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.

- Understanding diversity and the value of difference

- Building resilience and embracing challenges

- Innovation - The DNA of success

- Working with Authority, Power and Politics

Conference Themes

The Australian Public Sector
Young Leaders Conference

The forum for Australia’s Emerging Public Sector Leaders

Brisbane  |  Sydney  |  Melbourne  |  Canberra

NSW Speakers - Thursday 27th April

Who attends?

The event is aimed towards ‘emerging’ leaders who are aspiring, transitioning and developing. ‘Young leaders’ are not defined by age as such but 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, co-ordinator or team leader positions. The conference will also be 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. It is also a great workshop for experienced leaders who need to skill up in certain areas or assist 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.

Learn from inspirational leaders and leadership experts

Improve your people management capability

Enhance your confidence 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​

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.

- Teaching new leaders how to become great leaders and get results

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

- Exposing young leaders to the big picture of public sector business

- Ensuring a future of strong, informed leadership within the Australian Public Sector

Conference Aims and Objectives

VIC Speakers - Wednesday 3rd May

QLD Speakers - Wednesday 5th April

ACT Speakers - Thursday 25th May

David Edwards

Projects Chief Executive of the Queensland Department of State Development  

Rhianna Patrick

ABC Radio

Cheryl Vardon

Principal Commissioner of the Queensland Family and Child Commission

Neil Gallant AFSM MIFireE BTeach GAICD

Assistant Commissioner Brisbane Region, QFES

Tracy Webber

Organisational Change Manager, Transport NSW

Monica Barone

Chief Executive Officer of the City of Sydney

The Hon Victor Dominello MP

NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property

(Speaking on behalf of Premier Gladys Berejiklian)

Mark Dobson

Station Officer, Former Wellbeing Coordinator - Health and Safety, Fire and Rescue NSW

Rafael Epstein

ABC Radio, 774 ABC

Richard Bolt

Secretary, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Kate Kerr

Manager of Stakeholder Engagement and External Partnerships, TAC

Virginia Haussegger AM

Former ABC Newsreader and Head of 50/50 by 2030 Foundation ANU

Kerren Crosthwaite

Acting Group Manager, Employment Policy, Australian Public Service Commission

Lieutenant Commander Kelly Haywood

Senior Officer Instructor, Maritime Logistics School, Royal Australian Navy

Mark Crosweller 
AFSM

Director General Emergency Management Australia

Michael Outram APM

Deputy Commissioner, Operations Group, Department of Immigration and Border Protection 

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