In partnership with IPAA Victoria’s Sustainability Community of Practice (CoP), the Sustainability and Climate Change series explores how professionals in the public purpose sector can make decisions, design policy and implement programs that get us to the goal of sustainability. Throughout the series, we will talk with experts and practitioners about finance, budget bids and business cases, risk, procurement and infrastructure—all of it through the lens of sustainability.
IPAA Victoria is delighted to publish an in-depth conversation with Stuart Toplis, Manager Industry Support, Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions, who has a long-term interest in how we can better incorporate sustainability into the tourism sector and has focused a lot of work in this area. In the discussion, Stuart reflects on his time working in the tourism sector and the journey that the sector has undertaken to become more sustainable. This hasn’t been smooth and there have been challenges along the way, but Stuart reflects on the contributions he has been able to make to deliver improvements. Stuart also provides useful insights for staff in the public purpose sector on how we can all start to think about and incorporate sustainability considerations into our work.