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2023 Public Service Communications Summit

June 22, 2023 9:15 am

2023 Public Service Communications Summit

Delivering effective communication against the odds

What does it take to gain global renown for your efforts? Are you ready to fight misinformation and overcome citizen fatigue with your next campaign?

Join us in June to hear firsthand from the Australian Electoral Commissioner and a panel of leading communications professionals about how to build and / or maintain an effective contemporary communication capability for your organisation.

A panel with experience across the for-purpose sector, local, state and commonwealth public services will ensure a wide range of informative perspectives. This session is an opportunity to mitigate the ‘echo-chamber’ risk associated with spending too much time focused only on your problems and mixing only with your team.

You will join a delegation drawn from across public and for-purpose agencies ensuring a valuable networking opportunity.

Subjects will include:

  • Perspective on the current communications environment
  • Anticipating the source, speed and direction of threats – misinformation and disinformation
  • Characteristics of serious issues v. distractions in different channels – TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook
  • How lessons learnt can be adapted to promotion, education and engagement tasks.
  • Essential skillsets of a contemporary comms team – countering misinformation and fatigue
  • Best-in-class examples of contemporary strategies for cutting through and maximising audience engagement.

Keynote Speaker

Speakers

Emeritus Professor Peter Coaldrake AO
Chancellery Division,
Office of the Vice-Chancellor & President
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Emeritus Professor Peter Coaldrake | Chancellery Division, Office Of The Vice-Chancellor & President, Queensland University Of Technology (QUT)

Emeritus Professor Peter Coaldrake | Chancellery Division, Office of the Vice-Chancellor & President, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

In February 2022 Emeritus Professor Peter Coaldrake AO was appointed by the Premier of Queensland, the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk to undertake a Review of culture and accountability in the Queensland public sector. The Final Report of that Review, ‘Let the Sunshine In’ was published on 28 June 2022.

In 2018 he completed a Review for the Queensland government dealing with the present and future Queensland public sector workforce.

His deep understanding of the public service and systems of accountability stems from his time as Chair of the Queensland Public Sector Management Commission between 1990 and 1994 and his research leading to the publication in 1989 of the book ‘Working the System: Government in Queensland’.

Professor Coaldrake, is currently the Chief Commissioner of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), Australia’s higher education regulatory agency. He took up that role on 1 March 2021.

Professor Coaldrake completed his almost fifteen-year term as Vice-Chancellor and CEO of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in December 2017, and is a former Chair of both the peak body for Australia’s Universities, Universities Australia (UA) and the governing board of the OECD’s then higher education group (IMHE).

Catherine Fletcher
Chair, State Records Commission;
Information Commissioner, Office of the Information Commissioner

Catherine Fletcher | Chair, State Records Commission; Information Commissioner, Office Of The Information Commissioner

Catherine Fletcher | Chair, State Records Commission; Information Commissioner, Office of the Information Commissioner

Catherine holds law degrees and a graduate diploma in business management from the University of Western Australia. She was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1991.

For most of her career, Catherine has worked as a legal officer in the public sector at both State and Commonwealth agencies including the (formerly named) Crown Solicitors Office, at the Commonwealth and State Offices of the Director of Public Prosecutions and at Legal Aid WA.

Catherine, for several years, taught law and legal practice courses at the Articles Training Program (run by the Legal Practice Board) and at the Universities of Notre Dame and Western Australia.

In addition to her legal work Catherine has held numerous voluntary roles on boards and committees including the Law Society of WA, Notre Dame University, Women Lawyers WA and several sporting organisations and governing bodies.

Catherine has always been active in several sports including Masters division water polo, representing WA on several occasions at national amateur surfing titles throughout Australia and has completed, in a team of four, the Rottnest Channel swim on four occasions.

Catherine has always had a keen interest in archival materials and historical research.

Damian Shepherd
Executive Director
State Records Office of Western Australia

Damian Shepherd | Executive Director, State Records Office Of Western Australia

Damian Shepherd | Executive Director, State Records Office of Western Australia

Damian is currently the Director State Records and State Archivist. He joined the State Records Office in 2019 after several years with Landgate in various leadership roles including data sharing and customer service.

Damian started his career as a botanist – a rare opportunity to explore and contribute to understanding WA’s unique natural treasures. A passion for helping others discover what is unique about WA and its history continues to be a focus for Damian through digital access to data and information.

Damian’s team at the State Records Office share a mission to provide ‘A secure and discoverable record of government that is valued by our community and used to create a legacy for current and future generations of Western Australians’.

Louise Giolitto
CEO
Western Australian Council of Social Service

Luoise Giolitto | CEO, Western Australian Council Of Social Service

Luoise Giolitto | CEO, Western Australian Council of Social Service

The Western Australian Council of Social Service Inc (WACOSS) is the peak council of community service organisations in Western Australia.  WACOSS is part of a national network comprising ACOSS and the State and Territory Councils of Social Service, which represents the interests of low income and socially disadvantaged people across Australia, and assists and supports the community sector with the delivery of community services. Working at WACOSS is a unique experience that provides individuals with the opportunity to have an understanding across a massive range of sub-sectors

Louise Giolitto has been part of the Community Services Sector for over 26 years. Louise has a great deal of experience, has lived in the Kimberley and worked in the Pilbara which has given her great insight into the needs of regional WA. Her prior positions have provided Louise with years of valuable experience within a board range of services provided by the sector. Experience includes management of homelessness programs, housing, youth services, Aboriginal support programs, employment, education, training, mentoring, drug education, seniors and emergency relief.

Louise has a commitment and belief the Community Services sector needs collective commitment and leadership to improve the quality of life to community members disadvantaged by the inequities in our society. WACOSS provides the ideal platform for the Community Services sector to support organisations deliver essential services, work collaboratively to lobby government, raise community awareness, network and share best practice to address the inequities and provide a strong voice for those community members in need.

Underlying Louise’s commitment is a strong belief in the ethos and philosophy of the community-based not-for-profit organisations in partnership with State and Federal Governments can build vibrant future for all West Australians.

Emma Johnson
CEO
Corruption and Crime Commission

Emma Johnson | CEO, Corruption And Crime Commission

Emma Johnson | CEO, Corruption and Crime Commission

Anthony Vuleta
President, Local Government Professionals WA
CEO, Town of Victoria Park

Anthony Vuleta | President At Local Government Professionals WA & CEO AT TOWN OF VICTORIA PARK

Anthony Vuleta | President at Local Government Professionals WA & CEO AT TOWN OF VICTORIA PARK

Anthony began his career in a private civil design consultancy before moving into local government in 1988.

He has worked at the Cities of Swan (Shire), Belmont and Subiaco prior to starting with the Town as Manager of Technical Services in 2001. In 2008 Anthony became Director of Renew Life where he oversaw the Town’s infrastructure program.

He then acted as CEO for a period of 15 months before becoming the permanent CEO in May 2015.

Sam Curulli
Senior Governance Officer
City of Melville

Sam Curulli | Senior Governance Officer, City Of Melville

Sam Curulli | Senior Governance Officer, City of Melville

Sam began his career in Local Government in 2021 at the Shire of Harvey, through undertaking some unpaid work experience as part of his university degree.

He has since worked at the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River, City of Nedlands and now City of Melville.

In only two and a half years, Sam has progressed his way through the industry and become heavily involved in advocating for the sector through his extensive involvement with LG Professionals WA, with a keen interest in promoting the sector to young professionals.

Sam has created a good reputation for himself across the sector, through public speaking at a range of events including Local Government Professionals WA 2023 State Conference, IPAA WA Young Professionals Conference 2023 and a range of webinars and in-person events.

He is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce (Business Law) at Curtin University full-time with six months to go, and has recently made the Vice-Chancellors List in Semester 2 2023, whilst also working full time.

Professor David Gilchrist
Director, Centre for Public Value
University of Western Australia

David Gilchrist | Professor At The University Of Western Australia

David Gilchrist | Professor at The University of Western Australia

David Gilchrist is a chartered accountant and holds a PhD in economic history from the University of Notre Dame Australia. He is currently professor of accounting and director of the Centre for Public Value at the University of Western Australia. He was Foundation Director of the Curtin Not-for-profit Initiative for five years and is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Accounting, Airlangga University, Indonesia and Visiting Professor in the School of Accountancy at Queensland University of Technology.

David has undertaken significant long-term research related to not-for-profit and public sector accounting, economics and financial reporting. He was a member of the ACNC advisory board and has held many chair roles in Australian charities. David is currently director of the Australian Nonprofit Accounting Standards Research Program and a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board Academic Advisory Panel amongst other relevant roles.  He has written over 200 industry and policy reports and written, edited or contributed to twelve books.

David is currently expert advisory to the Commonwealth government’s nonprofit blueprint project setting the framework for Australia’s charities over the next ten years. He is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand Charities and NFP Advisory Committee and was awarded a Meritorious Service Award by that institution in 2023. David was appointed a Fellow of the Western Australian Parliament in 2021.

Caroline Spencer
Auditor General
Office of the Auditor General for Western Australia

Caroline Spencer | Auditor General, Office Of The Auditor General For Western Australia

Caroline Spencer | Auditor General, Office of the Auditor General for Western Australia

Ms Spencer was appointed Auditor General for Western Australia in May 2018.

Prior to her appointment, Caroline led a professional services firm specialising in public sector audit and governance in Canberra.

Caroline has a passion for promoting accountability and continuous improvement across the public sector and the accounting profession – to enhance trust and performance for the benefit of the communities we serve. With a keen personal interest in seeing our regions and community groups thrive, she is a strong advocate for expansive thinking around participation and valuing good governance and contribution at all levels.

She is a fellow of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and the Governance Institute of Australia, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Caroline is also a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board, currently with a focus on Australia’s first sustainability reporting standards.

Sandra Labuschagne
Deputy Auditor General

Sandra Labuschagne | Deputy Auditor General, Office Of The Auditor General For Western Australia

Sandra Labuschagne | Deputy Auditor General, Office of the Auditor General for Western Australia

Sandra joined the OAG in 2012 and was appointed Deputy Auditor General in December 2018. She was designated as Chief Operating Officer in 2020. Sandra has extensive public and private sector auditing experience in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

In her role as Deputy Auditor General, Sandra has been instrumental in ensuring the OAG’s effectiveness and efficiency. Sandra’s passion for auditing and her dedication to upholding transparency and accountability have been evident throughout her career.

Sandra’s journey is marked by a commitment to excellence and a deep understanding of audit processes. Her ability to bridge the gap between theory and practice has been pivotal in enhancing the OAG’s operations.

 

Date, Time & Venue

22 Jun 2023
9:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Venue TBC

Cost

Individual Member
$94.00
Corporate Member
$171.00
Corporate Member - Group of 8
$1,368.00
Corporate Member - Group of 10
Save 10%
$1,539.00
Non-Member
$240.00
Non-Member - Group of 8
$1,920.00
Non-Member - Group of 10
$2,160.00
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