community expectations mean that many public sector bodies now report their activities against environmental measures. One tool for improving organisational performance against those measures is to change workplace behaviour.</p> <p>Some workplace behaviours can be shifted through new organisational structures that embed sustainability ideas within an organisation and which help to maintain sustainability efforts. Other behaviours can be influenced by design features, particularly in new buildings or in buildings that are undergoing major refurbishment.</p> <p>A further lever for change is by influencing workplace culture; shifting individual thinking about &ldquo;the way we do things around here.&rdquo;</p> <p>This seminar presents four speakers with direct experience of inducing workplace behaviour change. From new buildings and communities to new organisational structures and cultures, this seminar will show how large organisations can contribute to long term environmental sustainability.</p> <p>Speakers:</p> <ul> <li>Dr Kate Auty, Commissioner, Environmental Sustainability Victoria</li> <li>Chris Blake, Executive General Manager People &amp; Community, Australia Post</li> <li>Dr Kathy Alexander, Chief Executive Officer, City of Melbourne</li> <li>Romilly Madew, Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council Australia</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/executive-conversations">Register now</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/304/cid/51/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Portraits of Women in Public Service - Video Clips <p>A key feature of this year&rsquo;s <em>International Women&rsquo;s Day Celebration</em> was a number of short video presentations giving perspectives of women holding senior leadership positions in the VPS, as well as the views of women who are relatively new to public administration. These videos are now available on our website. <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/resources/portraits-of-women-in-public-service">Select a video</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/305/cid/51/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Alan Milburn speaks on public sector reform <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/390/f/a milburn 2 image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px;" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/388/f/a milburn 1 image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" /></p> <p>Volcanic dust clouds prevented Alan Milburn from being on stage at IPAA&#39;s Leadership Speaks seminar on 22 June, but they didn&#39;t stop him from speaking. Linked in by video conferencing from the PWC Office in Sydney, Milburn gave a deeply engaging and challenging personal perspective on public sector reform, drawing on his time as a Minister in Tony Blair&rsquo;s government in the UK.</p> <p>He began by noting that governments now faced a perfect storm in the delivery of public services, with changing demographics and public attitudes about service delivery, the global financial crisis and the need for long term fiscal austerity. The consequences of all this, he said, will be ongoing demand to &quot;get more out for what we put in&quot;.</p> <p>Milburn argued strongly that this would only be possible by enlisting citizens as part of the solution, rather than seeing them as part of the problem. He illustrated this point by reflecting on his experience as Minister for Health in the Blair Government in the late 1990s, when public confidence in the UK&#39;s National Health Service was at record lows, with long waiting lists and real questions over its long term sustainability as a service.</p> <p>Part of the long term turnaround in this situation was to increase funding. But Milburn argued that increased funding also had to be linked with deeper structural changes, including greater competition, better incentives, more choice and ultimately bringing the public inside the decision-making tent. He noted evidence from the US and Germany showing that when people with long-term chronic conditions were offered a choice between a benefit and a service, personal satisfaction with the health service improves and levels of public expenditure falls.</p> <p>Milburn concluded by arguing against the myth that the public is disinterested and disengaged. On the contrary, he noted, the problem is that the public is disempowered and that changing that relationship will be the secret to successful and sustainable long term public services.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/306/cid/51/parent/0/t/news October 6, 2011 Building the Business Case - Seminar & Practicum - 5 August <p>This seminar outlines the process for preparing a business case for budget funding submission. Speakers will review how to align submissions to government priorities as well as the content, structure and format of a successful business case.</p> <p>The small group practicum, led by consulting firm experts, allows you to share your business case experiences and ask specific questions about funding, social programs and professional services.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/building-the-business-case-4">Read more</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/310/cid/51/parent/0/t/news July 26, 2011 Linking up with the US, Malaysia and Singapore <p>In September 2012, IPAA Victoria will host an international congress on public administration that will bring together more than 1,000 public administrators.</p> <p>One major aim for the Congress is for it to be a truly international gathering, bringing together administrators from countries with which Australia has strong aid, trade and political links.</p> <p>To encourage international involvement in the Congress, as speakers and delegates, IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s Executive Director Geraldine Kennett recently visited the US, Malaysia and Singapore.</p> <p>In the US, she attended the annual conference of the American Society for Public Administration [ASPA], which built on a visit to Melbourne last year by Professor Meredith Newman, President of ASPA, and a former Australian public servant. She also met with Denise Amyot, the head of IPAC, the Canadian equivalent of IPAA.</p> <p>In Singapore, she extended an invitation to speak to Peter Ong, new Head of Civil Service in Singapore. Mr Ong has a significant connection with Australia, as a graduate of the University of Adelaide.</p> <p>In Malaysia, Geraldine met with the Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia, Tan Sri Mohd Sidek bin Haji Hassan. In discussing the Congress, the Chief Secretary noted that as part of its 2020 Vision, the Malaysian Government had identified public sector reform as a being a key element in the transformation of the Malaysian economy.</p> <p>Geraldine also met with members of INTAN, a body with similar aims to IPAA, and with the Public Service Department to discuss area of particular interest to Malaysian public administrators.</p> <p>For more information about the IPAA 2012 Congress, please <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/category/ipaa2012-international-congress">click here</a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/296/cid/50/parent/0/t/news July 26, 2011 IPAA - New Policy Paper on Government Challenges <p>&#39;Modern government faces risks and opportunities of unprecedented scale and complexity, the solutions to which are very different from those tried in the past,&#39; a new IPAA policy paper argues. Read <a href="/document/item/516" target="_blank">IPAA&#39;s latest submission</a></p> <p>&#39;In Australia, this combination of complexity, scale and unpredictability is testing many of the current models and methods of government and the business processes and systems on which they rely.&#39; &#39;Without considerable reform and renewal, public administration will fail to deliver the mix of better policy, improved services and citizen engagement that are the mark of good government in a more open and connected world.&#39; the paper concludes.</p> <p>The paper&rsquo;s principal author is Martin Stewart-Weeks, a member of IPAA&rsquo;s Submissions Standing Committee, who received input from other members of the Committee.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/283/cid/50/parent/0/t/news July 26, 2011 See risk differently. VMIA Risk Conference 17 - 18 August 2011 <p>Registrations for the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority&rsquo;s second Risk Conference are now open.</p> <p>The 2011 VMIA Risk Conference looks at risk management from all perspectives, inside and out.</p> <p>Join leaders from across government for this premier risk event exclusively for the public sector.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t miss out on the earlybird rates!</p> <p><a href="http://www.vmiaconference.com.au" target="_blank">Read more</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/289/cid/50/parent/0/t/news June 2, 2011 IPAA National Conference 25-26 August 2011 <p> </p> <p>This year&rsquo;s conference in Hobart, &#39;Learning to Power Share&#39; explores the challenges and opportunities involved in minority government under its theme, &#39;Hanging Our Parliaments or Changing Administrative Paradigms &ndash; Minority Governments in Practice&#39;.</p> <p><strong>Topics to be covered include:</strong></p> <p>* New Modes of Governance<br /> * Decentralisation and Regionalisation<br /> * Ethical Leadership.</p> <p><strong>Venue</strong></p> <p>Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania</p> <p><strong>Key dates</strong></p> <p>30 June - Earlybird Registration Closes</p> <p>23 August - Registration Closes</p> <p>25 &amp; 26 August - National Conference</p> <p><a href="http://www.ipaanationalconference.org.au/">Further information</a></p> <p><a href="https://eventsonline09.amlinkevents.com/ei/cm.esp?id=4279&amp;pageid=_3500RK3SB">Registration</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/299/cid/49/parent/0/t/news May 4, 2011 Developing Inclusive Communities <p>Integration: Building Inclusive Societies (IBIS) is a new resource showcasing international good practice around migrant and refugee social inclusion and related multicultural community relations.</p> <p>IBIS is an international online community of practitioners, government policy makers and administrators and academics; see <a href="http://www.unaoc.org/communities/migrationintegration/" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> <p>IBIS is a joint project of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). UNAOC are currently in discussions with a range of organizations in Victoria to plan an IBIS regional launch and workshop in Melbourne later this year. If your agency has a multicultural &ldquo;good practice&rdquo; project or initiative that is appropriate for the IBIS website, you can submit it for publication at this <a href="http://www.unaoc.org/communities/migrationintegration/integration-practices/submit-a-practice/ " target="_blank">link</a>.</p> <p>For more information contact Con Pagonis tel 9667 5544 or email cpagonis@mav.asn.au</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/269/cid/48/parent/0/t/news May 4, 2011 YIPAA Peer Plus Mentoring Program matches record numbers <p>More than 110 mentors and mentees were matched in the 2011 YIPAA Peer Plus Mentoring Program. The induction day, held on 4 March 2011, offered participants a chance to meet one another and commence a number of mentoring activities under the facilitation of Gilly Johnson, Director &amp; Founder, Australian Mentor Centre and Geraldine Kennett, Executive Director, IPAA Victoria.</p> <p>The full day workshop included mentor and mentee specific workshops, group activities and the opportunity to hear from a number of past participants who spoke on their own experiences as mentors and mentees and offered their advice to new participants moving into the program.</p> <p>The YIPAA Peer Plus Mentoring Program is run annually as a part of the YIPAA (Young IPAA Victoria) program. Registration opens for the 2012 program in November 2011.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/276/cid/48/parent/0/t/news May 4, 2011 Women's Day Celebrations lead to establishment of an online channel <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/338/f/iwdc1 image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px;" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/340/f/iwdc2 image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px;" /></p> <p>We were pleased to deliver our 2011 International Women&rsquo;s Day Celebrations consisting of a Cocktail Reception &amp; Inaugural Cultural Portraits of Change Dinner. Over 900 guests attended Melbourne Town Hall for these celebrations on Wednesday 2 March 2011.</p> <p>At the cocktail function the keynote address was delivered by Dr Helen Szoke, Victorian Equal Opportunity &amp; Human Rights Commissioner and a music performance was provided by Deborah Cheetham, Indigenous Sorprano, composer &amp; internationally acclaimed playwright.</p> <p>In recognition of the 100th centenary of International Women&rsquo;s Day , IPAA is currently profiling 100 women from the public sector. This project will consist of the establishment of an online channel providing access to all interviews conducted together with a a publication outlining the project.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/286/cid/48/parent/0/t/news May 4, 2011 Public Administration in America <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/366/f/aspa logo thumb.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 125px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/364/f/aspa keynote.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 125px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/356/f/aspa speakers image.jpg" style="width: 248px; height: 126px" /></p> <p> </p> <p>As a guest at the American Society of Public Administration annual conference, I had the opportunity to search for potential speakers and formats for the IPAA International Congress 2012. Bringing together over 1000 global thinkers, public administrators and academics ASPA&rsquo;s conference explored issues of trust in public administration, nation building in emerging democracies, disaster management and worldwide economic crisis.</p> <p>Leading presenters included:<br /> &bull; <strong>Denise Amyot, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation,</strong> and President, The Institute of Public Administration Canada<br /> &bull; <strong>Admiral Thad Allen, Former Commandant, United States Coast Guard</strong>, best known for directing the federal response to Hurricane Katrina &amp; Rita in the Gulf Coast region<br /> &bull; <strong>Geert Bouckaert, Professor Public Management Institute,</strong> Katholieke Universiteit Leuven<br /> &bull; <strong>Wolfgang Drechsler, Professor and Chair of Governance </strong>and Vice Dean for International relations, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia</p> <p>For information about the ASPA Conference <a href="http://www.aspanet.org/2011conference/">click here</a>.<br /> To register your interest in the IPAA International Congress - 18-20 September 2012 vist the website at:<a href="http://www.ipaa2012.org.au"> www.ipaa2012.org.au</a></p> <p>Geraldine Kennett, Executive Director, IPAA Victoria</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/284/cid/48/parent/0/t/news May 4, 2011 IPAA presents first Community of Practice events for 2011 <p>IPAA has recently delivered the first community of practice events for 2011, consisting of open forums, panel discussions and keynote addresses. These events were held for government departments and agencies in 3 practice areas: Events, Internal Communication, People &amp; Culture. The events generally attracted between 20 - 50 practitioners.</p> <p>These events provide a forum, for senior advisers and managers across government to meet and network, and share experiences and learnings in a collaborative way.</p> <p>IPAA is pleased to have established a resource centre providing up to date information and copies of presentations from these events, please <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/category/community-of-practice">click here</a> for more information.</p> <p>As a benefit for our government Corporate Members, there is no charge to attend these meetings, just let us know if you would like to be added to our email invitation list.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/282/cid/48/parent/0/t/news May 4, 2011 YIPAA Sectors at Sunrise - Thu 7 April <p>The next YIPAA Sectors at Sunrise Seminar <strong>&lsquo;Quick Wins versus Long-Term Gains: Influencing Change&rsquo; </strong>will be held on Thursday 7 April from 7.30am &ndash; 9am at the Telstra Conference Centre.</p> <p>A panel of public sector professionals will speak on their experiences of managing complex policy challenges when there are competing demands to pick low hanging fruit, get runs on the board, create substantial long term change and make a real difference!</p> <p><strong>Session Chair</strong></p> <p>Katy Haire, Executive Director, Policy and Cabinet Group at the Department of Premier and Cabinet</p> <p><strong>Panellists</strong></p> <p><strong>Dean Yates</strong>, Deputy Secretary, Budget and Financial Management Division at the Department of Treasury and Finance</p> <p><strong>Jonathon Spear</strong>, Director, Strategy and Innovation Branch, Policy &amp; Cabinet Group at the Department of Premier and Cabinet</p> <p><strong>Cameron Frazer</strong>, General Manager Business &amp; Industry at Sustainability Victoria</p> <p>This event is FREE for IPAA Personal Members &amp; YIPAA Corporate Nominees (the cohort nominated by IPAA Corporate Members). Others are welcome to attend, space permitting at $55 (inc GST)</p> <p>Date: Thursday 7 April 2011<br /> Time: 7.30 - 9am<br /> Venue: Telstra Conference Centre, Level 1, 242 Exhibition Street Melbourne</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/category/sectors-at-sunrise-seminars">REGISTER NOW</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/277/cid/48/parent/0/t/news May 4, 2011 IPAA National Conference 2011- Call for abstracts <p><br /> This year&rsquo;s Conference, <em>Learning to Power Share </em>explores the challenges and opportunities involved in minority government under its theme, <em>&ldquo;Hanging Our Parliaments or Changing Administrative Paradigms &ndash; Minority Governments in Practice</em>&rdquo;.</p> <p>Topics to be covered include:</p> <ul> <li>New Modes of Governance</li> <li>Decentralisation and Regionalisation</li> <li>Ethical Leadership.</li> </ul> <p>Practitioners and academics are invited to submit proposals for papers that focus on the key themes of the conference.<br /> Last submission accepted by close of business Thursday 31 March 2011. <strong>NOW EXTENDED UNTIL 14 APRIL 2011</strong><a href="http://www.ipaanationalconference.org.au/2011-national-conference/call-for-abstracts-2011.html "><br /> Further information</a></p> <p>Early Bird Registration available until 30 June 2011 <a href="https://eventsonline09.amlinkevents.com/ei/cm.esp?id=4279&amp;pageid=_3500RK3SB">Register now</a></p> <h2><strong>Key dates</strong></h2> <p><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 128);">CLOSING SOON</span><br /> February 24 - April 14<br /> <strong>Call for Abstracts</strong></p> <p>March 31<br /> <strong>Super Early Bird Registration Closes</strong></p> <p>April 14 - April 22<br /> <strong>Abstracts Reviewed</strong></p> <p>April 22 - April 29<br /> <strong>Authors Notified</strong></p> <p>April 29 - July 1<br /> <strong>Full Paper Due</strong></p> <p>June 30<br /> <strong>Early Bird Registration Closes</strong></p> <p>August 23<br /> <strong>Registration Close</strong></p> <p>August 25 &amp; 26<br /> <strong>National Conference</strong></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/287/cid/48/parent/0/t/news May 4, 2011 Attorney-General discusses new Court Executive Service <p>More than 350 people gathered to hear The Hon Robert Clark MP discuss the establishment of the new Court Executive Service.</p> <p>The Attorney-General noted that this public sector reform would help to boost the independence of the judiciary, both in theory and practice. In particular, he said, the new Court Executive Service will mean that public administrators working in the administrative systems of Victoria&#39;s courts will no longer experience the feeling of having &quot;two masters&quot;. He also emphasised that the change was no reflection on the quality of work done by those administrators, but instead reflected the flaws that had existed in the old administrative system.</p> <p>This Breakfast Seminar was held on 25 March 2011 at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne as part of the IPAA Leadership Speaks series.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/285/cid/48/parent/0/t/news May 4, 2011 IPAA State Budget Briefings registration open for Bendigo & Melbourne <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/6/f/BBB 3124 + sq image.jpg" style="width: 213px; height: 213px; margin: 10px; float: right;" />The 2011 IPAA State Budget Briefing registrations are now open. Presented by Grant Hehir, Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance this seminar provides an early opportunity to learn how the Victorian State Budget will shape Government and Business economic performance in the coming year.</p> <p>IPAA&#39;s State Budget Briefing Breakfast is always a popular event on the public sector calendar and last year attracted more than 1,200 people.</p> <p>Each year, as part of our support for regional Victoria, IPAA Victoria delivers a Budget Briefing Lunch in a major regional centre. In 2011, this Briefing will held in Bendigo.</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 128);"><strong>State Budget Briefing Breakfast </strong></span>- Wednesday 4 May 2011<br /> <strong>Melbourne Convention &amp; Exhibition Centre (MCEC)</strong><br /> 7.15am - 9.30am,<br /> Speakers: Grant Hehir, Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance and Dr Vince FitzGerald, Director, The Allen Consulting Group</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 128);"><strong>State Budget Briefing Lunch Bendigo</strong></span> - Thursday 5 May 2011<br /> <strong>Foundry Hotel Complex, Bendigo</strong><br /> 11am - 1pm,<br /> Speakers: Grant Hehir, Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance, Penny Armytage, Secretary, Department of Justice and Mike Hirst, MD &amp; CEO, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/category/state-budget-briefings">Click here</a> for more information and registration</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/281/cid/48/parent/0/t/news March 29, 2011 YIPAA Sectors at Sunrise with Yehudi Blacher - 24 Feb 2011 <p>Yehudi Blacher, Secretary of the Department of Planning and Community Development, will speak at the first YIPAA Breakfast of 2011 on Thursday 24 February on the topic of &#39;Working under Changes of Government - Impacts and Opportunities&#39;. The presentation will outline a range of challenges faced by public administrators when governments change, and discuss the sorts of opportunities that are presented by change in terms of the public sector&#39;s role as drivers and shapers of administrative reform to assist the Government achieve its policy objectives. [Sorry we now have a FULL HOUSE, registration closed]</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/268/cid/46/parent/0/t/news March 29, 2011 2011 IPAA Victoria Calendar <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/226/f/2011 calendar image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/337" target="_blank">Click here</a> for our 2011 Calendar featuring an array of workshops forums and other events to help plan your 2011 diary.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/259/cid/46/parent/0/t/news March 29, 2011 YIPAA Peer Plus Mentoring Closing Reception <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/314/f/mentor farewell matched image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/312/f/mentor farewell ged image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px" /></p> <p>Past Mentors and Mentees gathered on 10 February for the official close of the 2010 YIPAA Peer Plus Mentoring Program. Sebastian Salicru, Director and Principal Consultant at PTS Consulting spoke to the audience about the leadership indicators that drive innovation and discretionary effort to achieve extraordinary outcomes.</p> <p>The reception closed with a presentation of certificates to all of the 2010 participants. The YIPAA Peer Plus Mentoring Program has now moved into its fourth year and provides an opportunity for young public sector professionals to gain an additional layer of career and professional development support, while building a pool of experienced mentors to strengthen the mentoring culture within the public sector.</p> <p>The YIPAA Peer Plus Mentoring Program is run annually by IPAA Victoria. Registration has now closed for the 2011 year but will open again in November for the 2012 Program. For more information about the program please contact Mona Ray Greig, YIPAA Co-ordinator on 9653 2069.</p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/266/cid/46/parent/0/t/news March 29, 2011 'Cool Tools' in Internal Communication - 3 Mar 2011 <p>IPAA&#39;s first Internal Communication Community of Practice meeting for 2011 will explore various &#39;Cool Tools&#39;. Join us for a series of &#39;ignite&#39; presentations from industry experts covering topics including Yammer, Ning and Video. This meeting will be held at IPAA on Thursday 3 March at 9.15am - 11am and all members of IPAA&rsquo;s Internal Communication Community of Practice will be invited to attend. Registration opening soon.</p> <p>IPAA hosts Communities of Practice for government departments and agencies in four practice areas:</p> <ul> <li>Events</li> <li>Internal Communication</li> <li>People &amp; Culture</li> <li>Speechwriting</li> </ul> <p>These groups have been established to provide a forum, for senior advisers and managers across government to meet and network, and share experiences and learnings in a collaborative way. As a benefit for our government <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/membershipinfo/our-corporate-members" target="_blank">Corporate Members</a>, there is no charge to attend these meetings, just let us know if you would like to be on our email invitation list, tel Miriam Glaser 9653 2069</p>   http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/267/cid/46/parent/0/t/news March 29, 2011 IPAA International Women's Day Celebration - 2 March 2011 <table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 450px"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: bottom"> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/280/f/MelbTown Hall entrance image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px" /></td> <td style="vertical-align: bottom"> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/268/f/fran thorn.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 125px" /></td> <td style="vertical-align: bottom"> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/270/f/helen szoke.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 125px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td style="vertical-align: top"> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/272/f/deborah Cheetham.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 125px" /></td> <td style="vertical-align: top"> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/274/f/nina finn.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 125px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3> </h3> <h3>Portraits of Women within Public Service - Celebrating contribution, leadership and achievement</h3> <p>It is with great pleasure, that IPAA Victoria invites you to join us at the IPAA International Women&#39;s Day Celebration on Wednesday 2 March. In this centenary year of International Women&#39;s Day, our theme is &#39;Women of Achievement&#39;. This is a major networking event for men and women working in or with the public sector, and last year the event attracted over 1,200 public sector professionals.</p> <p>In Victoria, women occupy many of the highest positions in important public bodies, help to deliver vital community services and infrastructure, and are powerful advocates for change and equality.</p> <p>IPAA&rsquo;s Centenary of International Women&rsquo;s Day event celebrates the contribution, leadership and achievements of women working in the public sector in Victoria.</p> <p>Come and be inspired by your colleagues and the work they do.</p> <p>Presenters<br /> <strong>Fran Thorn</strong><br /> President, Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria)<br /> Secretary, Department of Health<br /> <br /> Keynote Address<br /> <strong>Dr Helen Szoke</strong><br /> Victorian Equal Opportunity &amp; Human Rights Commissioner<br /> <br /> Featured Music Performance<br /> <strong>Deborah Cheetham</strong><br /> Indigenous Sorprano, composer &amp; internationally acclaimed playwright<br /> <br /> Plus <strong>Special guests<br /> <br /> Venue:</strong> Melbourne Town Hall<br /> <strong>Date:</strong> Wednesday 2 March 2011<br /> <strong>Time: </strong>4.30pm - 6.30pm<a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/category/international-womens-day-celebration"><br /> <strong>Register now</strong></a></p> <p>We acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors: KPMG, RACV, TAC, Wallage Executive and Regent Recruitment</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/302/f/kpmg logo.jpg" style="width: 90px; height: 35px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/300/f/racv logo.jpg" style="width: 63px; height: 35px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/298/f/Regent Logo.jpg" style="width: 79px; height: 35px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/296/f/tac logo.jpg" style="width: 139px; height: 35px" /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/294/f/Wallage Executive_RGB_Strapline.jpg" style="width: 97px; height: 35px" /></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/262/cid/46/parent/0/t/news March 29, 2011 IPAA Breakfast Address with the new Attorney General - 25 March 2011 <p>IPAA is pleased to present The Hon Robert Clark MP, Attorney General of Victoria, speaking on the establishment of Victoria&rsquo;s new independent Courts Executive Service. Administrators working in the new Service will support all Victorian courts and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and will be independent of departmental or political control.</p> <p>This event will provide an opportunity to gain insights into this very significant administrative reform and to ask questions of the Attorney General.</p> <p>7.30 - 9.30am Friday 25 March 2011 Seated breakfast<br /> Savoy Ballroom<strong>, </strong>Grand Hyatt Melbourne, 123 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/leadership-speaks">REGISTER NOW </a></p>  http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/271/cid/46/parent/0/t/news March 29, 2011 CARE Australia launches 'Walk In Her Shoes'' <p>In celebration of the 100th year of International Women&#39;s Day on Tuesday 8 March 2011, CARE Australia launches &#39;Walk In Her Shoes&#39;.<br /> <br /> While there is plenty of progress to celebrate this International Women&rsquo;s Day, there is still an incredible amount that needs to be achieved. There is no single group of people who are more disempowered than women and girls. They make up 60 per cent of the 1.4 billion people currently living in poverty. Millions walk over six kilometres a day, in search of food, water and firewood. This leaves little time for school, accessing health services and earning an income.<br /> <br /> You can help break this cycle of poverty &ndash; go online today and start fundraising.<br /> <br /> 1. <strong>Join</strong> the Walk In Her Shoes Challenge - <a href="http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/walkinhershoes">register</a> as an individual or team</p> <p>2. <strong>Raise</strong> money for your efforts &ndash; send your fundraising site to your friends, family and colleagues.<br /> <br /> 3. <strong>Walk</strong> 10,000 steps a day for a week, from Monday 28 March to Sunday 3 April. CARE Australia will even send you a CARE pedometer to help track your steps.<br /> <br /> 4. <strong>Empower</strong> women and girls to lift themselves out of poverty.<br /> <br /> Every step you take has the power to change her life forever.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/275/cid/46/parent/0/t/news February 22, 2011 IPAA Victoria Leadership in the Public Sector Awards finalists <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/254/f/100215_014 image.jpg" style="border-bottom: 10px solid; border-left: 10px solid; width: 353px; height: 236px; border-top: 10px solid; border-right: 10px solid" /></p> <p>Finalists have been selected for the IPAA Victoria Leadership in the Public Sector Awards 2010. The 15 finalists will be recognised and the winners announced at an invitation-only event at Queens Hall, Parliament House on 21 February 2011.</p> <p>IPAA Victoria received a record number of nominations across the seven award categories reflecting the breadth and quality of programs. The Awards offer an opportunity to showcase achievements and recognise the outstanding practices of teams and individuals within the Victorian public sector. The awards aim to acknowledge leadership potential and celebrate commitment to excellence and continuous improvement.</p> <p>The Finalists are:</p> <ul> <li>Banyule City Council - Healthy@Work=Healthy@Home</li> <li>Erin Birch - Department of Education and Early Childhood Development &ndash; Young Indigenous Leader Scholarship</li> <li>Department of Education and Early Childhood Development - Authentic Student Participation in Policy Development</li> <li>Department of Justice - Corrections Victoria Housing Project</li> <li>Department of Justice - Improving employment opportunities for Indigenous people in Justice</li> <li>Glen Eira City Council - Database Integration</li> <li>Latrobe City Council - Communities in Recovery</li> <li>Latrobe City Council - Steps to the Future - Gippsland</li> <li>Office of Police Integrity - Assessing unauthorised and inappropriate emails</li> <li>Port Phillip Community Group - Tenant Participation and Community Facilities Program</li> <li>Kayleen Sherwell - Department of Planning &amp; Community Development - Young Indigenous Leader Scholarship</li> <li>Southern Health - Staff safety, health and wellbeing</li> <li>VicRoads - L2P - Learner driver mentor program</li> <li>VicRoads - New Leaders Program</li> <li>Whittlesea City Council - Bushfire community recovery</li> </ul> <p>The Award Categories are:</p> <ul> <li>Health and Safety Performance Improvement Award</li> <li>Indigenous Employment Award</li> <li>Innovation in Policy Development Award</li> <li>Innovation in Service Delivery Award</li> <li>Risk Management Award</li> <li>Support for Emerging Leaders Award</li> <li>Young Indigenous Leader Scholarship</li> </ul> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/260/cid/45/parent/0/t/news February 10, 2011 Victorian Award Winners <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/196/f/Brodie image.jpg" style="border-bottom: 10px solid; border-left: 10px solid; width: 236px; height: 236px; border-top: 10px solid; border-right: 10px solid" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/198/f/jonathan spear image.jpg" style="border-bottom: 10px solid; border-left: 10px solid; width: 236px; height: 236px; border-top: 10px solid; border-right: 10px solid" /></p> <p>Three Victorians received important awards at the recent IPAA National Conference held in Adelaide in October 2010.</p> <p><strong>Chloe Munro</strong> was made a National Fellow of IPAA in recognition of a career that has covered many of the many of the most pressing environmental, regulatory and energy issues facing Australia.</p> <p>Chloe has been the head of the Victorian Government&rsquo;s Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the Department of Primary Industries and held senior positions within the Department of Treasury and Finance. Most recently she led the process for development of national policy on water property rights for Council of Australian Governments, a precursor to current National Water Initiative. She is currently Commissioner at the National Water Commission.</p> <p><strong>Jonathan Spear</strong> from the Victorian Department of Justice and <strong>Brodie Woodland </strong>from the Victorian Department of Transport, each won National Young Public Sector Leader Awards. The third winner was Stewart Clarke from the Department of Agriculture and Food in Western Australia.</p> <p>These Awards are given to public servants who demonstrate great potential in their public service careers and recognises their outstanding commitment, communication skills and attainment of high distinctions in the two year ANZSoG Executive Master of Public Administration course.</p> <p>Jonathan runs the Department&rsquo;s Innovation and Strategy Unit, which he describes as &ldquo;an internal think-tank for the Victorian Justice Portfolio&rdquo; and which does policy, research, and economic and statistical modelling. Brodie is a managing senior lawyer and provides commercial and legal advice on a range of subjects for DOT.</p> <p>Victorians won two out of the three Young Public Service Leader Awards presented at the National Conference and IPAA Victoria congratulates Chloe, Jonathan and Brodie on their great achievements. More details about all the Award Winners and new National Fellows are <a href="http://www.ipaa.org.au/_dbase_upl/Awards%20-%20271010_V2.pdf">here</a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/247/cid/45/parent/0/t/news February 10, 2011 IPAA Victoria Strategic Plan 2010-13 <p>IPAA Victoria&#39;s new Strategic Plan for 2010-13 has been approved by the Institute&#39;s Board and is now available <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/361">online</a>.</p> <p>The plan lays out the broad strategic directions that the Institute will take over the next three years as part of our mission to build the capacity, integrity and reputation of the public sector in Victoria.</p> <p>IPAA would like to thank everyone who contributed towards the development and refinement of the plan, which has been immensely improved by the detailed and constructive feedback we received from the Institute&#39;s membership.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/242/cid/45/parent/0/t/news February 10, 2011 Melbourne @ 7 Million Hypothetical <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/210/f/1 image 137wide.jpg" style="width: 137px; height: 137px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/212/f/panorama 137 x 450 wide.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 137px" /></p> <p>Melbourne&rsquo;s growth and the trade-offs between urban expansion and intensification were the focus of IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s 2010 Hypothetical held on 27 October. Based around a sudden expansion of Melbourne&rsquo;s population, caused by a mass southerly migration of Queenslanders, a panel of leading public administrators, planners, lobbyists and former elected officials argued the strengths of their own approaches to dealing with population growth.</p> <p>From higher housing densities along existing public transport routes and heritage friendly multi-story apartments, to media plans and sordid wedge politics, the panel challenged, educated and amused the 150 strong audience.</p> <p>Panel members included:<br /> &bull; Prof Rob Adams, Director, Design &amp; Urban Environment, City of Melbourne<br /> &bull; Jim Betts, Secretary, Department of Transport<br /> &bull; Yehudi Blacher, Secretary, Department of Planning and Community Development<br /> &bull; Catherine Dale, CEO, Boroondara City Council<br /> &bull; Dr. Alan Davis, Editor, Melbourne Urbanist blog<br /> &bull; Dick Gross, Former Mayor of the City of Port Phillip<br /> &bull; Julie Katz, Managing Director, The Planning Group<br /> &bull; Tony Keenan, CEO, Hanover Welfare Services<br /> &bull; Rob Larocca, Communications Manager, Real Estate Institute of Victoria, and former Mayor of Moreland<br /> &bull; Peter Seamer, CEO, Growth Areas Authority</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/250/cid/45/parent/0/t/news February 10, 2011 IPAA Perspectives with Kerry O'Brien <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/202/f/kerry cropped2.JPG" style="width: 170px; height: 163px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/200/f/panorama cropped.jpg" style="width: 412px; height: 164px" /></p> <p>Kerry O&rsquo;Brien, long time host of the ABC&rsquo;s flagship current affairs program <em>The 7.30 Report </em>and <em>Lateline </em>spoke at IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s Perspectives Forum on 11 November. In front of an audience of 500 people, Kerry revealed that he started his career not in the media, but as a Commonwealth government bureaucrat (Furniture Removal Officer!)</p> <p>Kerry then reflected on a 45 year career in the media. He noted that while technology had dramatically increased our ability to quickly transmit news stories from source to station, there were some media outlets where filing deadlines were now lengthening, not shortening, due to commercial pressures.</p> <p>He also noted the rise and changing role of public relations specialists, particularly those working for government, and the challenges this created for journalists. This was exemplified, he said, in the way that government reports were now released to the media at the beginning of a press conference. This left little time for the media to analyse or systematically question public or elected officials about the contents of the report.</p> <p>Kerry suggested that, while the need for quality reporting of public policy issues had never been higher, the future of journalism was not bright. He contrasted the range of life experiences and ages in the news rooms of his early career with the increasing trend towards younger and less experienced reporters.</p> <p>He concluded that we all had a stake in improving this situation. Public administrators, the media and elected officials are all linked to each other, he argued, and intelligent scrutiny of how each of these three groups operated could only be to the benefit of us all.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/249/cid/45/parent/0/t/news February 10, 2011 Nominate to be Peer Plus Mentee or Mentor in 2011 <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/216/f/018 image 200 x300.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/218/f/060 image 200x300.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px" /></p> <p>Now in its third year the Peer Plus Mentoring Program offers YIPAA&#39;s an opportunity to hone their professional career. The Peer Plus program is delivered by IPAA Victoria in association with the Australian Mentor Centre (AMC) and matches public sector leaders in their 30s or early 40s with young professionals 5-10 years their junior.</p> <p>The Peer Plus mentoring program complements existing mentor programs by offering professional development which trains mentors and mentees to work effectively together.</p> <p>This program will run from February to December in 2011. Successful Mentees and Mentors will be required to take up Personal Membership of IPAA Victoria.</p> <p>For further information on this program please contact Mona Ray-Greig by email yipaa@vic.ipaa.org.au or tel 9653 2069<a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/category/yipaa-peer-plus-mentoring-2"><br /> Read more or register now</a> for your opportunity to participate in the 2011 Peer Plus Mentoring Program.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/251/cid/45/parent/0/t/news February 10, 2011 GTPE - A rite of passage for senior policy makers <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/238/f/image 400 dpi wide 8418.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 200px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/236/f/image 200 dpi wide 8321.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 200px" /></p> <p>IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s <em>Gain the Policy Edge</em> has become a rite of passage for many administrators making the transition into senior policy making positions. Over eleven years, more than 1,200 senior public sector policy makers have taken part in the five day intensive course that allows participants to talk and work with public administration leaders in Victoria.</p> <p>The learning outcomes from the course mean that <em>Gain The Policy Edge</em> is now accredited by many universities for recognition and credit in their graduate study programs.</p> <p>In November 2010, for the second time, one stream was held in residence in regional Victoria at Queenscliff. Participants worked closely with guest speakers including Terry Garwood, Executive Director Freight Logistics &amp; Marine, Department of Transport and Richard O&rsquo;Bryne, General Manager Bays &amp; Maritime Division, Parks Victoria. The regional location meant that participants could also attend site visits to the new Department of Primary Industry Marine Discovery Centre and the Commonwealth Department of Defence Fort Queenscliff Museum. These excursions explored the significance of public sector agencies working in regional communities and the policy challenges they face.</p> <p>Meanwhile the Melbourne based group were able to hear from Claire Noone, Executive Director, Consumer Affairs Victoria and Rebecca Falkingham, Director Climate Change, Department of Premier and Cabinet.</p> <p>The two groups combined to hear from Louise Hill, Deputy Secretary at the Department of Planning and Community Development and to present the results of their group exercises during a simulated Ministerial briefing session.</p> <p>The next <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/gain-the-policy-edge">Gain the Policy Edge</a> course will be held in June 2011.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/240/f/image 200 dpi wide1088.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 200px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/242/f/image 200 high 0998.jpg" style="width: 387px; height: 200px" /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/257/cid/45/parent/0/t/news February 10, 2011 New IPAA Board members elected at AGM <p>At IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s AGM held on 24 November two new members were elected to the IPAA Board. Speaking at the meeting, President Fran Thorn noted the successes of the last financial year including a greater number of people attending IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s activities, more involvement by members in governance, and the launch of our 2010-13 Strategic Plan.</p> <p>The meeting re-elected Fran Thorn and Carl Obst to the IPAA Victoria Board and elected Terry Garwood and Katy Haire as new members. In congratulating the successful candidates and thanking the unsuccessful candidates, Fran paid particular tribute to the contribution of departing Board members, including James van Smeerdijk who served for eight years on the Board. A full list of the new IPAA Victoria Board can be found <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/about/board" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/252/cid/45/parent/0/t/news February 10, 2011 New IPAA National and Victorian Fellows <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/224/f/new fellows DSC9236X image.jpg" style="width: 353px; height: 200px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/222/f/chloe munro &amp; fran thorn image.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 200px" /></p> <p>Eleven new IPAA Victoria Fellows were awarded at the IPAA Victoria Annual Dinner on 24 November 2010. Speaking at the dinner, IPAA Victoria President Fran Thorn also congratulated Chloe Munro on becoming an IPAA National Fellow and noted that Chloe&rsquo;s career included a range of important government and private sector highlights.</p> <p>Details about the achievements of the new Victorian and National Fellows can be found in the <a href="/document/item/411" target="_blank">Annual Dinner Program</a>.</p> <p>Fran closed the dinner by thanking all IPAA Victoria Fellows for the extraordinary support they offer their professional association and more broadly for their contribution to Victoria. More than 150 Fellows and guests then socialised busily, building new networks and renewing old friendships.</p> <p><strong>New IPAA Victoria Fellows</strong><br /> &bull; Joanne de Morton<br /> &bull; David Downie<br /> &bull; Louise Glanville<br /> &bull; Laurie Harkin<br /> &bull; Louise Hill<br /> &bull; Janet Laverick<br /> &bull; Vin Martin<br /> &bull; Alison McClelland<br /> &bull; Helen Szoke<br /> &bull; Kerry Thompson<br /> &bull; Dean Yates</p> <p><strong>New IPAA National Fellow</strong><br /> &bull; Chloe Munro</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/220/f/an dinner WIDESHOT image 156 x 504 pix.jpg" style="width: 504px; height: 156px" /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/253/cid/45/parent/0/t/news February 10, 2011 Understanding the 'morning after' machinery <p>More than 70 YIPAA members gathered at the final YIPAA event for 2010. This event, held at KPMG on 2 December, explored machinery of government changes and changing government priorities following the Victorian election.</p> <p>Marco Bini, Director, Policy &amp; Coordination at the Victorian Auditor-General&#39;s Office, discussed the important processes underneath machinery of government changes and Elise Wherry, Partner, Public Sector Strategy and Governance at KPMG provided her analysis of the changes announced after the 2010 election.</p> <p>To find out more about YIPAA click <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/category/yipaa-events ">here</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/256/cid/45/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 VMIA inaugural risk conference 21-22 Oct 2009 <p><img align="left" alt="" height="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/151/Learn_about_the_known_unknowns_IMAGE.jpg" width="236" /> Be a part of this pioneering risk management event. The Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) inaugural risk conference, marks the first risk management forum designed specifically for the Victorian public sector.</p> <p>To be held over Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 October, the conference will combine the best of public and private sector learnings, a range of formats and topics, featuring experts from international, Australian and Victorian perspectives.</p> <p>&ldquo;The challenges faced by public sector risk managers are unique,&rdquo; says VMIA CEO, Steve Marshall. &ldquo;This conference will provide risk practitioners with an industry overview, practical information and networking opportunities that will stimulate and help develop risk management excellence.&rdquo;</p> <p>Confirmed speakers:<br /> &bull; The Hon. John Lenders, Victorian Treasurer opens day 1<br /> &bull; Bruce Esplin, Emergency Services Commissioner, opens day 2<br /> &bull; Keynote speaker: international global risk expert, Gareth Shepherd, Word Economic Forum</p> <p>To find out more about the program or to register please visit <a href="http://www.vmia.vic.gov.au/">http://www.vmia.vic.gov.au/</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/151/cid/30/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 IPAA National Conference 19-20 November 2009 <p><img align="right" alt="" height="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/152/ipaa_national_conf_2009_logo_IMAGE.jpg" width="236" /></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>LAST CHANCE TO BOOK - DON&#39;T MISS OUT! With only <a href="http://email.effigy.com.au/T/ViewEmail/r/23C636E8B84A751B">one week to go</a> this is your last chance to secure your place at the 2009 IPAA National Conference. The program has been finalised and includes some of Australia&rsquo;s, and specifically Queensland&rsquo;s, most high profile politicians: The Honourable Anna Bligh MP, Queensland Premier will be officially opening the conference and The Honourable Kevin Rudd MP, Prime Minister will be presenting the 50th Annual Garran Oration to formally close the conference.</p> <p>Secure your place to hear international and national perspectives in Brisbane on 19-20 Nov 2009. The IPAA National Conference 2009 promises to offer one of the most informative and enlightening programs ever provided on the Changing Public Sector Climate. Book now by tel (07) 3228 2800 or online <a href="http://www.ipaanationalconference.org.au" target="_blank">www.ipaanationalconference.org.au</a></p> <p>THE DISTINGUISHED CONFERENCE SPEAKERS</p> <p>Keynote Addresses by:</p> <ul> <li>The Honourable Kevin Rudd MP, Prime Minister of Australia</li> <li>The Right Honourable David Blunkett, British Labour Party</li> <li>Professor Roel Bekker, Secretary-General for Government Reform, Netherlands</li> <li>NEW Councillor Geoff Lake, President Australian Local Government Association</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p>Panel Presentations and Discussions by:</p> <ul> <li>Dr Christine Bennett, Chief Medical Officer, BUPA</li> <li>Mr David Borthwick, Former Deputy-Secretary of the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts</li> <li>Mrs Carmel McGregor, Australian Public Service Commissioner</li> <li>Mr Bruce Wilson AM, Public Service Commission</li> <li>Mr Ross Tanner, Director, Tanner &amp; Ritchie and Co.</li> <li>Mr Barry O&#39;Farrell MP, NSW Leader of the Opposition</li> </ul> <p>Facilitated by:</p> <ul> <li>Kerry O&rsquo;Brien, ABC Report. (Appearing by arrangement with Buttrose Communications)</li> </ul> <p>The role of the Public Sector in the Australia is as topical today as it has ever been. IPAA National&#39;s 2009 conference program will offer a range of rare discussion opportunities on all issues currently facing the Public Sector. The subthemes for the conference will address a diverse range of topics appealing to everyone with an interest in the public sector. Highlights of the program include presentations from academics and practitioners offering both domestic and international perspectives</p> <p>Hear first-hand from international and national perspectives including the Right Honourable David Blunkett and Professor Roel Bekker who will provide keynote presentations throughout the two day program. The Honorable Kevin Rudd MP, Prime Minister will deliver the 50<sup>th</sup> Annual Garran Oration at the 2009 IPAA National Conference on the afternoon of Friday 20 November 2009.</p> <p>Focusing on the Changing Public Sector Climate, the key subthemes for the conference are:</p> <ul> <li>Rising &lsquo;C&rsquo; Levels: Addressing issues of capability, collaboration, clients and community, and costs.</li> <li>Survival of the Fittest: Reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of the public sector.</li> <li>Warming to Global Trends: Learning from and responding to international influences as well as shaping them in return.</li> <li>Sustainable Practice: Identifying creative and sustainable solutions to pressing public problems and to challenges in public sector management.</li> </ul> <p><br /> Conference Details</p> <p>DATE: 19 - 20 November 2009<br /> TIME: Registration from 8am both days<br /> Day 1: 8.30am &ndash; 5pm followed by the &quot;GREEN&quot; Gala Conference Dinner<br /> Day 2: 8.30am &ndash; 5pm followed by Closing Drinks with the Prime Minister<br /> VENUE: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre<br /> EARLY BIRD COST: From $940 (full Conference Member rate)</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="http://www.ipaanationalconference.org.au">www.ipaanationalconference.org.au</a> or call us on (07) 3228 2800</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/152/cid/30/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 Leadership in the Public Sector Awards 2009 - NOW OPEN <p>IPAA Victoria is now calling for entries for its Leadership in the Public Sector Awards. Entry closes 16 November 2009. These Awards acknowledge leadership, innovation and commitment to excellence and continuous improvement across the Victorian public sector.</p> <p>Award categories:<br /> &bull; Support for Emerging Leaders Award<br /> &bull; Healthy and Safe Workplaces Award<br /> &bull; Indigenous Employment Initiative Award<br /> &bull; Innovation in Policy Development Award<br /> &bull; Innovation in Service Delivery Award<br /> <br /> <strong>Healthy and Safe Workplaces Award</strong> (sponsored by WorkSafe), promotes the public sector as a model employer by recognising public sector bodies that demonstrate leadership in, and commitment to, promoting healthy, safe and inclusive work environments.</p> <p><strong>Indigenous Employment Initiative Award</strong> recognizes significant contributions to Indigenous employment within a work unit or organization, in line with the VPS&rsquo;s aim to promote Indigenous employment.</p> <p><strong>Innovation in Policy Development Award</strong> &amp; <strong>Innovation in Service Delivery Award</strong><br /> These awards promote public sector innovation by recognising and celebrating creative new policy directions and services of benefit to the Victorian community.</p> <p><strong>Support for Emerging Leaders Award</strong> honours organisations that actively promote generational renewal and the nurturing of future talent across our sector.<br /> <br /> In 2008, the inaugural year of these Awards, IPAA Victoria received over 50 high calibre entries and we look forward to a similarly positive response this year.<br /> <br /> &bull; Enter now <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/awards/ipaa-victoria-awards ">online</a><br /> &bull; Entry closes <strong>5pm Monday 16 November 2009</strong><br /> &bull; Winners will be announced at a presentation event to be held in February 2010 at Parliament House.<br /> &bull; Printed copies of the Awards Information Kit are available on request, <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/contact">contact </a>us or tel 03 9653 2000<br /> <br /> For more information <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/awards/ipaa-victoria-awards">click here</a> or <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/contact">contact</a> the Awards Coordinator at IPAA Victoria tel 03 9653 2000</p> <p><img alt="" height="168" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/168/VicGov_Slogan.jpg" style="width: 139px; height: 92px" width="236" /> <img alt="" height="39" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/168/SSA.jpg" width="236" /> <img alt="" height="113" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/168/worksafe_logo.jpg" width="236" /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/168/cid/30/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 Public Sector Internal Communication Summit <p>Move beyond Wed 2.0 to Internal Communication 3.0.</p> <p>On the morning of 18 November IPAA Victoria and the Victorian Whole of Government (WoVG) Internal Communication network are hosting a half-day summit to update Internal Communication managers and advisers on developments and new directions at the Park Hyatt, Melbourne..</p> <p>This event is the last opportunity in 2009 for this Community of Practice to meet, network, and share experiences and learnings in a collaborative way.</p> <h3>Program</h3> <h3>9am Opening Address</h3> <p><strong>Bernie Dean</strong><br /> Executive Director, Marketing &amp; Communications, Worksafe Victoria<br /> <br /> 9.30am Engaging Staff with Organisational Change</p> <p><strong>Angela Scaffidi </strong><br /> Partner, Scaffidi Hugh-Jones</p> <h3>10.10am Measuring and Evaluating Internal Communication</h3> <p><strong>Lucy Dor&eacute;</strong><br /> A/g Director, Technical Communication<br /> Child Support Agency</p> <h3>10.50am Morning Tea</h3> <h3>11am The Art of Storytelling: The Power of Stories to Convey Key Messages</h3> <p><strong>Gabrielle Dolan &amp; Yamini Naidu</strong><br /> Directors, One Thousand &amp; One</p> <h3>11.40am Government 2.0: Social Media and Internal Communication Application</h3> <p>Interactive discussion facilitated by:<br /> <strong>Darren Whitelaw</strong><br /> General Manager Corporate Communication,<br /> Department of Justice</p> <p><strong>Patrick McCormick</strong><br /> Senior Policy Advisor, State Services Authority</p> <h3>12.40pm Lunch and networking</h3> <h2><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/event/public-sector-internal-communication-summit-18-nov-09">REGISTER NOW</a></h2> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/171/cid/30/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 Email sent in error Thu 29 October Annual Dinner Invitation <p>We are currently upgrading our ICT system. As a result, an invitation to the IPAA Annual Dinner was sent out to a number of people in error today Thursday 29 October 2009.</p> <p>Unfortunately, this event is not open to our wider distribution list. Those people who are invited to this event were previously sent an email invitation. Only these people are able to register online for this event.</p> <p>We are rectifying the programming error and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused for the wide circulation of the notice.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/183/cid/30/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 AGM and Special Meeting 25 November <p>Personal Members and Corporate Heads (with Corporate Memberships) are invited to join us at the Annual General Meeting on 25 November from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and prior to that at the Special Meeting from 5pm to 5.30pm at Zinc, Federation Square to pass a resolution to update the IPAA Victoria Constitution. To check your membership status, log in to our website and go to &quot;<b><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/membership/mymemberships">My membership</a></b>&quot;.</p> <p><b><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/category/agm-annual-dinner">RSVP</a></b> now, and exercise your right to vote and participate in IPAA&#39;s governance.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/167/cid/30/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 The Great Debate: That Evidence Based Policy is Overrated <p><img alt="" height="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/162/Great_Debate_image.jpg" style="padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 5px; padding-right: 5px; float: left; margin-right: 5px; padding-top: 5px" width="236" />Chaired by Tim Orton, IPAA&rsquo;s second annual Great Debate on 30 October brings together a panel of experts with diverse opinions on whether evidence based policy making is always &#39;right&#39;.</p> <p>The policy debate involves interplay between facts, conventional wisdom and desired outcomes, in which &lsquo;evidence&rsquo; is both diverse and often contested.</p> <p>It seems self-evident that policy ought to be based on evidence but what are the limits and danger of this overweaning reliance on evidence? .</p> <p>What is &lsquo;evidence&rsquo; and how do we avoid unintended consequences and costly mistakes? How do we weigh &#39;evidence&#39; compared with other forms of knowledge and decision making? Can there ever be certainty in public policy?</p> <p>This lunch seminar brings together a panel of experts with diverse opinions on whether evidence based policy making is always &#39;right&#39;.</p> <p><strong>Venue</strong><br /> The Hotel Windsor, 1 Bourke Street, Melbourne</p> <p><strong>Date &amp; time</strong></p> <p>Friday 30 October 12.20pm - 2.30pm</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/the-great-debate">Register Now</a></strong></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/162/cid/31/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 IPAA AGM and Annual Dinner <p><img alt="" height="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/185/National_Fellow_Grant_Hehir_2009_-236.jpg" width="236" /><img alt="" height="237" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/185/Annual_Dinner_2009_-236.jpg" width="236" /></p> <p>On Wednesday 25th November 2009 the IPAA Victoria Annual Dinner was held at Zinc, Federation Square following on from our Special Meeting and Annual General Meeting.</p> <p>At the Special Meeting we passed an amendment to our Constitution to ensure compliance with recent amendments to the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 and promote contemporary good governance practices.</p> <p>At the AGM, President Fran Thorn presented highlights of our work over the past year:<br /> 1. Expansion of the scope and reach of our professional development program<br /> 2. Introduction of the inaugural IPAA Victoria Leadership in the Public Sector awards<br /> 3. Leadership Project &ndash; the IPAA Indigenous Initiative<br /> 4. Substantial review of our governance<br /> 5. Continuing investment in our infrastructure</p> <p>Dr Claire Noone, Chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee concluded with a report on our financial matters, showing that a busy and productive year had resulted in IPAA faring well despite the economic climate.</p> <p><img alt="" height="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/185/New_Fellows_2009_-236.jpg" width="458" /></p> <p>At the Annual Dinner we welcomed and thanked our guests who have contributed to our work throughout the year and we honoured our distinguished new Fellows.</p> <p>Victorian Fellowship is awarded in recognition of outstanding contribution to public administration, the achievement of the Institute&rsquo;s objectives and exemplary service to the Victorian community.</p> <p>We congratulate our newly appointed Victorian Fellows:<br /> Tony Arnel<br /> Jim Betts<br /> Mick Bourke<br /> Mark Curry<br /> Janet Dore<br /> Bruce Esplin<br /> Bernie Geary<br /> Ian Killey PSM<br /> Tony Peake<br /> Deborah Peterson<br /> Monica Pfeffer<br /> Cath Smith<br /> Claire Thomas PSM<br /> Lyndon Webb<br /> <br /> National Fellowship is the highest award made by the Institute in Australia. The award acknowledges outstanding and distinguished contribution to the advancement and practice of public administration in Australia.</p> <p>We congratulate our National Fellows:<br /> Grant Hehir<br /> Helen Silver</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/185/cid/31/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 History Project touring exhibition <p>To mark the Institute&rsquo;s 80th anniversary this year, we developed a History Project to live on well beyond our celebratory year. The project has three components: an exhibition, an oral history film archive and a &lsquo;time capsule&rsquo; slice history of our activities during the year.<br /> <br /> IPAA Fellows, along with current and past office bearers of the Institute, gathered at the State Library of Victoria on 18 August to launch our 5 panel exhibition &lsquo;Professionalising Public Administration&rsquo;. The exhibition explores changing philosophies of public administration over the last eighty years including the change from patronage and sectarianism to merit, which among other things also brought equal opportunity employment of women in the public service. The Institute, then and now, has been at the forefront of reforms which have helped to build a world class public sector in this state. Following a period on public view at the State Library of Victoria, the exhibition has now moved on to tour the foyers of government agencies.<br /> <br /> As part of the 80th Anniversary History Project, IPAA is now filming interviews with past IPAA office bearers. To date we have recorded the views and experiences of life members, former Executive Director Zana Smith, and past President Peter Harmsworth and past National IPAA President Elizabeth Proust. The interviews provide a rich account of not only the life and times of people influential in the development of IPAA but also important insights into the changing political and social landscape of public service.<br /> <br /> During this anniversary year, we at the Institute have, with more than usual industry, created a &ldquo;slice history&rdquo; of all our activities to be collated as a &ldquo;virtual time capsule&rdquo; of a milestone year. If repeated each decade, the &lsquo;slice&rsquo; collection will provide a snapshot of the Institute&rsquo;s work for the future. </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/166/cid/31/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 Governance | Risk - NEW PROGRAM <p>Governance and risk management are key challenges for the public sector. IPAA brings together VMIA, VGSO and Chartered Secretaries Australia, to combine these challenges in a comprehensive program. The program commences with an <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/event/governance-and-risk-12-nov-09">Executive Conversation</a>, an evening seminar at VMIA on 12 November, followed by two half day workshops on the 13 November on the topics of <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/public-sector-goverance#">Public Sector Governance</a> and <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/risk-beyond-compliance#">Risk Management: Beyond Compliance</a>. Participants can attend all three elements or undertake them independently. </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/182/cid/31/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 Gain the Policy Edge in either Melbourne or in residence in Ballarat <p>IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s five day policy intensive, <em>Gain the Policy Edge</em> returns from 8&ndash;15 December. For the first time, participants have the option of undertaking the core program in Melbourne or &lsquo;in residence&rsquo; in Ballarat, before returning to Melbourne for the 2-day simulation in Parliament House.</p> <p>The &lsquo;in-residence&rsquo; option is suitable for regionally based participants and those looking to complete the assessment component of the program.</p> <p>Successful completion of the assessment option provides a pathway or advanced standing into postgraduate studies.</p> <p>For more information on <em>Gain the Policy Edge</em>, please <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/gain-the-policy-edge">click here</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/159/cid/31/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 Critical Stakeholder Relations: Engaging Indigenous Communities <p>IPAA&rsquo;s second <em>Critical Stakeholder Relations Forum on 7 </em>October explored case-studies of engaging Indigenous communities in complex service delivery projects. Around 200 people participated in the forum held on the eve of the Inaugural Indigenous Network Conference. Three distinguished speakers provided insights into &lsquo;whole of government&rsquo; approaches to &lsquo;turning the curve&rsquo; on Indigenous disadvantage. Penny Armytage, Secretary, Department of Justice, discussed working with Indigenous communities in both Lake Tyre and now Mildura. Peter Harper, the Head of Census at the Australian Bureau of Statistics outlined the new initiatives to ensure that Indigenous people are included in the next census collection in 2010. Jackie Huggins, a member of the new Indigenous Representative body established by the Commonwealth government, outlined the challenges facing this new body including the high expectations of Indigenous communities across the country that their views would be taken into account in the formulation of government policy.<br /> <br /> After the Welcome to Country by Indigenous Elder Colin Hunter Jnr, the Hon. Richard Wynne, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, opened the Forum by formally launching the Indigenous Employment Initiative Award, one of the <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/awards/ipaa-victoria-awards">IPAA Leadership in the Public Sector Awards 2009</a>. </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/175/cid/31/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 Apply to be a YIPAA Mentee or Mentor in 2010 <p>The YIPAA Peer Plus Mentoring Program matches and supports public sector leaders in their 30s or early 40s with young colleagues 5-10 years their junior.<br /> <br /> With the assistance of the Australian Mentor Centre (AMC), mentors and mentees are offered training and support to enrich their learning in both roles.<br /> <br /> This program will run from February &ndash; December in 2010.<br /> <br /> Mentee and Mentor registration forms for YIPAA&rsquo;s Peer Plus mentoring program are now available online and are due by Monday 14 December 2009.<br /> <br /> Successful participants will need to take out full Personal membership for the period of the program.<br /> </p> <p>Click here for more Mentee <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/184">information</a></p> <p>Click here for more Mentor <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/183">information</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/176/cid/31/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 IPAA Annual Report 2008-09 now available online <p><img align="right" alt="" height="236" hspace="10" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/201/IPAA_annual_report_image.jpg" vspace="10" width="334" /></p> <p>As part of our commitment to an environmentally responsible approach we are pleased to advise that our Annual Report 2008-09 is now available <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/about/annual-report">online</a> and printed copies are available upon request (tel 9653 2000).</p> <p>PRESIDENT&#39;S REPORT<br /> In 2009 IPAA Victoria celebrated its 80th anniversary. I am pleased to report that the Institute is a very sprightly octogenarian! To mark our significant milestone, we developed a &lsquo;history project&rsquo; including filming of oral histories with past public sector leaders who were also office bearers of the Institute, as well as a mobile exhibition, &lsquo;Professionalising Public Administration&rsquo;, to provide our colleagues with glimpses into the radical changes to our sector over the last eight decades.</p> <p>We have continued the significant growth in both our membership and program from last year. For example, our Corporate Membership has increased by 16 percent and participation in our professional development program has increased by 35 percent. Our ever popular International Women&rsquo;s Day Dinner attracted a record crowd to farewell IPAA Victoria Fellow, Christine Nixon, as Victoria&rsquo;s Chief Commissioner of Police. Similarly, our annual Budget Briefing Breakfast attracted record numbers eager to hear how the global financial crisis (GFC) would affect their programs.</p> <p>The impact of the GFC on IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s own investment reserves is recorded in our financial statements as significant paper losses which, fortunately, continue to improve since the reporting period. Our expectation is that by the time these assets are crystallized these paper losses will be further reduced.</p> <p>Some major achievements of the 2008&ndash;09 financial year include:</p> <p>&bull; The inaugural Great Debate, &lsquo;That Risk Management has Failed&rsquo; which, at the height of the GFC, attracted a large and enthusiastic audience keen to explore this pressing policy issue.</p> <p>&bull; The inaugural IPAA Victoria Leadership in the Public Sector Awards, which attracted over fifty very impressive nominations in three categories.</p> <p>&bull; Expansion of the IPAA Indigenous Initiative through tailored individual support for all twelve of our Indigenous Scholarship nominees, as well as free places in all our courses for Indigenous participants.</p> <p>&bull; Accreditation by five universities of our established policy intensive course, &lsquo;Gain the Policy Edge&rsquo;.</p> <p>&bull; Hosting of our Emerging Leaders Forum on the theme, &lsquo;Being Whole of Government&rsquo;, as well as our extensive YIPAA program including the Peer Plus Mentoring Scheme. These initiatives enhance the professional development of our younger colleagues and support generational renewal across the public sector.</p> <p>&bull; Introduction of two new &lsquo;Communities of Practice&rsquo; for Internal Communications practitioners and Event Managers.</p> <p>&bull; Launch of an orientation package &lsquo;Into Government&rsquo; for those new to the public sector, as well as development of three new course offerings, &rsquo;Writing Briefs for Decision Makers&rsquo;, &lsquo; Strategic Thinking&rsquo; and &lsquo;Financial Management&rsquo;.</p> <p>Earlier this year we farewelled David Spokes from the Board, and I thank David for his major contribution to IPAA Victoria over the last nine years.</p> <p>2008&ndash;09 has been a productive year for the Institute. I thank my colleagues on the Board as well as the staff of the Institute for their hard work and commitment to our shared goal of &lsquo;enhancing the capacity, integrity and reputation&rsquo; of the public sector in Victoria. We are also indebted to our Corporate and Personal Members, including Fellows of the Institute, for their active support of the work of our professional association.<br /> Fran Thorn<br /> President</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/201/cid/33/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 Into Government in January <p><img align="right" alt="" height="236" hspace="10" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/203/classroom_041_image.jpg" vspace="10" width="315" /></p> <p>Successful orientation into the ways of the public sector enhances job satisfaction and productivity. A group of twenty new colleagues participated in IPAA&#39;s induction professional development during January.</p> <p>IPAA&#39;s Into Government orientation program is conducted twice yearly in June and July. Our facilitators are not only experts in their field and great teachers, but their careers also model a commitment to serving the public.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/203/cid/33/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 2010 IPAA Oration by Prof Peter Singer- Fri 26 Feb <p><img align="right" alt="" height="125" hspace="10" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/202/Peter_4_image_v2.jpg" vspace="10" width="91" /></p> <p>Described as the most influential philosopher in the world today, Professor Peter Singer&rsquo;s topic for the Oration is &lsquo;Ethics &amp; Public Policy&rsquo;. Please join us to hear the views of this leading, often controversial thinker.</p> <p>The IPAA oration is an annual provocative lecture which seeks to challenge the accepted norms of the public sector and build thought leadership in public administration. This year, controversial philosopher and ethicist Professor Peter Singer speaks on the ethics of public policy.</p> <p>Currently Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne, he has previously served as the chair of Philosophy at Monash University where he established its Centre for Human Bioethics.</p> <p>Peter Singer specializes in applied ethics, and has particular interest in the treatment of animals, euthanasia and abortion. He has published a number of books and papers, the most well known of which is Animal Liberation (1975).</p> <h3>Date &amp; Time</h3> <p>Friday 26 February 2010<br /> 12pm - 2.30pm</p> <h3>Venue</h3> <p>BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne</p> <h3>Price (includes buffet lunch)</h3> <p>Personal IPAA Member $99<br /> Corporate IPAA Member $110<br /> Non Member $132</p> <h2><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/ipaa-orations">Register now</a></h2> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/202/cid/33/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 Peter Singer delivers IPAA Oration <div> <div> <font size="2"><font size="2">A packed house of over 300 public sector leaders were inspired by one of the world&rsquo;s leading philosophers sharing his thoughts on the scope of government intervention in the lives of individuals and the role of government in creating an ethical social order. If ancient Athens had gum trees &ndash; it would probably have felt just like the IPAA Oration delivered last Friday afternoon 26 February by Professor Peter Singer. </font></font></div> </div> <div> </div> <div> <font size="2"><img alt="" height="202" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/wysiwyg/2156/Web_DS71418X.jpg" width="448" /></font></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> <font size="2">The topics and the questions ranged from local hot issues including, living in bushfire prone areas, internet censorship and electronic gambling, to the global, how to deal with climate change and world poverty at the same time.</font></div> <div> </div> <div> <font size="2"><img alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/wysiwyg/2162/Web__DS71459X.jpg" /></font></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> <font size="2">We have already heard from IPAA members about how they have taken some of Professor Singer&rsquo;s suggestions to heart and head individually and as public servants. </font></div> <div> </div> <div> <font size="2">IPAA&rsquo;s discussion and debate on climate change continues. Please join us at an <em>Executive Conversation</em> to be held in conjunction with The Bureau of Meteorology on 24 March 2010. <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/executive-conversation-seminar-090708">Further information and to register</a></font></div> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/212/cid/33/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 IPAA Victoria Leadership in the Public Sector Awards Announced <p>Photo: Helen Silver, Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet with staff from Parks Victoria: Wendy Berick, Indigenous Employment Coordinator, Jennifer Wolcott, General Manager, Corporate Strategy and Services and Ian Walker, Director, Healthy Parks and Deputy General Manager</p> <p>Helen Silver, Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet, presented the five winners of the IPAA Victoria Leadership in the Public Sector Awards with their certificates at an awards ceremony at Parliament House on 15 February.</p> <p>The winners are :</p> <p><strong>Support for Emerging Leaders Award</strong><br /> Museum Victoria - Emerging Leadership Program</p> <p><strong>Healthy and Safe Workplaces Award</strong><br /> Department of Human Services - Youth Justice Custodial Services Clinical Group Supervision Program</p> <p><strong>Indigenous Employment Initiative Award</strong><br /> Parks Victoria - Indigenous Employment Program</p> <p><strong>Innovation in Policy Development Award</strong><br /> Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority - Donations Management Needs-based Points System</p> <p><strong>Innovation in Service Delivery Award</strong><br /> Department of Planning and Community Development - Victorian Family Violence Reform</p> <p>&quot;Each of the Awards acknowledges important and distinctive achievement and leadership by talented public servants. We congratulate them tonight and wish them every success in their continuing good work&quot; says IPAA Victoria Vice President and Awards Committee Chair, Peter Allen.</p> <p>A new Award recognising agencies that increase the workforce participation of Indigenous People in the Victorian public sector was won by Parks Victoria. This Award builds on the success of IPAA Victoria Young Indigenous Leader Scholarship awarded last year.</p> <p>Helen Silver also commended the two finalists from the Department of Justice in this category for its longstanding leadership in promoting Indigenous Employment across the sector.</p> <p>Innovation was also featured in the Awards this year with two categories - Innovation in Policy Development Award and Innovation in Service Delivery Award. These Awards are the first outcome of recommendations in the VPS Innovation Action Plan.</p> <p>IPAA Victoria President, Fran Thorn, observed that reflective practice requires an awareness and appreciation of the work of our colleagues. &quot;Recognising what we do well is the linchpin of continuous improvement. We at IPAA know that a successful public sector needs to be nurtured and encouraged.&quot;</p> <p>IPAA Victoria Leadership in the Public Sector Awards are supported by WorkSafe, Department of Premier and Cabinet and the State Services Authority.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/209/cid/33/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 IPAA Welcomes Two New Board Members <p><img align="right" alt="" height="204" hspace="10" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/204/Jim_&amp;_Kerry_2image.jpg" vspace="10" width="236" /></p> <p>At the IPAA AGM Jim Hyde, Director, Prevention and Population Health, Department of Health and Kerry Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Maribyrnong Council were declared elected to the Board for a two year term. Jim has a particular focus on innovation and leadership, and Kerry will ensure that local government perspectives inform our program. Paula Giles, Dr Claire Noone and Michael White were re-elected to the Board for a further term.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/204/cid/33/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 New resources on Public Administration <p><strong>Write for Public Administration Today (PAT)</strong><br /> Members! PAT is seeking articles for its 2010 issues. The next 4 issues will focus on Changing roles of government, Government advice and accountability, Government interventions, and Infrastructure and managing in a downturn. If you have a great idea to share, or have worked on an innovative project, or simply have something to say, why not write an article for PAT, the practitioner&rsquo;s journal. To submit an article, first check the &lsquo;<a href="http://http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/211">PAT Guidelines for authors&rsquo;</a></p> <p><strong>CAPAM 2010 International Innovations Awards</strong><br /> The Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (<a href="http://www.capam.org/">CAPAM</a>) invites submissions for the CAPAM 2010 International Innovations <a href="https://www.capam.org/awards/">Awards</a>. Deadline: 31 March 2010. For more information email <a href="http://mailto:awong@capam.org">Ada Wong</a>.</p> <p><strong>PA Times</strong><br /> The <a href="http://www.aspanet.org/scriptcontent/index_patimes.cfm">PA TIMES</a>, monthly newspaper of the American Society for Public Administration, is currently seeking quality articles for upcoming issues. Articles should be up to 1200 words, and authors need not be ASPA members.</p> <p>January: Employee Management and Development: Tapping the Power of Your People, deadline for articles: 22 December, 2009;</p> <p>February: A Roof Over Our Heads? Housing Issues and Trends, deadline 22 January, 2010;</p> <p>March: The Next Decade of Health Care: Expectations and Reform,</p> <p>April: New Media, Social Media and Web 2.0, deadline 20 March, 2010;</p> <p>May: Working: Beyond 9 to 5, deadline 20 April, 2010;</p> <p>June/July: Internet/Information Security, deadline 18 June, 2010;</p> <p>August: Public Servants, Contractors and Private Lobbyists, deadline 23 July, 2010;</p> <p>September: Are We Prepared? Planning for Pandemics and Natural Disasters, deadline 20 August, 2010;</p> <p>October: The Recession&rsquo;s Silver Lining? Plus Education Supplement: Online vs. Traditional Education: How to Choose, deadline 21 September, 2010;</p> <p>November/December: After the Recovery Act: Transformation or Business as Usual?, deadline 19 November, 2010.</p> <p>More information email <a href="mailto:cjewett@aspanet.org">cjewett@aspanet.org</a><br /> <br /> <strong>Public Management Network Conference</strong><br /> <em>New Steering Concepts in Public Management: Working towards Social Integration</em>, 28-30 June, 2010, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. <a href="http://www.eur.nl/fsw/english/publicadministration/conferences_and_events/">More information</a></p> <p><strong>Building the world&rsquo;s best public service</strong><br /> The Advisory Group on the Reform of Australian Government Administration has <a href="http://www.dpmc.gov.au/consultation/aga_reform/discussion_paper.cfm">released</a> its Reform of Australian government administration: building the world&rsquo;s best public service. The National office of IPAA made a submission to the Group, including a recommendation for a &ldquo;briefer, more succinct statement [of APS values]&rdquo;. Read the <a href="http://www.dpmc.gov.au/consultation/aga_reform/pdfs/0129%20IPAA%20Submission%20-%20Reform%20of%20Australian%20Government%20Administration.pdf">IPAA submission</a>. For <a href="http://www.dpmc.gov.au/consultation/aga_reform/submissions.cfm#listsubmissions">all submissions</a>.</p> <p><strong>NSW Guide to Better Regulation</strong><br /> The <a href="http://www.betterregulation.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/16848/01_Better_Regulation_eGuide_October_2009.pdf">updated edition</a> of the NSW Guide to Better Regulation has just been released.</p> <p><strong>NSW Auditor-General Reports</strong><br /> The NSW Auditor-General, IPAA NSW President Peter Achterstraat, recently released his Volume <a href="http://www.audit.nsw.gov.au/publications/reports/financial/2009/vol8/contents.htm">Eight</a>, Volume <a href="http://www.audit.nsw.gov.au/publications/reports/financial/2009/vol9/contents.htm">Nine</a> and Volume <a href="http://www.audit.nsw.gov.au/publications/reports/financial/2009/vol10/contents.htm">Ten</a> Reports for 2009. Report Eight includes comments on emergency services and law and order agencies, Report Nine comments on education and community agencies while Report Ten reports on transport, planning and industry agencies.</p> <p><strong>Queensland Public Service Commission Resources</strong><br /> The Queensland Public Service Commission has developed a suite of 3 capability <a href="http://www.psc.qld.gov.au/page/organisational-management/performance-management-guides.shtml">resources</a> to help strengthen organisational performance management in the Queensland public service.</p> <p><strong>Other reading of interest</strong></p> <p>Paquet, G. <a href="http://www.optimumonline.ca/article.phtml?id=338">Ombudspersons as Producers of Governance</a>, Optimum Online, vol. 39, no. 3, 2009, pp. 5-20. Note: free registration compulsory to view document.</p> <p><a href="http://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/fad/Documents/Reports-and-plans/Plans/2008/leadership-in-norways-civil-service.html?id=526203">Leadership in Norway&rsquo;s Civil Service</a> sets out the basis, framework and principles of leadership in the Public Service.</p> <p>The Government 2.0 Taskforce has just produced its draft report <a href="http://gov2.net.au/blog/2009/12/07/draftreport/">Engage: Getting on with Government 2.0</a> for comment.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/197/cid/33/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 Fellows Roundtable at Melbourne International Festival <p>Distinguished Fellows of IPAA Victoria went to the Melbourne International Festival for a contemporary dance performance, &ldquo;Uprising &amp; In your rooms&rdquo; by UK based choreographer Hofesh Shechter.<br /> Brett Sheehy, the Festival Director, outlined his vision of an event that could offer Melbournians a taste of &lsquo;something for everyone&rsquo;.<br /> Lee Christofis, dance critic and Curator of Dance, National Library of Australia, discussed the impressive archival records on Australian dance which are shortly to be made accessible online. </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/177/cid/31/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 State Budget Briefings <p>First held in 1997, the IPAA State Budget Briefing Breakfast is now an annual address, delivered by the Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance, and follows the launch of the Victorian State Budget. The next day the Regional Budget Briefing Lunch to be held this year in Dandenong focusses on the impact of the Budget on Regional Victoria.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/category/state-budget-briefings"><strong>To register and for more information</strong></a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/219/cid/36/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 National Conference call for papers <p>The 2010 IPAA National Conference: BRINGING IT TOGETHER, will be held in Adelaide on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 October at the Adelaide Convention Centre.</p> <p>Practitioners and academics are invited to submit proposals for papers that focus on the key themes of the conference and the future direction of shared responsibility in Australia. The Program Development Committee particularly encourage proposals that adopt a comparative perspective and address the implications of research and practice for public administration.</p> <p>The over arching theme of the 2010 IPAA National Conference is:</p> <p><strong>BRINGING IT TOGETHER</strong>:<br /> When and How to Share Responsibility for Meeting the Big Challenges</p> <p>The Australian community is vastly different in the 21st Century than in the 20th, with vastly different expectations. Drivers for change include accelerating technological developments, rapidly changing demographics, new international powers and connections, and global environmental concerns. One of the key impacts has been the realization that governments and their agencies cannot work on their own.</p> <p>For a decade or more we have been talking about, and experimenting with, ways to respond to these pressures through networks and partnerships, third-party service delivery, consultation and collaboration, community involvement and control, mutual responsibility and empowerment. What is happening in practice and what have we learned? What will the next generation public sector look like if it is to be successful? Is a new level of shared responsibility likely to emerge in order to identify and meet community objectives? If so, how will those involved be held accountable? What will be the role of governments, individuals, community organizations and business?</p> <p><strong>The conference will focus on three key sub-themes:</strong></p> <p><strong>Responsibilities</strong></p> <ul> <li>Individuals and families have many rights and responsibilities. Have we got the balance right between public and private responsibilities? Is it possible for citizens to take more responsibility, and should governments put more onus on individuals and families?</li> <li>What is the role of government in explaining and promoting individual and family responsibilities? What have we learned about the effectiveness of public awareness campaigns? How can individuals effectively contribute to policy on public responsibilities?</li> <li>What does &acirc;&iuml;&iquest;&frac12;&iuml;&iquest;&frac12;citizen-controlled services&acirc;&iuml;&iquest;&frac12;&iuml;&iquest;&frac12; entail? What opportunities does new technology offer? What infrastructure is needed? Are there risks for equity or other policy objectives?</li> </ul> <p><strong>Inter-Governmental Frameworks</strong></p> <ul> <li>Are the three layers of government in Australia really capable of sharing? How are the new &acirc;&iuml;&iquest;&frac12;&cent; COAG arrangements going? Are there examples of innovations? Are new cooperative structures emerging at regional or local levels? What more needs to be done to improve cooperation?</li> <li>What new skills and behaviours are needed to make cooperation effective? Should we be &acirc;&iuml;&iquest;&frac12;&cent; developing a common set of values across all levels of government? Are new career paths emerging? What is needed to improve international linkages?</li> <li>How can technology support inter-governmental frameworks? What is the future of government &acirc;&iuml;&iquest;&frac12;&cent; portals? Where are national standards in technology needed to achieve maximum efficiency and effectiveness, and how should these be developed and agreed?</li> </ul> <p><strong>Service Delivery</strong></p> <ul> <li>What does the community sector need from government if its role in delivering public services is to be optimized? What is the sector likely to look like in the future? How can it partner with government yet retain its independence and its (charitable) identity?</li> <li>When are different approaches to using community and business organizations to deliver &acirc;&iuml;&iquest;&frac12;&cent; public services most appropriate? When are specialist service delivery agencies most likely to be effective? What are the risks involved in different approaches and how best are they managed? What might the emerging model look like?</li> <li>What will be the impact of new technologies? What opportunities might the National Broadband Network offer? What infrastructure is likely to be needed to support service delivery by a mix of service providers? Who should own the infrastructure? What principles and standards are likely to be required?</li> </ul> <p><br /> These three sub themes form the basis of the 2010 IPAA National Conference. The Conference will examine how these three sub themes will be explored in concurrent sessions, with case examples and analytical papers to support informed discussion amongst conference participants. All sessions will involve both academics and practitioners, and include people with experience at different tiers of government and in both the community and business sectors.</p> <p><strong>To submit an abstract</strong> please head to the conference website and click on the Call for Papers button on the home page &acirc;&iuml;&iquest;&frac12;&iuml;&iquest;&frac12; www.ipaanationalconference.org.au</p> <p><strong>Want<u><font color="#0066cc"> </font></u>more information?</strong><br /> Want to be the first to hear the latest secured speakers and topics for the conference as they come to hand? Stay in the loop and subscribe to our regular 2010 IPAA National Conference updates. Register your interest today at www.ipaanationalconference.org.au</p> <p><strong>Sponsorship<u><font color="#0066cc"> </font></u>opportunities</strong><br /> If you are interested in sponsoring this year&acirc;&iuml;&iquest;&frac12;&iuml;&iquest;&frac12;s National Conference, we are in the process of designing a comprehensive range of supporting and partnering opportunities for you to consider, ranging from full gold sponsorship to trade exhibitions.</p> <p>Please feel free to call Shona Smith, National Conference Manager, Institute of Public Administration Australia on (07) 3228 2821 or <a href="mailto:shona.s@ipaa.org.au">shona.s@ipaa.org.au</a> if you would like further information. We are also happy to tailor a package to your needs should you be interested.</p> <p>&Acirc;</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/217/cid/37/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 IPAA State Budget Briefings presentations online <p>First held in 1997, the IPAA State Budget Briefing Breakfast is now an annual address, delivered by the Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance, and follows the launch of the Victorian State Budget. This year the breakfast was held on Wed 5 May with Dr Vince FitzGerald, Director, The Allen Consulting Group providing an analysis of the budget.</p> <p>The next day the IPAA Regional Budget Briefing Lunch sponsored by State Trustees Ltd, was held in Dandenong with commentary on what the Budget holds for regional Victoria, and the Southern Metropolitan region provided by Dr Marcus Spiller, Director, SGS Economics &amp; Planning Pty Ltd.</p> <p>Breakfast presentations</p> <p><a href="/document/item/314">Grant Hehir, Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance presentation</a></p> <p><a href="/document/item/313">Dr Vince FitzGerald, Director, The Allen Consulting Group presentation</a></p> <p>Lunch Presentations</p> <p><a href="/document/item/314">Grant Hehir, Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance presentation</a></p> <p><a href="/document/item/315">Dr Marcus Spiller, Director, SGS Economics &amp; Planning Pty Ltd presentation</a></p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/20/f/BBB 3124 + sq image.jpg" style="width: 213px; height: 213px" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/16/f/BBB 3096 sq image.jpg" style="width: 204px; height: 204px" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/12/f/BBL 100506_044 landscape image.jpg" style="width: 354px; height: 236px" /></p> <p>&Acirc; &Acirc;</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/223/cid/37/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 Bionic Ears & Beyond Fellows Roundtable <p>Gerry Moriarty, Chair of The Bionic Ear Institute welcomed IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s Fellows on Thursday evening 26 August as both Institutes joined forces for IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s Fellows Roundtable.</p> <p>Fellows were introduced to the cutting edge scientific endeavours and an overview of the BEI&rsquo;s scientific, medical, and commercial plans to make Victoria the pre-eminent centre for medical bionics.</p> <p>The BEI is using the technologies, skills, and lessons learned from the Bionic Ear to develop new bionic devices for blindness, epilepsy, and other chronic conditions. BEI foresees a bright future in which medical bionics adds between $200 and $400 million per annum to Australia&rsquo;s GDP from export revenues, increased labour productivity, training of PhD graduates, and healthcare cost savings.</p> <p>The speakers were Professor Peter Blamey, Deputy Director (IP and Commercialisation), Dr James Fallon, Research Fellow, Associate Professor Chris Williams, Senior Researcher, Bionic Eye Project and Professor Mark Cook, Director of Neurology, St Vincent&rsquo;s Hospital, Melbourne and Senior Research Advisor. IPAA Victoria Board Member Dr Jim Hyde (Director, Prevention and Population Health) Department of Health) chaired the event.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/136/f/fellows P1030828 image.jpg" style="width: 315px; height: 236px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/138/f/fellows P1030827 image.jpg" style="width: 315px; height: 236px" /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/243/cid/41/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 Chartered Secretaries Australia Public Sector Update - Wed 15 Sept <p>The CSA Annual Public Sector Update addresses increased accountability, transparency and integrity facing the public sector. This event is for those that oversee good governance policy in a public sector department or agency. For more information download the brochure.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/236/cid/41/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 Executive Conversation - Victoria's new anti-corruption bodies <p>Almost 300 people attended the 6th of August presentation by Elizabeth Proust AO and Peter Allen, Public Sector Standards Commissioner discuss their recent review of Victoria&#39;s integrity and anti-corruption systems.</p> <p>Their report recommended establishing the new Victorian Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission with specialist expertise to investigate the police, local government and the public sector, as well as a new Parliamentary Integrity Commissioner empowered to inquire into the conduct of members of parliament and their staff, including ministerial advisers.</p> <p>Following their presentations, Peter and Elizabeth spoke frankly about the range of options and ideas they considered during the preparation of their report.</p> <p>They then joined members of IPAA&rsquo;s People and Culture Community of Practice at a roundtable to discuss the implications of their report.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/102/f/proust2 image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px" /> <img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/104/f/proust image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px" /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/233/cid/41/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 IPAA Executive Director Kathy Laster moving on <p>Fri 27 August 2010.</p> <p>After three successful years as Executive Director of IPAA Victoria, Dr Kathy Laster will resume her academic career.</p> <p>IPAA Victoria President Fran Thorn praised Kathy&rsquo;s &ldquo;vibrant and inspiring leadership which saw the Institute expand the breadth and depth of its services to members as well as the Institute&rsquo;s role in the wider public sector&rdquo;. She noted that Kathy&rsquo;s great legacy at the Institute included the establishment of YIPAA, the doubling of Corporate membership, the implementation of the IPAA Indigenous Initiative, the development and implementation of the 2007-10 Strategic Plan and developing the 2010-13 Strategic Plan. Other significant achievements include overseeing major improvements to IPAA&rsquo;s governance, including the adoption of a new Constitution in 2009.</p> <p>On behalf of the Board, Fellows and Members of the Institute Fran extended warm thanks to Kathy, and wished her every success in her next endeavours. Geraldine Kennett, IPAA&rsquo;s current Program Director and part of the dynamic leadership duo at IPAA Victoria over the last three years, will serve as Acting Executive Director until the decision about a successor is finalised.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/240/cid/41/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 IPAA National Conference 21-22 October <p>Registrations for the 2010 IPAA National Conference in Adelaide 21-22 October are now open.</p> <p>For more information and registration <a href="http://www.ipaanationalconference.org.au/cms/2010-national-conference/register-now-and-win.html">click here.</a></p> <p>The theme of the conference is Bringing it together: When and how to share responsibility to meet the big challenges.</p> <p>Topics include:</p> <p>1) The global pressures for Governments to review and share responsibilities</p> <p>2) The new social media and its possibilities for social democracy</p> <p>3) Intergovernmental cooperation in practice &ndash; the response to the February 2009 Victorian bushfires.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/227/cid/41/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 NEW - Evidence-Informed Policy Masterclass - Mon 18 October <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/116/f/shelley bowen.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 125px" /></p> <p>This new interactive Masterclass on 18 October with Dr Shelley Bowen, Department of Health and Deakin University Victoria and Professor Elizabeth Waters, University of Melbourne explores a framework for navigating policy decision-making.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/masterclass">Register now</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/237/cid/41/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 Women Leading Sustainably: Inaugural Public Sector Network Lunch <p>On 2nd July distinguished women leaders in sustainability, Dr Kate Auty, Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability; Anita Roper, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainability Victoria; and Cr Janet Bolitho, Councillor and Former Mayor, City of Port Phillip, in conversation with Fiona Williams, Fiona Williams, Executive Director, Environmental Policy &amp; Climate Change Division, Department of Sustainability and &amp; Environment, shared their views on sustainability and their experiences of leadership.</p> <p>The 120 women invitees, all active in the sustainability area, also shared with each other their ideas about what works sustainably.</p> <p>Fran Thorn, President of IPAA Victoria, moved the vote of thanks, noting that it was an opportune moment to be discussing women taking up leadership roles in interesting times.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/76/f/2 image.jpg" style="width: 354px; height: 236px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/78/f/3 image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px" /></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/231/cid/41/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 YIPAA mid year events <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/106/f/YIPAA royal commission 3282 image.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 236px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/108/f/YIPAA annual address image 073.jpg" style="width: 354px; height: 236px" /></p> <p>Thu 5 August 2010</p> <p>The winter hasn&rsquo;t held our Young IPAAs down, with over 170 attending the third Annual Address &lsquo;Breaking up is Hard to Do&rsquo; with Fran Thorn and Gill Callister and a Twilight Talk with all three Bushfires Royal Commissioners.</p> <p>Fran Thorn, Secretary of the Department of Health and Gill Callister, Secretary of the Department of Human Services joined forces to deliver the third YIPAA Annual Address &lsquo;Breaking up is Hard to Do&rsquo;. Over 100 YIPAAs were given the rare opportunity to hear about the machinery of government changes and transitions that the Secretaries faced during the historic restructure of departmental responsibilities in August 2009.</p> <p>Gill and Fran both talked candidly about how they were told about the restructure, the differential impacts on their staff and the how they began to manage their &lsquo;new&rsquo; portfolios after the split. The Secretaries also spoke of the opportunities that the split brought, such as an ability to focus attention and resources more directly on service delivery as well as a recognition of the benefits of sharing.</p> <p>YIPAA Advisory Committee member Corrina Betram closed the evening by thanking the current Committee and announcing the new Advisory Committee for 2010-2011: Ruth Achow, Corrina Bertram, Dominic Burke, Julia Campbell, Inala Cooper, Emma Fell, Daniela Giandinoto , William Glaros, Laura Halfpenny, Georgie Hill, Glenn Jessop, Sarah-Jane McCormack and Shahaan Murray.</p> <p>Two weeks later, just days after the final Bushfire Commissions report was tabled and on the Commission&rsquo;s very last day, 70 YIPAAs were given the opportunity to hear the Commissioners share the limelight and talk about how they approached the task of examining the events and circumstances of 7 February 2009, the principles that guided them and the various elements of the model of inquiry</p> <p>Hosted in the Hearing Room at the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission this YIPAA Twilight Talk &lsquo;Anatomy of a Royal Commission&rsquo; offered YIPAAs a glimpse into the world of a Royal Commission. The Commissioners discussed the interactions between law and policy that came about as a result of the process, examining how their respective backgrounds added insights to this interaction. The Commissioners also offered their personal reflections on the process of examining the 2009 bushfires, particularly in relation to the challenges and rewards of working closely with a range of stakeholders on such a difficult issue.</p> <p>Our next YIPAA event will be held in October 2010. Please keep your eye on the <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/category/yipaa-events">YIPAA Events</a> page for more details.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/110/f/yippa annual address crowd.jpg" style="width: 340px; height: 236px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/112/f/yippa royal comm crowd.jpg" style="width: 340px; height: 236px" /></p> <p>&Acirc; </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/235/cid/41/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 YIPAA Peer Plus Mentoring Program gets underway <p>Fri 16 July 2010</p> <p>The 2010 YIPAA Peer Plus Mentoring Program kicked off this month with 32 mentees and 18 mentors from across the public sector, &lsquo;matched&rsquo; individually and in groups.</p> <p>Now in its third year, with the assistance of the Australian Mentor Centre (AMC), mentors and mentees are offered training and support to enrich their learning in both roles.</p> <p>The program provides an opportunity for young public sector professionals to gain an additional layer of career and professional development support, while building a pool of experienced mentors to strengthen the mentoring culture within the public service.</p> <p>The induction meeting of mentor and mentees allowed participants to map out their expectations and plan their individual mentoring program.</p> <p>The 2010 induction concluded with the presentation of certificates to 2009 participants.</p> <p>The Peer Plus Mentoring Program is run annually by IPAA Victoria. For more information about the program please contact Mona Ray Greig, YIPAA Co-ordinator on 9653 2069.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/214/cid/41/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 Telling stories <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/142/f/0 image.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 236px; float: right; height: 236px" />A sell out crowd of 150 people attended IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s <em>What&rsquo;s The Story </em>seminar on 8 October 2010. The morning began with three perspectives on story telling.</p> <p>Gabrielle Dolan and Yamini Naidu, from corporate story tellers <a href="http://www.onethousandandone.com.au/">One Thousand &amp; One</a>, discussed the value of storytelling in the modern workplace and the value of stories as a communication tool to help us understand, remember and repeat ideas.</p> <p>Bernie Dean, head of marketing and communication at WorkSafe Victoria, then explored story telling as a way of encouraging people to change their attitudes to workplace safety. He revealed the thinking behind the range of messages used in <a href="http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/wsinternet/WorkSafe/SiteTools/About+WorkSafe/Campaigns/">WorkSafe campaigns</a>, many of which are now also used in other states.</p> <p>Francis Lindsay, Deputy Director of the <a href="http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/">National Gallery of Victoria</a>, then looked at the ways in which art galleries use their collections and their interpretation information to tell new types of stories. From physically arranging art works in different ways to information panels written by gallery visitors, she showed how stories can be told in ways that help us reflect on our past and present.</p> <p>In a grand finale, three of Melbourne&rsquo;s leading poets, Lisa Gorton, Alicia Sometimes and Andy Jackson then took to the stage to discuss writing process and the connections between poetry and public administration writing. They finished by each delivering a poem based on a government document. This produced haiku on the rebuilding of Station Pier, reflections on the success of the Titanic Exhibition at the Museum of Victoria and an ode to the ways in which Coburg Mall&rsquo;s reflects social indicators of community strength.</p> <p><strong>See below</strong> for poems and source document links and the chance to vote for your favourite poem</p> <p> </p> <p><strong><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/180/f/3 thumb.jpg" style="width: 188px; height: 125px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/182/f/2 thumb.jpg" style="width: 188px; height: 125px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px" /></strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/184/f/4 thumb.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 125px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/188/f/1 thumb.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 125px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/186/f/5 thumb.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 125px" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Andy Jackson </strong>&ndash; based on p5 of <a href="http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0014/30641/Indicators_of_Community_Strength_at_LGA_level_2008_FINAL_low-res.pdf">Indicators of Community Strength</a></p> <p>Coburg Mall</p> <p>The usual crowd of fat pigeons parts briefly<br /> for wheelchairs and the squealing feet of boys,<br /> then rushes back to the gossip of crumbs.</p> <p>Between the Continental Grocer, Barber Shop,<br /> packed felafel joint and Indian cafe, the blue fog<br /> of a hundred smokers. Mediteranean gents in loose<br /> semi-circles finger prayer-beads, cigarettes or both.</p> <p>Nonchalant, they sip from their arguments, preside<br /> over the day&#39;s session. Nearby, three strangers<br /> sit inside the warm silence of each other,<br /> and order nothing. One man, mumbling,</p> <p>his head as broken and clogged as Sydney Road,<br /> shuffles the length of the mall and back.<br /> All the tables are taken. I think of the coffee, like<br /> concentrated Merri Creek, wonder if I&#39;m welcome.</p> <p>The self-appointed host, blue-jeaned and coughing,<br /> winds between tables, handing out rough kisses,<br /> gentle punches. She asks how I am, calls me Colin<br /> again. I forget her name. Ash settles in the cracks.</p> <p>Tracksuits hug the swell of bellies. Hijabs swish<br /> past hipsters and tattoos. Hardly anyone here<br /> is texting. No-one is alone. Hours later, walking<br /> home, the streets fill up with emptiness &ndash; lost</p> <p>shopping trolleys, footpaths paved with spit<br /> and chip packets, and over someone&#39;s front window,<br /> Informer sprayed in black paint. A block further,</p> <p>next year&#39;s apartment complex. Here, through<br /> the scooped-out warehouse, the silence of clouds.</p> <p>More information about Andy&#39;s work is available <a href="http://amongtheregulars.wordpress.com/">here</a></p> <p><strong>Alicia Sometimes </strong>&ndash; two poems based on <a href="http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/component/content/article/12008.html">a media release about the rebuilding of Princes Pier </a></p> <p>1.<br /> Historic, iconic Princes Pier:<br /> Rebuilding work is ramping up<br /> $34 million construction<br /> the new deck is underway.<br /> <br /> Opening in 2011<br /> in time for its centenary, 2012<br /> Great asset for Port Melbourne community<br /> Structure is to be enjoyed by all.<br /> <br /> 2.<br /> New deck brings new life<br /> Princes Pier construction<br /> Port Melbourne, happy</p> <p><br /> More information about alicia&rsquo;s work is available <a href="http://www.aliciasometimes.com/">here</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/244/cid/42/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 Nominate for IPAA Leadership in the Public Sector Awards 2010 <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/118/f/VicGov Slogan.jpg" style="width: 98px; height: 70px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/120/f/SSA_V2.jpg" style="width: 237px; height: 70px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/122/f/VMIA Logo_40mm(RGB)_small.jpg" style="width: 138px; height: 70px" /><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/124/f/WorkSafe_RGB72ppi.jpg" style="width: 127px; height: 70px" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/134/f/awards promo pic 2010 image.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 236px; float: right; height: 236px" /></p> <p>These annual Awards recognise outstanding achievements and practices of teams and individuals and are open to Commonwealth, State and Local Government and community sector organisations delivering government services in Victoria. Enter now.</p> <p>The Awards acknowledge leadership potential and celebrate commitment to excellence and continuous improvement.</p> <p>The 2010 Award categories are:</p> <ul> <li>Health and Safety Performance Improvement Award</li> <li>Indigenous Employment Award</li> <li>Innovation in Policy Development Award</li> <li>Innovation in Service Delivery Award</li> <li>Risk Management Award</li> <li>Support for Emerging Leaders Award</li> <li>Young Indigenous Leader Scholarship</li> </ul> <p>The work of last year&rsquo;s winners included:</p> <ul> <li>a flexible and innovative system to allocate donations to people affected by Black Saturday bushfires of 2009</li> <li>major reforms in Victoria&rsquo;s response to family violence</li> <li>creating new generations of leaders in Victoria&rsquo;s museum sector</li> <li>health and safety improvements in Victoria&rsquo;s youth justice custodial services</li> <li>indigenous employment programs in the management of Victoria&rsquo;s national, state and metropolitan parks and Indigenous heritage sites</li> </ul> <p>The 2010 awards are sponsored by WorkSafe Victoria, the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, the State Services Authority of Victoria and the Victorian Government.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/awards/ipaa-victoria-awards/ipaa-victoria-awards">Enter now</a></strong><br /> <strong>Closing date: Monday 1 November 2010</strong><br /> Winners will be announced at an awards presentation to be held at Parliament House in February 2011.<br /> Further information contact: Awards Coordinator, IPAA Victoria tel 03 9653 2000 or <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/contact">email</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/239/cid/42/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 Melbourne @ 7 Million Hypothetical - Wed 27 October <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/140/f/hypothetical 2 image.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 236px; float: right; height: 236px" />The Inaugural IPAA Hypothetical on Wednesday 27 October sees Ben Richardson moderating a panel of twelve experts examining the contentious issue of urban growth and change. Reserve this date in your diary!</p> <h2>Scenario:</h2> <ul> <li>New State Government offers Gold Coat Tsunami victims big resettlement incentives &lsquo;<em>Herald-Sun&rsquo; 2.6.12.</em></li> <li>It is estimated some 400,000 people will make a new life in Melbourne in the next 18 months because, as one &lsquo;bus person&rsquo; succinctly explained, &ldquo;Why would you want to go to Sydney?&rdquo; &lsquo;<em>The Australian 8.10.12</em></li> <li>Planning Minister calls crisis summit on extra 400,000 &lsquo;<em>The Age 12.10.12</em></li> <li>The new State Government was elected with an overwhelming Lower House majority to &lsquo;Get Melbourne Moving Again!&rsquo; The balance of power in the Upper House, however, is held by three Greens Members. &lsquo;<em>Melbourne Times 2.10.11</em></li> <li>This engaging hypothetical discussion will challenge key policy stakeholders to press the fast forward button on Melbourne&rsquo;s development timeframe.</li> </ul> <p>How would Melbourne respond from a planning perspective to a rapid increase in its population? Can we find accord amongst competing interests?</p> <p>Never waste a good crisis.</p> <p> </p> <p>Policy experts and provocateurs will be put under the spotlight during this searching examination &ndash; so save the date now Wednesday 27 October.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/ipaa-hypothetical">Bookings now open</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/234/cid/42/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 IPAA Perspectives: Public Policy and the Media - Kerry O'Brien <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/190/f/OBrien_Kerry.jpg" style="width: 180px; float: right; height: 274px" />Programs like The 7.30 Report play a major role in shaping public policy and in evaluating the successes or failures of public policy. At this luncheon seminar, Kerry O&rsquo;Brien reflects on his fifteen years as Editor and compere of The 7.30 Report. Drawing on that experience, he will offer his perspective on the role of the media in good public policy debate and in creating more accountable and engaged government.</p> <p><strong>Speaker</strong><br /> Kerry O&#39;Brien is one of the most prominent and respected names in Australian journalism. He has won many accolades, including the top award in journalism, the Gold Walkley. Born in Queensland, Kerry started as a news cadet in 1966. He has worked in newspapers, wire service and television news and current affairs, as a general reporter, feature writer, political and foreign correspondent, interviewer and compere.</p> <p>Kerry came to The 7.30 Report after six years as compere and interviewer of the ABC&#39;s highly respected Lateline program. Since December 1995, Kerry has been Editor and compere of the national The 7.30 Report. He also anchors and moderates the ABC&#39;s election telecasts.</p> <p><strong>Who Should Attend?</strong><br /> Managers and professionals that work with or in the public sector</p> <p><strong>Date &amp; Time</strong><br /> Thursday 11 November 2010<br /> 11.30am - 2.00pm</p> <p><strong>Venue</strong><br /> Sofitel Melbourne, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne</p> <p><strong>Price</strong><br /> Personal Member - $165.00<br /> Corporate Associate - $187.00<br /> Non Member - $220.00</p> <p>Corporate Member - Table of 10 - $1,870.00<br /> Non Member- Table of 10 - $2,200.00</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/perspectives">Register now </a>or download brochure</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/245/cid/42/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 Gain the Policy Edge - regional option in Queenscliff 17-23 November <p>Participants can immerse themselves in the <em>Gain the Policy Edge</em> program &lsquo;in-residence&rsquo; at Queenscliff from 17 November, before returning to Melbourne for the simulation at Parliament House. This option is suitable for regionally-based participants and those seeking an opportunity for concentrated learning in a residential environment. The program in Queenscliff also features site visits joined by guest speakers from the local area.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/event/gain-the-policy-edge-stream-b-regional-17-november-2010">Register now</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/238/cid/42/parent/0/t/news February 7, 2011 IPAA Victoria starts tweeting <p>Fri 6 August 2010</p> <p>You can now get fresh quick ideas about the challenges and successes of public administration delivered straight to your screen every day. Just start following <a href="http://twitter.com/IPAAVic">IPAA Victoria</a> on Twitter!</p> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/232/cid/43/parent/0/t/news February 3, 2011 2010 Fire Awareness Awards nominations now open <p><img alt="" src="/sb_cache/news/id/72/f/FAA_Logo thumb.jpg" /></p> <p>Victoria&rsquo;s fire agencies, MFB, CFA and Department of Sustainability &amp; Environment are now calling for entries into the 2010 Fire Awareness Awards which recognise a wide variety of projects that reduce the number of fires, or the effects of fires, anywhere in Victoria.</p> <p>These awards give us the opportunity to recognise the hard work of individuals, groups and organisations that have carried out fire projects in the state.</p> <p>The awards recognise community and industry based projects which have occurred from January 2009 until September 2010.</p> <p>Be in the running to receive the $10,000 RACV Insurance Fire Safety Grant to help implement an innovative fire project. Or apply for a special incentive grant of up to $2,000 and turn a great idea into a reality.</p> <p>Winners of awards and grants are recognised for their work and publicly promoted through fire and community networks, lifting their profile across Victoria.</p> <p>Entry closes 4pm Friday 20 August 2010. For further information or to apply, please visit: <strong>www.fireawarenessawards.com.au</strong></p> <p>Sponsored by RACV and supported by Herald &amp; Weekly Times and ABC Local Radio</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>&Atilde;&iuml;&iquest;&frac12;&Acirc; &Acirc;</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/230/cid/39/parent/0/t/news March 26, 2010 Come Hail, Rain or Shine <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span ar-sa="" font-size:="" mso-ansi-language:="" mso-bidi-font-family:="" mso-bidi-language:="" mso-fareast-font-family:="" mso-fareast-language:="" new="" roman="" sans-serif="" style="" tahoma="" times=""><font face="Tahoma">Recent events indicate just how much we rely on experts to forecast and predict our weather today, tomorrow and into the future. Join IPAA and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology at an exclusive <i style="">Executive Conversation</i> with weather and climate experts speaking on Australia&#39;s climate record, how to make sense of the data and how we can use this information to adapt and plan the future. <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/event/climates-change-on-the-record-24-march-2010">To register and for more information</a></font></span></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/218/cid/33/parent/0/t/news March 12, 2010 Fellows Roundtable Breakfast at VPS Innovation Festival - Tue 23 Feb <p></p> <p><img hspace="10" alt="" vspace="10" align="right" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/205/100121_VPS_Action_Plan_logo_colour_--_D09-148087_thumb.jpg" width="173" height="125" /></p> <p>As part of the VPS Innovation Festival we will be hosting our first Fellows Roundtable for 2010 as a breakfast at Melbourne City Council's CH2 building &ndash; a Melbourne landmark in sustainability-in-action architecture and engineering. A winner of 18 awards for innovative design in the development of a holistic green environment, CH2 demonstrates a model approach to workplace design that is environmentally friendly</p> <p>This interactive Brain-cell Breakfast will feature two distinguished speakers: <br /><br />&bull; <strong>Christian Bason</strong> - Director of MindLab (Denmark) is recognised for his work in citizen-centred innovation and engaging citizens as co-producers. Christian is a leading thinker on strategy and innovation within the public sector. Christian is a regular columnist and blogger and the author of a number of books including Designing Welfare (forthcoming 2010), Put the Citizen Into Play &ndash; How to Involve Citizens &amp; Businesses in Public Sector Innovation and Innovating Welfare &ndash; Leading Fresh Thinking in the Public Sector. <br /><br />&bull; <strong>Martin Stewart-Weeks</strong>, Director, Public Sector (Asia-Pacific), Internet Business Solutions Group for Cisco Systems shapes Internet business solutions and online strategies at both an agency and whole-of-government level.</p> <h3>VPS Innovation Festival</h3> <p>This event is part of the VPS Innovation Festival, which is brought to you by the VPS Innovation Action Plan. The festival acknowledges the support of festival partners: Department of Education and Early Childhood Development; Department of Innovation Industry and Regional Development; Department of Justice; Department of Premier and Cabinet; Australia and New Zealand School of Government and IPAA Victoria</p> <p>This is an invitation-only event, but should you wish to attend please contact Robin Astley 9653 2000<br /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/205/cid/20/parent/0/t/news March 11, 2010 IPAA International Womens Day Celebration bookings open <p>This year the IPAA International Women's Day Celebration is an 'afternoon delight' in the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria on on Wednesday 3 March 2010 4pm - 6.30pm. We will honour the legends of service delivery, the unsung women meeting the needs of community through great work and care.</p> <p>Please note this is a cocktail function, and there are no tables at this year's event. We will have Peter Rowland Catering serving a grand afternoon tea with bubbly on arrival and entertainment including the Stiletto Sisters</p> <p>We have invited nominations of women legends at the front line who have made an exceptional contribution to their clients, community and workplace. These women will be included on an Honour Roll launched at the celebration. Please note that nominations have now closed. A selected number of women nominated will also be rewarded with a 'big day out' on the day of the Celebration, including lunch with women Secretaries and women heads of agency in Parliament House</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/category/international-womens-day-celebration">REGISTER</a> your people now..</p> <p><strong>Event pricing<br /></strong>$77 Personal Member<br />$88 Corporate Associate (staff of organisations with a <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/membershipinfo/corporate-membership/our-corporate-members">corporate membership</a>)<br />$110 Non Members</p> <p>We acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors:</p> <p><img hspace="10" alt="" vspace="10" src="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/206/kpmg_logo.jpg" width="103" height="40" /><img hspace="10" alt="" vspace="10" src="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/206/racv_logo.jpg" width="72" height="40" /><img hspace="10" alt="" vspace="10" src="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/206/tac_logo.jpg" width="159" height="40" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/206/IWDC_090305_066.jpg" width="236" height="236" /><br /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/206/cid/20/parent/0/t/news January 29, 2010 IPAA International Woman's Day Honour Roll 2010 <img height="236" alt="" hspace="10" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/187/IWDC_090305_066.jpg" width="236" align="right" vspace="10" /><br />Entry closes Friday 29 January 2010 <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/awards/international-womens-day-honour-roll-2010">NOMINATE NOW</a><br /><br />To celebrate International Women&rsquo;s Day 2010, IPAA Victoria will honour &lsquo;unsung&rsquo; women across the public sector, vital to effective service delivery to the Victorian community. All women nominated will be included on an Honour Roll launched at the IPAA International Women&rsquo;s Day Celebration 4pm - 6.30pm Wednesday 3 March 2010 (an afternoon delight this year rather than dinner). NOMINATE NOW, entry closes Friday 29 January 2010.<br /><br />We invite agencies to NOMINATE women &lsquo;at the front line&rsquo; who have made an exceptional contribution to their workplace, clients and the community.<br /><br />ALL WOMEN NOMINATED, will be listed on the Honour Roll along with their photograph and short biography published on the IPAA website throughout 2010. The Honour Roll will form part of IPAA&rsquo;s historic archives to highlight the nature of women&rsquo;s contribution to the public sector and the Victorian community at this moment in time.<br /><br />Also a representative group of women from different agencies and fields of service delivery across the public sector, will be invited to participate in a &lsquo;big day out&rsquo;. This reward and recognition event, will include behind the scenes tours of selected public sector agencies and &lsquo;an appreciation lunch&rsquo;, hosted by IPAA Victoria President, Fran Thorn and attended by senior women in the VPS. The 'big day out' will be filmed and clips screened at the International Women&rsquo;s Day Celebration 2010.<br /><br />To nominate a women for the Honour Roll please complete the online nomination form, and if possible provide a photograph of the woman nominated (ideally in a work context). You will also be asked to identify two people to act as further referees for the nomination.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/awards/international-womens-day-honour-roll-2010">NOMINATE NOW</a> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/187/cid/31/parent/0/t/news January 27, 2010 YIPAA Peer Plus Mentoring Program back for 2010 <img height="142" alt="" hspace="10" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/192/YIPAA_logo_jd_image.jpg" width="236" align="right" vspace="10" />Extended closing date <b>Friday 8 January 2010</b><br /><br />The Peer Plus Mentoring Program provides an opportunity for young public sector professionals to obtain career and professional development support during their foundation stages of service in the public sector. Our growing pool of experienced mentors also strengthens the mentoring culture across the VPS. <br /><br />Mentors and Mentees meet monthly from February to December, supported by the Australian Mentoring Centre. Participants selected for the program need to take out full Personal Membership of the Institute for the period of the program, thus demonstrating their commitment to IPAA values.<br /><br />Registration for both Mentors and Mentees is open online until Friday 8 January 2010.<br /><a href="http://www.formspring.com/forms/?730318-NCKu5QAJ7Q">Mentees click here</a> and <a href="http://www.formspring.com/forms/?727577-NCKu5QAJ7Q">Mentors click here</a> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/192/cid/31/parent/0/t/news January 27, 2010 New IPAA Fellows honoured <p>On Wednesday 25th November 2009 the IPAA Victoria Annual Dinner was held at Zinc, Federation Square to honour our distinguished new Fellows. We welcomed fourteen new Victorian Fellows and two new National Fellows. <br /><br />Victorian Fellowship is awarded in recognition of outstanding contribution to public administration, the achievement of the Institute&rsquo;s objectives and exemplary service to the Victorian community. We congratulate all our newly appointed Victorian Fellows: <img height="236" alt="" hspace="10" src="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/188/New_Fellows_2009_-236.jpg" width="458" align="right" vspace="10" /></p> <p>Tony Arnel<br />Jim Betts <br />Mick Bourke <br />Mark Curry <br />Janet Dore <br />Bruce Esplin <br />Bernie Geary <br />Ian Killey PSM <br />Tony Peake <br />Deborah Peterson <br />Monica Pfeffer <br />Cath Smith <br />Claire Thomas PSM <br />Lyndon Webb <br /><img height="236" alt="" hspace="10" src="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/188/National_Fellow_Grant_Hehir_2009_-236.jpg" width="236" align="right" vspace="10" /><br />National Fellowship is the highest award made by the Institute in Australia. The award acknowledges outstanding and distinguished contribution to the advancement and practice of public administration in Australia. We congratulate both of our National Fellows: <br /><br />Grant Hehir <br />Helen Silver <br /><br />Prior to the dinner we held a Special Meeting and our Annual General Meeting. At the Special Meeting we passed an amendment to our Constitution to ensure compliance with recent amendments to the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 and promote contemporary good governance practices. <br /><br />At the AGM, IPAA President Fran Thorn presented highlights of our work over the past year: <br />1. Expansion of the scope and reach of our professional development program <br />2. Introduction of the inaugural IPAA Victoria Leadership in the Public Sector awards <br />3. Leadership Project &ndash; the IPAA Indigenous Initiative <br />4. Substantial review of our governance <br />5. Continuing investment in our infrastructure <br /><br />Dr Claire Noone, Chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee reported on our financial matters, showing that a busy and productive year had resulted in IPAA faring well despite the economic climate. <br /><br />Fran farewelled Prof John Alford who did not stand for re-election to the Board and thanked David Spokes, who resigned from the Board in February, for his contribution over the past nine years. And then Fran welcomed our two new Board members: Jim Hyde, Director, Prevention and Population Health, Department of Health and Kerry Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Maribyrnong Council.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/188/cid/31/parent/0/t/news January 27, 2010 Leading minds explore latest industry trends <p><img height="236" alt="" hspace="10" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/190/bernie_dean_image.jpg" width="236" vspace="10" /><img height="236" alt="" hspace="10" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/190/group2_image.jpg" width="236" vspace="10" /></p> <p>More than 60 internal communicators from across Victorian Government explored leading trends and solutions to common issues at the inaugural Internal Communication Summit in November. </p> <p>Industry superstars shed light on the areas of social media, corporate storytelling, measurement, change and aligning internal and external messaging. </p> <p>According to IPAA Victoria Program Director Geraldine Kennett, the event provided practical solutions and challenged thinking in emerging fields. </p> <p>&ldquo;Many internal communicators across State Government face a variety of complex challenges and the summit provided an opportunity to explore new solutions and cutting edge thinking,&rdquo; said Geraldine. </p> <p>The program opened with an address by Bernie Dean, Executive Director, Marketing &amp; Communications at Worksafe Victoria about the development of Worksafe&rsquo;s distinctive public advertising campaign and how internal and external messages closely align. </p> <p>Further sessions followed about 'Engaging Staff with Organisational Change', 'Measuring and Evaluating Internal Communication', 'The Art of Storytelling: The Power of Stories to Convey Key Messages' and closed with an interactive discussion on 'Government 2.0: Social Media and Internal Communication Application'. </p> <p>IPAA Victoria coordinated the event in collaboration with the Whole of Victorian Government Internal Communication Community of Practice. </p> <p>Victorian Government staff with responsibility for internal communication are welcome to join the Community of Practice. If you would like to join please contact Joady Donovan on 9653 2027. <br /><br />The community meets every quarter to discuss issues, hear about solutions and network with colleagues. <br /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/190/cid/31/parent/0/t/news January 27, 2010 IPAA Victoria Calendar 2010 <p><br /></p> <p>Available <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/210">online</a>, the 2010 Calendar features our professional development courses and seminars and a range of other events and dates. Please take this opportunity to have a peep at what we have planned for 2010 and be sure and keep watching this space for updates (as dates do change!)</p> <p><strong>Key dates:</strong> <br />Mon 15 Feb -------------IPAA Leadership in the Public Sector Awards Presentations <br />Fri 26 Feb ---------------IPAA Oration <br />Wed 3 Mar --------------IPAA International Women&rsquo;s Day Celebration <br />Wed 5 &amp; Thu 6 May ---IPAA State Budget Briefings <br />Fri 28 May ---------------Emerging Leaders Forum (ELF) <br />Fri 29 Oct ----------------IPAA Great Debate <br /><br />Printed copies of the calendar are also available at our events or by <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/resources/calendar/calendar">online order</a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/189/cid/31/parent/0/t/news January 27, 2010 IPAA Leadership in the Public Sector Awards finalists to be announced <p><img height="236" alt="" hspace="10" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/193/awards_page-_Andrew_Podger_Christine_Oakley_Jenny_Cleave_Fran_Thorn_sq_236.jpg" width="236" align="right" vspace="10" /></p> <p>2009 Finalists <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/document/item/212">announced</a></p> <p>The winner of each category will be announced by Helen Silver, Secretary of the Department of Premier &amp; Cabinet at a presentation event to be held at Queen&rsquo;s Hall, Parliament House on 15 February 2010. <br /><br />IPAA Victoria acknowledges the important and distinctive achievements accomplished by our talented public sector through our Awards program. Acknowledging and valuing leadership is a central part of our mission to enhance the capacity, integrity and reputation of the sector. <br /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/193/cid/31/parent/0/t/news January 27, 2010 IPAA Great Debate produces lively exchange <p><img height="236" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/196/091030_005.jpg" width="354" align="right" /></p> <p>Over 200 people attended IPAA&rsquo;s second Great Debate on 30 October, exploring whether evidence based policy making is over-rated. A distinguished panel including, Professor Peter Dawkins, Secretary, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Gary Banks AO, Chairman, Productivity Commission, Emeritus Professor Meredith Edwards, University of Canberra, Felix Pintado, Chief Executive Officer, Dental Health Services Victoria, Deborah Peterson, Deputy Secretary, Policy &amp; Strategy, Department of Primary Industries, Professor Robert Watts, Discipline Head, Social Science, Global Studies, Social Science &amp; Planning, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology provided lively discussion on the interplay between facts, conventional wisdom and achieving desired outcomes. <br /></p> <p>The next IPAA Great Debate will be held on 29 October 2010.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p><img height="236" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/196/091030_021.jpg" width="354" align="right" /></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/196/cid/31/parent/0/t/news January 27, 2010 Gain the Policy Edge participants pool their knowledge <p><img height="180" alt="" hspace="10" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/195/GTPE_image2.jpg" width="180" align="right" vspace="10" /></p> <p>This program is now in full swing even as you read, and for the first time one stream is being held in residence in Ballarat. Participants have been treated to in-depth discussions with guest speakers Ron Ben-David, Commissioner, Essential Services Commission, Adam Fennessy , Executive Director, Policy &amp; Cabinet, Department of Premier and Cabinet and Julian Hill, Executive Director, Urban Development, Department of Planning and Community Development. <br /><br />The regional Gain the Policy Edge included evening excursions to the Art Gallery of Ballarat with private viewing of Peter Blizzard&rsquo;s works and the Robert Clark Horticultural Centre with a guided tour of the Botanical Garden. These excursions explored diverse topics from the significance of arts to building vibrant communities and sustaining historical gardens during long-term drought. <br /><br />IPAA President, Fran Thorn gave her opening address on &lsquo;The Reform of The Australian Public Service&rsquo;. 53 participants have not only pooled their knowledge and formed strong ties across government and throughout the CBD and Regional offices. GTPE is now accredited by many universities for recognition and credit in their graduate study programs. <br /><br />The next GTPE course will be held in June 2010. <br /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/195/cid/31/parent/0/t/news October 18, 2009 IPAA Awards Program 2009 Check for details online from 14 September <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/awards/ipaa-victoria-awards">here</a>. Nominations close 9 November. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/163/cid/29/parent/0/t/news October 18, 2009 YIPAA Bike Path to Copenhagen <p><img style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FLOAT: left; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" alt="" align="left" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/157/KDripps_RBen-David_image.jpg" width="236" height="236" />One of the topics closest to the hearts of many Young IPAAs is climate change.</p> <p>At the second YIPAA Twilight Talk for this year on 20 August, Dr Kimberley Dripps, Executive Director, Department of Sustainability and Environment and Dr Ron Ben-David, Chair, Essential Services Commission reflected on the on <em>&lsquo;The Road/Bike Path to Copenhagen&rsquo;</em> to an eager audience of 45 engaged YIPAAs.</p> <p>Dr Ron Ben-David spoke candidly about lessons he had learnt in dealing with climate change policy through his work on the Garnaut Report. Ron thought it unlikely that political consensus on domestic policy would emerge by the time of the Copenhagen talks.<br />Kimberley Dripps looked at the impact of climate change on ecosystem services and discussed what it will mean for us, particularly in relation to our biodiversity. </p> <p>Noticeable signs of climate change, she suggests, can be seen in the altered migration patterns of many species including that fact that Rainbow Lorekeets and Flying Bats once native only to Queensland have now adapted to climate change by making Melbourne a new home. Those animals and insects unable to migrate south face the real prospect of extinction.</p> <p>Questions from the passionate audience included the operation of carbon markets and the value we ascribe to ecosystem services, as well as some general comments about how optimistic we can afford to be about climate change solutions.<br />Audience members, aware that they are the group that will have to come to grips with the problems and forge the solutions, discussed how we could better communicate the message to achieve their requisite level of social change to deal effectively with climate change.<br />Registrations are open online for the next YIPAA Twilight Talk &lsquo;Entrepreneurship in the Public Sector: Innovate or Perish&rsquo; on 22 October.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/157/cid/29/parent/0/t/news October 18, 2009 Victoria in Future population projections: a DPCD in the community eve <p><em><img style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; FLOAT: left; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/164/Vic_in_Future_population_projections_image.jpg" width="179" height="178" />Victoria in Future 2008</em> is the Victorian Government&rsquo;s official population and household projections. </p> <p>This event will present the latest population projections and the story behind the Victoria in Future numbers, showing how the dynamics of our society and economy are reflected in the changing patterns of where people live. </p> <p>Information presented will include an overview of Victoria&rsquo;s projected population as well as a more detailed view of population projections for this region and its Local Government Areas. </p> <p>For further information and registration visit the website <a href="http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/research/urbanandregional">www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/research/urbanandregional</a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/164/cid/29/parent/0/t/news October 18, 2009 IPAA launches new website <p><img style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; FLOAT: left; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px" alt="" align="left" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/153/_JMP0020_sq_IMAGE.JPG" width="236" height="236" /><span style="FONT-FAMILY: &quot;Tahoma&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; FONT-SIZE: 10pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-style: italic; mso-ansi-language: EN-AU; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"><em>Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, CEO &amp; State Librarian</em></span></p> <p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: &quot;Tahoma&quot;, &quot;sans-serif&quot;; FONT-SIZE: 10pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-style: italic; mso-ansi-language: EN-AU; mso-fareast-language: EN-AU; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"></span>IPAA&rsquo;s much anticipated new website was launched on Tuesday 18 August at the State Library of Victoria. IPAA Fellows gathered to celebrate IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s 80th Anniversary and launch both IPAA&rsquo;s History Project and the new website.</p> <p>The new website is designed to provide easier access and better services to IPAA members. Users can now register and pay online for all events, seminars and courses. The user-friendly interface also allows you to update personal details, check membership and access IPAA resources at the click of a button. The system will remember information entered for the next log in, saving users the time and hassle of filling out new forms each time they register for a course. </p> <p>The website also improves access to information. Users can access soft copies of materials and presentations delivered at many IPAA events. News reports, archives and IPAA&rsquo;s extensive collection of occasional papers and other resources are also available online. </p> <p>The new website and supporting ICT represent a significant improvement to IPAA&rsquo;s work processes. Its much more sophisticated &ldquo;back end&rdquo; will enable IPAA staff to work more efficiently as well as reduce the need for environmentally-unfriendly paper records. </p> <p>We are eager to receive feedback on the new website.<br /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/153/cid/29/parent/0/t/news October 18, 2009 IPAA celebrates 80th Anniversary <img style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FLOAT: left; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/154/_JMP0044_-_sq_IMAGE.jpg" width="236" height="236" /> <em>Pictured are Life Member Helmut Glenk, IPAA Fellow Fiona Hanlon, Board Member Michael White and Former President Peter Harmsworth.</em> <p>IPAA Fellows gathered to celebrate IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s 80th Anniversary and launch both IPAA&rsquo;s History Project and new website at the State Library of Victoria on 18 August. Following a short period on show at the State Library of Victoria, the panel display called 'IPAA Victoria: Professionalising Public Administration', will tour the foyers of government departments for the remainder of the year.</p> <p>In launching the History Project, IPAA President Fran Thorn observed that &lsquo;history is vital, but fragile&rsquo;. Built from IPAA&rsquo;s archival materials and the generous contributions of Fellows, members and IPAA staff, past and present, the project records the stories, preoccupations and work of the public sector in Victoria over the last 80 years. </p> <p>Following a short period on show at the State Library of Victoria, the panel display called 'IPAA Victoria: Professionalising Public Administration', will <img style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FLOAT: left; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/154/_JMP0015_-_sq_IMAGE.jpg" width="236" height="236" />tour the foyers of government departments for the remainder of the year. You can see it from 7 to 21 September at the Department of Treasury and Finance, 1 Treasury Place, East Melbourne and then from 21 September to 5 October at 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. </p> <p>As part of its 80th Anniversary History Project, IPAA is also filming interviews with past IPAA office bearers. The interviews will constitute an oral history of the Victorian public sector and the Institute. During this anniversary year, the Institute will create a &ldquo;slice history&rdquo; &ndash; collating a &ldquo;virtual time capsule&rdquo; of our activities throughout 2009. If repeated each decade, the &lsquo;slice&rsquo; collection will provide a resource for future generations. Fittingly, IPAA&rsquo;s rich archives will now be permanently housed at the State Library of Victoria. </p> <p>While celebrating the past, the event also looked towards the future. Fran Thorn took the opportunity to officially launch the new and significantly improved IPAA website.</p> <p>The evening concluded with a tour of the acclaimed new exhibition &lsquo;Independent Type&rsquo; by curator Steve Grimwade. <br /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/154/cid/29/parent/0/t/news October 18, 2009 Inspiring Leadership: Ken Henry on GFC and role of the public sector <p></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%" class="content_table"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img style="MARGIN: 10px" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/165/1_image.jpg" width="236" height="236" /><br /><br /><img style="MARGIN: 10px" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/165/2_image.jpg" width="236" height="236" /><br /></td> <td> <p>We were honoured to have Dr Ken Henry, the Secretary to the Treasury, speak at IPAA Victoria&rsquo;s Leadership Speaks Forum on Thursday 10 September 2009. The breakfast seminar, was attended by over 240 IPAA Fellows, Members and senior public sector professionals from all three tiers of government.</p> <p>Dr Henry indicated that the roots of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) could be traced back to a failure of financial institutions to identify and manage risk, which led to a collapse in confidence of financial institutions. When lending came to a halt and financial markets froze, Governments around the world stepped in.</p> <p>According to Dr Henry, responding to such a crisis requires a comprehensive and multidimensional approach. He suggests that in such challenging times, public sector leaders need to:</p> <ul> <li>Take a holistic approach to the issues raised at all levels of government </li> <li>Not lose sight of the long-term issues and strategic imperatives; for example, dealing with climate change and the implications of an aging population cannot be &lsquo;deferred&rsquo; </li> <li>Learn from past experience but also be forward looking</li> </ul> During a crisis, information often seems ambiguous and timelines brutal. This, Dr Henry says, calls for determined decision making. <p>Dr Henry responded with thoughtful reflections to questions from the floor about the potential of rising inflation, the challenges of federalism and the changing landscape of Australian&rsquo;s international relations.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/165/cid/29/parent/0/t/news September 17, 2009 IPAA Fellows in the eye of the storm <p><img height="150" width="225" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/61/080806_IPAA_Fellows_in_the_eye_of_the_storm_1.jpg" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" />On Wednesday 6 August, IPAA Fellows got an insiders' perspective to the workings of the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) Centre in the Docklands. <br /></p> <p>It was an opportunity to farewell former BOM director and IPAA board member, Geoff Love who has taken an exciting new post at the World Meteorology Organisation in Geneva. <br /></p> <p>Dr Love spoke to the IPAA Fellows about BOM's daily operations and its current role in monitoring climate change. <br /><br /><img height="150" width="225" src="../../../../../sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/61/080806_IPAA_Fellows_in_the_eye_of_the_storm_2.jpg" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" />IPAA Fellows were taken on a tour around the centre and got to see first-hand how weather experts observe changing weather patterns across Australia. <br /></p> <p>Other speakers included: Kevin Parkyn, Manager of Severe Weather Section in Victoria; Mr Peter Gigliotti, Branch Head, Bureau of Meteorology's Water Divsion, Information Technology Planning and Development and Dr Ray Canterford, Branch Head, Bureau of Meteorology's National Weather Services. <br /></p> <p>The BOM tour was another opportunity for IPAA fellows to understand and appreciate the unique work of their colleagues in the Victorian public sector. <img height="150" width="225" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/61/080806_IPAA_Fellows_in_the_eye_of_the_storm_3.jpg" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/61/cid/12/parent/0/t/news September 17, 2009 IPAA Fellows in the eye of the storm <p><img height="150" width="225" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/61/080806_IPAA_Fellows_in_the_eye_of_the_storm_1.jpg" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" />On Wednesday 6 August, IPAA Fellows got an insiders' perspective to the workings of the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) Centre in the Docklands. <br /></p> <p>It was an opportunity to farewell former BOM director and IPAA board member, Geoff Love who has taken an exciting new post at the World Meteorology Organisation in Geneva. <br /></p> <p>Dr Love spoke to the IPAA Fellows about BOM's daily operations and its current role in monitoring climate change. <br /><br /><img height="150" width="225" src="../../../../../sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/61/080806_IPAA_Fellows_in_the_eye_of_the_storm_2.jpg" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" />IPAA Fellows were taken on a tour around the centre and got to see first-hand how weather experts observe changing weather patterns across Australia. <br /></p> <p>Other speakers included: Kevin Parkyn, Manager of Severe Weather Section in Victoria; Mr Peter Gigliotti, Branch Head, Bureau of Meteorology's Water Divsion, Information Technology Planning and Development and Dr Ray Canterford, Branch Head, Bureau of Meteorology's National Weather Services. <br /></p> <p>The BOM tour was another opportunity for IPAA fellows to understand and appreciate the unique work of their colleagues in the Victorian public sector. <img height="150" width="225" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/61/080806_IPAA_Fellows_in_the_eye_of_the_storm_3.jpg" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/61/cid/26/parent/0/t/news September 14, 2009 Breakfast with Ken Henry <p><img style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FLOAT: left; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/144/1247706777_image_lg_linking_leaders_forum_with_dr_ken_henrysq.jpg" width="122" height="122" />On Thursday 10 September IPAA Victoria hosts a <em>Leadership Speaks</em> breakfast presentation by Dr Ken Henry, Secretary to The Treasury, who will discuss the global financial crisis and its implications for government. The event will be held from 7.30am&ndash;9.30am in the Laureate Room at Etihad Stadium, Docklands. Book early to secure a place. <em>[Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances this seminar has been rescheduled from its original date of Thursday 27 August, 4pm&ndash;6pm.]</em></p> <p>This event is an opportunity to hear from Dr Henry about the issues facing our government as a consequence of the global financial crisis, many of which will have far reaching implications. </p> <p>The global financial crisis has driven almost all major advanced economies into recession. No economy is expected to escape its effects. Dr Henry will cover the thinking behind the various initiatives the Australian Government has taken already in dealing with the global financial crisis and outline how the Government is dealing with competing priorities in a shrinking pool of fiscal resources.</p> <h3>Date </h3> <p>Thursday 10th September 2009<br />7.30am &ndash; 9.30am <br />includes breakfast<br /></p> <h3>Venue</h3> <p>Laureate Room, Level D - Gate 6, Etihad Stadium, Docklands <br /></p> <h3>Event pricing </h3> <p><b>Personal Member </b>- $95.00 <br /><b>Corporate IPAA Member </b>- $95.00 <br /><b>Non Member (subject to availability) </b>- $154.00</p> <p><a href="/professional/event/leadership-speaks-ken-henry-090827">Register now</a><br /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/144/cid/28/parent/0/t/news September 11, 2009 Financing Government - YIPAA Sectors at Sunrise Seminar <p><br /><img height="157" width="236" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/119/090430_Financing_Government_1.jpg" alt="Stephen Miller and Dean Yates" /></p> <p>Although not as severe, the impact of the Subprime Crisis on the US economy will last longer than the &lsquo;1987 Crash' and the &lsquo;Tech Bubble' said economist Dr Stephen Miller at the second YIPAA Sectors at Sunrise seminar on 23 April. <br /><br />Titled &lsquo;Financing Government 2009-2010', the seminar looked at how the US Subprime Crisis has affected the Australian economy and examined the role of the Commonwealth and, in particular, the State Government in addressing the downturn. <br /><br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/119/090430_Financing_Government_2.jpg" style="padding: 0px; float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />Dr Miller, who worked for the World Bank before joining Monash University, explained how Australia's direct and indirect exposure to subprime assets affected the banking sector's ability to borrow. </p> <p>But the Australian economy was also damaged by fewer mineral, and other, exports to China after Olympic fuelled construction slowed down last year, he said. </p> <p>The end of the Western Australia mining boom means investment flows to the rest of the economy dry up and the share market begins to collapse.' <br /><br /><img height="157" width="236" style="padding: 0px; float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/119/090430_Financing_Government_3.jpg" alt="" /></p> While the Commonwealth holds the primary fiscal levers for controlling economic policy in a downturn, the States play a key role in maintaining confidence and delivering federal stimulus said Dean Yates, Deputy Secretary, Financial Reform, Department of Treasury &amp; Finance. <br /><br />Mr Yates outlined the States' responsibilities in driving labour market initiatives, maintaining investment in infrastructure and facilitating and unblocking private investment. <br /><br />&lsquo;The States also should enhance business cost competitiveness by reducing regulatory burdens and use the &lsquo;down time' to deepen knowledge and skills and pursue productivity enhancing reforms,' he said. <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/119/cid/21/parent/0/t/news September 11, 2009 IPAA 80th Anniversary Project to include oral histories <br /><img alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/19/090205_IPAA_Victoria.jpg" />To help shed light on the history of IPAA and the Victorian public sector, we have commenced work on the IPAA Oral History Project, which includes filmed interviews with some of the sector's former leaders. <br /><br />Paul Prior, Permanent Head, Department of Labour and Industry 1981-1985 and Elizabeth Proust, Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet 1995-1997 were the first to share their stories of reform and leadership. <br /><br />The collection of oral histories is one element of the IPAA 80th Anniversary Project, which will include a booklet and portable exhibition to be unveiled at the State Library of Victoria. We are also including a Did you know? historical fact in each of our E-Newsletters. <br /><br /><b>Did you know? </b><br /><br />It was not until the 1870s that Victorian parliamentarians were paid. <br /><br />The debates were fierce. Conservatives thought they should remain unpaid, reserving positions of power for &lsquo;men of substance' and making entry to politics more difficult for low to middle income men. <br /><br />But the Labo(u)r Government of the day led by Premier Berry introduced the first provisional salary of 300 pounds per year. <br /><br />Around the same time, more than 200 senior civil servants, such as magistrates, wardens and department heads were retrenched, with Premier Berry citing lack of funds. Politicians' salaries were finally made permanent in 1886. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/108/cid/20/parent/0/t/news September 1, 2009 YIPAA on the move with Jim Betts <p><img style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FLOAT: left; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/146/1248402138_image_lg_betts_2.jpg" />On Thursday 23 July Jim Betts, Secretary of the Department of Transport delivered the YIPAA Annual Address on Keeping Things Moving: Leading Change. Over 100 YIPAAs heard him speak candidly about lessons he has learned in leadership and cultural change through his experiences in government. <br /></p> <p>&quot;Leadership is an emotional and ethical call to arms&quot;, explained Jim Betts. He contrasted this to management which, he maintained, is a &quot;detached process&quot; focusing on processes and resource management. <br /></p> <p>The key driver of cultural change is respect. According to Jim, respect for all staff must be continuously articulated and put into practice at every level of an organisation. &quot;There is no substitute for communication and engagement&quot;, he said. Jim Betts went on to argue that confident and swift decision-making keeps things moving. This in turn depends on trust in your specialist staff. <br /></p> <p><img style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FLOAT: left; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/146/1248402143_image_lg_2_betts_3.jpg" width="236" height="235" />Questions came thick and fast from the enthralled YIPAAs about Jim's particular leadership style, risk-taking and the difference between managing up versus managing down. <br /></p> <p>Outgoing YIPAA President Chantelle Wren thanked the current Committee and congratulated the new Advisory Committee: Lucy Barrow, Corrina Bertram, Dominic Burke, Jane Crofts, Chandni Gupta, Laura Halfpenny, Georgie Hill, Glenn Jessop, Sarah-Jane McCormack and Shahaan Murray. <br /></p> <p>The next YIPAA Twilight Talk will be held on August 20 and features Kimberly Dripps, Executive Director Biodiversity &amp; Ecosystem Services at Department of Sustainability and Environment, and Dr Ron Ben-David, Chair of the Essential Services Commission.</p> <p><a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/events/category/yipaa-events">Click here to register</a><br /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/146/cid/25/parent/0/t/news September 1, 2009 The Art and Science of a Business Case <p><img style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FLOAT: left; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/147/1249269206_image_lg_img_2789sq.jpg" width="236" height="235" />On Friday 31 July IPAA Victoria's annual seminar on &lsquo;Building the Business Case' featured three senior advisors from the Department of Treasury and Finance. Nearly 300 IPAA members attended the seminar to gain insights on constructing a successful business case. </p> <p>Penelope McKay, Director of the Budget and Financial Management Division shared her experiences and recommended that the most successful business cases are those which have clear objectives, thorough options analysis and benefits which can be substantiated. <br /></p> <p>Hugh McIntosh, Analyst of the Budget and Financial Management Division also reiterated the importance of providing a cogent and comprehensive business plan. Ideally, Hugh believes that there are seven key areas which central agencies focus on; policy drive, the role of government, efficacy, <img style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FLOAT: left; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/147/1249271246_image_lg_2_img_2799sq.jpg" width="236" height="235" />delivery, readiness, value for money and priority. <br /></p> <p>Finally, Greg Thompson, Senior Analyst from Commercial Risk Management provided a practical guide to risk management and strategies required to optimize the support for those involved in capital investment proposals. Greg recommended that every business case should contain multiple options, with the greatest emphasis being on the preferred option. <br /></p> <p>Further details and presentations from the seminar are available. <a href="http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/professional/category/building-the-business-case-2">Click here</a> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/147/cid/25/parent/0/t/news September 1, 2009 YIPAAs meet Jim Betts <p><img style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FLOAT: left; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/143/1247615831_image_lg_yipaas_meet_jim_betts.jpg" width="236" height="236" />Transport is never far from the headlines. And this year, in particular, public transport faces considerable changes. Come hear Jim Betts, Secretary, Department of Transport discuss how he manages change at the YIPAA Annual Address on 23 July. <br /></p> <p>The evening seminar &lsquo;Keeping Thing Moving: Leading Change' provides public service professionals aged 36 and under with a rare opportunity to learn about the past, present and future challenges in managing Victoria's complex transport network. <br /></p> <p>Jim Betts will talk candidly about navigating thorny policy issues and reflect on the lessons he has learned over his long career as a public service leader in both the UK and Victoria. <br /></p> <p>After arriving in Victoria in 1988, Jim led public transport reform as part of the Department of Treasury and Finance. In 2003, as Deputy Director of Public Transport, Jim was instrumental in establishing the new franchise agreements for Victoria's rail and tram networks. He became Secretary, Department of Transport in 2008. <br /></p> <p>YIPAA and Personal Members (aged 36 years and under) can attend free of charge. Corporate Members are invited to attend for only $55. Members of the new YIPAA Advisory Committee will also be announced during this event. <br /></p> <p><a href="/events/category/annual-yipaa-address-090723">Further details click here</a>.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/143/cid/25/parent/0/t/news September 1, 2009 Premier Brumby launches Action for Victoria's Future <p><img style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FLOAT: left; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/142/1246929010_image_lg_avf_launch_090706.jpg" width="236" height="236" />On Monday 6 July 2009, Premier John Brumby and Helen Silver, the Secretary for the Department of Premier and Cabinet, launched a new strategic framework and website, <i>Action for Victoria's Future</i> (AVF). This special event was attended by more than 200 Institute of Public Administration Australia, Victoria (IPAA) Fellows and members, including senior public sector professionals and non-government representatives. It was also an opportunity for young emerging leaders to hear the Premier speak about his vision and the important role of the public service. <br /></p> <p>The new website provides an online tool consolidating existing Victorian public sector strategies, statements and policies in one central location. The site aims to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing across Government. <br /></p> <p><img style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FLOAT: left; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/142/1246929010_image_lg_2_crowd_avf_launch_090706.jpg" width="236" height="236" />The Premier said &quot;The Government's vision is to make Victoria the best place in Australia to live, work, invest and raise a family, which can only be achieved through action.&quot; He went on to talk about the need for the best possible policy and a responsive public service to deliver on that vision. <br /></p> <p>Helen Silver described the portal as &quot;providing practical help, in a simple and accessible format&quot;, which allows us to &quot;better identify priorities and to understand the Government's agenda as a whole&quot;. She explained that &quot;in this new media age, finding information is not hard. Determining the linkages and reaching a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the context of your work is.&quot; <br /></p> <p>Silver explained how the site &quot;makes it easier to research existing government policy and to monitor emerging trends and practice,&quot; as well as helping people across the Victorian Public Service in their development of policy and shaping of advice provided to Government. <br /></p> <p>&quot;The website outlines the challenges we face and provides a snapshot of the data and evidence driving our decision-making and action&quot;, the Premier said. <br /></p> <p>The new resource is a research and policy development tool, linking not only the public sector, but also the public sector to key community and business partners. <br /></p> <p>&quot;As the expectations of citizens continue to rise - we will be increasingly expected to provide support to Government in a way that ensures it is able to act in flexible and responsive ways to meet emerging citizen needs,&quot; Silver said. <br /></p> <p>&quot;Responding to the big issues like the global economic down turn and climate change has placed a premium on evidence-based policy making and innovative new ideas. Therefore, we need to create conditions that foster this practice and develop an increasingly flexible and dynamic public sector.&quot; <br /></p> <p>&quot;<i>Action for Victoria's Future</i> is also reflective of our move towards adopting innovative and collaborative practices, which strengthen the development and delivery of public policy in Victoria,&quot; Silver explained. <br /></p> <p>IPAA Victoria President Fran Thorn noted the AVF would assist in adopting &quot;innovative and collaborative practices&quot; across the whole of the public sector to &quot;strengthen the development and delivery of public policy in Victoria&quot;. <br /></p> <p>Find the Action for Victoria's Future framework and portal website at <a href="http://www.action.vic.gov.au" target="_blank">www.action.vic.gov.au</a>. <br /></p> <p>IPAA Victoria's next offering is <a href="/professional/event/building-the-business-case-090731">Building the Business Case</a> on 31 July.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/142/cid/25/parent/0/t/news September 1, 2009 Leadership & Innovation in Complex Times with D. Snowden <p><img style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FLOAT: left; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/145/1247706630_image_lg_leadership_and_innovation_dave_snowden2sq.jpg" width="236" height="236" />On Thursday 30 July Dave Snowden, the Director of the Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity, returns to the VPS for the second time by popular demand in the Executive Conversation lunchtime seminar hosted by IPAA Victoria and the Victorian Public Service Continuous Improvement Network (VPSCIN). Dave Snowden's work focuses on the development of the theory and practice of social complexity. He regularly consults to some of the world's largest companies as well as for governments and NGOs. <br /></p> <p>In tight economic times and complex environments, the demand for certainty and predictability is at odds with the realities of organisational life. Effective leaders need to make decisions that match changing business environments where the context of the problem will require different managerial solutions. By correctly identifying the governing context, being aware of danger signals and avoiding inappropriate reactions, managers can lead effectively in a variety of situations. <br /></p> <p>Dave Snowden discusses his award winning work on how leaders can make effective decisions, and how radical innovation can be achieved through reframing of issues. <br /></p> <p>Dave Snowden is Director of the Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity which focuses on the development of the theory and practice of social complexity. Dave has been one of the leading figures in the movement towards integration of humanistic approaches to knowledge management with appropriate technology and process design. He is well known for his work on the role of narrative and sense making, and he brings together academic and practitioner perspectives. <br /></p> <p>Dave was formerly a Director in the IBM Institute for Knowledge Management where he led programmes on complexity and narrative. He regularly consults for some of the world's largest companies as well as to Government and NGOs. He also sits on a number of advisory and other bodies including the British Standards Institute committee on standards for Knowledge Management. <br /></p> <h3></h3> <p><a href="/professional/category/executive-conversation-seminar-090708"></a></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/145/cid/25/parent/0/t/news September 1, 2009 Gain the Policy Edge as pathway to post grad <p><img style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FLOAT: left; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/137/1242006120_image_lg_gpe7.jpg" width="236" height="132" />Participants of the five-day Gain the Policy Edge program now have the option to complete an assessment component which will give them credit towards select post graduate qualifications. <br /></p> <p>To discuss this opportunity please contact IPAA Program Director Geraldine Kennett on 9653 2005. <br /></p> <p>The assessment will be based around the live-action policy simulation which takes place in the legislative chamber on the final day of the program. <br /></p> <p><img style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FLOAT: left; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/137/1242006123_image_lg_2_gpe6.jpg" width="236" height="149" />The upcoming stream also introduces new facilitator Mark Burford who brings over 20 years of policy experience, on everything from climate change to education reform, to the program. <br /></p> <p>Mr Burford, who until recently worked as a top advisor to Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard, joins established GPE facilitators Tim Orton, Kathy Laster and Ian Porter. <br /></p> <p>Now in its 11th year, Gain the Policy Edge continues to be the professional development program where senior policy leaders cut their teeth. <br /></p> <p><img style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; FLOAT: left; MARGIN-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 0px" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/137/1242006125_image_lg_3_gpe3.jpg" width="236" height="157" />&lsquo;Gain the Policy Edge, helped me create good policy and understand the interaction of policy and government. Best facilitators I have had on a course and a good opportunity to build networks with other participants,' said alumnist Andrew Crow, Manager, Post Acute Services, Department of Human Services. <br /></p> <p>To find out more about the program's syllabus and facilitators please visit the <a href="http://www.gainthepolicyedge.com.au" target="_blank">Gain the Policy Edge website</a>. </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/137/cid/23/parent/0/t/news August 12, 2009 YIPAA News: Patricia Faulkner talks candidly about her public sector c <br /><img height="157" width="236" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="Patricia Faulkner with YIPAA Steering Committee members Daniel Ballard and Matthew Wilson" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/83/080403_YIPAA_News_1.jpg" />The weather outside may have demonstrated the somewhat dramatic effects of the tail end of Cyclone Pancho, but this could not deter 30 YIPAAs from attending the inaugural <i>Twilight Talk</i>, held on the evening of Wednesday 2 April. <br /><br />YIPAA members had quite an inducement to brave the extreme weather: a candid conversation with Patricia Faulkner, National Partner in Charge, State Government at KPMG and Secretary, Department of Human Services for 7 years. <br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/83/080403_YIPAA_News_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" /><br />Patricia's engaging and open talk touched on topics such as work/life balance for senior executives, the difference between private and public sector cultures, and getting the most out of a career in the Victorian Public Sector by gaining experience in central, line and advocacy agencies. <br /><br />Participants networked and exchanged ideas in the intimate setting of Kri Kri's function room and enjoyed the many delicious Greek nibbles provided by the restaurant. <br /><img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/83/080403_YIPAA_News_3.jpg" /><br />The next <i>Twilight Talk</i>, on Wednesday 14 May, features Michael Kane, Executive Director, Policy and Cabinet, Department of Premier and Cabinet. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/83/cid/16/parent/0/t/news July 20, 2009 'There has got to be a morning after...' Transition in Government S <br /><img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/89/080215_There_has_got_to_be_a_morning_after_1.jpg" />IPAA Victoria's first <i>Changing Public Administration: Transition in Government </i>seminar for 2008 commenced with an insightful discussion with distinguished public sector leaders, Dr Peter Shergold and Dr Michael Keating, lead by Meredith Sussex. <br />For the 270 people (including <i>Gain the Policy Edge</i> participants), it was a reinforcement of the strength of democracy in Australia. Public administrators in Australia's democracy can (fortunately) approach change armed not with bombs or bayonets, but with insight, intellect, principle and propriety. <br /><br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/89/080215_There_has_got_to_be_a_morning_after_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />The strength of our democracy is demonstrated in the seamlessness and professional way that our governments change, says Dr Shergold. The key message he has for public sector professionals is to prepare for a change from day one. Understand that public servants serve successive governments with equal commitment and provide advice to the elected government in a way that is confidential and in a relationship of trust. <br /><br />A change in government is also an opportunity to put forward ideas by proactively supporting new governments with briefs and policies responsive <img height="353" width="235" alt="" style="padding: 0px; float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/89/080215_There_has_got_to_be_a_morning_after_3.jpg" />to the directions indicated in election statements - all ready for presentation the &lsquo;Morning After'. <br /><br />If you are keen to attend <i>Changing Public Administration</i> seminars please <a href="/contact">contact us</a>. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/89/cid/18/parent/0/t/news July 20, 2009 YIPAA News: Career Planning Breakfast launches Peer Plus Mentoring! <br /><img height="177" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/87/080229_YIPAA_News.jpg" alt="Karen Cleave (far left), CEO, State Services Authority talks about specialisation in the public sector" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" />Bright and early on Friday 29 February, Victoria University's city campus played host to YIPAA's first event of 2008, the Career Strategies Breakfast. <br /><br />Over 70 YIPAA members heard Melissa Anderson, Graduate &amp; Youth Employment Recruitment Advisor at the Department of Justice; John Sturdy, Director, Government Sector for Hudson Global and Kathy Townsend of Kathleen Townsend Executive Solutions discuss strategic career planning in the public sector, top tips and traps for young professionals and the benefits and limitations of networking. <br /><br />Career Strategies also launched Peer Plus, which will pair young managers with YIPAA members from across the public sector in a supported mentoring program. <br /><br />To be a part of Peer Plus mentoring in 2008, download our registration form for mentees, available in <a href="http://ipaa.ivt.com.au/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/files/14/090205_yipaapeerplusmentorprogramreturns_mentee.doc">Word</a> and <a href="http://ipaa.ivt.com.au/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/files/87/090205_yipaapeerplusmentorprogramreturns_mentee.pdf">PDF</a> format. Registrations are due on <b>Friday 14 March 2008</b>. <br /><br />For more information on YIPAA, email or phone Kate Edwards 03 9620 5930. <br /><br />Download the YIPAA program of events for February - June 2008 <a target="_blank" href="/sb_cache/events/id/8/f/Download%20YIPAA%20Event%20Calendar%20Jan%20-%20June%2009.pdf">here</a>! <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/87/cid/18/parent/0/t/news July 20, 2009 Professional Development Programs focus on Indigenous Policy <br /><img height="125" width="125" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/84/080319_Professional_Development_Programs_focus_on_Indigenous_1.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" alt="" /><img height="136" width="204" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/84/080319_Professional_Development_Programs_focus_on_Indigenous_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />The opening day of <i>Gain the Policy Edge</i> on 13 February, coincided with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's apology to the Stolen Generations in Federal Parliament. The 80 participants in the 5 day intensive watched the broadcast of the apology from Parliament. That evening, participants and alumnists from previous years celebrated at a reception at the Koorie Heritage Trust. They were welcomed by Wurundjeri elder Aunty <img height="136" width="204" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/84/080319_Professional_Development_Programs_focus_on_Indigenous_3.jpg" />Doreen Wandin, and IPAA President Fran Thorn outlined the history of the long policy path to the apology. <br />Jenny Samms, Executive Director, Ministerial Taskforce on Indigenous Affairs, Department of Planning and Community Development addressed the first <i>How Government Works</i> course for the year, on the topic of &lsquo;Tackling Indigenous Disadvantage - a Whole of Government Approach'. <br /><br />IPAA Victoria's own Indigenous Initiative provides free places for Indigenous public servants and community leaders in all our Professional Development Programs and events. For more information, please <a href="/contact">contact us</a>. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/84/cid/17/parent/0/t/news July 20, 2009 YIPAA News: Peer Plus mentoring program commences <br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/81/080417_YIPAA_News_Peer_Plus_1.jpg" alt="Above: Gilly Johnson and mentors Below: Karen Brown and mentees" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" />YIPAA commenced the much anticipated Peer Plus mentoring program with a training Workshop on Wednesday 16 April, held jointly in IPAA Victoria's function room and Kri Kri restaurant. This structured pilot program matches YIPAA mentees with young public sector managers in mentoring groups or pairs. <br /><br />Mentees and mentors took part in separate morning sessions with Karen Brown and Gilly Johnson from the Australian Mentoring Centre, learning about the principles which form the basis of a successful mentoring <img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/81/080417_YIPAA_News_Peer_Plus_2.jpg" />relationship. <br /><br />After an initial face-to-face introduction over lunch, mentors and mentees broke into their groups for their first mentoring meeting. IPAA Victoria and AMC were thrilled to see instant rapport among many of the mentoring groups. <br /><br />Thanks to all of our mentors and mentees for taking time out of their busy schedules to ensure an exciting beginning for Peer Plus. <br /><br />For more information on Peer Plus or the benefits of YIPAA membership, contact Kate Edwards on 03 9653 2007. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/81/cid/16/parent/0/t/news July 20, 2009 YIPAA News: Julian Gardner talks about Being the Public Advocate <br /><img height="157" width="236" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="Julian Gardner, former Public Advocate of Victoria and Chantelle Renn, Vice-President of YIPAA" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/78/080428_YIPAA_News_1.jpg" />On the day before ANZAC Day, YIPAA members attended an informal and informative Lunch &amp; Learn seminar with Julian Gardner, the former Public Advocate for Victoria. <br /><br />The Public Advocate is legal guardian of last resort, responsible for protecting and promoting the rights and interests of people with a disability, particularly those with a cognitive disability. <br /><br />Julian gave an in-depth talk about the thorny legal and ethical issues under <img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/78/080428_YIPAA_News_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />the Public Advocate's remit, including the well-known 2005 case involving Maria Korp. <br /><br />Lunch &amp; Learns are forums where YIPAA members can network with each other and with senior public sector practitioners, and hear about career choices, opportunities and specialisations they may not otherwise be exposed to. <br /><br />For more information on Peer Plus or the benefits of YIPAA membership, contact <a href="/contact">Kate Edwards</a> on 03 9653 2007. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/78/cid/16/parent/0/t/news July 20, 2009 YIPAA News <b><br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/76/080505_YIPAA_News_May.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />Coming up: AGM </b><br /><br />YIPAA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on the evening of Wednesday 25 June. <br /><br />The AGM is an opportunity for you to exercise your democratic right to elect members or nominate yourself for a position in YIPAA's governing body. <br /><br />Nomination forms and information on how to stand for election will be coming your way in the next few days. <br /><br /><b>Just around the corner: Emerging Leaders Forum (ELF08) </b><br /><br />This year, IPAA Victoria's Emerging Leaders Forum on 12-13 June is all about &lsquo;The New Inventors: The Public Service in Changing Times'. <br /><br />This one day conference brings together leaders of today and tomorrow to share their insights on shaping public policy in our fast changing times. <br /><br />YIPAA members can attend for $550, <b>$110 off</b> the corporate membership rate. <br /><br />For more information about ELF08, <a href="/professional/category/emerging-leaders-forum-2">click here</a>. <br /><br /><b>Off and running: Peer Plus mentoring </b><br /><br />A structured mentoring program that matches YIPAA mentees with young public sector managers in mentoring groups or pairs, Peer Plus is off to a great start. <br /><br />Having completed a workshop on mentoring fundamentals on Wednesday 16 April, many of the mentoring groups have now come together for their first formal meeting. <br /><br />To enquire about Peer Plus, or any other YIPAA program, phone Kate Edwards on 03 9653 2007. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/76/cid/15/parent/0/t/news July 20, 2009 Helen Silver talks leadership <br /><img height="83" width="125" alt="Helen Silver, Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet &amp; Fran Thorn, IPAA Victoria President" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/60/080808_Helen_Silver_talks_leadership_1.jpg" />On Friday 8 August, Department of Premier and Cabinet Secretary, Helen Silver addressed a capacity audience at the first <i>Leadership Speaks</i> seminar of 2008. <br /><br />After a lunch enjoyed by 420 IPAA members at Federation Square, Silver spoke candidly about her 25-year long career and reflected on lessons learnt on the road to becoming Victoria's most senior public servant. <br /><img height="83" width="125" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/60/080808_Helen_Silver_talks_leadership_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" /><br />She weaved her past experiences with her vision for the VPS and spoke clearly about the need for innovative leadership. <br /><br />Silver closed her presentation with the launch of an online forum. <br /><br /><img height="83" width="125" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/60/080808_Helen_Silver_talks_leadership_3.jpg" />The forum provides a space for public sector professionals to share and exchange ideas about the future of the VPS. <br /><br />The next seminar Changing Public Administraton, features Terry Moran, Secretary, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on 31 October at the Hotel Windsor. To register please <a href="/contact">contact us</a>.<br /><br />Related event: <a href="/professional/category/leadership-speaks">View related event information</a> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/60/cid/12/parent/0/t/news July 20, 2009 YIPAA Peer Plus Mentoring Program <br /><img height="141" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/28/081216_081211_YIPAA_Logo.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />In 2008 IPAA Victoria and the Australian Mentor Centre (AMC) joined forces to pilot our Peer Plus Mentoring Program; a structured match between YIPAA members and handpicked mentors with five to ten years more public service experience. <br /><br />At the end of its first year, feedback has been positive and YIPAA can look forward to the program continuing in 2009. Mentors and mentees noted that the program helped them gain &lsquo;new perspectives on the public sector' and opened up &lsquo;new friendships and networks' in their area of work. <br /><br /><i>&lsquo;I have found it interesting to look at the Victorian Public Service through the lens of my two mentees. Whilst we are only 8-10 years apart, but several layers in our respective organisations apart, they see things in quite a different way,' said a past mentor. </i><br /><br />A final report from the pilot program, collated by the AMC, can be accessed below. <br /><br />To register your interest as a mentor or mentee in the 2009 Peer Plus Mentoring Program, please download and return the attached form by close of business <b>FRIDAY 23 JANUARY 2009</b>. <br /><br />For more information about the 2009 Peer Plus Mentoring Program, or the benefits of YIPAA membership, please contact <a href="/contact">Mona Ray-Greig</a> on 9653 2069. <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/28/cid/8/parent/0/t/news July 20, 2009 YIPAA mentors meet Dr Claire Noone <br /><img height="141" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/29/081216_081211_YIPAA_Logo.jpg" />As part of the Peer Plus Mentoring program, Dr Claire Noone, Executive Director, Consumer Affairs, Department of Justice shared her &lsquo;Secrets of Leadership' with over 20 YIPAA mentors on 17 November. <br /><br />In a casual and informal conversation, Dr Noone reflected on her best and worst decisions, her experience balancing personal life with the challenges of leadership and her thoughts on generational renewal in the public service. <br /><br />Dr Noone offered candid advice to the mentors about managing difficult superiors, career progression and work-load expectations. She underlined the importance of first impressions and personal resilience as ingredients to success. <br /><br />Dr Noone facilitated a group discussion about individual passions as the reference point for career satisfaction. <br /><br />This unique event came from the mentors' own desire to meet as a group, reflect on the mentoring year and enhance their professional development. <br /><br />If you're interested in participating in the 2009 Peer Plus Mentoring Program as a mentor or a mentee, please contact <a href="/contact">IPAA Victoria</a> on 9653 2000. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/29/cid/8/parent/0/t/news July 20, 2009 YIPAA Peer Plus Mentor Program Returns <p></p> <p><b>STOP PRESS: Registrations Close Wednesday 11 February</b><br /><b><img height="208" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/14/090205_YIPAA_Peer_Plus_Mentor_Program_Returns.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" /> </b>The popular Peer Plus Mentoring Program returns to YIPAA this year, thanks to positive feedback from both the mentors and mentees who participated in the program in 2008. <br /><br />Piloted last year by IPAA Victoria, with support from the Australian Mentor Centre (AMC), the Peer Plus Mentoring Program teams YIPAA members and with handpicked mentors who have five to 10 more years experience in the public sector. <br /><br />The 2008 participants praised the program for creating a greater sense of community in the public sector and for allowing both mentors and mentees to develop their skills, knowledge and networks. <br /><br />&quot;My mentor helped me make a difficult decision regarding whether to move to another department, which ultimately led to a promotion,&quot; said a 2008 mentee. <br /><br />The 2009 program, which commences on March 13 with training for mentors and mentees, will match participants with similar interests and is underpinned by a formal support structure. <br /><br />Register as a mentor or mentee by Wednesday 11 February by contacting <a href="/contact">YIPAA Co-ordinator Mona Ray-Greig</a> on 9653 2069. </p> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/14/cid/7/parent/0/t/news July 20, 2009 YIPAA New Breakfast Seminar Series for 2009 <br /><img height="250" width="200" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="Dick Gross" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/16/090205_YIPAA_New_Breakfast_Seminar_Series_for_2009.jpg" />Dick Gross, former President of the Municipal Association of Victoria and three-time Mayor of the City of Port Phillip and Ian Robins, former CEO of Wyndham City Council will share their professional insights about local government at the first seminar of YIPAA's new 'Sectors at Sunrise' series. <br /><br />The panel will reflect on the role local government plays in whole of government decision making and its capacity for advocacy and relationship building within the community. <br /><br />Panellists will also discuss with YIPAA members their experiences in managing the challenges facing service delivery in the culturally and economically diverse regions of Victoria. <br /><br />To benefit from the insiders perspectives of experienced local government leaders, register online or contact <a href="/contact">YIPAA co-ordinator Mona Ray-Greig</a> on 03 9653 2069. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/16/cid/7/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 Into Government: Mid-year Orientation for new colleagues <p><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/129/1242008208_image_lg_4_081204_029.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />With more than 3000 people joining the Victorian Public Service each year, effective orientation to government is crucial. <br /></p> <p>IPAA will conduct its mid-year Into Government Orientation program from 15-17 July. <br /></p> <p>IPAA brings together three fundamental courses, How Government Works, Protocols and Proprieties and the newly structured Brief Writing course, into one program aimed at demystifying government processes and conventions for those new to the public sector. <br /></p> <p><img height="174" border="0" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/129/1242008209_image_lg_2_081204_091.jpg" />Sherridan Bourne from DHS was among the 15 people who completed the inaugural Into Government Orientation in January. <br /></p> <p>&quot;I thought the program had a good flow on effect and progressed really nicely from a general course, to a more specific course and ending smack on with something really practical,&quot; she said. <br /></p> <p>Attendance of the whole three-day program attracts a reduced rate, but registrations are also welcome for individual courses. <br /></p> <p>For registrations and further information please visit the <a href="/professional/category/into-government-090715">course webpage</a>. </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/129/cid/22/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 New faculty members to lead new courses <p><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/133/1242090086_image_lg_ma094.jpg" alt="Claire Higgins as regional commentator at the 13th Annual IPAA Budget Briefing Breakfast" style="padding: 0px; float: left; margin-right: 5px;" />To meet the changing professional development demands in the public sector, IPAA has developed two new courses; Strategic Thinking with Michael Henry and Financial Management with Claire Higgins. <br /></p> <p>Claire Higgins, who recently acted as commentator at the 13<sup>th</sup> annual IPAA Budget Briefing Breakfast, brings 25 years of public and private sector leadership to the one-day Financial Management course on 19 June. <br /></p> <p>Ms Higgins, whose finance and governance experience spans BHP, One Steel, CFA and the State Emergency Services, will guide participants through the expectations of fiscal management in the public sector. Claire Higgins is the current Chair of Barwon Health. <br /></p> <p>Michael Henry, Managing Director of the Strategy Shop, will provide participants with a framework for strategic reasoning at the half-day workshop Strategic Thinking on 9 July. <br /></p> <p>Mr Henry brings to IPAA an extensive consultancy career spanning education, government and corporate affairs. He has worked as a ministerial advisor and has far-reaching experience in the not-for-profit sector. Michael Henry is the current Chair of Oxfam. <br /></p> <p>For registrations and more information about <a href="/professional/event/strategic-thinking-090911">Strategic Thinking please click here</a> and for <a href="/professional/event/financial-management-090924">Financial Management please click here</a>. </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/133/cid/22/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 Whither the Weather <br /><img height="157" width="236" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="-r: Dr Neville Smith, Dr Dan Norton, Jan Bowman, Nick Dimopoulos" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/113/090409_Whither_the_Weather_1.jpg" />As Victoria takes toll of what was our worst-ever heatwave, health, energy and transport agency specialists looked at how they can better manage extreme weather into the future at the Whither the Weather? seminar on 8 April. <br /><br />As Chair, Chris Neville, Acting Director of event partner, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), posed the question: How can public policy makers, across government, plan together for unprecedented climate extremities? <br /><br /><img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/113/090409_Whither_the_Weather_2.jpg" />Recalling the 2003 heatwave in Europe, which claimed 70,000 excess deaths across 10 countries, Jan Bowman, Assistant Director, Environmental Health Unit - Public Health Branch, Department of Human Services, said how Australian agencies were alerted to the extreme dangers of high temperatures. <br /><br />Despite engaging with local councils and health agencies across the state and delivering high-level warnings days before the January heatwave, Victoria suffered 374 excess deaths - an almost equivalent increase in <img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/113/090409_Whither_the_Weather_3.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />deaths to that in France, the worst affected country in 2003. <br /><br />&lsquo;This happened against a backdrop of public transport breakdown, 25 per cent of hospitals suffered air-conditioning failures and many more homes went without any power- at a time they needed it the most'. <br /><br />Dr Dan Norton, Chairman of NEMMCO, the operator of the national electricity market and grid, said that despite forecasts of electricity consumption, generators and transmitters are not always able to meet demand in sustained hot periods. <br /><br />And high winds also cause damage to transmission lines, he said. <br /><br />Dr Norton acknowledged the energy industry's contribution to fuelling such dangerous weather conditions. <br /><br />&lsquo;The increase in carbon emissions underpins all of this, there has to be a change from coal-fire thermal generation to less carbon emitting forms.' <br /><br />With the assistance of BoM, Dr Norton said NEMMCO is investigating a shift to alternative forms of energy, such as wind generation, that while more greenhouse friendly is not yet as reliable or easy to forecast as thermal power. <br /><br />The audience was reminded by Nick Dimopoulos, CEO and Commissioner, National Transport Commission of the buckled train-lines and melted tarmac that led to commuter chaos and million dollar repair bills in week before Black Saturday. <br /><br />Transport is particularly vulnerable to rising temperatures, said Mr Dimopoulos. Alongside costly road maintenance needed to deal with rising sea levels and heat damage, new transport infrastructure will be required to &lsquo;chase the rain' north as the drought dries out our existing food bowls, he said. <br /><br />&lsquo;Policy makers need to seriously debate how crops can be genetically modified to increase drought resistance and rethink engineering designs to weather-proof infrastructure'. <br /><br />With the ever growing number of passenger vehicles and trucks contributing around 14 per cent to our carbon emissions, Mr Dimopoulos called for a transformation of thinking to make transport part of the solution, not just the problem. <br /><br />He cited overseas examples where fuel efficiency standards and funding for sustainable freight technology have led to emissions cuts, cost savings and productivity gains. <br /><br />He also called for an integrated approach to public transport and urban planning; floating ideas such as a traffic-congestion tariff and higher density living along tram lines to ensure public transport is a more available and viable choice. <br /><br />All speakers agreed that tackling climate change requires long-term planning across all jurisdictions, and not without industry and the private sector. <br /><br />&lsquo;It takes a significant event for people to get the motivation to move to the next level,' said Jan Bowman. <br /><br />&lsquo;It's probably more real now than it has ever been before, because we've seen the actual impact on human life, now there's a different level of seriousness afforded to it'. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/113/cid/21/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 Budget Briefing Breakfast & Regional Budget Briefing Lunch <p><img src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/112/090409_IPAA_Budget_Briefing_1.jpg" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" />To help the public sector across Victoria understand the first State Budget since the global financial crisis, Grant Hehir, Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance will deliver Budget briefings in Melbourne on 6 May and Ballarat on 7 May. <br /><br />Dr Vince FitzGerald, Chairman, The Allen Consulting Group will serve as commentator with Claire Higgins, Chair, Barwon Health contributing a regional perspective at the established Budget Briefing Breakfast in Melbourne. <br /><br />Mr Hehir will then travel to Ballarat to outline the impact of the Budget for regional Victoria at the second annual Regional Budget Briefing Lunch. <br /><br /><br /><img height="236" width="236" style="padding: 0px; float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/112/090409_IPAA_Budget_Briefing_2.jpg" />The Ballarat briefing, which follows the successful pilot seminar held in Geelong last year, includes commentary from Jeremy Johnson, CEO, Sovereign Hill and President, VECCI and will be chaired by Judy Verlin, Mayor of Ballarat. <br /><br />For your opportunity to hear about the State Budget priorities at a time of great financial uncertainty, <a href="/events/category/state-budget-briefings">register now</a> for the Melbourne Seminar or Ballarat Seminar.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/112/cid/21/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 Whither the Weather? <br /><img height="177" width="236" alt="Photo: Chris Arndt" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/109/090319_Whither_the_Weather.jpg" />A panel of transport, energy and health agency specialists will examine how they are responding to Victoria's changeable climate at a special seminar co-hosted by IPAA and the Bureau of Meteorology on 8 April.<br /><br />The ferocity and volatility of Melbourne's recent weather patterns have highlighted once again how extreme our climate can be. Responsive and responsible planning has never been more critical. <br /><br /><b>Dan Norton</b>, Chairman, National Electricity Market Management Company (NEMMCO); <b>Nick Dimopoulos</b>, CEO and Commissioner, National Transport Commission; and <b>Jan Bowman</b>, Assistant Director, Environmental Health Unit, Public Health Branch, Department of Human Services will discuss their climate strategies. <br /><br />Cocktails and canap&eacute;s begin at <b>4pm, 8 April</b>, followed by the seminar at <b>The Hotel Windsor - Grand Ballroom</b>. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/109/cid/20/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 Top advisor to facilitate Gain the Policy Edge <br /><img height="132" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/116/090320_Top_advisor_to_facilitate_Gain_the_Policy_Edge_1.jpg" />Mark Burford, former advisor to Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard and public policy expert, joins IPAA's esteemed group of facilitators for the upcoming June stream of the Gain the Policy Edge. <br /><br />Mr Burford takes the place of consultant and new Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, who received news of his electoral win while facilitating the program in late 2008. <br /><br /><img height="149" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/116/090320_Top_advisor_to_facilitate_Gain_the_Policy_Edge_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />Mr Burford brings over 20 years of policy experience, on everything from climate change to education reform, to IPAA Victoria's flagship policy program, which is jointly presented by IPAA and consultancy firm The Nous Group. <br /><br />In his time in Gillard's Office, he was instrumental in establishing the Bradley Review of Australian Higher Education, setting up Skills Australia and developing the vocational education reform agenda in the COAG Productivity Working Group.<br /><img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/116/090320_Top_advisor_to_facilitate_Gain_the_Policy_Edge_3.jpg" /><br />Mark Burford joins Tim Orton, Kathy Laster and Ian Porter as facilitators of the five-day program, which culminates in a large-scale, live-action simulation staged in the legislative chamber of the Victorian Parliament. <br /><br />Now in its 11<sup>th</sup> year, Gain the Policy Edge continues to be the professional development program where senior policy leaders cut their teeth. <br /><br />&lsquo;The opportunity to discuss thorny policy issues in a setting that encourages debate and dissention was invigorating and rewarding,' said program alumnus, Jillian Scanlon. <br /><br />To find out more about the program's syllabus and facilitators please visit the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.gainthepolicyedge.com.au/index.htm">Gain the Policy Edge</a> website. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/116/cid/20/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 Political biographers talk writing <br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/115/090331_Political_biographers_talk_writing_1.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />&lsquo;Thou shall not bore' was one piece of advice that emerged when two of Australia's leading political biographers shared their writing style secrets with an audience of IPAA members at the 2009 Writing Seminar on 27 March. <br /><br />Three-time biographer and author of the recently released <i>Gough Whitlam - a Moment in Time</i>, Jenny Hocking, joined with Judith Brett, renowned public intellectual and author of <i>Robert Menzies' Forgotten People</i>, to speak about bringing balance, truth and readability to the life-stories of our past political giants. <br /><br /><img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/115/090331_Political_biographers_talk_writing_2.jpg" />As Agent-Provocateur, Louise Adler, Chief Publisher, Melbourne University Publishing, set out the challenges faced by political biographers and public servants alike in finding their own voice, telling compelling stories and balancing their responsibilities to subjects and audiences. <br /><br />On choosing their book-titles, Ms Hocking summed up Whitlam's iconic sense of humour by sharing how he wasn't so pleased - &lsquo;A moment in history?, he said, don't you mean an era?' <br /><br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/115/090331_Political_biographers_talk_writing_3.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />Ms Hocking had exceptional access to Whitlam, but she faced the significant challenge of navigating his &lsquo;prodigious knowledge' and contextualising the politician he became around his family and personal life. <br /><br />While he was arguably the most polarising and well documented figure in Australian political history, Ms Hocking relished in writing whole new chapters about his life on both sides of the history-changing Whitlam dismissal of 1975. <br /><br />Five years and two volumes later, Hocking told the audience that good research, structure and key, unifying themes are the best ways to avoid writer's block. <br /><br />But most importantly, she said &lsquo;to never start writing without the reader by your side'. <br /><br />Judith Brett said finding your &lsquo;imagined audience' is linked to having a clear idea of what you want to say. <br /><br />Recalling arguments made in her 1991 essay &lsquo;The Bureaucratization of Writing: why so few academics are public intellectuals', Ms Brett said that writers need to be aware of what really motivates them. <br /><br />&quot;So much academic writing, like that in the public service, holds little interest for the average reader because it is aimed at the perceived expectations of superiors.&quot; <br /><br />&quot;The writing uses too much jargon and qualification because it doesn't want to be exposed to criticism. So the outcome is defensive and lacking in clarity and readability,&quot; she said. <br /><br />Ms Brett wrote the Menzies' biography for her students in the 1980s when the memory of Menzies was still very strong in the community, but there was an absence of comprehensive and readable texts about his life. <br /><br />Like complex public policy, <i>Robert Menzies' Forgotten People</i>, reflected the different disciplines Ms Brett used to piece it together. It looked closely at the social classes who kept him in power and the psychology behind Menzies' well &lsquo;negotiated mid-life crisis' that enabled him to become Australia's longest serving Prime Minister. <br /><br />And like public servants, political biographers have to rise above political partisanship, said Louise Adler. <br /><br />Both panellists said they strived to avoid vilifying or idolising their subjects, but found a way to express themselves, and their perspectives, through their subjects. <br /><br />Read Judith Brett's article: <a href="http://ipaa.ivt.com.au/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/files/115/090331_politicalbiographerstalkwriting.pdf">The Bureaucratization of Writing</a>, Meanjin, 1991, Vol.50, Issue 4 http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/115/cid/20/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 Pride and Prejudice in the Public Sector <br /><img height="154" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/17/090205_Pride_and_Prejudice.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />Unproductive pen pushers or agents of social change? This year, as part of its mission to enhance the reputation of the public sector, IPAA looks at differing perceptions of the public servants and how these affect recruitment, morale and public confidence in the institutions of governance. <br /><br />The three-part Pride and Prejudice in the Public Sector series begins on February 27 with &lsquo;In Our Image'; an opportunity for public sector professionals to reflect on how they are represented in popular culture. <br /><br />The portrayals of public servants in programs such as <i>The Hollowmen</i>, <i>The West Wing</i> and the perennial <i>&lsquo;Yes Minister'</i>, will enable attendees to consider how much fact lies in fiction. <br /><br />Janet Dore, CEO, Transport Accident Commission and Phil Martin, Manager, Government Relations, Australian Football League are among the presenters who will ask their public sector colleagues to consider how we are seen by others and how this affects what we do and how we feel about our work. <br /><br />To book for this event, please <a href="/professional/category/pride-prejudice">click here</a>. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/17/cid/7/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 Into Government <br /><img height="300" width="236" alt="Brief Writing" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/21/090205_Into_Government.jpg" />In January IPAA brought together three fundamental courses into one three-day orientation program aimed at demystifying government processes and conventions for new arrivals to the public sector. <br /><br />Sherridan Bourne from DHS was among the 15 people who completed the full orientation program comprised of How Government Works, Protocols and Proprieties and the newly structured Brief Writing course. <br /><br />&quot;I thought the program had a good flow on effect, it progressed really nicely; from overall, to more specific and ending smack on with something really practical,&quot; she said. <br /><br />To find out more about IPAA's 12 Professional Development courses in 2009 download the <a href="/professional/category/into-government-090715">programs brochure</a>. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/21/cid/7/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 IPAA Victoria's Professional Development Focus for 2009 <b><br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/34/081203_IPAA_Victoria_1.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />Our mission is to &quot;enhance the capacity, integrity and reputation&quot; of the public sector. We have focussed on the first two of these objectives but there is reason to think that reputation needs greater attention. 2009 will be the &quot;year of reputation&quot; for IPAA. </b><br /><br />The 2008 seminar program focused on the role of public administration during periods of political transition. In 2009 we squarely address the reputation issue with the theme of &quot;Pride and Prejudice&quot; in the public sector. <br /><br /><img height="172" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/34/081203_IPAA_Victoria_2.jpg" />We will be examining representations of public servants from &quot;Yes Minister&quot; to &quot;Hollow Men&quot;. There is much to be learned from engaging with representations that purport to be &quot;in our image&quot;. <br /><br />Trust and confidence in the institutions of governance is a related, and vital, theme. Our relations with the media or, the &quot;narratives&quot; we tell about our work, have a profound influence on policy outcomes and also on key internal challenges like recruitment, retention and morale. <br /><br />IPAA's seminars will address these challenges for a <img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/34/081203_IPAA_Victoria_3.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />contemporary public service. <br /><br /><b>The Calendar of Programs for 2009 </b><br />A calendar of seminars, courses and membership events for 2009 are now available. <a href="http://ipaa.ivt.com.au/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/files/34/081203_ipaavictoria_2009calendar.pdf">Click here</a> to download the calendar. <br /><br />This year IPAA developed a three tiered program for the specific professional needs of people working in the public sector. The Fundamentals of Public Administration stream underpins the courses in Public Administration in Action and Leading Public Administration. Courses deal with understanding government, communicating effectively and managing sustainability. For information on each of the courses and to download the brochure and registration form click on the links below. <br /><br /><b>New Orientation Program 20-22 January 2009 </b><br />To accommodate those new to the public sector, IPAA has grouped together three fundamental courses aimed at demystifying the processes and conventions unique to government. <br /><br />IPAA Public Sector Orientation opens the 2009 program in late January. <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/34/cid/8/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 Gain the Policy Edge celebrates tenth birthday <br /><img height="140" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/32/081211_Gain_the_Policy_Edge_celebrates_tenth_birthday_1.jpg" />On Wednesday 3 December, Ms Thorn joined with over 50 past speakers and alumnists and 50 new program participants to celebrate this significant 10th anniversary milestone at a cocktail reception held at Old Treasury. <br /><br />&quot;For 10 years, the program has been the &lsquo;rite of passage' for more than 700 policy makers from across government and the list of 130 speakers during the life of the program, is a veritable &lsquo;<i>who's who</i>' of government. Some of those people are with us here tonight,&quot; Ms Thorn said. <br /><br /><img height="146" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/32/081211_Gain_the_Policy_Edge_celebrates_tenth_birthday_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />&quot;It is a tribute to the original conception and design of &lsquo;Gain the Edge' that it has stood the test of time. Over the years, people with diverse experiences have worked together to explore how policy is made, presented and implemented.&quot; <br /><br />In marking the occasion, Ms Thorn recognised the difficulties faced by policy makers over the past decade and the challenges that lie ahead, such as tackling climate change, social exclusion and the consequences of globalisation. <br /><img height="130" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/32/081211_Gain_the_Policy_Edge_celebrates_tenth_birthday_3.jpg" /><br />She also characterized the shortcomings and small pleasures of working in policy from a policy maker's point of view. <br /><br />&quot;Policy makers have to have a mindset that allows them to be &lsquo;optimistic pessimists' - realists about the difficulty of their work and the social and political pressures that constrain what they do, yet idealists who have to believe that good policy will eventually have its day.&quot; <br /><br />Co-author of Gain the Policy Edge and Managing Director of the Nous Group, Tim Orton facilitated further reflections on the role of policy makers by holding candid vox pops with past speakers and program alumnists. <br /><br />Paul Myers, Director, Consumer Affairs and Jenny Samms, Executive Director, Department of Planning and Community Development were among the past speakers who looked back on the major policy issues they faced at the time of their involvement. <br /><br />The final Gain the Policy Edge streams for 2009 commenced on December 3 and are held at Rydges until December 10. <br /><br />For information about the program visit <a target="_blank" href="http://www.gainthepolicyedge.com.au">Gain the Policy Edge</a> website. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/32/cid/8/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 Spotlight on Spring Street: Victoria's Growth Pressures <br /><img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/50/081016_Spotlight_on_Spring_Street_1.jpg" />Connectivity of rapid transport and information, sub-cities with access to quality jobs and the establishment of metropolitan governments were just some of the ideas discussed at IPAA's second Spotlight on Spring Street seminar. <br /><br />Over 70 people from all levels of government attended the Melbourne Town Hall today to hear keynote speaker Marcus Spiller, Director SGS Economics and Planning, and panellists Barbara Norman (RMIT) and Julian Hill (DPCD), address issues of urban growth in Victoria.<img height="186" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/50/081016_Spotlight_on_Spring_Street_2.jpg" /> <br /><br />Chaired by Peter Johnstone, the seminar deliberated the merits and drawbacks of a range of cutting-edge policy initiatives, from establishing an additional tier of government, to reframing the time lines and objectives of &lsquo;Melbourne 2030' as &lsquo;Victoria 2020.' <br /><br />Questions from the audience resulted in robust debate as panellists and participants grappled with questions of governance, community development and engagement, and population projections before and beyond Melbourne 2030. <br /><br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/50/081016_Spotlight_on_Spring_Street_3.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />The final seminar in this year's Spotlight in Spring Street series is entitled &lsquo;Liveability: Are We There Yet?' and will be held on November 27 at 12.00pm. <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/50/cid/10/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 Changing Public Administration <br /><img height="154" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/45/090205_Pride_and_Prejudice.jpg" />Over 200 public sector professionals gathered today to hear Terry Moran, Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, share his views on changing public administration. <br /><br />IPAA Victoria President Fran Thorn drew attention to Mr Moran's unique position in the Australian public sector landscape. As former Secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, Mr Moran was well placed to give his take on the benefits of reform for both the Federal, and State governments. <br /><img height="163" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/45/081031_Changing_Public_Administration_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" /><br />The Secretary stressed the importance of defining &lsquo;ambitious but manageable goals' when framing reform. He also highlighted the need to maintain focus on sustainable and responsive outcomes that will provide maximum benefit for Australian citizens. <br /><br />The key to achieving these outcomes is to harness the strength of all sectors; public, private and not-for-profit. Mr Moran spoke of the need to facilitate greater links between organizations and all levels of government in order to implement tailored and direct policies, and reform packages.<img height="149" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/45/081031_Changing_Public_Administration_3.jpg" /> <br /><br />Returning to Victoria today, Mr Moran praised the Victorian Public Service for its bi-partisan and highly professional reputation, and outlined some of the current policy partnerships between Canberra and Victoria. <br /><br />IPAA Victoria turns its focus towards the current financial crisis with <b>The Great Debate: &lsquo;That Risk Management has Failed'</b> on November 25. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/45/cid/10/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 YIPAA Twilight Talk: Tricia Caswell on <br /><img height="184" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/68/080703_YIPAA_Twilight_Talk_1.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />In the function room of the IPAA's new office, around 30 YIPAA's attended Tricia Caswell's talk on Wednesday July 2. With the provision of drinks and nibbles upon arrival, attendees were given a chance to interact with one another and chat to Tricia before she began. <br /><br />The current CEO of Caswell and Associates Sustainability Experts, Tricia spoke of her beginnings with various Labour Unions and the stark contrast this provided to her subsequent involvement with the environmental industry. As the former Director of the Australian Conservation Fund, she candidly discussed the criticism she faced when she then began working for the timber industry. At times touching, she also spoke of the poverty faced by <img height="167" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/68/080703_YIPAA_Twilight_Talk_2.jpg" />those who lived in Papua New Guinea during her work there. Tricia was frank about her experiences, and highlighted the necessity - especially for public sector employees - to look at problems in a holistic manner. <br /><br />The next Twilight Talk is on Wednesday August 20, and features Terry Garwood. Terry is the Executive Director of Freight Logistics and Marine Division with the Department of Transport. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/68/cid/13/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 New Management Committee announced at YIPAA's First AGM <b><br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/69/080625_New_Management_Committee_announced_at_YIPAA.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="BACK: Jane Crofts, Nicholas Robson, Chantelle Renn FRONT: Paris Room, Karl Tracksdorf, Julie Amore ABSENT: Matthew Wilson, Ruth Paterson" />YIPAA</b>, held its first Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 25 June at the Victoria Managed Insurance Authority's stunning Collin's street offices. <br /><br />Daniel Ballard, YIPAA Steering Committee President welcomed members and gave them an insight into the past 7 months of YIPAA. <b>YIPAA </b>(Young Institute of Public Administration Australia) was launched on 27 November 2007. &ldquo;In a short time, 200 people have joined up, and we expect this to grow once the new, energetic Committee is installed&rdquo;, said Mr Ballard. <br /><br />The new YIPAA Management Committee of 8 will guide YIPAA's program over the coming year: <br /> <ul> <li>Chantelle Renn - Policy &amp; Project Advisor, Department of Premier &amp; Cabinet <br /></li> <li>Paris Room - Victorian Public Service 2008 Graduate Recruit, Department of Justice <br /></li> <li>Julie Amore - Policy Officer, Department of Education &amp; Early Childhood Development <br /></li> <li>Nicholas Robson - Policy Analyst, Water Conservation Team, Department of Sustainability &amp; Environment <br /></li> <li>Matthew Wilson - Family Services Co-ordinator, Wyndham City Council <br /></li> <li>Karl Trackdorf - Victorian Public Service 2008 Graduate Recruit, Department of Human Services <br /></li> <li>Ruth Patterson - Acting Manager, Policy Projects, Department of Human Services <br /></li> <li>Jane Crofts - Government Segment Leader, Victorian WorkCover Authority </li> </ul> Since its inception YIPAA has offered a wealth of professional development, networking and career planning activities including: <br /> <ul> <li>Career Strategies Breakfast including public &amp; private sector speakers <br /></li> <li>Launch of the Peer Plus program - pairing of mentors with 7 - 10 years work experience with those starting out in the sector <br /></li> <li>Regular monthly seminars: <i><b>Twilight Talks</b></i> and <i><b>Lunch and Learn</b></i> sessions have provided further opportunities for members to learn the ins and outs of the careers of senior public servants <br /></li> <li>Social activities including: Keating! The Musical and Chaser Age of Terror Variety Hour </li> </ul> <br />The first <i><b>Twilight Talk</b></i> with Patricia Faulkner, National Partner in Charge, KPMG, State Government and former Secretary, Department of Human Services set the tone of these candid, &lsquo;warts-and-all&rsquo; testimonies of lives spent in the public sector. Members are privileged to hear such frank and fearless accounts of the many successes, and occasional failures, of leading public administrators. <br /><br /><i><b>Lunch and Learn</b></i> sessions have provided an opportunity for members to hear about the breadth and scope of the work undertaken by senior public sector practitioners. To illustrate the diversity of the sector, <i><b>Lunch and Learn</b></i> started with the theme of &lsquo;Being the Public Advocate&rsquo; with Julian Gardner and &lsquo;Being Australia&rsquo;s top Weatherman&rsquo; with Geoff Love, Director of Meteorology at the Bureau of Meteorology. <br /><br />Mr Ballard acknowledged the YIPAA Steering Committee&rsquo;s efforts over the past 7 months: Chantelle Renn, YIPAA Vice-President and Policy &amp; Project Advisor, Department of Premier &amp; Cabinet, Julie Amore, Policy Officer, Department of Education &amp; Early Childhood Development, Lachlan Bruce, Executive Director, Business Innovation &amp; Strategy, Department of Innovation, Industry &amp; Regional Development, Jasmina Joldic, Policy &amp; Project Officer, The University of Melbourne, Nicholas Robson, Policy Analyst, Water Conservation Team, Department of Sustainability &amp; Environment; and Matthew Wilson, Family Services Co-ordinator, Wyndham City Council. <br /><br />He also thanked the IPAA Victoria President Fran Thorn, the Board and the IPAA Secretariat for their commitment to creating and supporting YIPAA. <br /><br />YIPAA (Young Institute of Public Administration Australia) is a forum for young professional in the public sector to discuss issues, share experiences and ideas and develop professionally. <br /><br />To find out more about YIPAA <a href="/events/category/yipaa-events">click here</a>. <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/69/cid/14/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 New Inventors Emerge at the MCG <br /><img height="236" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/70/080624_New_Inventors_Emerge_at_the_MCG_1.jpg" alt="Above: Bernie Hobbs, Science Writer and Broadcaster " style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" />Over 150 leaders, innovators and graduates from the public sector met at the IPAA Emerging Leaders Forum, the <i><b>New Inventors &lsquo;The Public Service in Changing Times'</b></i> at the MCG on Friday 13th June. Science Writer and Broadcaster, Bernie Hobbs chaired the forum which included presentations, case studies and panel discussions from leaders in the public sector, community and corporate world. <br /><br />The opening keynote presenters, Fran Thorn, Professor Roy Green and Max Coulthard, emphasized the need for the next generation of public sector professionals to lead, source and invent new ideas to meet Australia's emerging challenges of global competitiveness and sustainability. <br /><br />These qualities were demonstrated in the case study examples presented by <b>Jeff Castellas</b> CEO, Clean Technology, AustralAsia, <b>Professor Robert Lamb</b> Facility Director, Australian Synchrotron, <img height="107" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/70/080624_New_Inventors_Emerge_at_the_MCG_2.jpg" by:="" /><b>Helene Teichmann</b> Convenor, the Yachad Accelerated Learning Project (YALP) and <b>Dr Wendy Craik</b> Chief Executive Officer, Murray-Darling Basin Commission. Each case presented an invention in either technology, science or social science and all contribute to creating better outcomes for our communities.<br /><br />In summing up the morning Terry Ahearn conveyed the significance of <img height="159" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/70/080624_New_Inventors_Emerge_at_the_MCG_3.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />looking for a unique way to turn challenges and issues into opportunities for doing work differently. <br /><br />The complexity of invention and innovation in public policy became a reality later in the day when many of Victoria's most senior public sector leaders: <b>Peter Harris</b> Secretary, Department of Sustainability &amp; Environment, <b>Jane Niall</b> Deputy Secretary Beyond 2020, Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, <b>Maria Katsonis</b>, Executive Director, Public Policy and Organisation Reviews State Services Authority with <b>Kerry Walker</b>, Director, Neighbourhood Justice Centre, <b>Jim Betts</b>, Secretary Department of Transport, <b>Peter Dawkins</b>, Secretary, Department of Education &amp; Early Childhood Development, <b><b>Ben Rimmer</b></b>, Acting Secretary, National Reform, Dept Premier &amp; Cabinet discussed the latest ideas in their portfolio. <b><br /><br /></b>To view the speaker presentations <a href="/professional/category/emerging-leaders-forum-2">click here</a>.<br /><br /><b>Related event:</b> <a href="/professional/category/emerging-leaders-forum-2">View related event information</a> <br /><br /><b>Visit related website:</b> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dusignbugg.com.au">www.dusignbugg.com.au</a> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/70/cid/14/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 Regional Budget Briefing: Geelong Seminar <br /><img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/74/080509_Regional_Budget_Briefing_1.jpg" />The Geelong Briefing, delivered to a capacity crowd of public sector professionals and those that work with government was introduced and chaired by CEO of City of Greater Geelong and IPAA Victoria Fellow, Kay Rundle. <br /><br />The Briefing was critiqued by Claire Higgins, Chair of Barwon Health and a member of the Barwon Water Board who commended some of the regional small &lsquo;gems' in the budget, including funding for the Geelong Arts Precinct and regional health initiatives. Claire concluded that that the 2008-9 Victorian <img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/74/080509_Regional_Budget_Briefing_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />Budget placed Victoria on a sound, conservative financial footing, delivering on &quot;bread and butter&quot; items such as Health, Education, Justice, and Water. <br /><br />Both Grant Hehir and Claire Higgins were mindful of the challenges ahead for the economy in the light of national and global economic pressures. Both speakers emphasized the need for on-going upgrades to infrastructure - an important theme for regional Victorians. <br /><br /><b>Related event:</b> <a href="/events/category/state-budget-briefings">View related event information</a>. <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/74/cid/15/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 Budding writers attend IPAA's annual writing seminar <br /><img height="157" width="236" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="Left to Right: Joel Deane, Mark O'Toole, Monica Pfeffer and Greg Hywood" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/80/080418_Budding_writers_attend_IPAA_1.jpg" /><img height="236" width="157" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/80/080418_Budding_writers_attend_IPAA_2.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" alt="" />IPAA's annual writing seminars are inspired by Don Watson's infamous utterances about the quality of public sector writing. <br /><br />This year professional writers, Mark O'Toole, comedy script writer for John Safran and <i>Spicks &amp; Specks</i> and Joel Deane, speech writer for the Premier of Victoria were joined by senior public sector professionals, Monica Pfeffer and Greg Hywood to share their flair for writing for others.<img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/80/080418_Budding_writers_attend_IPAA_3.jpg" /> <br /><br />Understanding the person you are writing for, subverting your ego and going beyond the facts were consistent messages given by all speakers. <br /><br />It was Joel Deane, perhaps, who provided the seminar's most thought-provoking speech, concluding with 10 points for good speechwriting. Read, think, debate, he said, and the march towards meaningless, detached and decayed public language will be defeated. <br /><br />A large number of <i>Play on Words</i> participants were young professionals from the sector, promising writers for whom today's seminar provided an invaluable insight into the tools and techniques used by professional writers. <br /><br />For information on IPAA's <i>Speech Writing</i> course taught by Michael Gurr <a href="/professional/event/speech-writing-091020">click here</a>. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/80/cid/16/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 GPE participants pave the way to higher degrees <p><img height="157" border="0" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/141/1245913016_image_lg_gpe1.jpg" style="padding: 0px; float: right; margin-left: 5px;" alt="" />A quarter of the cohort enrolled in the June stream of Gain the Policy Edge have taken a major step closer to obtaining a university post graduate qualification. For the first time, participants could elect to be assessed for their work during the five day intensive and use this as credit toward higher degree studies. <br /></p> <p>Fran Thorn, IPAA President and Secretary, Department of Human Services opened proceedings with a discussion on the implications of Swine Flu for policy makers. <br /></p> <img height="139" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/141/1245913016_image_lg_2_gpe.jpg" style="padding: 0px; float: right; margin-left: 5px;" alt="" />Now in its 11<sup>th</sup> year, Gain the Policy Edge is the program where senior public servants cut their teeth. The June program featured speakers from across the public sector and from both sides of the political spectrum. <br /> <ul> <li>Tim Orton, Managing Director, The Nous Group <br /></li> <li>Ron Wilson, Executive Director, HIRMAA <br /></li> <li>Rob Knowles AO, former Kennett Government Health Minister <br /></li> <li>John Roskam, CEO, Institute of Public Affairs <br /></li> <li>Katie Haire, Director, Social Policy Branch, Department of Premier and <img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/141/1245913016_image_lg_3_gpe3.jpg" style="padding: 0px; float: right; margin-left: 5px;" alt="" />Cabinet <br /></li> <li>Eileen Carbines, Manager, Strategic Park and Marine Relations, Parks Victoria <br /></li> <li>Ian Richardson, Manager, Strategy Development, Department of Planning Community Development <br /></li> </ul> <p>Participants praised the networking opportunities across government and the live-action simulation exercise, which takes place on the final day of the program in the Victorian Legislative Assembly. <br /></p> <p>As one participant put it - &quot;I enjoyed the simulation and the practical reinforcement of my policy experiences. I gained a greater understanding of the work of people you don't normally hear from - for example, former ministers and ministerial staff.&quot; <br /></p> <p>Gain the Policy Edge, delivered in partnership with The Nous Group, will be offered again from 8-15 December. For the first time, one of the two streams will be offered regionally, in residence in Ballarat.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/141/cid/23/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 Fellows look to the sky <p><img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="padding: 0px; float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/136/1243910607_image_sm_img_2629squse.jpg" />To celebrate the International Year of Astronomy, IPAA Fellows turned their gaze to the night sky. <br /></p> <p>NGV curator Stephen Gilchrist, who was a nominee for the inaugural IPAA Young Indigenous Leader Scholarship, guided Fellows through the constellations of the Shared Sky exhibition at the Ian Potter Gallery. <br /></p> <p>Shared Sky features prints and drawings by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists of comets, meteors and star clusters such as the Southern Cross and the lesser known Seven Sisters. <br /></p> <p> <img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/136/1243910607_image_lg_2_img_2646use2.jpg" style="padding: 0px; float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />Stephen explained how spirituality is a common theme throughout the exhibition. Indigenous and European artists alike were influenced by the metaphysical, rather than the scientific, when portraying the skies above. <br /></p> <p>The exhibit also allows us to expand our appreciation of Indigenous art beyond the more common depictions of land and country to include Indigenous creation stories associated with the moon, sky and milky-way. <br /></p> <p>Jim Pollock, Vice President, the Astronomical Society of Victoria, shed light on Victoria's more scientific relationship with the night sky. <br /></p> <p> <img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="padding: 0px; float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/136/1243910607_image_lg_3_img_2610use3.jpg" />He explained how Melbourne was at the forefront astronomical science in the nineteenth century thanks to the Great Melbourne Telescope, which was purchased with gold money. <br /></p> <p>To restore the telescope to its former glory, the Astronomical Society of Victoria is gathering funds and seeking to import a special mirror from Russia. <br /></p> <p>The next Roundtable will take Fellows back through time as IPAA unveils its 80<sup>th</sup> Anniversary exhibition at the State Library of Victoria. </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/136/cid/23/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 Emerging Leaders talk 'whole of government' <p><img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="padding: 0px; float: right; margin-left: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/138/1243899766_image_lg_ma251.jpg" />The leaders of today and tomorrow came together at the third annual IPAA Victoria Emerging Leaders Forum (ELF) on 29 May to discuss the challenges, and possibilities, of &lsquo;Being Whole of Government.' <br /></p> <p>Deputy Premier Rob Hulls and seven secretaries were among the 37 speakers who engaged more than 140 emerging leaders on the complex logistical, political and even psychological issues involved in putting &lsquo;whole of government' in practice. <br /></p> <p>A session titled &lsquo;Twitter with Secretaries' allowed each attendee to talk candidly about their ideas for an integrated public sector with three of the following secretaries: <img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/138/1243899768_image_lg_2_ma141.jpg" style="padding: 0px; float: right; margin-left: 5px;" alt="" /><br /></p> <ul> <li>Justice</li> <li>Jim Betts, Secretary, Department of Transport</li> <li>Richard Bolt, Department of Primary Industries</li> <li>Howard Ronaldson, Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development</li> <li>Kevin Love, Deputy Secretary, Department of Sustainability and Environment</li> <li>Dahle Suggett, Deputy Secretary, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. <br /></li> </ul> <p><img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="padding: 0px; float: right; margin-left: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/138/1243899768_image_lg_3_ma124.jpg" />True to the theme of day, Fran Thorn, Secretary, Department of Human Services, opened the forum alongside colleagues from local government and the Commonwealth. <br /></p> <p>Reflecting on the collaborative response to Black Saturday, Ms Thorn asked &lsquo;why can't we be like this all the time?' <br /></p> <p>The ability to overcome divisions and focus on communities in times of crisis could inform the way we deal with long-term, &lsquo;wicked' problems, such as Indigenous disadvantage. <br /></p> <p>Deputy Premier Hulls and Penny Armytage came together in a special plenary session to discuss how closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Victorians requires a network of solutions involving strands from different portfolios. <br /></p> <p>&lsquo;To tackle this issue we must be there, on the ground, for the entire journey; from improving literacy and numeracy standards to creating employment and economic opportunities,' Mr Hulls said. <br /></p> <p>Despite the size of this problem, Penny Armytage provided an example of where government and community have &lsquo;joined-up' successfully. <br /></p> <p>An agreement signed five years ago between the State, Commonwealth and the once troubled Indigenous community of Lake Tyers has already improved school attendance and job prospects and has led to fewer incidents of crime and domestic violence. <br /></p> <p>Further case studies of successful &lsquo;whole of government' approaches were explored in three concurrent sessions spanning health, education and environmental management. <br /></p> <p>At an evening reception on 28 May, Cath Smith, CEO, Victorian Council of Social Services considered the 'paradoxical' role of non-government parties in both filling gaps in service delivery and fragmenting &lsquo;whole of government' approaches. <br /></p> <p>And the Twitter theme remerged when ELF attendees examined the possibilities of harnessing technology to better facilitate communication across government and improve ties with the community in a plenary session on eGovernment. <br /></p> <p>Please <a href="/professional/category/emerging-leaders-forum-2">click here</a> to view the ELF presentations.<br /></p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/138/cid/23/parent/0/t/news July 9, 2009 2009 IPAA National Conference Super Early Bird Rate <p><img height="153" width="153" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/139/1245644171_image_lg_national_conf_2009_logo.jpg" style="padding: 5px; float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />Don't miss out on this great opportunity to save money and secure your place at the <b>2009 IPAA National Conference</b> in Brisbane on 19/20 November 2009. Simply email your details to the National Conference Manager Shona Smith <a href="mailto:shona.s@qld.ipaa.org.au">shona.s@qld.ipaa.org.au</a> or tel (07) 3228 2800 or book online <a href="http://www.ipaanationalconference.org.au" target="_blank">www.ipaanationalconference.org.au</a>. Get in quick to obtain your invoice before the end of this financial year. <br /></p> <p>Hear first-hand from international and national perspectives including the Right Honourable David Blunkett and Professor Roel Bekker who will provide keynote presentations throughout the two day program. The Honorable Kevin Rudd MP, Prime Minister will deliver the 50<sup>th</sup> Annual Garran Oration at the 2009 IPAA National Conference on the afternoon of Friday 20 November 2009. <br /></p> <p>Focusing on the Changing Public Sector Climate, the key subthemes for the conference are: <br /></p> <ul> <li>Rising &lsquo;C&rsquo; Levels: Addressing issues of capability, collaboration, clients and community, and costs. <br /></li> <li>Survival of the Fittest: Reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of the public sector.</li> <li>Warming to Global Trends: Learning from and responding to international influences as well as shaping them in return. <br /></li> <li>Sustainable Practice: Identifying creative and sustainable solutions to pressing public problems and to challenges in public sector management. </li> </ul> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/139/cid/23/parent/0/t/news June 12, 2009 Event Coordinator Vacancy (Maternity Leave) <p><b>Careers at IPAA </b><br /></p> <p>IPAA Victoria is a highly regarded professional association committed to &quot;enhancing the capacity, integrity and reputation&quot; of the public sector in Victoria. If you enjoy being part of a dynamic, small team which prides itself on its professionalism, then view our current staff vacancies below.</p> <p>IPAA Victoria is an equal opportunity employer and we respect the needs of staff for flexibility to manage work/life balance. We value our staff and actively promote the professional development of each member of our staff. <br /></p> <p><b>Event Coordinator - Maternity Leave position </b><br /></p> <p>13th May, 2009 <br /></p> <p>Working in a small team this role is responsible for the administration and coordination of the IPAA Victoria professional development programs and events including organising relevant venues, processing registrations and communicating extensively with program participants. For application details please download the document below. </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/132/cid/22/parent/0/t/news June 10, 2009 The Integrated Planning Cycle <p><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/125/1242777402_image_lg_use1.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="l-r: Robert Pradolin, Dominic Isola, Paul Jarman" />Trust and confidence between project partners are central to the Government's ability to fast-track major projects, said a panel of leaders from local and state government and the development sector. <br /></p> <p>Paul Jarman, Director, Development Facilitation and Activity Centres, DPCD, Robert Pradolin, General Manager, Victorian Residential Division, Australand and Dominic Isola, CEO, Hume City Council talked about their experiences in the &lsquo;integrated planning cycle' at a joint How Government Works and Local Government at Work seminar on 19 May. <br /></p> <p>Contrary to speculation, Paul Jarman explained the political commitment to carry out major infrastructure projects in the economic downturn has not led to the Planning Minister acquiring new powers at the expense of local government and the community. <br /></p> <p> &quot;There is still due process in the planning cycle. The minister must still comply with existing legislation and planning policy, such as Melbourne @ 5 million,&quot; he said. <br /></p> <p> When all parties, including community third parties, come to the table early with a clear and honest view of what they want, then projects can be rolled out much faster, he said. <br /></p> <p>The speakers agreed public-private partnerships and working-groups not only ensure a more open and smooth planning process, they can also give life to more ambitious projects than originally anticipated. <br /></p> <p>Dominic Isola spoke about how the Hume City Council, Richmond FC, AFL, VFL and developer Stockland, brought forward, by seven years, a major sporting development aimed at enriching the growth community of Craigieburn. <br /></p> <p>Mutual trust, confidence in each-other's skill and a clear understanding of each-other's priorities helped this project become a benchmark for others, he said. <br /></p> <p>Robert Pradolin, whose company Australand developed Freshwater Place, explained the importance of time-frames in securing sales. <br /></p> <p>He said the challenge is to entrench a culture, across government, which promotes timely and inclusive planning beyond the downturn and into the future. </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/125/cid/22/parent/0/t/news June 10, 2009 Meet Seven Secretaries at Emerging Leaders Forum <p><img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/124/1242005436_image_lg_1_elf_pic_1.jpg" />Deputy Premier Rob Hulls joins seven departmental secretaries to discuss &lsquo;Being Whole of Government' at the third IPAA Emerging Leaders Forum on 28-29 May at the Park Hyatt. <br /></p> <p>Young leaders will join with their more senior counterparts, including CEOs, tertiary and local government leaders, in looking at ways to apply multi jurisdictional and multi agency approaches to complex problems. <br /></p> <p> A special rotation session titled &lsquo;Twitter with the Secretaries' will allow participants to quiz Penny Armytage, Jim Betts, Yehudi Blacher, Richard Bolt, <img height="159" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/124/1242005437_image_lg_2_1_elf_pic_4.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />Peter Dawkins, Peter Harris, Howard Ronaldson and IPAA President Fran Thorn on various aspects of integrated government. <br /></p> <p>Forum topics will span Government by Necessity: crisis management, Information and Communication: eGovernment and Governance: coordinating Indigenous affairs. <br /></p> <p>To register or find out more please visit the <a href="/professional/category/emerging-leaders-forum-2">event website</a>. </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/124/cid/22/parent/0/t/news June 10, 2009 IPAA Communities of Practice <p><img height="236" border="0" width="235" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/127/1242193488_image_lg_4_ipaa_comm_of_practice.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" />The professional development programs for both the Human Resources and Internal Communications Communities of Practice are in full swing. <br /></p> <p>IPAA Communities of Practice connect specialist groups of professionals and provide them with opportunities to engage with industry experts. <br /></p> <p>This week HR professionals join with consultant Anastasia Ellerby to discuss how to best manage and analyse HR data in a special session on HR metrics. This follows the March meeting on retention led by expert Andy Smith. <br /></p> <p>After discussing how to engage staff and stakeholders through social media, the Internal Communications group turns its critical gaze to &lsquo;Change Communications' with Adrian Cropley, Director of the International Association of Business Communicators. <img height="236" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/127/1242193283_image_lg_2_img_2368sq.jpg" /></p> <br /><br /> <br /><br /> <br /><br /> <br /><br /> <br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <img height="236" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/127/1242193286_image_lg_3_img_2369sq.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" /> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/127/cid/22/parent/0/t/news June 10, 2009 IPAA Budget Briefings <p><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/130/1241596452_image_lg_ma109.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />In his briefings to audiences in Melbourne and Ballarat, Grant Hehir, Secretary, Department Treasury and Finance outlined how the State Budget will build Victoria in a tough economic climate. <br /></p> <p>More than 1100 of his VPS colleagues attended the 13th IPAA Budget Briefing Breakfast on 6 May and on 7 May, Mr Hehir delivered a lunch presentation in Ballarat to 120 professionals from the Grampians region. <br /></p> <p>The global financial crisis and bushfire recovery effort, which accounts for $1 billion of the Budget, posed significant challenges to Mr Hehir and his staff <img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/130/1241596453_image_lg_2_ma015.jpg" />this year. <br /></p> <p>&quot;This is only the second time since the pre war period that the global economy has sunk so low, making this a difficult Budget to prepare and certainly the most difficult for this Government,&quot; he said. <br /></p> <p>But Mr Hehir explained how Victoria, thanks to reliable export markets and strong financial institutions, is more sheltered than most from the global downturn. </p> <br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/130/1241596453_image_lg_3_ma078.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />Victoria is unlikely to escape higher unemployment and a slump in private investment, but steady consumer confidence and stable housing forecasts provide room for optimism, he said. <br /> <p>In keeping with recent G20 and IMF recommendations, Mr Hehir explained how this Budget invests heavily in infrastructure, in particular social housing and education projects that can be rolled out immediately. <br /></p> <p>&quot;Rather than just dig holes and fill them in, it is important to bring forward plans already in place to stimulate demand and build on production capacity.&quot; <br /></p> <p>The $11 billion expenditure stands to create 35,000 jobs across the state, a move Budget commentator Dr Vince FitzGerald said compensates for the rising job losses in the private sector. <br /></p> <p>A 13 year veteran of the IPAA Budget Breakfast, Dr FitzGerald, Chair of The Allen Consulting Group, praised the Budget for resisting tax hikes carried out by other states and for infrastructure spending with real social and economic benefits. <br /></p> <p>While Victoria has become the leanest spending state, it still manages to invest strongly in vocational training, emergency services, non-urban transport and in particular, mental health, he said. <br /></p> <p> In assessing the Budget's limitations, Dr FitzGerald called on reform of the unbalanced Federal-State financial arrangement. <br /></p> <p>&quot;The fact is the states are chained to commonwealth financial dominance, which is not good for their ability to plan for the future.&quot; <br /></p> <p>As regional Budget commentator, Claire Higgins, Chair of Barwon Health, evaluated the Budget against the needs of communities in rural and regional Victoria. <br /></p> <p>Ms Higgins praised health care, education and transport initiatives supported by the Budget but would have liked to have seen more support for regional businesses. <br /></p> <p>In highlighting &lsquo;hidden gems', such as funding for a volunteer recruitment scheme and support for rural sporting clubs, Ms Higgins outlined the significance these initiatives hold for bringing communities together. <br /></p> <p>&quot;Overall this Budget is as fair as possible for as many people as possible across the state,&quot; she said. </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/130/cid/22/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 1400 celebrate path-breakers at International Women's Day Dinner <br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/104/090306_1400_celebrate_1.jpg" alt="Christine Nixon and Janet Dore" style="padding: 0px; float: left; margin-right: 5px;" />The Eighth International Women's Day Dinner saw 1400 guests farewell Australia's first female Chief Commissioner of Police and Guest of Honour, Christine Nixon. <br /><br />In her opening address, IPAA President Fran Thorn introduced the evening's theme, Leading the Way: The First Women in Public Sector, a celebration of women path-breakers in the public sphere. <br /><br />Fran Thorn went on to mark the many and often hidden contributions of her public sector colleagues to the bushfire relief effort.<img height="127" width="236" style="padding: 0px; float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/104/090306_1400_celebrate_2.jpg" /> <br /><br />&quot;Black Saturday forcefully reminded us all about real priorities. So we gather here this evening in measured celebration of the way our sector rallied together to serve the community when it needed us most,&quot; she said. <br /><br />Inala Cooper, YIPAA member and finalist of the recent IPAA Young Indigenous Leader Scholarship, was a poised and engaging MC. <br /><br /><img height="161" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/104/090306_1400_celebrate_3.jpg" style="padding: 0px; float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />She was pleased to introduce two more Secretaries, Helen Silver and Penny Armytage, who put Mike Munro to shame with their entertaining and moving interpretation of &lsquo;This is Your Life' for Guest of Honour, Christine Nixon. <br /><br />Treated to rare photos of Ms Nixon, from childhood to today, the audience gasped, laughed and gave a standing ovation as Ms Silver and Ms Armytage told the story of the long and steep road that was Ms Nixon's policing career. <br /><br />After the initial shock, Christine Nixon delivered a surprise of her own. She joined the police band, Code One, to lead the crowd in three rousing songs &lsquo;Man I feel like a woman', &lsquo;I am Woman', and &lsquo;It's Raining Men.' <br /><br />Fran Thorn and Patricia Faulkner then presented the Guest of Honour with an unusual yet fitting gift - a Grevillea plant. <br /><br />&quot;Christine, there was some debate about what plant to choose for you, whether it should be native or exotic. In the end, we decided on something grounded and hardy, something that flowers beautifully even in the harshest conditions and of course, which can rejuvenate after fire,&quot; said Ms Faulkner. <br /><br />Like Ms Nixon, each attendee could take home a small native plant, which formed part of the table floral arrangements, as a memento of the evening and a gesture of thanks for their individual contributions to growing Victoria. <br /><br />IPAA Victoria would like to extend its thanks to the event sponsors; KPMG, RACV, Hudson and TAC. <br /><br />View the <a href="http://ipaa.ivt.com.au/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/files/104/090306_1400celebrate.pdf">International Women's Day Dinner program</a>. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/104/cid/20/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 YIPAA Peer Plus Mentoring Program underway <br /><img height="148" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/110/090319_YIPAA_Peer_Plus_Mentoring_Program_underway_1.jpg" style="padding: 0px; float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />The 2009 YIPAA Peer Plus Mentoring Program is now in full swing, with more than double the number of participants than last year's successful pilot program. <br /><br />Twenty seven mentees and 21 mentors from across the public sector are part of a structured training program, co-facilitated by the Australian Mentoring Centre, which includes regular meetings between participants. <br /><br />The training day, held on March 13, allowed the 2009 cohort to map out <img height="147" width="235" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/110/090319_YIPAA_Peer_Plus_Mentoring_Program_underway_2.jpg" style="padding: 0px; float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />expectations for the program and plan their individual mentoring relationships, which stand to benefit both parties. <br /><br />Mentees receive valuable career advice and guidance, while mentors, who generally have five to ten more years experience in the public sector, take their leadership skills and training back to their workplaces. <br /><br />&lsquo;I have found it interesting to look at the Victorian Public Service through the lens of my two mentees. Whilst we are only eight to ten years apart, they are several layers in our respective organisations apart and they see things in quite a different way,' said a past mentor. <br /><br />&lsquo;My mentor helped me make a difficult decision regarding whether to move to another department which ultimately led to a promotion,' said a past mentee. <br /><br />The 2009 induction concluded with the presentation of certificates to 2008 participants. <br /><br />For more information about the program please contact Mona Ray Greig, YIPAA Co-ordinator, on 96532069. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/110/cid/20/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 Writing Seminar - Political Biography <br /><img height="235" width="235" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/107/090319_Writing_Seminar.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />Meet the biographers of Whitlam and Menzies as IPAA's annual Writing Seminar looks at the art of political biography and the lessons it holds for writing in the public sector. <br /><br /><b>Louise Adler</b>, CEO and Publisher at Melbourne University Publishing will chair a panel of writers including <b>Professor Jenny Hocking</b> author of Gough Whitlam - A Moment in History and <b>Professor Judith Brett</b>, author of Robert Menzies - Forgotten People. <br /><br />They will examine the similarities between writing political biography and public policy; both genres use research, analysis and interpretation to tell compelling stories. <br /><br />Judith Brett also authored the widely influential paper on writing 'The Bureaucratization of Writing: why so few academics are public intellectuals.' (Meanjin, Vol. 50, No. 4, Summer, 1991, p.513. 10) <br /><br />But attendees will not only benefit from the speakers' style tips, they will also be privy to some of the unwritten stories about our nation's past political giants. <br /><br />Buffet lunch from <b>12.30pm</b> on <b>27 March</b>, followed by the seminar at the State Library of Victoria. <a href="/professional/category/writing-seminar">Click here</a> to register. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/107/cid/20/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 PM to Speak at IPAA National Conference in Brisbane <b><br /><img height="70" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/105/090319_PM_to_Speak_at_IPAA_National_Conference.jpg" />Prime Minister Kevin Rudd</b> will deliver the 50th Annual Garran Oration at the 2009 IPAA National Conference to be held on Friday 20 November 2009 in Brisbane.<br /><br />As the nation responds to global developments and changing community expectations, Prime Minister Rudd will comment on the direction of the Commonwealth public sector, as well as the future for public administration across all Australian jurisdictions. <br /><br />To secure your place to hear Prime Minister Rudd, you can register online today and benefit from a $100 early bird discount. <br /><br />Not sure you can afford to book and pay now? Contact the conference organisers on (07) 3228 2800 to discuss part payment options (NB: minimum $100 deposit is required). http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/105/cid/20/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 Opportunities for IPAA Young Indigenous Leaders <br /><img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/117/090319_Opportunities_for_IPAA_Young_Indigenous_Leaders_1.jpg" />The tailored professional development packages for the winner, finalists and nominees of IPAA's inaugural Young Indigenous Leader Scholarship are taking shape. <br /><br />Finalist Inala Cooper, Indigenous Housing Officer, Department of Human Services, was MC at this year's International Women's Day Dinner. <br /><br />At the Leadership in the Public Sector Awards ceremony held at Parliament House in February, Terry Garwood, IPAA Fellow and Scholarship Chair, said <img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/117/090319_Opportunities_for_IPAA_Young_Indigenous_Leaders_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />that IPAA was able to support all nominees, either through its own program or brokering through its extended networks. <br /><br />&lsquo;All these young people stand to make significant contributions to public policy and administration. And all we doing is making their inevitable success easier and possibly quicker,' he said. <br /><br />The winner, Paula Murray worked for years as a family lawyer before joining the Indigenous Issues Unit at the Department of Justice. To assist Ms Murray <img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/117/090319_Opportunities_for_IPAA_Young_Indigenous_Leaders_3.jpg" />realise her ambition of becoming a magistrate, IPAA has established a vocational magistrate shadowing program, to be managed through the Judicial College of Victoria. <br /><br />Ms Murray will also participate in IPAA programs Gain the Policy Edge, Convincing Conversations, and How Government Works. <br /><br />Ms Cooper and fellow finalists Matthew Holmes, Indigenous Partnership Facilitator, Department of Sustainability and Environment will also benefit from IPAA programs such as Presentation Skills, Brief Writing and Strategic Thinking. <br /><br />Mr Holmes, based in Bendigo, will be partnered with a local mentor and will receive coaching and resources to help him prepare for a presentation on genocide he will deliver at Coburg University in Germany later this year. <br /><br />For Ms Cooper, IPAA is investigating scholarships and pathways for further study and secondments with private consultancy firms. <br /><br />Nominee Natasha Kennedy, Environment Officer at VicRoads, helped resurrect a dead indigenous language in the Wimmera region in her spare time. Through IPAA Corporate Member, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, IPAA is assisting with resources to enable future generations to see, hear and teach the language. <br /><br />The young Indigenous leaders have also assisted IPAA in its functions; Stephen Gilchrist, Indigenous Art Curator, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), will lead the upcoming IPAA Fellows' Roundtable through the &lsquo;Shared Sky' exhibit at the Ian Potter Gallery. <br /><br />IPAA is working to provide Mr Gilchrist with contacts in the philanthropic sector and assistance with scholarship applications for post-graduate study. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/117/cid/20/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 Open Leadership <br /><img height="159" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/106/090319_Open_Leadership_1.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="Speakers at the 2008 Emerging Leaders Forum " />The single most consistent trait of leaders, is their passion for life-long learning. To support future leaders, IPAA runs the annual Emerging Leaders Forum, the YIPAA Peer Plus Mentoring Program and the five-day intensive Gain the Policy Edge (GPE). <br /><br />The<b> Emerging Leaders Forum</b>, to be held on 29 May, brings together public policy leaders with their younger counterparts on the theme &lsquo;Being Whole of Government'. And in a special Q&amp;A style session, participants get to ask almost anything of all ten VPS departmental secretaries. <br /><br /><img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/106/090319_Open_Leadership_2.jpg" />The forum looks at the mechanisms, policy developments and smart ideas on everything from the environment, indigenous affairs and transport to social media. <br /><br />The <b>YIPAA Peer Plus Mentoring Program</b> also promotes interaction and knowledge share, but between new public servants and &lsquo;peers' with five to ten more years experience. <br /><br />The 2008 pilot program showed that the handpicked mentoring relationships provide mutual benefits for participants. Mentees receive valuable career advice and guidance, while mentors take their leadership skills, gained through training provided by the Australian Mentoring Centre, back to their workplaces. <br /><br />The 2009 program is already underway with the induction for new participants, and the closing reception for the 2008, cohort held on March 13. <br /><br />But it's not too late to register for the June session of <b>Gain the Policy Edge</b>, IPAA's flagship policy program regarded by many as a rite of passage for future leaders. For more information about GPE's syllabus and facilitators please visit the <a href="http://www.gainthepolicyedge.com.au/index.htm" target="_blank">Gain the Policy Edge</a> website.<br /><br />For details on the Emerging Leaders Forum call Geraldine Kennett, IPAA Program Director, on 9653 2005 and for information on the YIPAA Peer Plus Mentoring Program call Mona Ray Grieg, YIPAA Co-ordinator, on 9653 2069. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/106/cid/20/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 IPAA is going Green - Update your contact details <br /><img height="274" width="196" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/90/080206_IPAA_is_going_Green.jpg" />The impact that offices have on the environment has become a hot topic. To minimize IPAA's impact on the environment we are reducing our paper use, switching to green power and to electronic correspondence. Just to name a few of the new initiatives. Please take a few moments of your time and update your details via the link below. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.cecc.com.au/clients/ipaa/going_green.php" target="_blank">CLICK HERE</a> TO UPDATE YOUR DETAILS. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/90/cid/7/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 IPAA Victoria: 80 years of service to the public sector <br /><img height="236" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/19/090205_IPAA_Victoria.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />This year IPAA turns 80. To commemorate this milestone, we have dusted off our historic archives and set out to document the life and times of the Institute. We are also including a &lsquo;Did you know' section in each of our e-Newsletters. <br /><br /><b>Did you know? </b><br /><br />The first Victorian Civil Service Exam was introduced by the second premier, &lsquo;Big Jack' O'Shanassy in 1862. But <i>The Civil Service Act 1862</i> still allowed for &lsquo;persons of known ability' to be gain appointments without sitting the exam. <br /><br />Until 1883, when the system was drastically tightened and renamed the Public Service, only 1703 men passed the exam, whereas their 15,843 colleagues got through simply by being &lsquo;persons of known ability.' http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/19/cid/7/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 IPAA Internal Comms Group taps into Social Media <br /><img height="150" width="150" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/11/090219_IPAA_Internal_Comms_Group_taps_into_Social_Media.jpg" />PR analyst and author of PR Disasters, Gerry McCusker opened the first in a series of regular meetings of the IPAA Victoria Internal Communications Group with an &lsquo;educational and entertaining' seminar on Social Media. <br /><br />McCusker, who also heads up PR firm Engage ORM, debunked the myth that Social Media tools such as facebook, Twitter and YouTube are counterproductive in the workplace. <br /><br />He set out a clear case for how and why communications professionals need to harness Social Media and the &lsquo;blogosphere' to understand how organisations are viewed by stakeholders and to enhance reputation. <br /><br />&quot;Organisations need to engage people where they connect to find out what they are talking about.&quot;<br /><br />It's about peer to peer communication, not just media to mass. You're not confined to traditional PR methods,&quot; he said. <br /><br />McCusker used success (and horror) stories to highlight the impact of Social Media on reputation, recruitment, product development and service delivery. <br /><br />He also provided the group with practical tips on how to implement useful resources in the workplace. <br /><br />The Internal Communications Group, which involves over 50 professionals from across the public sector, joins the established HR Professionals' Group, as the second IPAA &lsquo;Community of Practice'. <br /><br />The next meeting will take place at the end of May. For information please contact Melanie Hopgood-Bould, IPAA Victoria, Marketing and Communications Manager on 03 9653 2000. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/11/cid/7/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 IPAA Fellows learn about Melbourne's iconic river system <br /><img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/20/090205_IPAA_Fellows_learn_about_Melbourne.jpg" />While taking in the sights on a cruise &lsquo;Up the River' at the first IPAA Fellows Roundtable for 2009, over 40 Fellows learnt about the major challenges and opportunities facing Melbourne's iconic Yarra river. <br /><br />IPAA Board Member, James Van Smeerdijk, chaired a panel of four experts who spoke about their agencies' involvement with managing the Yarra into the future. <br /><br />&quot;After years of being used as an industrial and domestic cess-pool, Melbourne has again embraced its river and is starting to look after this precious resource,&quot; said Mr Van Smeerdijk. <br /><br />Vin Wright, Parks Victoria, Graeme Porteous, City of Melbourne, Chris Chesterfield, Melbourne Water and Simon Wilson, VicUrban discussed topics such as, sustainable water management, water sensitive urban design and the Yarra as a backdrop to major events. <br /><br />Fellows took the opportunity to ask questions and share their perspectives with the panel and each-other. <br /><br />At the next Fellows Roundtable event to be held in May/June, Fellows will turn their gaze from the water to the night sky. <br /><br />To celebrate the International Year of Astronomy and to honour IPAA Victoria's commitment to Indigenous culture, Fellows will receive a private viewing of NGV's &lsquo;Shared Sky', an exhibition of representations of the night sky by Indigenous and Non-Indigenous artists. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/20/cid/7/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 International Women's Day Dinner - 5 March 2009 <br /><img height="189" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/23/090205_International_Women.jpg" />The now legendary International Woman's Day Dinner returns for its eighth year to celebrate the contributions made by women, past and present, to public administration in Victoria. <br /><br />This year's event, to be held on March 5 at the Melbourne Convention Centre, promises to be a very special evening with a few surprises in store for the 1400 expected guests. <br /><br /><b><br /><br /><br />Speakers include: </b><br /><br /><b>Fran Thorn</b>, President, IPAA Victoria <br /><b>Penny Armytage</b>, Secretary, Department of Justice <br /><b>Helen Silver</b>, Secretary, Department of Premier &amp; Cabinet <br /><b>Christine Nixon</b>, Chief Commissioner, Victoria Police <br /><br />For further information about this year's dinner and to make a booking please visit the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/iwdd2009">event website</a>. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/23/cid/7/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 Inaugural IPAA Leadership Awards Finalists announced <br /><img height="315" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/25/090205_Inaugural_IPAA_Leadership_Awards_Finalists_announced.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />Fran Thorn, President, IPAA Victoria will announce the winners of the inaugural IPAA Leadership Awards before a distinguished crowd at Parliament House on February 16. <br /><br />Peter Allen, Vice President, IPAA Victoria and Awards Committee Chair praised the quality of the many applications received across the three awards categories. <br /><br />&quot;Our call for nominations brought forward a wide range of exemplary performance, increasing the challenge for our judging panels&quot;, he said. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />The finalists for the awards are: <br /><br /><b>Healthy &amp; Safe Workplaces</b> - <i>supported by WorkSafe </i><br />City of Melbourne <br />Country Fire Authority <br />Department of Primary Industries <br />Glen Eira City Council <br /><br /><b>Young Indigenous Scholarship </b><br />Inala Cooper, Department of Human Services <br />Matthew Holmes, Department of Sustainability and Environment <br />Paula Joy Murray, Department of Justice <br /><br /><b>Support for Emerging Leaders </b><br />City of Melbourne - The Altitude Learning to Lead Program <br />Department of Sustainability and Environment and Department of Primary Industries - Young Professional Network http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/25/cid/7/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 'Twilight Talks' with Julian Hill <br /><img height="261" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/30/081211_Twilight_Talks.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />At the final &lsquo;Twilight Talks' for 2008, Julian Hill, Executive Director, Urban Development, Department of Planning and Community Development spoke candidly about his career highlights and challenges to an audience of YIPAA members on 27 November. <br /><br />As a former political staffer and Mayor of Port Phillip Council, Julian was uniquely able to talk about the cultural differences and inter-dependence between the political sphere and the public service. <br /><br />In a colourful reflection on his own career progression, Julian advised YIPAA members on the importance of reputation, loyalty and initiative in the &lsquo;small-world' that is the Victorian Public Service. <br /><br />He debunked the myth of work-life balance, saying that career needs to be an integrated and accepted part of daily life. <br /><br />YIPAA members quizzed Julian about his experiences in local government, planning and stakeholder management. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/30/cid/8/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 Now and Then: Tracing IPAA's History <br /><img height="106" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/33/081210_Now_and_Then.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />In 2009 IPAA Victoria celebrates 80 years of service to the Victorian public sector. To commemorate this milestone, IPAA will look back over its history to remember the major players, events and trends which helped shape the Institute. <br /><br />Our 80th Anniversary History Project will include an exhibition, brochure and online access to IPAA's historic archives. Tracing IPAA's history has unearthed interesting insights about how things have changed and remained the same in the public sector. <br /><br />In 1936 around 70 per cent of Associates and 20 per cent of Fellows of the then, Royal Institute of Public Administration, did not have any university qualifications; a vastly different percentage to today's degree rich membership. <br /><br />Unlike current VPS entrance requirements, candidates were required to sit a public service entrance exam after completing secondary school, which was seen by many as a their only pathway to a white-collar job. <br /><br />IPAA is seeking photos and documents, particularly from the early days of IPAA, from past or present members. If you have any items that you think we could use to the project please contact Jacqui Smith at IPAA Victoria 03 9653 2000. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/33/cid/8/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 Life Membership for Zana Smith <br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/31/081211_Life_Membership_for_Zana_Smith.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />When Zana Smith, former Executive Director of IPAA Victoria, accepted her Honorary Life Membership at the 2008 IPAA Victoria Annual Dinner, the members she served for over a decade, rose to their feet. <br /><br />The standing ovation was a fitting salute to the Executive Director who professionalised and raised IPAA's profile, as a model professional organisation. <br /><br />Fran Thorn, IPAA Victoria President, attributed the ongoing success of the Institute to Zana's clear vision and legendary energy. <br /><br />&quot;It is testament to Zana's leadership and organisational skills that IPAA Victoria has the highest membership base of any IPAA Division in Australia and is renowned for its creative thought-leadership,&quot; she said. <br /><br />Zana joined IPAA Victoria in 1995 as Program Director and became Executive Director in 1998; a position she held until 2007. Although Zana has officially retired, those who know her will not be surprised to learn that she is busy working on a variety of diverse projects in the community. A life membership should also ensure that Zana remains connected to the Institute and its members. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/31/cid/8/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 "A successful year": IPAA AGM <br /><img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/40/081121_A_successful_year_1.jpg" />The IPAA Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 19 November 2008 at Zinc, Federation Square. <br /><br />Current Board members Fran Thorn, James van Smeerdijk and Art Looi were re-elected for a further two-year term. David Spokes was declared elected as the representative of local government and Carl Obst, Regional Director of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, was declared elected as Commonwealth sector representative, replacing Geoff Love, former head of the Bureau of Meteorology. IPAA Victoria President Fran Thorn acknowledged <img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/40/081121_A_successful_year_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />Dr Love's major contribution to IPAA since joining the Board in 2006. <br /><br />Ms Thorn reported on the successes of 2007/2008. IPAA recorded a 40 per cent increase in Corporate Membership and an 18 per cent increase in Personal Membership. IPAA's members now come from right across the public sector including city councils, statutory agencies and not-for-profit organisations. The expanded membership base means that some 50,000 Corporate Associates form part of the extended IPAA family. <br /><br /><img alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/40/081121_A_successful_year_3.jpg" />IPAA's program expanded from four to eleven professional development courses, and participation in IPAA's program increased by over 30 per cent. <br /><br />Ms Thorn said leadership projects, such as the new Young IPAA (or YIPAA) was working well, as were efforts to engage Indigenous people in IPAA's activities through the IPAA Indigenous Initiative. <br /><br />David Spokes, Chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee, presented the 2007-2008 Audited Financial Statements which showed a surplus of almost $100,000. <br /><br />The President thanked all members for their contributions to IPAA over the year and looked forward to another successful year ahead. <br /><br />To view a copy of the IPAA Victoria 2007/08 Annual Report, including the Financial Statements click on the link below. <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/40/cid/9/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 The Road to Liveability: Are We There Yet? <br /><img height="159" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/37/081128_The_Road_to_Liveability_1.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />Over 80 IPAA members asked themselves, &quot;Liveability: are we there yet?&quot; at the final seminar in the three-part Spotlight on Spring Street series on how questions of &lsquo;Liveability' inform public policy. <br /><br />Held at the Melbourne Town Hall on Thursday 26 November, IPAA members enjoyed a buffet lunch before hearing from four policy leaders discussing the directions and obstacles on the road to achieving a liveable society. <br /><br />Keynote speaker Professor John Wiseman, Director, McCaughey Centre, put the seminar in context by defining the working indicators for liveability, <img height="188" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/37/081128_The_Road_to_Liveability_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />internationally and in Victoria. <br /><br />He demystified the liveability rankings for which Melbourne is famous, saying that true liveability needs to focus on community well-being and not just economic attractiveness. <br /><br />Using a series of maps, Professor Wiseman showed how different variants, such as levels of internet access and food security, can inform policy makers about liveability standards. He also outlined what he saw as the major liveability challenges facing Victorian communities; social inclusion, population growth, sustainable economic development, transport and communication and, of course, the health and environmental issues <img height="147" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/37/081128_The_Road_to_Liveability_3.jpg" />associated with climate change. <br /><br />Prue Digby, Deputy Secretary, Planning and Local Government, Department of Planning and Community Development, said that since the launch of the Melbourne 2030 Plan in 2002, liveability has been at the core of the government's agenda. She commended the plan's solid foundations, but recognised the need for a proactive and co-ordinated implementation across government. She also talked about providing choice as the most effective way to meet the different liveability needs of diverse groups. <br /><br />Justin Hanney, Regional Development Victoria, Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development spoke about the competing needs and priorities facing regional communities, underlining the long-term challenge of creating sustainable populations. <br /><br />Robert Kerr, Commissioner, Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission, reminded us that the pursuit of liveability is a never-ending goal. While admitting that not all aspects of liveability are within reach of policy, Mr Kerr said a subsidiary approach is needed to allow communities to express their liveability needs at the local government level. <br /><br />Chair Peter Johnston, opened discussion to the floor, allowing IPAA members to engage with the panellists on lessons learnt from other cities, the role of the private sector and engaging the liveability of marginalised sections of the community. <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/37/cid/9/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 The Great Debate - 'That Risk Management has Failed' <br /><img src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/39/081126_The_Great_Debate_1.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />As the dust begins to settle after the collapse of some of the world's most sophisticated financial institutions, a panel of six experts debated the topic &lsquo;That Risk Management has Failed' to an audience of over 100 IPAA members at the Park Hyatt on Tuesday 25 November. <br /><br />The Great Debate panellists were: David Abell, Master Risk Management Program, Monash University; Professor Jean Cross, Professor Risk Management, University of New South Wales; Bruce Esplin, Emergency Services Commissioner, Department of Justice; Bernarnd Gaspin, Director, <img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/39/081126_The_Great_Debate_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />Financial Risk Management, Department of Treasury &amp; Finance; Dr Carl Gibson, Director Risk Management Unit, La Trobe University and Mark Humphreys, Manager Operational Risk, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority. <br /><br />After explaining how the current crisis came to a head, the affirmative was quick to implicate failed risk management as a contributory factor. <br /><br />It blamed the culture of risk management, whereby risk managers were directly or indirectly excluded from real decision making. <br /><br />&quot;There's a failure to engage decision makers, they're incapable of putting together messages to be taken seriously. Risk management should be about good management, but really it's a black art.&quot; <br /><br />The negative acknowledged the arrogance and lack of understanding of some who deal with risk, but said that this culture prevailed because maximising profit came to be more significant than the associated risks. <br /><br />It argued that risk management, like any tool, needs to used well. Rather than scrapping or tightening the process, risk needs to be mainstreamed across organisations and managed more creatively. <br /><br />&quot;Making the process more rigid can create more vulnerability. We're too streamlined, we need a bit of imagination.&quot; <br /><br />Here the affirmative agreed: &quot;We need to move away from a compliance mindset and view risk management as something that can add value to a company.&quot; <br /><br />Chair of Proceedings, Tim Orton of the Nous Group called for a vote, which handed the debate, by a tight margin, to the negative. <br /><br />A vibrant discussion took place with participants and panellists about the future of risk management and the implications for government. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/39/cid/9/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 IPAA Honours new Fellows at Annual Dinner <b><br /><img height="157" width="236" alt="IPAA Victoria Fellows 2008 (absent Tricia Caswell, Tim Orton, Patricia Neden)" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/43/081120_IPAA_Honours_new_Fellows_at_Annual_Dinner_1.jpg" />Over 160 IPAA Members, Fellows and guests came together to honour and celebrate the achievements of the Institute&rsquo;s newest Fellows at the IPAA Victoria Annual Dinner, held on 19 November at Zinc, Federation Square. </b><br /><br />Gary Banks AO was presented with an IPAA National Fellowship, the Institute's highest honour. Gary has been Chairman of the Productivity Commission since its inception in 1998, and this year headed the Infrastructure sub-group at the 2020 Summit. <br /><br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/43/081120_IPAA_Honours_new_Fellows_at_Annual_Dinner_2.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" alt="" /><u>The 12 new IPAA Victoria Fellows for 2008 are</u>: <br /> <ul> <li>Kelvin Anderson PSM, Commissioner Corrections, Department of Justice <br /></li> <li>Paul Broderick, Commissioner of State Revenue, State Revenue Office <br /></li> <li>Tricia Caswell, Founder &amp; CEO, Caswell &amp; Associates <br /></li> <li>Chris Eccles, Deputy Secretary, Deputy Secretary, National Reform &amp; Climate Change Group, Department of Premier &amp; Cabinet <br /></li> <li>John Fitzgerald, Deputy Secretary, Commercial Division, Department of Treasury &amp; Finance <br /></li> <li>Paula Giles, Director, Strategic Programs and Commercial, Municipal <img height="227" width="236" alt="" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/43/081120_IPAA_Honours_new_Fellows_at_Annual_Dinner_3.jpg" />Association of Victoria and IPAA Victoria Board Member <br /></li> <li>Julia Griffith, Executive Director, Regional and Corporate Services Division, Department of Justice <br /></li> <li>Gary Liddle, Chief Executive Officer, VicRoads <br /></li> <li>Patricia Neden, Chief Executive Officer, Innovation and Business Skills Australia <br /></li> <li>Tim Orton, Managing Director, The Nous Group <br /></li> <li>Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, Chief Executive Officer, State Library of Victoria <br /></li> <li>Lynne Wannan AM, Director Community Sector. Department of Planning &amp; Community Development </li> </ul> IPAA Victoria President Fran Thorn congratulated the Fellows for their outstanding contribution to public administration and their exemplary service to the Victorian community. <br /><br />In her address, Ms Thorn spoke about the need to seize the reputation of the public sector internally and externally. <br /><br />&ldquo;An effective public sector is a beautiful thing and should be acknowledged.&quot; <br /><br />Ms Thorn said the current global financial crisis has, at least, re-emphasised the significant role played by government. <br /><br />&ldquo;Governments and public servants have emerged in a new more positive light. A job in the public sector might even acquire some cache,&rdquo; she said. <br /><br />IPAA Victoria's program over the coming year will address the &lsquo;image&rsquo; of the public sector; not only critical to recruitment and morale, but also to the successful implementation of public policy. <br /><br /><b>Information on our 2008 Victorian Fellows, National Fellow and Honorary Life Member please view the dinner program. </b> <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/43/cid/9/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 Finance leaders talk public finance reform <br /><img height="301" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/44/081113_Finance_leaders_talk_public_finance_reform.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />On Wednesday 26 November, the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) partnered with IPAA Victoria to host the latest <i>Executive Conversation</i> on DTF's proposed reforms to Victoria's public finance legislation. <br /><br />At this invitation event, held at the Windsor's Grand Ballroom, over 90 public and private sector finance leaders and IPAA Fellows discussed the rationale of the DTF review, which aims to replace the current Finance Management Act 1994 with a more cohesive framework. <br /><br />As Keynote speaker, Stein Helgeby, Acting Secretary, DTF made the case for reform by giving examples of where the existing system falls short. <br /><br />Dr Joanne Kelly from the University of Sydney's Graduate School of Government discussed alternative regulatory possibilities for Victoria by drawing on her international budget planning experience. <br /><br />Patricia Faulkner, Lead Partner of Victorian Government, KPMG, reflected on her former role as Secretary, Department of Human Services to underline the importance of keeping the effective delivery of services central to the reform process. <br /><br />All agreed that there needs to be more debate about creating an outcomes-based financial framework. They warned of the problems in re-writing the legislation too quickly and stressed the need for broad public consultation on all proposals. <br /><br />Chair, Dean Yates, Deputy Secretary, Financial Reform, DTF, opened discussion to the floor, allowing guests to question the panel on the new direction of public financial administration. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/44/cid/9/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 Critical Stakeholder Management <br /><img height="177" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/51/081001_Critical_Stakeholder_Management.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />The Good the Bad and the Ugly <br /><br />Effective delivery of community projects and services requires productive working relationships based on a shared purpose, shared distribution of resources and performance monitoring principles. Over 160 public sector professionals gathered on Tuesday to hear presenters Geoff Oulton, Peter Seamer and Colin Pidd share their experiences managing complex stakeholder relationships for vastly different community case studies. Development of the St Kilda Triangle site must take into account an established heritage community looking to retain its cultural character and hold onto its memories. On the other hand, planning for Melbourne's Outer Growth areas requires foresight and an understanding of the needs of communities yet to be established. Both case studies require the management of diverse stakeholder interests ranging from a large number of minority groups in St Kilda, to a small number of key players including government agencies and development conglomerates in Melbourne's emerging communities. <br /><br />Reviewer Colin Pidd explored an overarching partnership framework that highlighted the importance of finding a shared purpose and respecting diversity of opinion in all stakeholder relationships. Presenters agreed that maintaining curiosity, engaging in strategic consultation, and sustaining passion were central to a project's success. <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/51/cid/10/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 Glyn Davis - Secrets of Leadership <br /><img height="150" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/49/081023_Glyn_Davis_1.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />Glyn Davis, Vice Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, shared his &lsquo;Secrets of Leadership' with over 80 YIPAAs on October 22, as part of the <i>Twilight Talks</i> series. <br /><br />In an engaging and inspiring speech, Professor Davis talked candidly about leadership as a lottery. <br /><br />He reflected on his own career and those of prominent political figures, past and present, including Great Depression era Prime Minister Scullin and Bob <img height="165" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/49/081023_Glyn_Davis_2.jpg" />Hawke, Paul Keating and John Howard. <br /><br />Context and circumstance, or luck, often make and break leaders, he said. <br /><br />But Professor Davis also advised YIPAAs how to maximise their chances of success. <br /><br />Young professionals should let their passions guide their career choices, he said. <br /><br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/49/081023_Glyn_Davis_3.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />YIPAAs, from across the public sector, discussed Professor Davis's message over a glass of wine, while overlooking stunning city views from the 30th floor function room of IPAA Corporate Member, the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA). <br /><br />The next <i>Twilight Talk</i> takes place in December, featuring Julian Hill, Executive Director, Urban Development, Department of Planning &amp; Community Development. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/49/cid/10/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 Conference: The power of partnerships - Working together to create hea <br /><img height="336" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/47/081030_Conference.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" alt="" />The power of partnerships - Working together to create healthier communities conference is a collaboration between the Department of Human Services and the Primary Care Partnership Chairs. <br /><br /><b>Who should attend: <br /></b><br />Senior Government and non-government representatives who are leading human services reform. <br /><br />The power of partnerships conference will examine the potential that can be unlocked through effective partnerships and explore current and future partnership innovation. The power of partnerships conference will explore: <br /><br /> <ul> <li>The theory and supporting evidence, policy context and imperative for partnerships <br /></li> <li>How are partnerships contributing to a more integrated human services system? <br /></li> <li>What are the current and emerging policies that are driving human services reform and what are the implications for partnerships across Victoria and nationally? </li> </ul> Program and registration form attached or are available on the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.health.vic.gov.au/pcps/publications/pcp_conf.htm">Victorian Government Health Information</a> website. <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/47/cid/10/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 Breakfast in the Sky - Fellows Roundtable <br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/48/081030_Breakfast_in_the_Sky_1.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" /> <img height="250" width="165" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/48/081030_Breakfast_in_the_Sky_3.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" alt="" />On October 28, from the 89th floor of the Eureka Tower, the IPAA Fellows Roundtable got a birds-eye view of Melbourne's current and future skyline. <br /><br />Geoffrey London, newly appointed as Victorian Government Architect, talked to over 60 attendees about the importance of good design, not only for liveability, but also for important public policy outcomes. <img height="188" align="left" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/48/081030_Breakfast_in_the_Sky_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" /><br />For example, Mr London said a well designed hospital improves the recovery rates of patients. Shelley Penn, Associate Victorian Government Architect, discussed the city's different cultural, business, legal, sports and academic precincts and outlined plans to re-shape the city-grid around the long-neglected Yarra River. <br /><br />Karl Fender, Eureka's architect and President, Victorian Chapter, Australian Institute of Architects, spoke proudly about the planning pathway to building Eureka and the design potential for high-density housing. <br /><br />Treated to spectacular morning views, IPAA Fellows engaged with the architects about the role of local government and the fate of public housing in Melbourne's planning future.<br /><br />Accustomed to living life on the edge, IPAA Fellows did not hesitate in stepping out into a glass cube, suspended 300 meters above the city streets, as part of &lsquo;The Edge' experience at the Eureka Skydeck 88. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/48/cid/10/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 Social Inclusion: Integrated Strategies - Spotlight on Spring Street <br /><img height="201" width="236" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="Patricia Fawkner, National Partner in Charge of Health and Social Policy, KPMG. Chair of Social Inclusion Board" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/56/080910_Social_Inclusion_1.jpg" />With Melbourne consistently ranked as one of the world's most liveable cities, this year the Spotlight on Spring Street series turns its critical gaze to questions of &lsquo;Liveability.' .<br /><br />At the first of three seminars held at Melbourne Town Hall on Friday 5 September, Chair of the Australian Social Inclusion Board, Patricia Faulkner gave a keynote speech on the relationship between liveability and social inclusion to over 100 IPAA members. <br /><br />&quot;We don't have liveability in society, if some people and communities are excluded from it,&quot; Ms Faulkner said. <br /><br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/56/080910_Social_Inclusion_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />Using local and international examples, Ms Faulkner spoke of the multilayered disadvantage suffered by people on the fringes of society and outlined how the Australian Social Inclusion Board seeks to address these challenges. <br /><br />Community development adviser, David Adams and Colac Otway Shire CEO, Tracy Slatter, led the panel discussion on the unique role of state and local governments in combating social exclusion. <br /><br /><img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/56/080910_Social_Inclusion_3.jpg" />Ms Slatter engaged the audience with examples of how involving the whole community in civic projects can mitigate disadvantage and improve liveability. <br /><br />Spirited discussion ensued, as IPAA audience members took the floor and shared their policy ideas and professional insights. <br /><br />IPAA Victoria invites you to continue to debate the challenges of &lsquo;Liveability' as the 2008 Spotlight on Spring Street series talks urban communities on 15 October. <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/56/cid/11/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 Things I wish I'd known - Terry Garwood <br /><img height="248" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/59/080827_Things_I_wish_I_had_known_-_Terry_Garwood.jpg" />Terry Garwood, IPAA National Fellow and Victoria's most senior Indigenous public servant, talked to YIPAA about on his impressive career on 20 August. Terry is Executive Director, Freight Logistics and Marine Division, Department of Infrastructure, with extensive experience across the public sector. <br /><br />Terry talked about his longstanding commitment to Aboriginal affairs and how he was able to marry this interest with his role as a government employee. <br /><br />Collaboration and engagement were the overarching themes of the evening's seminar. <br /><br />Terry emphasised the rare opportunity granted to public sector employees to enhance the lives of individuals and effect genuine social change. <br /><br />The next Twilight Talk will take place on Wednesday 22 October and features Glyn Davis, Vice-Chancellor, University of Melbourne. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/59/cid/12/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 Building the Business Case <i><br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/62/080801_Building_the_Business_Case_1.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" /><img height="354" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/62/080801_Building_the_Business_Case_3.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" alt="" />Building the Business Case</i> was delivered, by senior professionals from the Department of Treasury and Finance, to a gathering of over 220 public sector professionals eager to find new ways to get their submissions higher on the priority list.<img height="354" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/62/080801_Building_the_Business_Case_2.jpg" /><i><br />Building the Business Case</i> looked at the significance of aligning your case to the government's objectives along with conventions for content, structure and format of a successful business case. <br /><br />Dean Yates, Deputy Secretary, Financial Reform, Office of the Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance, suggested that the bid align to government objectives from Growing Victoria Together and to engage DFT and the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) earlier in the business case, rather than later. <br /><br />Penelope McKay, Director, Budget and Financial Management Division, Department of Treasury and Finance, addressed the most common strategic mistakes. The most common mistake was no clear business objectives. <br /><br />Susan Gillett, Executive, Infrastructure Policy, Commercial Risk Management Group, Department of Treasury and Finance, drilled down to the details contained in the business case framework and templates, including an investment logic map and options analysis. <br /><br />Hugh Macintosh, Analyst, Budget and Financial Management Division, Department of Treasury and Finance, concluded the sessions with succinct examples of types of bids and why some made it and why others were discarded. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/62/cid/12/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 'Green' Building Commissioner talks about Sustainable Living Practic <br /><img height="140" width="235" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/64/080728_Green_Building_Commissioner.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />YIPAA members gathered last Friday to hear Victoria's Building and Plumbing Commissioner, Tony Arnel, discuss his experiences as a longstanding public sector employee and sustainability advocate. <br /><br />Tony reflected on the growing commitment to environmentally sustainable building practices in Victoria and emphasized the importance of developing a new generation of public sector professionals to meet Victoria's emerging environmental challenges. <br /><br />The remarkable evolution of thinking among politicians and developers in this area has led to a new &lsquo;best practice' culture linking commercial viability and productivity to &lsquo;green' development and a &lsquo;clean' indoor environment. <br /><br />Tony acknowledged the Building Commission's responsibility to provide interested individuals with the practical resources necessary to create a sustainable living and working environment. In order to facilitate this, the Building Commission recently launched the &lsquo;<a href="http://www.makeyourhomegreen.vic.gov.au" target="_blank">Make Your Home Green Campaign</a>' to provide Victorians with practical ideas to make their homes environmentally friendly. <br /><br />The next Lunch and Learn will take place on Friday 26 September, featuring Monica Pfeffer, Director, Social Policy Unit, Department of Human Services. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/64/cid/13/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 The Future of Public Service: Striking the Right Balance - 2008 IPAA N <br /><img height="158" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/65/080708_The_Future_of_Public_Service_1.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="The Hon. Jocelyne Bourgon OC (Canada)" />The IPAA National Conference, &quot;<i><b>The future of public service: striking the right balance</b></i>&quot;, was held at Sydney's iconic Luna Park complex from 18 - 20 June 2008. With an Academic Day on Wednesday 18th. <br /><br /><b>Keynote speakers included: </b>Professor Peter Aucoin FRCS CM (Dalhousei University, Canada), The Hon. Jocelyne Bourgon OC (Canada), Professor Glyn Davis AC, Alex Matheson (New Zealand), and Professor Paul Posner (George Mason University, Washington DC, USA). Many other fascinating speakers contributed to the innovative and interactive Futures Forums sessions which were a major feature of the Conference.<img height="158" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/65/080708_The_Future_of_Public_Service_2.jpg" /> <br /><br />The Academic Day was well-attended, with an excellent program and speakers, including: Peter Aucoin who gave the opening address. The closing panel was chaired by Paul Posner, who also gave an interesting and informative commentary on trends in public administration. <br /><br />The Conference was opened by The Hon. Jocelyne Bourgon OC (Canada) whose presentation represented the central themes of the Conference. Delegates appreciated the opportunity to discuss the issues raised by speakers through many interactive forums and workshops throughout the <img height="158" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/65/080708_The_Future_of_Public_Service_3.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />conference. <br /><br />IPAA would like to thank the following organisations for their support including Principal Partner KPMG and Gold Partners Microsoft and the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. <br /><br />Conference papers and presentations will be placed on IPAA NSW, <a href="http://www.publicminds.org.au" target="_blank">Public Minds</a> website. A selection of papers will also be published in AJPA and PAT over the next few months. IPAA will be continuing the conversations which the Conference began with, via Public Minds which will be providing opportunities for delegates, members and others to engage in further debate on the important issues raised by - and at - the Conference. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/65/cid/13/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 DSE High Achiever wins Young Tall Poppies Award <br /><img height="322" width="230" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/67/080708_DSE_High_Achiever_wins_Young_Tall_Poppies_Award.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />Congratulations to <b>Scott Lawrence</b> Principal Policy Officer, Flora and Fauna Interaction and Use, Department of Sustainability and Environment Melbourne, who was the Victorian winner of the Annual <i><b>Young Tall Poppies Award</b></i>. <i><b>Young Tall Poppies Awards</b></i> which recognize excellence in studies in public administration. <br /><br />The Tall Poppy Awards are a joint initiative of the Australian Institute of Political Science (AIPS) and IPAA. Three awards are granted annually to recognise the achievements of outstanding young public servants. Support is received from ANZSOG (Australian and New Zealand School of Government), the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Departments of Premier and Cabinet in a number of States in Australia. Graduating students of the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) course are eligible for this award. The criteria includes: High performance in the course; High achievement in the public service; Future leadership potential; Strong communication skills; and recipients must be under 40 years of age. Selection for the awards are made by a small committee consisting of a senior member of the ANZSOG staff, an IPAA representative and an AIPS representative. Well done Scott! http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/67/cid/13/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 IPAA Victoria to host International Conference in September 2012 <br /><img height="157" width="236" alt="IPAA Victoria President, Fran Thorn" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/66/080708_IPAA_Victoria_to_host_International_Conference_in_Sep.jpg" />IPAA Victoria is pleased to announce it will be hosting the <b>2012 IPAA International Conference</b> in Melbourne. The conference was announced at the recent IPAA National Conference in Sydney, NSW. <br /><br />The<b> IPAA International Conference</b> will be held at the new 6-star energy rated Melbourne Convention Centre from 16-19 September 2012. The Conference will showcase Victoria as a centre of excellence and innovation in public administration. <br /><br />With national and international thought leaders gathering to discuss public policy, the conference is designed to: <b>inform</b>, <b>inspire</b> and <b>promote</b> best practice in public administration. It will draw national and international delegates to engage and network in critical issues of public administration whilst providing educational opportunities for public administrators in Asia-Pacific, consistent with the Australian and Victorian Governments' commitment to supporting good governance in our region. http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/66/cid/13/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 Treasury Secretary delivers 2008-2009 Budget Briefing <br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/75/080507_Treasury_Secretary_delivers_2008_1.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="Grant Hehir, Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance introduces the VPS to the 2008-2009 State Budget" />Grant Hehir, Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance delivered an overview of the economic management and budget strategy for 2008-2009 to an audience of public sector executives and managers at the 12th IPAA Victoria Budget Briefing. <br /><br />The annual Budget Briefing provides an early opportunity for public servants to learn how the Victorian State Budget will shape policy and economic performance in the coming financial year. This year's Briefing was delivered to a record crowd, who packed the Bellarine Room at the Melbourne <img height="146" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/75/080507_Treasury_Secretary_delivers_2008_2.jpg" />Exhibition and Conference Centre. <br /><br />The Budget was critiqued by regular commentator Dr Vince FitzGerald, Chairman, The Allen Consulting Group. <br /><br />The 2008-2009 Budget tackles issues in areas such as health, education, transport, community safety and climate change, as well as meeting the challenges posed by Victoria's rapidly growing population. <br /><br /><img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/75/080507_Treasury_Secretary_delivers_2008_3.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />A copy of the Victorian Budget Overview is available for download <a href="http://www.budget.vic.gov.au/CA257401000ED28B/pages/budget-overview" target="_blank">here</a>. <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/75/cid/15/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 Senator Faulkner is frank and fearless at IPAA seminar <br /><img height="157" width="236" alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/73/080522_Senator_Faulkner_is_frank_and_fearless_at_IPAA_seminar_1.jpg" />Addressing the topic <b>The Public Service: Tradition and Renewal</b>, Senator Faulkner made good use of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chathamhouse.org.uk/about/chathamhouserule/">Chatham House Rule</a> to engage in a &lsquo;frank and fearless' appraisal of accountability and scrutiny in both government and the public service. <br /><br />Speaking particularly from his experiences in the Senate Estimates Committees, the Senator stressed the need to honour the effective traditions of Australia's Westminster-style sytem, whilst engaging in the necessary modernizing processes of vigilant review and renewal. <img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/73/080522_Senator_Faulkner_is_frank_and_fearless_at_IPAA_seminar_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" /> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/73/cid/15/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 Emerging Leaders Forum <br /><img height="82" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/72/080523_Emerging_Leaders_Forum.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />The <b>New Inventors &lsquo;<i>The Public Service in Changing Times</i>&rsquo;</b>, provides a platform for participants to contemplate the big shifts and take on the courage to invent real world solutions for the health, wealth and wellbeing of our future generations through the delivery of case studies, keynote addresses, and targeted concurrent sessions. Thought provoking topics include: <i><b>Where to from here: Creativity is the driver of the new economy</b></i>, <i><b>New Dimensions: the people and the places where innovation happen</b></i>, <i><b>The New Terrain: Opportunity &amp; Risk</b></i> and <i><b>The Power of Perspectives: Stepping in others shoes</b></i>. <br /><br />Chaired by Bernie Hobbs, Science Writer and Broadcaster, the forum has an impressive list of keynote speakers including leaders in the public sector, community and corporate world: <br /> <ul> <li>Fran Thorn, Secretary, Department of Human Services <br /></li> <li>Dr Wendy Craik Chief Executive Officer, Murray-Darling Basin Commission <br /></li> <li>Helene Teichmann, Convenor, the Yachad Accelerated Learning Project (YALP) <br /></li> <li>Prof. Robert Lamb, Facility Director, Australian Synchrotron <br /></li> <li>Peter Harris,Secretary, Department of Sustainability &amp; Environment <br /></li> <li>Jane Niall, Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development <br /></li> <li>Maria Katsonis, Executive Director - Public Policy and Organisation Reviews, State Services Authority <br /></li> <li>Dale Seymour, Deputy Secretary, Department of Primary Industries <br /></li> <li>Jim Betts Secretary, Department of Transport <br /></li> <li>Peter Dawkins, Secretary, Department of Education &amp; Early Childhood <br /></li> <li>Ben Rimmer, Acting Deputy Secretary, National Reform, Department of Premier &amp; Cabinet <br /></li> <li>John Roskam, Executive Director, Institute of Public Affairs <br /></li> <li>Kelly O&rsquo;Shanassy, Chief Executive Officer, Environment Victoria </li> </ul> For information about the Emerging Leaders forum program <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dusignbugg.com.au/ipaa/">click here</a>. <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/72/cid/15/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 Minister celebrates the Bureau of Meteorology's Centenary with IPAA f <br /><img height="163" width="236" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="Left to Right: Prof. David Griggs, Dame Beryl Beaurepaire, Dr Geoff Love" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/79/080421_Minister_celebrates_the_Bureau_of_Meteorology_1.jpg" /><img height="236" width="184" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/79/080421_Minister_celebrates_the_Bureau_of_Meteorology_3.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" alt="" />The Minister for the Environment, Peter Garrett, celebrated 100 Years of science and service from the Bureau of Meteorology, in a speech delivered at a joint IPAA and Bureau of Meteorology seminar. <br /><br />Mr Garrett said this year's World Meteorological Day Theme &lsquo;<i>Observing <img height="159" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/79/080421_Minister_celebrates_the_Bureau_of_Meteorology_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />our planet for a better future</i>' provided an excellent opportunity for the community to consider the important role the Bureau will play into the future in addressing climate change. <br /><br />Professor David Griggs, Director of the Monash Sustainability Institute, reiterated that the evidence from over 800 authors and hundreds of reviewers is unequivocal - we will all need to step up to address the challenges presented by global warning. <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/79/cid/16/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 Professor John Halligan outlines challenges for public sector perform <br /><img alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/82/080409_Professor_John_Halligan_outlines_challenges_for_public_1.jpg" />Performance measurement is now a cornerstone of public management, but, as Auditors General in Australia and internationally regularly comment, the area requires further attention. <br /> <p>To discuss performance measurement reforms across the Commonwealth, IPAA and VAGO hosted delegates of the Australasian Council of Auditors-General and Canadian Council of Legislative Auditors (ACAG/CCOLA) and IPAA Fellows and guests, at the 2008 Public Sector Audit Forum. <br /> </p> <p>Professor John Halligan addressed how the challenge to balance greater accountability and transparency against efficiency is a constant for an <img height="162" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/82/080409_Professor_John_Halligan_outlines_challenges_for_public_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" />effective and conscientious public service. Public sector reform has produced refinements and extensions to accountability, but also challenges from increased complexity, and continuing questions about the effectiveness of accountability instruments.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/82/cid/16/parent/0/t/news June 3, 2009 IPAA celebrates a centenary of Women's suffrage at the International <br /><img height="157" width="236" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="Jo Atkinson, RAJAC Executive Officer, Department of Justice interviewed by Julie McCrossin" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/85/080306_IPAA_celebrates_a_centenary_of_Women_1.jpg" />Over 1200 women, and more than a few men, celebrated 100 years of women's suffrage at the Telstra Dome last night. The theme was women across the generations, and dinner guests were privy to amazing balancing acts from the Women's Circus and to candid 'doorstop' interviews with women from the public sector. <br /><br />IPAA's seventh International Women's Day Dinner was officially opened by keynote speaker and IPAA President Fran Thorn. Fran spoke about the 15 year cycle of major policy shifts - including key dates during the movement for <img alt="" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/85/080306_IPAA_celebrates_a_centenary_of_Women_2.jpg" />women's suffrage in Victoria - and that, if a generation gap is 15 years, it is now possible to celebrate three generations of women working together in the public sector. <br /><br />Dynamic MCs Julie McCrossin and the Department of Justice's Sally Curtain led a night of &lsquo;vox pop' interviews. Penny Armytage, Secretary, Department of Justice; Aileen Duke, Policy Officer, Victorian Electoral Commission; Di Burns, Executive Assistant, Department of Human Services; Jo Atkinson, RAJAC Executive Officer, Department of Justice and &lsquo;Koori-oke' singer; Lydia Wilson, CEO, City of Manningham and Helen Silver, General Manager, Government Business at NAB told stories of working in the public sector from the 1960s until now. <br /><br />Dinner guests watched a film highlighting public service across the generations, featuring mothers and daughters who currently work, or have worked, in the public sector, including Trish and MaryAnn Molloy, Lisa and Jill Moore, Fay and Victoria Marles and Sara and Viviane Lacey. <br /><br />The Victoria Police Show Band rounded out the evening with some swinging hits that kept the dinner guests up on their dancing feet. <img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/85/080306_IPAA_celebrates_a_centenary_of_Women_3.jpg" style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" alt="" /><br /><br />Thanks to all of IPAA's members, guests, MCs, vox pop interviewees, sponsors and entertainers for their help in making a memorable evening. <p> </p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/85/cid/17/parent/0/t/news April 22, 2009 In Our Image: The Public Service in Popular Culture <img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/10/090302_In_Our_Image_1.jpg" alt="" style="padding: 5px; float: left; margin-right: 5px;" /><br />There wasn't a brown cardigan in sight, as over 120 IPAA members gathered for &lsquo;In Our Image', the first seminar in the three-part &lsquo;Pride and Prejudice in the Public Sector' series held on Friday 27 February.<br /> <div align="left"> <div align="left"><br />Bruce Hartnett, Chair of the State Services Authority and Agent Provocateur, led a panel of four speakers who discussed the effects of stereotypes on public confidence in government and the morale of those who work within it.<br /></div> <br />Using a selection of quotes, panellist <b>Chris Brook</b>, Executive Director, <img height="283" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/10/090302_In_Our_Image_2.jpg" alt="" style="padding: 5px; float: left; margin-right: 5px;" />Regional and Rural Health, Department of Human Services, reminded us of the long-held distaste for civil servants.</div> <br /><i>&quot;I have yet to meet a bureaucrat who was not </i><i>petty, dull almost witless,</i><i> crafty or stupid,</i><i> an </i><i>oppressor or a thief, a holder of little authority in which he delights, as a boy delights in possessing a vicious dog.&quot; - Cicero.</i><br /><br />He said the good work carried out by fire-fighters, nurses, police, and teachers is not associated with the public service, suggesting that our image may be better if we reminded the public of the good we do.<br /><br /><b>Janet Dore</b>, CEO, Transport Accident Commission, looked at a more contemporary depiction of the public service in the ABC's Grass Roots. Reflecting on her past in local government, she commented on how poor performing politicians and senior figures can damage the reputations of whole organisations.<img height="157" width="236" src="/sitebuilder/news/knowledge/asset/medium/10/090302_In_Our_Image_3.jpg" alt="" style="padding: 5px; float: left; margin-right: 5px;" /><br /><br />&quot;Generations X and Y don't have the patience if they're not treated with respect and good conditions will not be enough to attract and retain them,&quot; she warned.<br /><br /><b>Phil Martin</b>, Manager, Government Relations, Australian Football League and <b>Claire Noone</b>, Executive Director, Consumer Affairs, Department of Justice, looked at scenes from the popular ABC series <i>The Hollowmen</i>.<br /><br />Martin, who spent years as a ministerial advisor, said that the characters in <i>The Hollowmen</i>, enslaved by the 24 hour news cycle and obsessed with power-point, partly mirror the experience in a ministerial office. <br /><br />Like Dore, he acknowledged the role of the media and the political opposition in damaging governments' reputations, by focussing on mishaps over achievements.<br /><br />Dr Noone acknowledged that the pace of the public service, as depicted in <i>The Hollowmen</i>, could be faster. She said &lsquo;taking risks and daring to do things differently could make a big difference to how we feel and how we are viewed'.<br /><br />Reviewing a customer feedback sheet from Consumer Affairs, she noted that day-to-day encounters with government were more determinative of public opinion than popular culture.<br /><br />&quot;When people have bad experiences dealing with government, they tell a lot of people and it's not about the person they dealt with, but the whole organisation,&quot; she said.<br /><br />All agreed that public servants are unduly modest and could improve their standing by better branding and wider recognition of what they do. The ways to do this will be examined in last instalment of the series, Trust and Confidence in Public Institutions.<br /><br /> <p>The next seminar will unearth the unwritten stories of political biography. Come hear Professor Judith Brett, author of <i>Robert Menzies - Forgotten People</i>, and Professor Jenny Hocking, author of the recently released <i>Gough Whitlam - A Moment in Time</i>, share their writing style tips at the State Library on March 27.</p> http://www.vic.ipaa.org.au/news/asset_id/10/cid/20/parent/0/t/news