Frances Adamson Oration 2023 | Marking United Nations Public Service Day

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Marking United Nations Public Service Day on 23 June, this year’s Frances Adamson Oration will be delivered by Dr Chris Sarra, Director-General, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government. This event will engage the broader public sector to celebrate the critical role of the public service, and reflect on the institutional and individual integrity, resilience, and challenges in the service.

Dr Sarra is a proud Gurang Gurang/Taribelang man from Bundaberg. The youngest of ten children, he became the first Aboriginal principal of Cherbourg State School in 1998, where he significantly improved the educational and life outcomes of students. He did this through a ‘strong and smart’ philosophy, which encourages students to have a positive sense of cultural identity and embrace positive community leadership. As Director-General of the former Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, he led significant progress towards forging a path to Treaty in Queensland.

We look forward to his reflections on the critical role of public service in advocating for the marginalised, promoting positive cultural identity, institutional integrity, and many other important insights.

Dr Chris Sarra
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Queensland Government

Professor Renée Leon PSM
Vice Chancellor and President
Charles Sturt University
IPAA National


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Bulk ticket offer: If you purchase 9 in-person tickets, receive the 10th one free!

Event Details

Event Date Friday 23 June 2023
Arrival Time 9:30 AM AEST
Formalities 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM AEST
Networking 10:45 AM to 11:15 AM AEST
Member (in person) $110
Non member (in person) $220
Member (online) $65
Non member (online) $130
Venue National Museum of Australia
All prices are in Australian Dollars and GST inclusive
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