President's Address

Featuring Minister for State Development; Transport; Innovation

Events - 19 Jan 2017

Hosted by IPAA WA President Mr Sven Bluemmel, we welcomed the Minister for State Development; Transport; Innovation, the Honourable Bill Marmion MLA to the 2017 IPAA WA President's Address.

This address each year by a senior state government minister is an opportunity for the public service, whose professional responsibility is to serve that government, to gain firsthand understanding of the policy environment for the year ahead.

In addition to addressing the policy environment this was also an opportunity to hear the presenter’s perspective on the key emerging social issues of the time.

As a public sector leader, or aspiring leader, you are required to "harness information and opportunities" in order to "shape and manage strategy" (PSC Leadership Capability Framework).

IPAA's 2017 President's Address assists you to meet your responsibility to identify critical public sector issues and build an understanding of the context in which you and your organisation are operating. As the state election looms these responsibilities only become more critical.

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  • The policy agenda in State Development, Transport, Innovation for the year ahead
  • Key emerging issues in public administration as seen from the perspective of IPAA WA President


Sven Bluemmel MIPAA
IPAA WA President
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Office of the Information Commissioner



Keynote Speaker

Hon. Bill Marmion MLA 
Minister for State Development; Transport; Innovation

Bill Marmion, who along with his father was born in Kalgoorlie, has a long record of service to the people and State of Western Australia.

Indeed service to the State is a family legacy for the Marmion's. His great grandfather was this State's first Minister for Mining.

A civil engineer by profession (he also holds a Masters in Business Administration), Mr Marmion spent many years working for the State Government agency responsible for Western Australian roads. Much of his time was spent in regional WA, including the Goldfields and the Kimberley. This gave him valuable experience in many of the locations he is now heavily involved with as Minister for State Development.

Leaving the public service he co-founded consultancy firm Syme-Marmion, which specialised in strategic planning and financial analysis work for both the Government and the private sector.

Before entering Parliament in 2008, Mr Marmion served as President of the WA Division of Engineers Australia for three years and chaired the State's Engineering Excellence Awards.

Since his election as Member for Nedlands he has served in a range of roles including Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Minister for Commerce; Science and Innovation; Housing; Finance; Minister Assisting the Treasurer; and Minister for Water and the Environment.

His current portfolios are State Development; Transport; Innovation. He is committed to ensuring a stable regulatory environment to maintain the expansion of WA's crucially important mining and petroleum sector.

Still competing in veterans hockey and a keen tennis player, he lives in his Perth metropolitan electorate of Nedlands with his wife Katelyn and five children.