On Unity: The Elements of Social Cohesion

Join IPAA for a Secretary Series address from the Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs.

IPAA is pleased to host a Secretary Series event with Michael Pezzullo AO, Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs.

Mr Pezzullo will discuss the development of social cohesion, based on individual identity and extending outwards from family units, to social and work connections, and broader society. He will explore the factors contributing to social cohesion and the impact of globalisation, communication and technology.

Mr Pezzullo began his distinguished public service career in the late 1980s as a graduate in the Department of Defence, and after five years moved to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He later joined the ministerial staff of the Foreign Minister, Senator the Hon Gareth Evans QC, before serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Kim Beazley MP. 

Mr Pezzullo returned to the Department of Defence in 2002, and in 2004 he became Chief of Staff Australian Defence Headquarters. In 2008 and 2009, he led the Defence White Paper team and was the principal author of the 2009 Defence White Paper.

Mr Pezzullo joined the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service in 2009 as Chief Operating Officer, becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2013. During his tenure at the Service he was responsible for offshore maritime security, border-related intelligence, national security, law enforcement programs and undertaking a major structural and cultural reform. He became Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in 2014, before the transition to Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs in December 2017. 

This is a hybrid event being held in person at the National Portrait Gallery and streamed through the GovTEAMS (Microsoft Teams) platform. Please note: GovTEAMS is accessible to the general public via a web browser.

Registrations to attend this event at the National Portrait Gallery are now closed. Please contact the IPAA office if you would still like purchase a ticket to attend the event in person.

Michael Pezzullo AO (Keynote)
Department of Home Affairs

Dr Steven Kennedy PSM (Host)
Secretary, The Treasury
IPAA ACT President 


Event Details

Event Date Wednesday 25 November 2020
Formalities 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM AEDT
Networking 9:30 PM to 10:00 AM AEDT
Members Price $100
Non-Members Price $200
Venue National Portrait Gallery, Parkes
All prices are in Australian Dollars and GST inclusive
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