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. 

2021 Regional Young Professional Scholarship

This Scholarship is awarded annually to one regionally located Public Sector Young Professional (YP) and provides the opportunity to be more involved in your professional community. This includes attending the IPAA WA Public Sector Young Professionals’ Conference and a one-year IPAA WA YP membership. Find out more and apply here. 

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.

Speakers (more to come)

Acknowledgement of Country 

Ezra Jacobs 


President’s Address

Mike Rowe
IPAA WA President 

Paul Flatau
Centre for Social Impact

David MacLennan
City of Vincent

Cate Brooks
A/Chief Executive Officer
South West Development Commission

Amber Fabry
Regional Executive Director
Department of Communities

Lesley Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
South West Aboriginal Medical Service

Jemma Greene
Executive Director
Transformation, South Metro Health Service

Ben Day
Chief Digital Officer
Department of Finance