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.

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.

Technology and TransformationPeople and CultureData and AnalyticsProcess and Collaboration

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

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,

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