Thursday 10 April 2014

The Shape Of Things To Come: IPAA 2014 Conference To Plan For Australia’s Future

The Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) will hold its annual conference at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on 29 and 30 October 2014. The conference theme is 'The Shape of Things to Come', and will address delegates from across local, state and federal government on the role of public administration in shaping society and the public sector’s capacity for ideas, energy and ability to work together to achieve shared outcomes.

The program aims to inspire, engage and provoke discussions around the future of public administration in Australia and includes a spectrum of speakers from local and international public service leaders, academics and organisational heads speaking on three core sub themes; ‘Looking Within’, ‘Reaching Out’, and ‘Beyond Our Shores’.

IPAA WA President, Ms Sue McCarrey said the WA Division of IPAA is proud to be hosting this year’s conference in partnership with Murdoch University’s Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs. The IPAA conference was last hosted in Perth in 2007.

“Perth is the most dynamic place to hold this discussion as we are well-positioned geographically, politically, and socially to bring together the best minds from the most dynamic, social and economic region of the world. With Western Australia so close to Asia, a region which will play such a large part in all of Australia’s future, it is important that government from all levels be a part of this international conversation,” Ms McCarrey said.

A thought-provoking and engaging program has been developed by a Program Committee comprised of prestigious key industry stakeholders and led by Professor Richard Higgott, Vice Chancellor, Murdoch University.

Professor Higgott said, "In the 21st century, the public sector is facing many new challenges at the local and national levels, but also increasingly with a regional and global dimension. The IPAA 2014 Conference will examine these challenges and how the public sector is responding. It will provide a forum to consider current trends and innovative approaches in the practice of public administration and policy making in differing contexts both in Australia and the region."

Keynote presentations confirmed include;

  • Professor R.A.W. Rhodes, Professor of Government (Research) at the University of Southampton (UK)
  • Mia Garlick, Head of Policy, Facebook Australia and New Zealand
  • Angus Houston AC AFC (Ret’d), Air Chief Marshal and former Chief of the Defence Force
  • Stephen Sedgwick AO, FIPAA, Commissioner, Australian Public Service Commission
  • Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group

The 2014 IPAA Conference is now open for registrations with Early Bird savings of $300 if booked before 16 June 2014. A full outline of confirmed speakers can be found online at


The IPAA 2014 International Conference will be followed directly by a Research Day on Friday 31st October 2014. The Research Day will be held at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, Murdoch University.

The Institute welcomes papers and panel presentations within the broad themes of the conference. These include: Fostering leadership; Building trust in the public sector and beyond; Connecting with business and the independent sector; Shaping policy for the future; Engaging with emerging nations; and Regional and international trends.

Abstracts are sought for separate papers as well as panels of three or four papers that share a common theme. Abstracts are due by Friday 27 June 2014.

For more information visit: or contact the IPAA 2014 Conference Secretariat, EECW on 08 9389 1488 or email

For more information or to coordinate a media interview contact IPAA WA Chief Executive Officer, Gavin Lewis on: Ph: (08) 9221 1177