EA Series

Executive Assistants (EAs) are at the core of the public service. Critical to this role is an engaged and capable cohort, who are strengthened through diversity and experience. This is achieved through learning, providing support and the exchange of ideas through innovative and adaptive networking. 

The EA Series is designed to provide a variety of opportunities for Executive Assistants, including: 

- providing support to individuals
- recognising individuals skill sets and learning and development needs
- developing individuals new skill sets, and 
- sharing of information through networking opportunities. 

The EA series is a great opportunity for EAs to come together and share ideas with the goal of building the capability of Executive Assistants in public administration.

The EA series is run during work hours and is held as an informations seminar or panel discussion over either a breakfast or lunchtime format.

The first EA Series was launched on Wednesday 15 June 2016 where over 250 guests were in attendance. Guests heard from a panel of speakers about the importance and evolution of the EA role. Click here to view photos from the first launch event.

Upcoming Events

  • 6 April 2017 | Rhana Crago PSM, EA to the Secretary, Department of Finance | Rhana will talk about her experiences working in the Australian Public Service. The event will be held at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in Barton. 
  • 7 June 2017 | Lunchtime Workshop | This event will be held at the Department of Employment in the Canberra City. 
  • 29 August 2017 | Parnership Panel | More details to come
  • 23 November 2017 | End of Year Event | More details to come

Executive Assistant Committee

To oversee the EA Series a Committee was formed in May 2016. The Committee comprises of the following members:

  • Fiona Hess | EA to Branch Manager, People Strategy and Policy (Chair) 
    Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • Esther Hunter | EA to the Secretary
    Attorney-General's Department
  • Linda McLennan | EA to First Assistant Secretary, Community Protection Division
    Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • Donna McTavish | EA to Chief of Joint Operations Command
    Department of Defence
  • Fay Prowse | EA to Deputy Director General
    Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, ACT Government
  • Michelle Smith | EA to Branch Manager, Communication Branch
    Department of Employment
  • Liz Walters | EA to Deputy President of the Repatriation Commission
    Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Jo Zappia | EA to Deputy Commissioner
    Australian Public Service Commission

If you would like further information or have a suggestion for the EA Series, please contact Fiona Hess.

  • EA Series Events
  • 6 April - Speaker - Rhana Crago PSM 
  • 7 June - Lunchtime Workshop