Public Sector Young Professionals’ Conference

Fresh thinking for a changing environment

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Innovation, creativity and fresh thinking can make you an important asset to your organisation’s success. But what do these buzzwords mean? How can you seize them to advance your career and organisation in these times of significant change?

IPAA WA’s dedicated Advisory Committee (YPAC) presents a must-attend conference. With an exciting program developed for young professionals by young professionals, this event will keep you interested and inspired the whole day through thought provoking and interactive sessions. High profile speakers will explore engaging topics and you will leave with a host of new tools to advance your own skills and make a positive contribution within your organisation.

Join us in September to position yourself as an influencer in your organisation and take control of your career.

Fianl Conference Program and Session Outlines are now available - click here to download

Keynote Speaker

John Carey MLA
Parliamentary Secretary; Member for Perth
John was elected as the Member for Perth in March 2017 and subsequently appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier. 
Prior to his election, John served as the Mayor of the City of Vincent from 2013 and as a Councillor from 2011. 

During this time, he championed renewal of the city's major retail and cafe precincts - investing to create more attractive, green and people friendly town centres and abolishing alfresco fees and red tape for cafes and small business.
He was also a leader for establishing new accountability and transparency measures and lifting standards for local government, driving new reforms which are now being adopted across the sector.

As the Member for Perth, John is committed to supporting small businesses, cutting red tape and championing the diversification of the economy - to unlock the full potential of our city and create more job opportunities locally. John strongly supports reinvigorating the State's tourism strategy. 

John previously worked as a parliament adviser to Labor Premiers Geoff Gallop and Alan Carpenter. He also worked for five years as the Director of the Kimberley Conservation Project for Pew Charitable Trusts, establishing and advocating for the Great Kimberley Marine Park.


Michelle Andrews
Secretary, Service Priority Review; Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Gregory Bayne
Director, TLC Solutions
Marion Burchell
Executive Director, ICT Policy & Governance; Innovation, Office of the GCIO
Leslie Delaforce
Founder, Covocate

James Fairbairn
Partner, Lester Blades

Amber Hasler
Director, Fringe World Festival
Avril Hughes
Senior Policy Officer, Department of the Premier and Cabinet         
Tania Loosely-Smith
General Manager, Housing Authority
Dominique Mecoy
Department of the Premier and Cabinet         
Stephen Psaila-Savona
General Manager, Regulatory Services, WorkCover WA
Tim Sondalini
Co-Founder, Ministry of Data hackathon series
Richard Wiles
Director Institutional Banking and Markets, Commonwealth Bank