2017 Espresso Series: International Perspectives Indonesia

Inaugural Series

Events - 14 Mar 2017

This short, sharp, morning session, was the second of four sessions in our inaugural Espresso series.

The session explored what the public administration system / policy environment of Indonesia looks like. The presenters looked at how this system works, its structure, strengths and weaknesses and issues affecting the direction in which it is heading.  

Where you may often look to similar jurisdictions such as the UK, NZ and Canada for inspiration there is much to be learnt from the dissimilar services operating elsewhere. 

Series Facilitator

Dominique Mecoy
Director Client Services
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board

Meet the facilitator

Facilitator Bio
Dominique’s career spans over 20 years working for both federal and state government agencies, with a range of experiences in elite sport, science, food industry development, zoos and currently cemeteries. She likes diversity.

She holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration, a Bachelor of Arts with triple major in French, German and English,  is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Leadership WA. Mecoy was recently named the Leadership WA Distinguished Fellow for 2016, which acknowledges leaders who have shown exceptional levels of leadership and community contribution.

Session 2: Indonesia

To get you thinking:


Mr Ross Taylor AM
Director, Indonesia Institute

Ross Taylor is often known as ‘The Voice of Indonesia’ here in WA.

A regular ‘Opinion’ columnist for ‘The West Australian’,  ‘The Australian’ and ‘The Jakarta Post’ newspapers, plus a spokesperson on 6PR, ABC Radio 720, and 2UE, Ross is the current President of the WA-based Indonesia Institute (Inc.), and Past National Vice-President and director of the Australia-Indonesia Business Council. He was also the joint-founder of the Regional Development Institute of Indonesia in 2002, based in Jakarta.

Ross served as the West Australian Government’s Regional Director to Indonesia from 2001 until 2003 and was based at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.

Ross also held several board positions in Indonesia and Australia including that as Chairman of Western Potatoes Pty Limited and as an advisor to the WA Vegetable Industry. He was a member of the Western Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Trade and Export Advisory Committee until 2011. He is the current Patron of the Cancer Wellness Centre in WA and a Director of Cancer Support WA Inc.

In June 2013 Ross was appointed by the Governor-General of Australia as a Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division (AM) for significant service to Indonesia-Australia relations, community (through his twenty years of philanthropy and mentoring of cancer patients and their carers), primary industry and transport. 

In July of 2013, Ross was selected by the Indonesian President as Australia’s ‘2013 Presidential Friend of Indonesia’.

Ross was educated in Perth completing his studies at Edith Cowan University. He and Katherine have two children.

Mr Sait Abdulah
PhD candidate, Asia Research Centre, and Senior Public Servant, Indonesian Civil Service, Murdoch University

Sait has been working for the Indonesian civil service since 1996 in the National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA), and was appointed as a middle echelon (Echelon III) in Banda Aceh as a head of education and training for civil service in 2010-2013. NIPA is one of the central government institutions that has main duty in fostering the Indonesian civil service through education and training programs and research in the field of public administration.