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Innovation is to be the theme of the Institute of Public Administration’s (IPAA) Regional Conference being held in Wagga Wagga, NSW, in March.
A joint initiative of the Victorian, NSW and ACT Divisions of the Institute, the conference will explore innovation in service delivery, organisational change and policy.
Among the 30 speakers set to feature at the event is the newly appointed Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Andrew Metcalfe, who is scheduled to give his first presentation since assuming his new role.
As Secretary of DAFF, Mr Metcalfe leads in developing and implementing policies and programs that aimed to ensure Australia’s agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remained competitive, profitable and sustainable.
His keynote speech is to focus on social, economic and environmental innovation in primary industry.
Other speakers to present at the conference include the chairman of Deloitte’s Innovation Council, Peter Williams, and the director of the EH Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Deirdre Lemerle.
Executive Director of IPAA NSW, Gemma Rygate said an innovative public sector was critical in order for regional cities and towns to be vibrant, economically sustainable communities.
“This conference presents a unique opportunity for Public Servants across regional Australia and those in metropolitan areas with regional responsibilities, to explore how creative and innovative thinking can strengthen local communities and build a better future,” Ms Rygate said.
More information on the conference is available from this PS News link.
Edition 345, 22 January 2013