Frances Adamson Oration 2023 | Marking United Nations Public Service Day

In photo: Dr Chris Sarra, Director-General, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government, delivering the Frances Adamson Oration at the National Museum of Australia

On 23 June, we held the Frances Adamson Oration to mark United Nations Public Service Day. This year's oration was delivered by Dr Chris Sarra, Director-General of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government, who gave an outstanding speech with a focus on humanity at the core of all the work we do in public service. The event was hosted by Professor Renée Leon PSM, Vice Chancellor and President of the Charles Sturt University and President of IPAA National.

The Frances Adamson Oration was founded in 2003 and held on 23 June each year to celebrate United Nations Public Service Day. This day celebrates the value and virtue of public service to the community. It also honours contributions made to the cause of enhancing the role, prestige and visibility of public service. In recognition of the significance of this date, IPAA has established an oration, to be delivered each year by a person of great importance to progressing the value of public service.

Transcript – a copy of the transcript is available here.
Video – a video of the event is below or can be viewed on the IPAA ACT Vimeo channel.




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