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IPAA Victoria runs a variety of professional development courses and special events that provide opportunities to learn, be inspired and network with your peers across the wider public sector.

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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?

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

  • Policy Officers

  • Advocates of change

  • Sustainability and Environmental Managers and staff

  • Biosecurity

  • City and Infrastructure Planners

Tickets (incl. afternoon tea)

  • Non Members - $475.00

  • Personal Members - $375.00

  • Staff of Organisation Members - $375.00

All prices are GST inclusive

Check your organisation’s membership level here.

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Bundle & Save

  • Buy 3 or more tickets (any sessions) - save 10%

  • Buy 6 or more tickets (any sessions) - save 15%

  • Buy 9 or more tickets (any sessions) - save 20%

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