09:10 - 09:40
Rafael Epstein is one of the ABC’s best-credentialled journalists. An ABC journalist for more than 10 years, he reported for TV news and Radio Current Affairs in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
Rafael spent several months reporting in Darwin and East Timor in 1999 during the independence vote and he was assigned to Jakarta to augment the ABC’s comprehensive coverage of the Asian tsunami.
His ground-breaking coverage of intelligence issues and police corruption in Victoria won him a Walkley Award in 2004. He was appointed Europe correspondent in early 2005, returning home in late 2008 and winning his second Walkley for his work on the bungled Mohammed Hanif case.
Rafael has been host of ABC’s Drive program on 774 ABC Melbourne since 2012.
ABC Radio, 774 ABC
The Victorian Public Sector Young Leaders Conference
Thursday 14th May 2017
09:40 - 10:30
It is inevitable that at some point, either in the workplace or in your personal life, you will need to initiate or engage difficult conversations. Such conversations include providing critical feedback to a member of staff, apologising for one’s own behaviour, requesting a colleague or boss to examine and change their behaviour, dealing with tension within the team or with an individual. In fact, a difficult conversation is any conversation that you find difficult. During this session, participants will explore the dynamics involved in difficult conversations and develop their ability to initiate and manage these interchanges effectively.
11:00 - 11:30
Richard Bolt has had a diverse career in public service, policy research, public advocacy and engineering. He was appointed secretary of the department from its inception on 1 January 2015.
Before joining the department, Richard was secretary of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (2011–14) with responsibility for improving early childhood, school education, and vocational and higher education services across Victoria.
Prior to this position, Richard was secretary of the Department of Primary Industries (2006–11) with responsibility for agriculture, energy, fisheries, mining and forestry.During his public service career, Richard has led work on energy industry regulation, national energy market reform, carbon trading design, transport security, agriculture science and policy, and education reform.
Before joining the public service, Richard’s work in advocacy and research spanned across defence, foreign affairs, industrial relations, communications, environmental protection and consumer protection.
Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the South Australian Institute of Technology (now the University of South Australia), a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Monash University, and a Graduate Diploma in Company Directorship.
Secretary, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
15:30 - 16:20
Kate Kerr is currently responsible for internal business engagement and the development of external partnerships required for the success of a transformational change to the way the TAC supports injured Victorians. Kate is a long term employee of the TAC and has worked in and across most divisions of the organisation over the past 14 years, including taking 2 years off to raise children full time. Kate has worked part-time for more than half of her TAC career and is passionate about supporting members of her team, and others across the business, to consider how they make ‘working’, best work for them and the organisation.
Prior to her current role, Kate was a Manager within the Independence Branch at the TAC responsible for implementing best practice disability support models to allow clients to get their Lives Back on Track sooner, whilst also managing the schemes largest liability of attendant care. Kate has provided subject matter expertise to the NDIS in the design of the national rollout of the scheme and her background prior to the TAC was in neurological rehabilitation in Australia, New Zealand and the UK as a Speech Pathologist. Kate has a Master’s of Business from Deakin University and spent a number of years as a Non-Executive Board Director for the Spinal Research Institute.
Assistant Commissioner, VEOHRC Review Response, Partnerships & Innovation, Victoria Police
09:00 - 09:10
Welcome and Opening Comments
Senior Facilitator & Director of Learning and Development, ASAM
SESSION 1: MANAGING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS AND ACHIEVING POSITIVE OUTCOMES
SESSION 2: TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR CAREER AND YOUR PROFESSIONAL REPUTATION
10:30 - 11:00 MORNING TEA
11:30 - 12:30
As well as being part of who you are and how you want to be known, your reputation reflects your ambitions and how you go about achieving them. This session focusses on creating a pragmatic and purposeful plan for on-going professional and personal achievement and developing an awareness of what influences others’ perception and experience of us. Participants explore elements such as establishing a personal vision, prioritizing investment in professional development and identifying and achieving key career goals.
SESSION 3: MANAGING UP – WORKING WITH SENIOR LEADERS
12:30 - 13:30 LUNCH
14:00 - 15:00
The ability to effectively manage and leverage relationships with people in more senior positions is a critical aspect of functioning effectively in any workplace environment, and is something that many young leaders find challenging. Failure to manage relationships with more senior colleagues effectively can lead to confusion, wasted time and effort and increased stress. But learning how to interact appropriately and build strong alliances with more senior staff can have major advantages in relation to future career advancement and job satisfaction. During this session participants will explore ways to work effectively with a variety of stakeholders and how to handle more challenging or delicate situations.
SESSION 4: PRIORITISING EFFORT AND ENERGY TO MAXIMISE RESULTS AND WELLBEING
15:00 - 15:20 Afternoon Tea
15:20 - 15:50
Lieutenant Commander Kelly Haywood joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1997 as a Combat Systems Operator. After achieving the rank of Leading Seaman, Kelly changed over to a commissioned Maritime Logistics Officer in 2005.
Kelly has served in multiple HMAS Ships; deploying to the Middle East three times, performing numerous border protection operations and serving on various peace keeping missions.
Outside of Navy, Kelly is extremely passionate about raising awareness about suicide, depression and mental health and is a Lifeline Ambassador. Through her initiative ‘Choose to Live, Love your Life’ Kelly actively fundraises and speaks in the community about her own personal experiences with suicide.
Kelly won the Western Australian and National Telstra Western Australia Young Business Woman of the Year Award in 2013 and in 2016 was named as one of Business News 40under40 entrepreneurs, taking out the Intrepreneur category.
Kelly completed her studies at the Australian Maritime College in 2013, graduating with a Bachelor of Business in Maritime Logistics and Management and is currently studying her Masters of Business.
Lieutenant Commander Kelly Haywood
Senior Officer instructor, Maritime Logistics School, Royal Australian Navy
15:50 - 16:50
As leaders, we are constantly striving to maximise our own output and that of our team. We are all challenged by the need to juggle multiple tasks and responsibilities and to do more with less. Staying focused on the bigger picture and knowing how to prioritise, enables us to get the best return on our effort and energy. During this session, participants will explore how to step back from the day to day, be mindful of the big picture and use this knowledge to prioritise their actions appropriately in order to enhance productivity and their own wellbeing.
16:50 - 17:00 REVIEW AND CLOSING COMMENT
09:10 - 09:40
Tracy Webber is a passionate and professional, organisational change manager. After completing a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at University of New South Wales Tracy’s career commenced at Westpac. For the past twenty years Tracy has worked in both the Public and Private sectors in both Australia and the UK, with the past ten years focussed on delivering complex change programs. Before leaving the UK in 2009 Tracy delivered the first ever National Leadership Framework for the UK Department of Health, resulting in a systematic approach to developing clinical and non-clinical leadership. After arriving back in Australia in 2010, Tracy completed a Masters in Applied Science, Psychology of Coaching at the University of Sydney. This has equipped and challenged Tracy to use key principles from positive psychology and coaching to provide organisation change services. Tracy works with executives and teams through change and challenges with the fundamental belief that there is always opportunity for positivity in the workplace (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/room-positivity-your-workplace-tracy-webber?trk=prof-post) Tracy is also involved in providing pro-bono coaching services for a young leader’s development program based in Sydney, and mental toughness coaching for triathletes.
Organisational Change Manager, Transport NSW