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Governments in Australia and overseas are all trying to do more with less. There are high expectations from the public that we serve. Government is looking to the public service to assist with finding solutions that will enable more efficient delivery of services, particularly into regional and remote areas. This is all framed within a climate of fiscal restraint with many jurisdictions faced with decreasing revenues and an increasing expectation from the community for place-based services.

Governments are at a crossroads and new thinking on future directions is essential in order to actually deliver the services and manage community expectations. The 2019 Institute of Public Administration (IPAA) National Conference, Darwin, Northern Territory will explore these issues and look at where there may be solutionsnationally and internationally. Innovation is key to improving efficiency and the conference will explore how effective change can be made and the skills needed to deliver it.

Among a host of speakers at the Conference will be Alexander Lau, Principal Design Lead, from the Public Service Division, Transformation Office and Innovation Lab, Singapore. They are charged with building innovation capabilities and mindsets across the entire public service. Alexander says, “our job is to inculcate a culture of innovation for everyone in Singapore’s government, we’re doing this by rethinking the innovation process.” The conference will be an opportunity to hear further on this design process and workshop some of the ideas in the Australian context.

Other key speakers including Professor Anne Tiernan, Dean (Engagement) for Griffith Business School, Griffith University, writer, educator, political scientist, and consultant in areas of public administration, public policy and research analysis will look at these and other issues facing Australian Governments.

Along with Professor Peter Shergold, National IPAA President more key speakers will soon be announced.


Australia’s northernmost capital city, Darwin, has something for everyone to enjoy. From the clear blue waters that surround the harbour to the colourful outdoor markets to the diverse range of adventure activities, Darwin is an explorer’s paradise. Experience the laid-back tropical lifestyle and indulge in your sense of fun and adventure whilst learning and engaging.


9th August 2019: Early Bird Registrations Close

25th August 2019: Conference Accommodation Bookings Close

25th September 2019: IPAA National Conference Gala Dinner

26th September 2019: IPAA National Conference

26th September 2019: IPAA YP Networking Event 

27th September 2019: IPAA National Conference Workshops

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