Australian Government Data Forum: Pathways, Perspective and Practice

The Australian Government Data Forum is your opportunity to hear from an impressive line-up of senior thought leaders and academics from the public and private sector on how data can be used to inform the delivery of policy and programs that accurately reflect current trends within the Australian community. This full day forum program offers a mixture of keynote addresses, Q&A sessions, data presentations and panel discussions open to graduates and new starters within the data sector nationwide. 

The Australian Government Data Forum will encourage graduates and new starters within the public service to build their data literacy and to engage in compelling discussions about the use of data and data-driven technologies. This event aims to increase:

  • knowledge-sharing,
  • capability development,
  • cross-agency networking, and
  • tangible solutions to data challenges facing the APS.

The forum will be followed by the inaugural APS Data Awards Dinner 2023. You can find more information about the APS Data Awards Dinner here.

This event is delivered in partnership with the Graduate Data Network (GDN), the Office of the National Data Commissioner (ONDC), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), APS Data Profession and the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) ACT.

Please note that all commonwealth departments, the ACT Public Service and a large number of commonwealth agencies are members of IPAA ACT. Click here to see if your organisation is a corporate member.

Please note - tickets have sold out. Please contact us if you are wanting to join the waitlist. 

Elder Paul House
Ngambri-Ngunnawal custodian

Gayle Milnes (Compere)
National Data Commissioner
Office of the National Data Commissioner (ONDC)

Chris Fechner (Compere)
Chief Executive Officer 
Digital Transformation Agency

Senator the Honourable Katy Gallagher (Video presentation)
Minister for Finance, Minister for Women, Minister for the Public Service

Moira McLoughlin (Welcome host)
Project lead 
Australian Government Data Forum 

Jenny Wilkinson PSM (Keynote speaker)
Department of Finance
Co-Chair Secretaries Digital and Data Committee

Dr David Gruen AO (Keynote speaker)
Australian Statistician
Head of the APS Data Profession

Hamish Hansford (Keynote speaker)
Deputy Secretary 
Department of Home Affairs 

Letitia Hope (Moderator)
Deputy Secretary 
Department of Social Services

Dr Andrew Taylor (Moderator)
Assistant Secretary, Strategy and Delivery 
Office of the National Data Commissioner 

Rob Heferen (Panellist)
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Jeremy Hirschhorn (Panellist)
Second Commissioner
Australian Tax Officer

Dr Kendra Vant (Panellist)
Executive General Manager
Data, Xero

Dr Samira Hassan (Panellist)
Director, Strategic Data Projects 
Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care 

Mark Sowden (Panellist)
Chief Executive and Government Statistician 
Tatauranga Aotearoa Statistics New Zealand 

Teresa Dickinson PSM (Panellist)
Deputy Statistician
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Angelene Falk (Panellist)
Australian Information Commissioner

Luke Mansfield (Facilitator)
Group Manager 
Disability Strategy, Department of Social Services 

Professor Brian Schmidt AC (Panellist)
The Australian National University
Professor Tim Miller (Facilitator)
University of Melbourne

Kim Grima (Presenter) 
National Disability Data Asset 

Dr Suzanne Poynton (Presenter) 
NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics & Research 

Dr Kalinda Griffiths (Presenter)
Centre for Big Data Research, University of New South Wales

Kristi Mansfield (Presenter)
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder  
Seer Data and Analytics  

Dr Denise Bauer (Presenter) 
CSIRO Transformational Bioinformatics Group leader 
Adjunct Professor  
Macquarie University  

Dr George Disney (Panellist) 
Senior Research Fellow 
The University of Melbourne 

Professor Julian Trollor (Panellist)
Chair of Intellectual Disability Mental Health 
Head of Department of Developmental Disability 
University of NSW Sydney  

Dr Talia Avrahamzon (Panellist)
National Strategic Partnerships and Research Manager 
First Peoples Disability Network 

Ian Oppermann (Panellist)
Chief Data Scientist  
NSW Government 

Stela Solar (Panellist)
National AI Centre, CSIRO 

Victoria Vuori (Closing remarks host)
Law Interpretation Officer, Graduate Data Network Co-Chair
Australian Taxation Office

Samuel McMurray (Closing remarks host)
Data Scientist, Graduate Data Network Co-Chair
Australian Taxation Office


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Event Details

Event Date Wednesday 17 May 2023
Formalities 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM AEST
Members Price $110
Non Members Price $220
Virtual $65
Venue Rex Hotel, Canberra
All prices are in Australian Dollars and GST inclusive


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