Rebuilding trust and integrity in the Australian Public Service 


Join the network of APS leaders for presentations and panel discussions to create a better future for the public service.



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The Mandarin has been the voice of the Australian public sector for a decade. We understand that public servants play a critical and sometimes underappreciated role in this country. ‘Rebuilding Trust and Integrity in the Australian Public Service’ sponsored by Salesforce is an in-person, all-day conference where leaders can discuss the issues they face at the coalface of modern bureaucracy. 

Getting behaviour right in delivering outcomes

The National Anti-Corruption Commission

The Robodebt royal commission and other inquiries have shown that poor behaviour can undermine effective delivery for government, as well as damage the public sector’s reputation. What can public servants and the public service do about it?

Speaker: Australian Public Service Commissioner Dr Gordon de Brouwer.

The inaugural National Anti-Corruption Commissioner will review the Commission's first six months, and the way ahead, with a focus on the implications and lessons for public servants.

Speaker: NACC Commissioner Paul Brereton.

Creating trustworthy public institutions

Building a speak-up culture in the APS

Panellists including Sean Innis and Tom Rogers will discuss their perspectives on the public service’s role in designing a culture and operating model with integrity, while enforcing technical checks and balances with traceability. 

This year promises to deliver significant change when it comes to whistleblowing: an overhaul of the Public Interest Disclosure Act and consideration of a Whistleblower Protection Authority. Hear about the challenges and opportunities for whistleblower protections in 2024.

The full agenda is now available.

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2024 Speakers

Paul Brereton

Julie-Ann Guivarra

Adam Fennessy

Bill Shorten

Deputy CEO , NIAA


NACC Commissioner


Bill Shorten is Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Minister for Government Services, and was leader of the Australian Labor Party from 2013 to 2019.

A former NSW Supreme Court judge, Paul Brereton became the inaugural commissioner of the new National Anti-Corruption Commission.

Adam Fennessy PSM is the Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). In 2018, he received a Public Service Medal (PSM) for leadership in the Victorian public sector.

Julie-Ann is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Policy & Programs at the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) and led the coordination of programs relating to the Government’s commitment to the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Julie-Ann is a proud woman of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

Dr Marianne Broadbent

Tom Rogers

Kieran Pender

Zoe Rose

Managing Partner, Future Leadership

Australian Electoral Commissioner

Senior Lawyer, Human Rights Law Centre

Design educator, Great Question Training

Zoë Rose is a design educator who specialises in disability and accessibility. She leads Great Question Training, and is exploring ways to improve design capability in the APS as a research student at UTS.

Dr Marianne Broadbent is a Managing Partner at Future Leadership. She is a Director of The Conversation, a Distinguished Academic Fellow of MBS, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

Tom Rogers was appointed Australian Electoral Commissioner 2014 and oversaw the first referendum in nearly a quarter of a century. He previously was the Executive Director at the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM).

Kieran Pender is an Australian writer, lawyer and academic. He is a senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, leading its Whistleblower Project,  and  honorary lecturer at the ANU College of Law

Elizabeth Tydd

Gisele Kapterian

Dr Gordon de Brouwer 

David Schmidtchen

APAC Public Sector Strategy Lead, Salesforce 

Australian Freedom of Information Commissioner

APS Commissioner

Professor, UNSW

Elizabeth Tydd will take up the position of Australian Freedom of Information Commissioner in February 2024 after two five-year terms as the Information Commissioner at the Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) of New South Wales.

Dr Gordon de Brouwer was  appointed Australian Public Service commissioner in 2023. He previously led the APS Reform agenda as Secretary for Public Sector Reform and secretary of the environment department.

Gisele leads Public Sector Strategy across the Asia Pacific Region to assist federal and state governments delivering public services. She leads Salesforce’s global thought leadership research with BCG on the relationship between Trust and Government Service Delivery.

David is the Professor of Practice in Public Sector Management at UNSW Canberra. He has over 30 years of experience through careers in the Australian Army, consulting, and government. 

Deborah O’Neill 

Helena Cain

Andrew Podger

Michelle Grattan


Artemis Partners

Professor of Public Policy

Chief Political Correspondent

Michelle Grattan AO is chief political correspondent of  The Conversation  and Professorial Fellow at the University of Canberra. She is a veteran of the Canberra press gallery and was formerly editor of The Canberra Times, and Political Editor of The Age.

Senator Deborah O’Neill is a Labor Senator for New South Wales and is Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Corporations and Financial Services, Chair of the Trade Subcommittee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, and Deputy Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Privileges.

Helena Cain is an organisational strategist and co-founder of Artemis Partners – a female-owned and -run firm that specialises in strategy, people, and transformational change. Helena is also an accredited leadership coach, co-founding partner of Access Alumni, and holds post graduate qualifications in public policy and education.

Andrew Podger AO is a professor of public policy at Australian National University. In his public service career, Andrew served as the Australian Public Service Commissioner and as departmental secretary for federal departments, including Arts and Administrative Services, Housing and Regional Development, and Health and Family Services.

Andrew Leigh

Cris Parker

Sean Innis

John Glenn

Assistant Minister

Director, The Ethics Alliance 

Principal consultant

Founder and MD, Kiah

Andrew Leigh is the Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury, and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard and has published books including 'Reconnected: A Community Builder's Handbook'.

Cris Parker is the director of The Ethics Alliance, a community of organisations across sectors that works to collaboratively shape the future of business ethics. Cris is a member of the FPA Professional Designations Committee, director of The Banking & Financial Services Oath, and sits on the Rio Tinto Australian Advisory Group.

Sean Innis is a public policy expert and writer. He is Honorary Fellow at ANU and Adjunct Fellow at UNSW and Chair of Public Policy at the think tank, ADC Forum.

John Glenn is the founder and MD of Kiah, an Australian, national, professional services firm that specialises in improving public service outcomes. He has negotiated government- to government multi-national agreements, and worked with the UN in establishing peace transition arrangements. 

Cathy Fussell

ANU Sir Roland Wilson scholar, Department of Health and Aged Care

Cathy is a Sir Roland Wilson PhD scholar at ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy. Her research focuses on rethinking power, value, and public service practice in light of complexity theory. She has over 20 years of experience in the Australian Government.

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