In partnership with Cenitex

Innovate VIC 2022

Thursday, 21 July 2022
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Event Overview

Where Government Meets to Grow Ideas

Cenitex and the Public Sector Network are collaborating to deliver the 4th Annual Innovate Victoria Showcase in Melbourne. Join us On-Site for a day full of chances to collaborate, ideate, and innovate!

A lot has happened since the unveiling of the Digital Strategy, the Victorian Government’s has set ambitious and visionary goals for a successful whole-of-government digital transformation.

Hence, the conversation for 2022 focuses on capitalising technology to create new opportunities for economic growth, taking a citizen-centric view of public sector innovation, sustaining technological transformation and more!

Embark on this journey to discover all the good work taking place around Victoria led by Expert Innovation Leaders to create better citizen outcomes.

Benefits of Attending

Engage, sustain and elevate digital projects that optimise processes, drive efficiency and improve organisational results

Harness innovation to maximise investments and support Victoria’s economic recovery

Safeguard digital initiatives by aligning technology with the desired outcomes for citizens

Embed customer-centric approaches in service and delivery by identifying the right methodologies and engagement strategies

A Sneak Peek Of Your Inspiring Speakers

Michael McNamara
Chief Executive Officer,
Digital Victoria

Lisa Tepper
Deputy Chief Executive Officer,
Digital Victoria

Simon Phemister
Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Dave Barry
Deputy Auditor-General,
Victorian Auditor-General’s Office

Anna Cronin
Commissioner for Better Regulation, Red Tape Commissioner,
Better Regulation Victoria

Karl Kent OAM,
Deputy Secretary,
IT and
Victoria Police

Frances Cawthra,
Chief Executive Officer,

Sven Bluemmel,
Information Commissioner,
Office of the Victorian
Information Commissioner

Key Sessions

The Innovate VIC Series features the latest initiatives throughout Victoria; sharing insights via keynote presentations, case studies and panel discussions. To provide additional perspective – concurrent streams will address more specific topics and challenges in the worlds of Digital & CX, Technology and Data faced by public sector leaders today.

Keynote SessionsPanel SessionsDigital & CX StreamTechnology StreamData Stream

Creating a Digital Victoria for You -Driving the Digital Experience Transformation across the Victorian Government

Michael McNamara
Chief Executive Officer,
Digital Victoria

Surprising Ingenuity and the Fast-Track to Post-Pandemic Recovery

Frances Cawthra
Chief Executive Officer, 

Sustaining Technological Transformation in 2022 and Beyond – Learning from VAHI, the First Pure Cloud Based
Government Agency in Victoria

Dave Barry
Deputy Auditor-General,
Victorian Auditor-General’s Office

Leveraging Innovation to Fast-Track Post-Pandemic Recovery

Andrew Minack
Deputy Secretary,
Corporate and Delivery Services,
Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

Simon Phemister
Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Toby Hemming
Deputy Secretary and General Counsel,
Legal, Legislation and Governance,
Department of Premier and Cabinet

Strategies & Innovation to Support the Future Growth and Prosperity of Victoria

Dr Marija Maher
Chief Operating Officer,
Victorian Auditor-General’s Office

Sven Bluemmel
Information Commissioner,
Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner

Keynote Session

Learnings and the Future Direction of the Service & Digital Court Transformation at the Magistrates’ Court Of Victoria

Melissa Martino
Executive Director,
Service Delivery and Transformation,
Magistrates’ Court Of Victoria

Keynote Session

Building Citizen Trust
with Effective Service Design and Delivery

Kate Barnes
Executive Director
Customer Experience,
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Panel Discussion

Embracing Data and
Technology to Accelerate Innovation,
Modernise Service Delivery and Drive
Better Organisational Outcomes

Jo Lim
Operations & Strategic Projects
General Manager,

Luke Belfield
Chief Engineer,
Office of Projects Victoria,
Department of Treasury
and Finance

Stephen Gniel
Chief Executive Officer,
Victorian Curriculum and
Assessment Authority

Lisa Tepper
Deputy CEO,
Digital Victoria

F5 Panelist

Keynote Session

Creating Efficient and
Productive Shared Victorian Government IT

Karl Kent OAM
Deputy Secretary, IT
and Infrastructure,
Victoria Police

Keynote Session

Maximising New
Innovation – Digital Twin Victoria

Melissa Harris
Chief Executive,
Land Use Victoria

Panel Discussion

Bridging the Gap Between
Customer Experience, Digital Technologies
and Human Resources

Elizabeth Wilson
Chief Information Officer,
Department of Education and Training

Vijay Narayan
Chief Information Security Officer,
Environment Protection Authority Victoria

Sue Eddy
Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Building Authority

Keynote Session

Improving Regulator Performance
through better use of Data and Digitisation

Anna Cronin
Commissioner for Better Regulation,
Red Tape Commissioner,
Better Regulation Victoria

Keynote Session

Taking data to the Next Level at VAHI – Generating Insights and Improving Outcomes from Data Linkage and Advanced Analytics

Dr Lance Emerson
Chief Executive Officer,
Victorian Agency for Health Information

Panel Discussion

Transforming Information
into Insights: How to Leverage Data for Citizen-Centric Decision Making

David Stephens
Chief Data Officer and Director,
Strategy and Design,
Department of Health and Department of Families,
Fairness and Housing

Karen Smith
Director Centre for
Research and Evaluation,
Ambulance Victoria

Steve Armstrong
Director, Data & Analytics Strategy, Intelligence Management Function, WorkSafe Victoria

Snowflake Representative

View the agenda for the full speaker lineup, sessions, and event timeline

Your Registration

Full Access to Exhibitions

Network with leading solutions providers

Unrivaled Content

Access to plenary sessions and your choice of specialist streams


Morning tea and lunch provided

Networking drinks

Kick up your heels after a big day of insights

Keeping You Safe

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf

Public Sector Network will closely monitor COVID-19 regulations in accordance with the advice from the Government and local health authorities to ensure the safety of everyone attending the event physically. In addition, we will be working closely with the venue to ensure precautionary measures are in place.

What Your Peers Had to Say

“I enjoyed learning new insights from other departments & sharing knowledge across Victorian Public Sector”
Department of Premier & Cabinet

“I found this event extremely valuable – it was great to hear from the public sector on a range of relevant topics. I also met a number of people that I plan to get in touch with to discuss initiatives I’m working on”
SA Water
“Good focus on opportunities and case studies”

Ambulance VictoriaSCVESSrSS eirSe

“Great variety of expertise sharing their field of knowledge”


Our Event Partners

Official Government Partner

Lead Partner

Platinum Partner


Steam Chair

Gold Partner

Silver Partner

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Private Breakfast

Government Supporters

Charity Partners

one tree planted

We are excited to announce that for this year’s Innovate VIC, Public Sector Network will be partnering with One Tree Planted – a non-profit organisation focused on global reforestation. For every in-person attendee, we will be planting one tree.