Women In Public Sector Leadership Summit 2024

Women In Public Sector Leadership Summit 2024


Women In Public Sector Leadership Summit 2024

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30 - 02 August, 2024 Canberra

Breaking Barriers. Building Futures.

Welcome to a defining moment at the Women in Public Sector Leadership Summit 2024, where we’re not just talking about change in the Australian Public Service — we’re leading it!

This year, we’re focused on empowering you to make a significant impact, navigate the evolving challenges of digital transformation, and actively forge a gender-equal future with concrete, effective strategies.

As we come together, we celebrate our progress toward gender balance, with women now holding 40% of senior leadership roles in the Australian Public Service, a notable achievement compared to previous years. Yet, our mission goes beyond just numbers; we’re dedicated to creating an environment where equality flourishes and leadership is accessible to everyone.

Inspiration Meets Practicality


The summit offers a dynamic mix of inspiration and practical advice. You’ll hear directly from trailblazing women who have ascended the leadership ranks, sharing not only their triumphs but also the obstacles they’ve faced. Our workshops are meticulously designed to provide you with the skills and insights necessary for your leadership journey, from leveraging technology to boosting workplace well-being.


Networking for Growth and Support


Moreover, this year’s summit presents unmatched networking opportunities, fostering meaningful connections with peers and mentors in the public sector.

Join us to contribute to a movement for genuine, enduring change. The Women in Public Sector Leadership Summit 2024 serves as your platform for courageous leadership, facing challenges head-on, and advancing women in their professional journeys.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Join us today!



Co-Located with the Public Sector EA/PA Summit 2024.

This pivotal event is tailored to elevate the roles of Executive and Personal Assistants within Australia’s public sector, blending professional development with transformative experiences.

If you are attending this event, why not share the love with your EA or assistant?If you’re attending this event, EAs from the same organisation are entitled to a 20% discount!

Find out more by visiting the Public Sector EA/PA Summit 2024 Website here


Marcia Hines
Australian Theatre
Television & Musical Treasure
Melissa Leong
Freelance food writer, radio broadcaster, critic, cookbook editor
TV host; Masterchef & Dessert Wars
Georgie Tunny
Journalist & TV Presenter, Co-Host – The Project
Channel 10
Julia Morris
Comedian, Actress, Television personality
Host; I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here


Pre-Conference Workshops - 30th July 2024

Conference Day One, 31st July, 2024

Conference Day Two, 1st August, 2024

Post-Conference Workshop - 2nd August 2024

Key Benefits of Attending the Women in Public Sector Leadership Summit 2024:

  • Master Collaboration and Negotiation: Enhance performance with advanced teamwork and negotiation skills.
  • Empower and Elevate Women: Learn to mentor and promote female talent effectively within your organisation.
  • Acquire Essential Leadership Skills: Gain practical skills tailored for success in public sector leadership.
  • Advance Your Career: Seize opportunities for substantial personal and professional growth.
  • Unparalleled Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded peers and industry leaders, fostering relationships that can influence your career trajectory.

Who Should Attend

  • C-suite including CEO
  • EGM, GM, MD of all functional areas
  • Middle Managers
  • Directorship and Board
  • Head of Strategy, Marketing, HR and Operations
  • Aspiring female leaders off all levels of government and the public service
  • Deputy Secretary & Assistant Secretaries

Highlights from Past Events

Your Amazing Speaker Line-Up!

Nicola Hinder PSM
A/Chief Executive Officer
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
Joanna Stanion
First Assistant Secretary, Agricultural Policy
Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Christine Ferguson
Former Secretary Deputy Secretary Forest, Fire and Regions Group
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Board Member, Triple Zero and Ambulance Victoria
Danielle Colley
Integrative Life Coach, NLP Master Practitioner
Positive Psychology Coach
Morven Cameron
Lake Macquarie City Council
Andrea Davidson
Commissioner - Youth Justice, Office of the Commissioner Youth Justice
Department of Justice and Community Safety
Joann Wilkie
Deputy Secretary for the Economic Strategy and Productivity Group
NSW Treasury
Louise Glanville
VIctorian Legal Aid
Fiona Pearman
Pearman & Partners
Tulsi van de Graaf
Brave People Solutions

Partnerships Now Open!

Past Testimonials of our Women in Leadership Summit

  • University of Canberra

The networking opportunities at the summit were unparalleled. The organisers facilitated a welcoming environment that encouraged meaningful connections among professionals

  • Defence Housing Australia

Each speaker delivered not just a presentation, but a vision for the future of public sector leadership.

  • Services Australia

Such a great summit! Each presentation was a masterstroke of inspiration, truly setting a new standard for leadership events.

  • QLD Fire & Emergency Services

It was good to have a mix of speakers from different backgrounds and in different fields who presented with their own styles; all speakers showed personality and were inspiring to listen to over the 2 days. Thanks for such a well-organised and impactful event.

  • Department of Foreign Affairs

The selection of speakers was impeccable, providing a diverse range of insights and perspectives. The panel sessions that followed each presentation were particularly engaging, adding a valuable layer of interaction and discussion.

  • Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

This presentation was a standout for me, prompting deep reflection and revealing opportunities for growth. The speaker's eloquence and intelligence shone throughout. I was captivated from start to finish and left wanting more!

  • East Gippsland Water

The summit was an outstanding experience, featuring compelling presentations and offering the chance to connect with wonderful people. It was both enlightening and enjoyable.

  • NSW Department of primary industries

real and direct. good to see variation in roles and life balance. good varied insights.

  • ATTO

different perspective and great presentation. really interesting and insightful.


tenacity and courage. empowering, vulnerable and fun. great presence and relaibility.

  • Department of agriculture DAFF

very interestinng speech, funny, motivating. fantastic quotes and great presentation.

  • PMC

INSPIRATIONAL. excellent speech.

  • NDIA

“Very insightful with very different perspectives. A lot to take away.”

  • Department of Defence

“Excellent day. Fantastic insights, each speech was valuable to listen to.”

  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

“It was great. A fantastic line up of strong confident successful women that were all engaging.”

  • SA Health

“I have already emailed my boss to say that this is the best conference I have been to. The range of speakers and experience is fantastic. I have pages of note and have written down reminders of where my focus needs to be. Thank you.”

  • Sunshine Coast Council

“Overall a great experience and phenomenal presenters. It is refreshing to attend a conference with so many varying presenters!”

  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

“Fantastic day. So many good insights and I am taking away so much from this. I feel confident walking back to my workspace.”