This years' conference has now sold out. To join the waitlist, please email, and we will contact you if a spot frees up. 

IPAA WA’s dedicated Young Professional Advisory Committee (YPAC) presents a must-attend full day conference. Once again it will provide young professionals in the public sector with a forum to explore and discuss the critical issues affecting their career prospects with leaders and peers. The conference features an exciting program developed for young professionals by young professionals, and will keep you inspired the whole day through thought provoking and interactive sessions.

The keynote speaker for this years' conference is the Department of Finance Director General, Jodi Cant. Jodi is highly regarded for delivering a nationally recognised innovation program equal to or better than any comers from business and the public sector. Her capacity to cut through the hype and get to the core of matters ensures that you will be much wiser following her keynote address. She will be joined on the program by the Director-General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Darren Foster, and a host of speakers from across the public and private sectors who will explore the theme, ‘crafting a career with impact’.

Attend this years' conference to gain a host of new tools and knowledge to advance your own skills and make an ever stronger contribution within your organisation.

Download the draft program here. 

Keynote Speaker

Jodi Cant
Director General
Department of Finance

Jodi Cant was appointed Director General of Department of Finance in August 2018.  For the two years prior, Jodi was Chief Executive of Landgate, Western Australia’s Land Information Authority.  Under Jodi’s leadership, the business was named Australia’s Most Innovative Government Agency and 19th Most Innovative Business by the Australian Financial Review.

Jodi is a transformative leader who embraces disruption with a positive and creative outlook. She is an innovator, collaborator and connector with excellent communication skills.  Her experience ranges across the government, start-up, private and not-for profit sectors – bringing each of those perspectives to any challenge she faces.  Jodi is a Board member of PSMA Australia and has previously sat on the Boards of PEXA Ltd and earthmineAustralia.

Jodi is passionate about making a difference for community good and commercial gain.

Conference MC

Danielle Hay
YPAC Chair;
Project and Policy Officer

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety



Darren Foster
Director General
Department of the Premier and Cabinet


Rebecca Ball
Executive Director
Investment and Trade Western Australia

Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

Lynda Folan
Managing Director
Inspired Development Solutions


Samantha Kennedy
YPAC Member;
Project Director
Department of Fire and Emergency Services


Shaun Nannup
Indigenous Consultant
Wisdom In Your Life

Gregory Bayne
TLC solutions
Dr Sandie McHugh
Water Resource Assessment Manager
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation 

Peter Kerr
Executive Manager Growth
Western Power