Innovate VIC 2023

Thursday, 13 July 2023,
8.00am – 4.20pm, AEDT, Melbourne

Event Overview

Where Government Meets to Grow Ideas

A lot 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.

The Public Sector Network, 4th Annual Innovate Victoria Showcase was a day full of opportunities to collaborate, ideate, and innovate! 2022’s conversation focused on capitalising technology to create new opportunities for economic growth, taking a citizen-centric view of public sector innovation, sustaining technological transformation and more!

It’s with this in mind that we are excited to announce that the Showcase will be returning to Melbourne in 2023 once again with yet another exciting progam. Watch this space in the next coming weeks for more details!

Check out 2022 Highlights

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

2022’s Inspiring Speakers

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

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

Melissa Harris
Chief Executive,
Land Use Victoria

Dr Steve Hodgkinson
Chief Digital Officer,
Victoria Police

Frances Cawthra,
Chief Executive Officer,

Rachel Dixon
Privacy and Data Protection Deputy Commissioner,
Office of the Victorian
Information Commissioner

2022’s 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

Nicola Quin
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

Catherine Rooney
Executive Director, Mobility and Insights,
Department of Transport

Milan Djuricic
Vice President, Managed Services,

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

Rhys Peters
District Sales Manager,

Keynote Session

Creating Efficient and
Productive Shared Victorian Government IT Systems

Dr Steve Hodgkinson
Chief Digital Officer,
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

Richard Everett
Director, Southern Region,
Australia and New Zealand,
Micro Focus

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

Anthony Schenider
Senior Solutions Engineer,

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 CBD – To be confirmed

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 left feeling inspired. Hearing so many of the speakers passionate about the roles they play across their organisations and the love and support they have for the teams they work alongside truly rubbed off”

Sustainability Victoria

“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
“Amazing opportunity to listen and engage with industry leaders to better understand the direction and development opportunities”

Moira Shire CouncilSCVESSrSS eirSe

“It was great to be at an in person event again. The speakers were all really engaging”

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

2022’s Event Partners

Official Government Partner

Lead Partner

Platinum Partner


Steam Chair

Gold Partner

Silver Partner

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Private Breakfast

Networking Drinks

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.