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Wednesday 3rd May 2017
MCG, AFL Dining Room, Melbourne

Public Sector Young Leaders Conference Melbourne

9:00 - 9:10

Welcome and Opening Comments

Antony Maxwell, Director of Learning & Development ASAM

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11:30 - 12:30

Development Session

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

As well as being part of who you are and how you want to be known, your reputation reflects your ambitions and how you go about achieving them. This session focusses on creating a pragmatic and purposeful plan for on-going professional and personal achievement and developing an awareness of what influences others’ perception and experience of us. Participants explore elements such as establishing a personal vision, prioritizing investment in professional development and identifying and achieving key career goals.

Kate Kerr 
Assistant Commissioner, VEOHRC Review Response,
Partnerships & Innovation, Victoria Police

Kate Kerr is currently responsible for internal business engagement and the development of external partnerships required for the success of a transformational change to the way the TAC supports injured Victorians.  Kate is a long term employee of the TAC and has worked in and across most divisions of the organisation over the past 14 years, including taking 2 years off to raise children full time.  Kate has worked part-time for more than half of her TAC career and is passionate about supporting members of her team, and others across the business, to consider how they make ‘working’, best work for them and the organisation.

Prior to her current role, Kate was a Manager within the Independence Branch at the TAC responsible for implementing best practice disability support models to allow clients to get their Lives Back on Track sooner, whilst also managing the schemes largest liability of attendant care.  Kate has provided subject matter expertise to the NDIS in the design of the national rollout of the scheme and her background prior to the TAC was in neurological rehabilitation in Australia, New Zealand and the UK as a Speech Pathologist.  Kate has a Master’s of Business from Deakin University and spent a number of years as a Non-Executive Board Director for the Spinal Research Institute.

13:30 - 14:00


Session 3: Managing Up – Working with senior leaders

Kate Kerr

14:00 - 15:00

Development Session

15:00 - 15:20 Afternoon Tea

The ability to effectively manage and leverage relationships with people in more senior positions is a critical aspect of functioning effectively in any workplace environment, and is something that many young leaders find challenging. Failure to manage relationships with more senior colleagues effectively can lead to confusion, wasted time and effort and increased stress. But learning how to interact appropriately and build strong alliances with more senior staff can have major advantages in relation to future career advancement and job satisfaction. During this session participants will explore ways to work effectively with a variety of stakeholders and how to handle more challenging or delicate situations.

Session 2: Taking charge of your career and your professional reputation

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

Richard Bolt has had a diverse career in public service, policy research, public advocacy and engineering. He was appointed secretary of the department from its inception on 1 January 2015.

Before joining the department, Richard was secretary of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (2011–14) with responsibility for improving early childhood, school education, and vocational and higher education services across Victoria.

Prior to this position, Richard was secretary of the Department of Primary Industries (2006–11) with responsibility for agriculture, energy, fisheries, mining and forestry.
During his public service career, Richard has led work on energy industry regulation, national energy market reform, carbon trading design, transport security, agriculture science and policy, and education reform.

Before joining the public service, Richard’s work in advocacy and research spanned across defence, foreign affairs, industrial relations, communications, environmental protection and consumer protection.

Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the South Australian Institute of Technology (now the University of South Australia), a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Monash University, and a Graduate Diploma in Company Directorship.

11:00 - 11:30


Richard Bolt

It is inevitable that at some point, either in the workplace or in your personal life, you will need to initiate or engage difficult conversations. Such conversations include providing critical feedback to a member of staff, apologising for one’s own behaviour, requesting a colleague or boss to examine and change their behaviour, dealing with tension within the team or with an individual. In fact, a difficult conversation is any conversation that you find difficult. During this session, participants will explore the dynamics involved in difficult conversations and develop their ability to initiate and manage these interchanges effectively.

9:40- 10:30

Development Session

10:30 - 11:00 Morning tea

Rafael Epstein  ABC Radio, 774 ABC

Rafael Epstein is one of the ABC’s best-credentialled journalists. An ABC journalist for more than 10 years, he reported for TV news and Radio Current Affairs in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
Rafael spent several months reporting in Darwin and East Timor in 1999 during the independence vote and he was assigned to Jakarta to augment the ABC’s comprehensive coverage of the Asian tsunami.
His ground-breaking coverage of intelligence issues and police corruption in Victoria won him a Walkley Award in 2004. He was appointed Europe correspondent in early 2005, returning home in late 2008 and winning his second Walkley for his work on the bungled Mohammed Hanif case.
Rafael has been host of ABC’s Drive program on 774 ABC Melbourne since 2012.

9:10 - 9:40


Session 1: Managing Difficult Conversations and achieving positive outcomes

Rafael Epstein

Lieutenant Commander Kelly Haywood

Senior Officer instructor, Maritime Logistics School, Royal Australian Navy

Lieutenant Commander Kelly Haywood joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1997 as a Combat Systems Operator. After achieving the rank of Leading Seaman, Kelly changed over to a commissioned Maritime Logistics Officer in 2005. 

Kelly has served in multiple HMAS Ships; deploying to the Middle East three times, performing numerous border protection operations and serving on various peace keeping missions.

Outside of Navy, Kelly is extremely passionate about raising awareness about suicide, depression and mental health and is a Lifeline Ambassador. Through her initiative ‘Choose to Live, Love your Life’ Kelly actively fundraises and speaks in the community about her own personal experiences with suicide.

Kelly won the Western Australian and National Telstra Western Australia Young Business Woman of the Year Award in 2013 and in 2016 was named as one of Business News 40under40 entrepreneurs, taking out the Intrepreneur category.

Kelly completed her studies at the Australian Maritime College in 2013, graduating with a Bachelor of Business in Maritime Logistics and Management and is currently studying her Masters of Business.

15:20 - 15:50


Session 4: Prioritising effort and energy to maximise results and wellbeing

Kelly Haywood

15:50 - 16:50

Development Session

16:50 - 17:00 Review and closing comments

As leaders, we are constantly striving to maximise our own output and that of our team. We are all challenged by the need to juggle multiple tasks and responsibilities and to do more with less.  Staying focused on the bigger picture and knowing how to prioritise, enables us to get the best return on our effort and energy. During this session, participants will explore how to step back from the day to day, be mindful of the big picture and use this knowledge to prioritise their actions appropriately in order to enhance productivity and their own wellbeing.

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