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Innovate VIC

Monday, 8 – 9 November 2021

ONLINE | 9:00am – 1.00pm

Topic Streams
Inspiring Speakers

“Excellent quality presenters and content; probably the best conference I have attended face to face.”

Australian Taxation Office

Welcome to a Thriving and Innovative VIC.

2020 will go down as a year like no other. Victoria’s response to the pandemic has been leading by example.

With a digital strategy well into its third year and a recent freeze on IT initiatives from the most current budget, the focus for Victoria will be on building and improving upon existing solutions and capabilities; adapting to prosper in a changed world and creating the conditions for future success.

The Public Sector Innovate VIC 2021, in partnership with Ernst & Young, will take you on a journey from recovery through to growth, and provides the ideal meeting place to learn, collaborate, and discuss the trends and innovations helping encourage economic prosperity for VIC now and in the future, with some of the brightest public sector minds in the State.

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Register today and join your peers virtually at the largest gathering of state government leaders

Map Your Virtual Experience

Select from your choice of 4 streams so that you can deep dive into the sessions that are most specific to you in your role.

This stream focuses on leveraging innovation in business management, enterprise architecture and service delivery throughout internal and external portfolios


Key sessions include:

Keynote: Embedding the digital framework to support citizen-centric operations with Elizabeth Wilson, CIO, Department of Education and Training

Panel: Understanding the best tools, strategies and innovations to deliver your transformation vision with Lisa Tepper, Executive Director, Digital Strategy and Transformation, Department of Premier and Cabinet; Marty Smyth, CEO, Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority; and Catherine Payne, Executive Director, Digital and Customer Communications, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

This stream focuses on building a strong public sector culture by focusing on wellbeing, strategic workforce planning and increased employee engagement


Key sessions include:

Keynote: The people aspect – Developing and executing your strategic workforce roadmap with Annie Reeves, Executive Director, People and Culture, Department of Jobs, Precincts, and Regions

Panel: How to Progress your Workforce Capabilities, Develop Skillsets and Create the Culture to Underpin your Agency’s Innovation Vision with Emma Eastwood, Chief People and Culture Officer, Department of Treasury and Finance; and Kelly Crothswaite, Executive Director, People and Culture, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

This stream focuses on identifying, collecting, and utilising critical data to develop stronger regulation and compliance, improve cyber security and drive in-house analytical capabilities


Key sessions include:

Keynote: Making Information Rights Allies of Innovation by Including Privacy and Transparency at the Design Stage with Sven Bluemmel, Information Commissioner, Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner

Panel: How to Embed Data and Insights at the Heart of your Department to Drive Effective Change with Sandy Pitcher, Secretary, Department of Families, Fairness and Housing; Kathryn Gulifa, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, WorkSafe Victoria; and Andrew Greaves, Auditor-General, Victorian Auditor-General’s Office

This stream focuses on promoting citizen-centric approaches, objectives alignment and improved fiscal management through interdepartmental strategies


Key sessions include:

Keynote: Setting and Executing Your Innovation Vision and Aligning Operations to Foster Collaboration with Peter Morison, CEO, VicWater

Panel: How to Improve Operational Excellence to Boost Efficiency, Productivity and Citizen-Centricity  with John Hamill, CEO, Essential Services Commission; Marija Maher, COO, Victorian Ombudsman; and Lee Miezis, CEO, Environment Protection Authority

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Your Inspiring Speaker Panel

Sandy Pitcher
Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

Michael Wootten
Chief Transformation Officer,
Greater Western Water

Lill Healy
Deputy Secretary, Higher Education and Skills,
Department of Education & Training

Naomi Bromley
Deputy Secretary, Covid Response,
Department of Health & Human Service

The Hon Jaala Pulford MLC,
Minister for Employment, Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy
Minister for Small Business

Adam Fennessy
Victorian Public Sector Commission

Emma Eastwood
Chief People & Culture Officer,
Department of Treasury & Finance

Kelly Crothswaite
Executive Director, People and Culture,
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Peter Morison

Kathryn Gulifa
Chief Data and Analytics Officer,
WorkSafe Victoria

Martin Cass
Chief Technology Officer,
Department of Justice & Community Safety

Elizabeth Wilson
Chief Information Officer,
Department of Education & Training

Joanne de Morton
Service Victoria

Andrew Greaves
Victorian Auditor-General’s Office

Lisa Tepper
Deputy Chief Executive Officer,
Digital Victoria

Catherine Payne
Executive Director, Digital and Customer Communications,
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Cam Birrell
Director Innovation Centre,
Workface Victoria

Annie Reeves
Executive Director, People and Culture,
Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Anna Vourtsis
Executive General Manager Communications & Engagement,

Marija Maher
Chief Operating Officer,
Victorian Ombudsman

John Hamill
Essential Services Commission

Sven Bluemmel
Information Commissioner,
Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner

Noeleen Carey
Director Organisational Development and Learning,
Dental Health Services Victoria

James Ross
Regional Vice President, ANZ,

Don Parker
Better Regulation Victoria

Catherine Rooney
Executive Director Strategy Innovation and Data Insights,
Department of Transport

Luke Belfield
Associate Victorian Chief Engineer,
Department of Treasury and Finance

Elizabeth Watson
Vice President for Customer Experience, APAC,

David Barbagallo
WV Technologies

Cass Trumble
Senior Talent and Leadership Consultant,

Catherine Friday
Oceania Government and Health Sciences Managing Partner,
Ernst & Young

Jen Bednar
Director Customer and Business Transformation,
City of Casey

Gavin Diamond
Regional Vice President ANZ,

Omar Davidson
Manager Solutions Engineering,

Zoe Penman
Public Sector Network

Clarence Dent
Country Manager Australia & New Zealand,

Julie Holland
Public Sector Director, VIC,


Jackie Kearney
Executive Director Aged Care,
Department of Health

Rowan Dollar
Chief Innovation Officer,
Public Sector Network

Gisele Kapterian
Director, Public Sector Strategy, APAC,

Mark Hile
Director of Technical Services,


Sean Cummins
Director ICT Project,
Department for Education, SA

Gavin Whyte
Chief Executive Officer,

Adam Dinneen
Product Lead, APAC,

Why Your Peers Enjoy Innovate VIC

“The quality of the speakers were first class; very informative and thought provoking.”

ACT Government

Good insights from knowledgeable speakers.Will apply learning to my own projects.

Australian Bureau of Statistics

An excellent showcase of innovation across the QLD Public Sector.

Department of Transport and Main Roads


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