Is Community Engagement a Waste of Time?
- Sofitel Melbourne on Collins 25 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia (map)
This session will lift the lid on citizen-informed policy, as we delve into the process of community engagement, its purpose, and its relevance to the public sector in determining the outcome of strategies, projects, and ultimately, policies themselves.
It will explore the influence that citizen-informed policy has on decision making, and debates the impact it has on the Victorian community as a whole. Using several case studies, the session will explore where community engagement has been successful and where it has failed to achieve what is best for the public interest.
Join us in taking a stride closer to understanding this controversial aspect of decision making, and share your ideas on how the public sector can incorporate the needs and requirements of the voice of the citizen.
Who Are The Speakers?
Filmmaker and Member, Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council
Natasha Anderson is the youngest member of the Victim Survivor’s Advisory Council and draws from her lived experience to give children and young people a voice in family violence reform.
Natasha has recently written, directed, illustrated and narrated an award nominated film ‘TASH’ that tells her personal story of growing up with family violence, living in out-of-home care, and how it affected her.
Former Director of Inclusion and Engagement, Family Safety Victoria
Kym Arthur has extensive experience in using storytelling to influence change at both personal and organisational levels. Her current role within the Department of Premier and Cabinet uses this skill to navigate complex organisational change and enhance culture.
Kym has worked in social welfare, using storytelling to navigate challenging circumstances. Kym lectures in Storytelling and Leadership in the Masters of Communication at RMIT.
Director Strategic Communications, Level Crossing Removal Authority
Jennifer is the Director Strategic Communications, Level Crossing Removal Authority and has over 20 years of experience providing high-level communications advice and project management services to government, corporate and not-for-profit sectors.
Jennifer is currently managing a large communications team while delivering an extensive communications and engagement program. More recently Jennifer was an Account Director at a national communications consultancy, where she managed government and business clients.
Chief Executive Officer, Victorian School Building Authority
Chris is the CEO of the Victorian School Building Authority, and currently leads the management of the Victorian Government school portfolio. He has had previous roles within the Department of Education and Training, Victoria as both an Executive Director of Infrastructure, and Sustainability Division and Director of Infrastructure Division.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science.
Chief Executive Officer, North Richmond Community Health
Chief Executive Officer and Director, Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health
Demos has been the CEO of North Richmond Community Health since 1991. He has held a number of positions in the health care sector including six years as Executive Officer with the Health Consumer Organisation, and Preston/Northcote District Health Council.
Demos was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2000 for services to community health.
Federal Government Lead Partner, and Oceania Central Government Agencies Lead Partner, EY
Andrew is a partner in EY’s Government and Public Sector Advisory Practice. Previously, he held the role of Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Immigration, as well as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Australia's Director of Quarantine. Andrew was also the Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Chairman of Australia's National Counter Terrorism Committee.
Andrew was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2012.
Chief Research Consultant, Land and Water, CSIRO
John is the Chief Research Consultant, Land and Water at CSIRO. He has over 15 years of experience, specialising in stakeholder management and communications for a diverse range of public and private sector organisations. John is highly experienced in major infrastructure projects.
Matt Ryan is the Principal of Reforming Democracy, and former Deputy Chief of Staff to a South Australian Premier. He has extensive experience in executive roles, including as Director at The Australian Centre for Social Innovation.
Matt is the co-convenor of the Citizens for Democratic Renewal (democraticrenewal.org.au), as well as the Senior Fellow of The GovLab at New York University. Matt's for purpose entity - reformingdemocracy.com.au - seeks to explore and support democratic reform programs worldwide.
Project Director, High Capacity Metro Trains Project, Department of Transport
Ian is the Project Director of the Victorian Government’s $2.3 billion High Capacity Metro Trains Project, which is managing and delivering 65 new trains under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project.
Ian has more than 28 years experience in integrated transport planning, design, managing and delivering major transport infrastructure projects, particularly public transport projects.
Executive Director, newDemocracy Foundation
Iain is the Executive Director at newDemocracy Foundation and has led over 20 government trial projects. These project topics have ranged from long-term budgeting for the $4bn City of Melbourne Financial Plan to the potential for a high-level nuclear waste storage facility in South Australia.
newDemocracy is a founding participant in the global Democracy R&D Group, which works with other practitioners to explore the merits of similar trials being conducted around the world.
Why Should I Attend?
An increased understanding of how community engagement impacts public policy development and decision making including successes and failures.
An opportunity to take part in discussion that shapes the future of community engagement within the public sector.
Identifying the role of elected leaders when citizen-informed policy is applicable.
Who Should Attend?
Anyone who works in the public sector in Victoria.
Executives, Managers and Team Leaders.
Project Managers and officers.
Interested members of the community.
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