The WA Public Sector Young Professional Conference provides a platform to discuss the important issues affecting young professionals or those who are new to their journey in the public sector.

The conference is developed by young professionals in the public sector for the young professionals of the public sector.

This year’s conference engages with an exciting line-up of speakers. Young professionals will gain insight into capitalising on opportunity and strategies for developing their public sector careers. The conference will draw on a diverse range of perspectives that that will provide insight into four central themes of the day. 

Download the draft program here.

Bunbury Regional Hub

Fresh ideas, fresh food, a fresh new network – Kick off 2021 with an invigorating gathering of like-minded career focused regional young professionals’ at the first ever regional YP Conference hub, this year to be held in Bunbury. The hub will host a panel session (beamed back to the Perth hub) and its own facilitated GovLab public policy innovation session, ensuring an engaging day long experience for all in attendance. 

Aside from the sessions hosted onsite the Perth sessions will be live-streamed to the regional hub. You will have the opportunity to view the entire conference on a big screen, while networking with your regional colleagues. As a conference delegate you will be able to submit your questions and comments electronically anytime during the conference. With an inspiring line-up of speakers already secured, don’t miss out on this incredible career development opportunity. Register for the hub (select from the drop-down box during registration) to attend this conference without having to travel to Perth but still receiving all the benefits of an exceptionally informative conference.

Exclusive offer for conference delegates

We are hosting a training program on the topic of Negotiating with Confidence the day before the conference exclusively for conference delegates. This program will help you to identify how your personal style impacts on your negotiation approach, show you how to draw on other behaviours/ thinking to get a different outcome, and leave you with tools and strategies to plan for an actual negotiation that you are wanting to undertake. You will be able to meet other conference delegates, and kick-start your thinking in time for the conference the following day. To register for this program please visit: (The 11 February date of this program will appear after you login via the link above). 

Please note, the training program is an additional activity, not included in the conference price. More information will be provided to delegates closer to the conference date. 

Conference topics/themes:

  • The need for diverse leadership and approaches
  • The politics and policy interface
  • Using your sphere of influence to amplify your impact
  • We’re all in this together: collaborating for outcomes.

Keynote Speaker

Lanie Chopping
Commissioner for Consumer Protection

Lanie Chopping is the Commissioner for Consumer Protection and A/Executive Director, Consumer Protection (Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety), undertaking a range of statutory roles and responsibilities and providing leadership to the Consumer Protection Division. 

Prior to this role, Lanie was the head of the Priorities Implementation Unit with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in Western Australia.

A social worker by profession, Lanie first joined Consumer Protection in 2011.  Prior to joining Consumer Protection, she worked with the Economic Regulation Authority, having previously worked with the West Australian Council of Social Service, and in community legal centres, including in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Lanie is also a Commissioner of the Legal Aid Commission.

Lanie was the inaugural Convenor of the National Regulators Community of Practice Western Australian Chapter.

Lanie is a Leadership WA alumni from 2007 and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

With her history of citizen-focused roles, Lanie is well-placed to speak about the direct impact of our work as public servants on the people of Western Australia.