The Public Sector Young Leaders Conference is a unique developmental opportunity for aspiring leaders and new managers.

Each year, hundreds of young leaders from Australia’s public sector gather together for a powerful one day development program specifically designed for emerging leaders. Offering a critical opportunity to step away from everyday demands, the conference allows new managers time to reflect and refocus on their individual challenges and aspirations.

By exploring first-hand the experiences of celebrated leaders at the forefront of their industry, the conference equips young managers with the tools to excel in the modern public sector, whilst assisting them to make peer group connections vital to career success.

Leadership identity:

How you see yourself and how others see you

Values based leadership:

Standing firm on rocky ground

Leading with mindfulness and presence:

Supporting emotional health

Elevate your career:

If you are not making decisions for yourself, then someone else is doing it for you

Conference Themes

The Australian Public Sector
Young Leaders Conference

The forum for Australia’s Emerging Public Sector Leaders

Thursday 17th May 2018 Rydges Melbourne

Thursday 27th September 2018 Rydges Sydney

Who Attends?

The event is aimed towards ‘emerging’ leaders who are aspiring, transitioning and developing. ‘Young leaders’ are not defined by age as such; attendees include a mix of those who are in early-career leadership/management roles, or more generally those who aspire to progress in their careers and may currently be in formative, coordinator or team leader positions. The conference is also suitable for anyone interested in the future strength of the public sector or any individuals wanting to improve their own personal work efficiency and brand. Additionally, it is a great workshop for experienced leaders who need to upskill in certain areas or who want assistance in navigating their leadership journey.

I’m a young leader;
how will the conference help me?

The conference is designed to equip you with highly practical management tools and techniques and thereby instil the confidence to lead effectively in any situation. High calibre public sector leaders will share their insights on how you can achieve more in your role whilst preparing you for both the challenges and the opportunities that accompany an ever-changing public sector landscape.

What are the benefits for my organisation?

Leadership development is an important investment for both individuals and their organisations. Over the past eight years the conference has assisted hundreds of public sector managers to deliver increased value in their roles and prepare them for future advancement. 

Utilising insights and advice from inspirational speakers, conference participants will be better able to manage both their professional responsibilities and their key stakeholder relationships. Surpassing the mere transmission of theories, the conference will equip young leaders with the ability to adapt to a demanding work environment, instil the confidence to step up and provide the vision to guide other employees towards peak performance.

Conference Aims and Objectives

VIC Speakers

Learn from inspirational leaders and leadership experts

Improve your people management capability

Enhance your confidence, resilience and communication skills

Make friends and contacts to support your career development

Understand how to be a great leader and how to get the most out of your team

Teaching new leaders how to see themselves as a leader, and therefore become great leaders and get results​

Improving efficiency by giving young leaders the confidence to make decisions and drive positive outcomes in their workplace​

Promoting the importance and impact of emotional health so that young leaders can lead with mindfulness and presence​

Exploring values based leadership to allow emerging leaders to remain confident and decisive during challenging times​

Ensuring a future of strong, informed leadership within the Australian public sector


The conference has been developed for public sector employees ranging from aspiring people managers through to developing young leaders. Delegates will come from a diverse range of federal, state and local public sector organisations across both metropolitan and regional locations.

Jeroen Weimar

Chief Executive Officer, Public Transport Victoria 

Dr Gillian Sparkes

Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability

Tracey Slatter

Chief Executive Officer, Barwon Water

Katherine Whetton

Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Performance Group, Victorian Department of Education and Training 

Steve Warrington

Chief Officer, Country Fire Authority


Senior Facilitator & Director of Learning and Development, ASAM

Antony is a dynamic Leadership and Management training consultant, committed to people and their personal growth through self-awareness. His managerial, professional development and coaching expertise has been gained in both private and public sector industries over the past 19 years. Antony’s diverse career includes the management of manufacturing teams in the United Kingdom, in addition to nine years spent in the Middle East developing multi-cultural leaders from over one hundred and ten nationalities. Since arriving in Australia, Antony has developed and managed a Learning and Development Business Unit within the public sector before joining ASAM as Director Learning & Development.

Conference Facilitator

Jody Grima

Executive Director, Service Delivery, Service NSW

NSW Speakers

Superintendent Chris Craner

Commander, Wollongong Police District, NSW Police Force

Deidre Mulkerin

Deputy Secretary, Commissioning, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Leilani Frew 

Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency

Barry Irvin AM

Executive Chairman, Bega Cheese and Chairman, Giant Steps 

Government and public sector learning