Why Should The Public Sector Care About Sustainable Development?
- Sofitel Melbourne on Collins 25 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia (map)
Sustainable development is a concept that is embedded in international, Australian and Victorian agreements, laws, and guidance. Yet, three decades after it emerged, reports show that it hasn’t yet been fully adopted. The BIG question is, why?
In illustration of this, many in the community including young people are calling for greater action on issues of climate change, biodiversity, responding to Victoria’s mushrooming population growth, and much more. While always envisaged as a concept that seeks to integrate the needs of all now and into the future, sustainable development is often pigeon-holed as an environmental issue.
Victoria’s Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Gillian Sparkes starts the conversation by addressing the findings of the 2018 State of the Environment Report (March 2019), which found that the environment is in worsening health in 51 of 170 categories.
The session will then focus on what is sustainable development, the Sustainable Development Goals and how they can help the public sector, using several case studies of sustainable development in action. This will be followed by a panel discussion around envisioning what a public sector would look like that embodies and implements sustainable development. How do we transition from an idea to action? Even when evidence is showing action needs to be taken sooner rather than later.
Become a crucial piece of the sustainable development puzzle, and have your say on the steps that the public sector needs to take in order to ensure sustainable development is an issue that is taken more seriously.
Who Are The Speakers?
Director, Smata Labs and PhD Researcher, Faculty of Science, University of NSW.
Cameron is an international sustainable development expert and PhD researcher at UNSW. He has worked as a manager with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, having 15 years of experience working in sustainable development. He has held positions with various UN Programs, the Australian federal and NSW governments, WWF-International, and the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat.
Cameron holds a Master of Philosophy, Master of Environmental Management, Bachelor of Environmental Science, and Bachelor of Business (Economics).
Managing Director and Executive Director, South East Water
Terri was appointed Managing Director of South East Water on 29 May, 2017. A highly experienced Chief Executive Officer, she has held a range of both executive and non-executive director roles in the government utility and private infrastructure sectors. She is a former CEO of SEQWater, a water wholesale utility in south-east Queensland, a former Managing Director of Essential Energy and also a former Chair of the Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW. Prior to joining South East Water, Terri was the Managing Director of Birdon, a diversified engineering and services business providing innovative solutions to the military and marine industries with operations across Australia, USA and Europe. Terri is also a Board Director of CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, and a Board Member of the Water Services Association of Australia.
Honorary Associate Professor, ANU College of Law, Australian National University
Peter is an Honorary Associate Professor of the Australian National University College of Law. He has held a number of senior leadership positions in the Federal Department of Environment and worked on a diverse range of policy and regulatory issues. Before joining the Federal Department, he was Environment Management Authority in the ACT.
Peter holds a PhD in Environmental Policy and Law. His research focuses on environmental law, law governance and development, and regulatory law and policy.
Emeritus Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, College of Science, Australian National University
Stephen Dovers is the Emeritus Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, College of Science, Australian National University (ANU). He was Director of the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the ANU, and an inaugural ANU Public Policy Fellow.
Stephen is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, was inaugural Chair of the Management Committee of Future Earth Australia, a member of the Advisory Council of the Mulloon Institute, and Associate Editor of the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management.
Stephen holds a PhD in Environmental Policy.
Manager Environmental Sustainability, Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority
Tiernan is a sustainability leader with 20 years experience in the public and private sectors. In 2016 he was awarded a scholarship from Yale University to attend their inaugural Sustainability Leadership Forum and gave a guest lecture at Harvard University on sustainability and communications.
For the last 11 years he has been responsible for providing sustainability leadership to the state’s 86 public health services, which employ some 80,000 staff, has 3.5 million square metres of floor space and emits over 900,000 tonnes of carbon. In 2018 his team released the first Environmental sustainability strategy for Victoria’s health system.
Chief Executive Officer, Solar Victoria
Stan has been the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Solar Victoria since June 2019. He was previously the CEO of Sustainability Victoria. Stan has led significant reforms in law, health, safety and environment regulation and sustainability within Sustainability Victoria, the Environment Protection Agency and WorkSafe Victoria.
Stan is currently the chair of Infoxchange, as well as a Board Member of Western Business Accelerator and Centre for Excellence, and Member of the Advisory Board with BehaviourWorks Australia.
Director, Institute for the Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting
Carl is Director of the Institute for the Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting. He was the lead author and editor of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA), and has had 5 years as Head of the Australian national accounts, and roles in the advancement of various national accounting work.
Carl holds a Bachelor of Economics, Econometrics with the University of New England.
Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA)
Colin is the CEO of VMIA. He was previously Senior Executive of the Transport Accident Commission, and WorkSafe Victoria. He has also held senior roles in Ministerial offices, advising three Victorian Premiers, and as Chief of Staff to a Cabinet Minister.
Colin spent seven years at Deloitte, where he was Lead Partner for the Victorian Government, and the firm’s National Government Leader for Financial Advisory Services.
A Graduate of Columbia Business School and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Colin is a Williamson Fellow (Leadership Victoria) and the Chairman of Kids Under Cover. He recently retired after five years as a Director of the Transport Accident Commission.
Senior Project Manager - Environment, Department of Health and Human Services (Vic)
Becky is a Senior Project Officer in the Environment Management Unit, Property and Asset Services, with the Department of Human & Health Services. She has held various managerial and project manager roles within the Department of Human Services and Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Becky holds a Bachelor of Architecture (1st Class Hons.) from UNSW, and has studied
Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria
Dr. Sparkes is the Commissioner of Environmental Sustainability Victoria. She has held senior roles including as Chair of several Boards across government departments, and CEO of the Australian Sustainable Industry Research Centre at Monash University.
Dr. Sparkes holds a PhD in Applied Science (Chemistry), a Masters of Business Administration, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Victorian Fellow of the Institute for Public Administration Australia, a member of the Environment Institute of Australia and NZ and a member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
Chair, Monash Sustainable Development Institute & ClimateWorks Australia
John Thwaites is a Professorial Fellow at Monash University, and Chair of both ClimateWorks Australia and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute. John chairs a number of different Boards and Councils, and has advised state and local governments on climate change and energy policy.
He is a consultant at Maddocks Solicitors providing advice to the firm and its clients on climate change, water, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. John is one of six Co-Chairs of the Leadership Council of the global Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
John was previously Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. During this period he held various Ministerial portfolios including Health, Planning, Environment, Water and was Victoria’s first Minister for Climate Change.
Principal Project Manager, Environment, Department of Health and Human Services (Vic)
Jacob is the Principal Project Manager, Environment, within the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria. He has worked across both the private and public sectors within a range of in-house and consultancy roles.
Jacob’s extensive sustainability experience stems across Australia and the UK, and includes roles as a consultant with Wallace Consulting, and as a Senior Environmental Advisor for the Department of Health & Human Services.
Former Premier of South Australia
Jay Weatherill served as the 45th Premier of South Australia and is the South Australian Labor Party’s longest continuous serving Minister of the Crown. He was elected to Parliament in 2002 and was Premier from October 2011 until the March 2018 state election. Before becoming Premier, Jay held a range of portfolios including Environment and Conservation, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister Assisting the Premier in Cabinet Business and Public Sector Management, Families and Communities, Housing, Ageing, Disability, Urban Development and Planning, Administrative Services, Local Government and Gambling.
Jay has always strived to involve citizens in the decisions that affect their lives and he strongly believes that this is the way to strengthen our democracies.
Why Should I Attend?
A greater understanding of sustainable development, and the role that it plays within the public sector.
An in-depth assessment of the Sustainable Development Goals and their applicability across the public sector.
Development of vision and actions for the achievement of sustainable development in Victoria generally and the public sector particularly
Who Should Attend?
Anyone who works in the public sector in Victoria
Executives, Managers and Team Leaders
Advocates of change
Sustainability and Environmental Managers and staff
City and Infrastructure Planners
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