• June 17th - 21st, 2019
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Event Finishing In!

    2 Days

  • Priority Code: QA2

VPS Leadership & Management Summit

Empowering insights from accomplished Victorian Public Sector leaders to inspire the leaders of tomorrow

  • June 17th - 21st, 2019
  • Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne


Download the brochure

- Build leadership capability & foster talent
- Encourage collaboration to improve productivity
- Thrive through times of change
- Adapt to values-based leadership


Kathryn Anderson

Deputy Secretary, Corporate Services
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

  • Jennifer Moltisanti
    Assistant Commissioner, Not for Profit
    Australian Taxation Office
  • Sal Perna
    Racing Integrity Commissioner
    Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner
  • Lee Miezis
    Deputy Secretary, Forest, Fire and Regions
    Department of Environment, Land, Water and Resources
  • Catherine Myers
    Chief Executive Officer
    Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation


Become a Sponsor


Become a Partner



Event Finishing In!

2 Days

Prices start at


More people? More savings!

3 - 4




5 - 9




10 - 14




15 +





Download the brochure
Encourage collaboration in a government network
The importance of connecting passion & purpose
Enhance stakeholder engagement through effective leadership
Strengthen your mindset to drive success
Effectively manage teams in a flexible working environment
Improve commitment & development with a strong organisational culture
Adapt your communication skills to gain influence
Manage difficult situations in the spotlight
How leaders earn trust & respect
Maximise your executive presence
The importance of strategic leadership
Navigate uncertain times & constant change
How to make a difference every day
Forward thinking leadership
Day One - VPS 5-6 High Performance & Leadership Workshop
Day Two - VPS 5-6 High Performance & Leadership Workshop
Summit Day One

18 Jun

Case Study

Connectivity is often the key to success. Discover how to enhance personal leadership and departmental development by taking advantage of opportunities to collaborate.

-Build coalition and support

-Focus on sharing knowledge and understanding

-See the bigger picture

  • Kathryn Anderson Deputy Secretary, Corporate Services Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Case Study

Passion plays an important role in your leadership career. Through connecting passion with purpose, you can heighten career fulfilment and boost visibility.

- Choose where your passions lie

- Deliver positive results

- Inspire the same drive in others

  • Amanda Bavin Head of Community Relations Transport Accident Commission

Case Study

Strategic engagement is highly effective. Great leaders know how to get the most out of people and effectively employ collaborative leadership.

-Benefits of effective stakeholder engagement

-Effective communication for stakeholder consultation

-Outcomes of effective stakeholder engagement

  • Cassandra Meagher Executive Director, Policy, Regulation & Engagement Service Victoria

Expert Commentary

The right mindset can have an incredible impact on the way you think, behave and succeed. Believing you are the creator of your reality as an eternal student will elevate your ability to produce breakthrough results.

- Understand the importance of your mindset

- Simple strategies for success

- Increase your leadership influence


When dealing with multiple requests for flexible working arrangements, open and transparent processes are essential. Discover how you can lead effectively in a flexible environment.

-The fundamentals of building flexible capability

-Tips for a better work-life balance

-Create a flexible, change-ready organisation

  • Catherine Myers Chief Executive Officer Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

  • Gene Reardon Executive Director, Professional Practice and Leadership Division, Regional Services Group Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • Nicole Harris Business Partner, People and Culture Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

  • Nanette Fitzgerald Executive Director, Industry Participation & Advanced Manufacturing Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Case Study

The core of workplace success is often rooted in a strong organisational culture. It takes a skilled leader to facilitate the growth of a strong team in a supportive environment, but this isn’t always an easy process.

-Build an appropriate organisational culture

-Connect and empower your team

-Importance of the leader & the manager

  • Michael Sasse Senior Army Officer Department of Defence

Expert Commentary

Your personality influences the way you communicate. By noticing the traits of others, you can identify their communication style and adjust your approach accordingly.

-Understand different personality types

-Effective communication tactics for enhanced outcomes

-Leverage your influence

Summit Day Two

19 Jun

Case Study

Dealing with adversity in the public sector is critical as your actions can be publicly broadcast. On your leadership journey, it is inevitable that you will have to overcome difficult situations.

- Master communication for crucial conversations

- Establish a high level of resilience

- Approach conflict with a strong solution focus

  • Alan Fedda Deputy Chief Executive Officer Public Transport Victoria

Case Study

Gaining trust comes down to authenticity, consistency and clarity. If you master these skills, you can achieve great influence as a leader.

- Communicate clear values & expectations

- Demonstrate consistency through your leadership style

- Display confidence and competency through results

  • Sal Perna Racing Integrity Commissioner Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner

Expert Commentary

Executive Presence is a quality of poise that enables you to connect with a range of people and influence successful outcomes. Increasingly, effective leadership is being defined by elements such as emotional intelligence, authenticity and personal grounding.

- Improve your leadership brand

- Expand your influence

- Authentic leadership and communication

Case Study

When it comes to aligning capabilities with providing a high level of value delivery strategic leadership is essential. Lisa will explore how she has developed these skills through her career in the public sector.

- Organisational transformation

- How to identify opportunities for improvement

- Ways to improve your strategic leadership

  • Lisa Williams Chief Procurement Officer Department of Transport


Change is inevitable and uniquely complex to manage. It is crucial to understand and embrace the dynamics of uncertainty to truly lead effectively.

-Retain engagement in a changing environment

-Empowering change versus imposing change

-A leader's role in navigating change

  • Jennifer Moltisanti Assistant Commissioner, Not for Profit Australian Taxation Office

  • Lee Miezis Deputy Secretary, Forest, Fire and Regions Department of Environment, Land, Water and Resources

  • Lisa Hind General Manager, Service Strategy and Governance AusIndustry, Support for Business Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

  • Marian Chapman Executive Director, Corporate Delivery Services Department of Treasury and Finance Victoria

  • Lisa Williams Chief Procurement Officer Department of Transport

Expert Commentary

The most common reason people pursue a public sector career is that they are passionate about making a difference. Learn how to identify your unique difference and use your passion, skills and influence to create a lasting legacy.

- What makes you different and why it matters

- Three simple ways to use your difference to create a positive impact

- Practical tips to get more out of your work


In this interactive session, Jo will bring together the themes and ideas explored throughout the conference. Through an engaging discussion, she will help summarise key takeaways from the event and offer suggestions for making a difference.

-Key lessons gained from the summit

-Important skills to help you succeed

-Develop an action plan moving forward

Post Summit Workshop

20 Jun - 21 Jun


Personal leadership values

- Capabilities, attributes and skills of an effective VPS 5-6 leader 

- Identify your core values goals and vision as a leader

- The shift from micro to macro leadership

- Shape your leadership brand


Advanced Emotional Intelligence (EQ) 

- Evaluate your EQ level and identify opportunities for growth

- Understand your EQ and its impact on the way you are perceived as a leader 

- Utilise heightened EQ to make effective strategic decisions

- Adapt your leadership style to effectively manage different personalities


Manage and lead productive teams

- Maintain team cohesion and building productive relationships 

- Understand the differences between technical management and people leadership

- Leverage your leadership skills to motivate your team

- Build team capacity through coaching and performance feedback


Effective and practical decision-making

- Making autonomous and independent decisions 

- Drawing on your experience, knowledge and judgement to make the most effective decisions

- Dealing with complex issues: making the ‘right’ decision


Successful change and strategic management

- Set achievable, manageable and measurable goals 

- Effectively resolve complex issues through negotiation and consultation 

- Support and influence stakeholders through change 

- Leadership styles that drive effective transformation and change 


Thrive in times of change

- Effectively manage change and uncertainty in the workplace

- Identify and monitor changes that impact your work environment

- Support your team, organisation and stakeholders through change

- Implement policies and procedures that reflect and embrace change


Stakeholder engagement and management

- Manage stakeholder relationships to achieve agency goals

- Identify and meet stakeholder needs and expectations

- Develop effective relationships with stakeholders

- Maintain strong internal and external networks


Core approaches for VPS leaders to advance your confidence and capabilities

- Be an authentic leader and communicator

- Trust your initiative and judgment

- Embrace resilience and flexibility as key leadership skills

- Plan and commit to actions that will lead to success


Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne

328 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia

+61 3 ­­9250 1888

* Terms and conditions apply

All Event Categories

Find Your Next Event