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2024 Communications Insight

19 Jun 2024Online

A Keynote with David Stockman and Ella McPherson.


In this event, the Communications Community of Practice will present the annual keynote event for communications and engagement professionals in the public sector.    

Communication professionals are increasingly being recognised as trusted advisors in many organisations, including the public sector. This shows a growing appreciation for communication skills and insight across various organisations.

This trend also presents challenges such as determining the role of communication within an organisation and the potential overlap between communication advice and operational or policy advice. Communication professionals must learn how to effectively manage these potential conflicts.

Join your community of peers as David Stockman, 2024 Annual Keynote guest speaker, shares his unique insights and highlights from his time leading communications for the public service. 

With a wealth of knowledge from his time as a journalist, extensive career in the Victorian Public Service and now with the Australian Public Service, David will share his reflections in conversation with Victorian Public Sector Commission Deputy Commissioner, Ella McPherson. 

This event is organised by IPAA Victoria’s Communication Community of Practice.


Attendees of this session will hear first-hand from two of the most experienced, senior communication and engagement leaders in our sector. Through the interactive conversation, attendees will: 

  • Explore the growing influence of communication professionals 
  • Discuss the challenges of defining communication function and managing potential conflicts within organisations 
  • Explore adaptive strategies along with evolving media landscape and diverse audience 
  • Discuss the need for increased investment in communication tools and resources


This event will be valuable for all current and aspiring professionals including: 

  • Young professionals and graduates. 
  • Current government communication, media, engagement and marketing professionals from all levels. 
  • Current public servants who aspire to senior leadership. 


David Stockman

Chief of Staff, National Disability Insurance Agency 

Ella McPherson

Deputy Commissioner, Victorian Public Sector Commission

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Date & Time

Wednesday 19 June 2024
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (AEDT)




This is a FREE event for all IPAA Victoria Members, including employees of our member organisations such as VPS departments.

Non members: $30.00 (inc GST)

Check to see if you’re an IPAA Victoria Member, including employees of our member organisations such as VPS departments here.