The first GovCamp Australia event in Victoria was July 2014  when Melbourne hosted one of the six sites for the first nationally networked GovCamp. In 2015, Melbourne is hosting two GovCamp Australia events

  • A special mid-week half-day ‘Innovation Dialogue’ forum on 24 July as part of Public Sector Innovation Month, and then,
  • In November, a full-Saturday program connecting 8 capital cities with video links and interactive idea sharing across Australia.

So, please join in this 2015 conversation as we start the dialogue in July – from big picture ecosystem issues to the skills challenges we all face in delivering public services – whether public sector, social sector or civic/service provider innovators.


*REVISED DATE* Friday 24 July, 9am – 1.30pm


Australian Bureau of Statistics
Level 7, South Tower
485 La Trobe St, Melbourne


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About the GovCamp Innovation Dialogues

The facilitated discussion sessions will be held partly in the ‘unconference’ mode of a GovCamp event, including:

  • Leadership panel – featuring leadership guests taking a snapshot of local public innovation
  • Conversation café segment – to stimulate interaction and explore the local public innovation ecosystem
  • Mini-GovCamp discussion streams – exploring the spaces, people and conversations of value to local public innovation
  • Local showcase – includes the best of GovHack 2015 + other events, tools and initiatives
  • Closing roundup session and lunch

These half-day events will bring together a range of public sector leaders and practitioners, together with innovators from industry and civil society.


The purpose of the session is to stimulate discussion, debate and sharing of knowledge about public sector innovation, as well as highlighting cases from within and outside the sector for innovative delivery of public policy and services. Each city session will work towards two key outcomes:

  • Mapping the local public innovation ecosystem
  • Identifying key innovation soft skills of high value to public service professionals.

Melbourne panel guests

We anticipate around four or five panel guests will join us for an interactive conversation about public innovation in Victoria, bringing diverse perspectives from different levels of the public sector as well as other sectors.

Subscribe for updates on the final panellist line-up. Currently confirmed are:

Kym Peake

Kym Peake is the Deputy Secretary, Governance Policy and Coordination at the VIC Department of Premier and Cabinet. Her group manages public sector governance, performance and reform, Cabinet management, community security and emergency management, intergovernmental relations and strategic communication and protocol.

Kym was most recently Deputy Secretary, Higher Education and Skills Group at the former Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Prior to this role, she was Executive Director, Productivity and Inclusion at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Dr. Sara Bice

Sara Bice is Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne and Co-Chair of the International Association for Impact Assessment’s Corporate Stewardship and Risk Management Section. Sara has worked in developed and developing countries on matters including social and environmental impacts, stakeholder engagement and public participation.

Dr. Sarah Dods

Dr Sarah Dods is an Executive Manager with CSIRO, currently overseeing the implementation of CSIRO’s new entrepreneurship and innovation program:  CSIRO ON.  Previous roles at CSIRO include as Research Director for the Digital Economy Program, focused on digital services transformation, and driving innovation to enhance the growth of Australia’s emerging digital economy; and before that as Theme Leader for Health Services, focussed on digital innovation in our healthcare system.

Sarah’s career spans Australia’s innovation system, including high-tech startups, public and private research organisations, mining, and commercialisation consulting.  This includes 13 years as an academic, researching optical broadband network engineering (think NBN), which culminated in co-founding Monitoring Division, NICTA’s first spin out company in Melbourne.

Ben Rimmer

Ben Rimmer is the recently appointed CEO at the City of Melbourne. Ben returned to his home town of Melbourne after three years as Associate Secretary in the Australian Government’s Department of Human Services, where he led the Service Delivery Transformation Group, responsible for improving service delivery performance and developing new and innovative approaches that kept pace with the changing expectations of Australian citizens.

Ben previously worked for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and for the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. In these roles he focused on health reform, Commonwealth – State relations, workforce participation, early childhood and mental health, among other issues. He was Project Leader in the Boston Consulting Group’s London and Melbourne offices and has a long-standing interest in the not-for-profit sector.

Russell Yardley

Russell is a pioneer in multimedia and the Internet industries. Has a science degree and studied law at the University of Melbourne. IBM gave him a sound knowledge of computer technology, management and marketing. In 1985 Russell launched one of the first multimedia software companies in Australia.

Russell has been a frequent advisor to state and federal governments since the early nineties and is a current board member on the Victorian Government Purchasing Board. In recognition of his contribution to the Australian ICT industry was elected an Honorary Member of the Australian Computer Society in 2010. Russell is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an investor and is currently chairman of Readify, Folk, Alcidion and a non executive director on the boards of Bienalto and NICTA.

Cr. Coral Ross

Coral Ross is the current mayor of the City of Boroondara in Melbourne, board member of the Municipal Association of Victoria and Victorian president of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association. She is a prominent figure in women’s participation in politics, especially in local government.

Leanne Ansell-McBride

Leanne Ansell-McBride is chief executive officer of Victorian Leadership Development Centre.

The Victorian Leadership Development Centre (VLDC) was established by the State Coordination and Management Council (SC&MC) to promote a sustainable, highly skilled, diverse and professional leadership capacity across the Victorian Public Service (VPS).  The centre aims to build a strong cohort of capable executive leaders to address the challenges faced by the VPS. The VLDC is governed by a Board comprising all VPS Departmental Secretaries, the Chief Commissioner of Police and the Chair of the State Services Authority.  This ensures that the VLDC and its activities are governed by those with responsibility for succession planning, leadership development and talent management across the VPS.

Alun Probert

Alun spent nine years as the Executive Director of Strategic Communications in the NSW Government, with responsibility for advertising and digital policy including managing the NSW Government and Premier’s websites, overseeing approval of all advertising campaigns and managing whole of Government media contracts.

Alun now heads the GovCom Group specialising in public sector communications and digital strategy.


GovCamp Australia organisers: Allison Hornery and John Wells from Cofluence

People are saying…

“Being a part of Innovation Month, these events are also about trying something a bit different. They are about having different types of conversations – involving public servants from all tiers of government, as well as those from industry, academia and not-for-profit organisations.”

Glenys Beauchamp PSM

Secretary of Department of Industry and Science

“I’m really looking forward to the national roundup on 31 July…when I’ll get to hear feedback from each of the city Dialogue events and hopefully get to meet some of the other public sector innovators from around Australia attending the end-of-Month forum.”

Alex Roberts

Innovation Advocate, Public Sector Innovation Network

“This isn’t just about ‘blue sky thinking’ but a new opportunity to explore and connect – with people like you – better ways to Get Stuff Done in a spirit of public purpose.”

John Wells

GovCamp Australia co-convenor

Melbourne partners

Department of Industry and Science
Public Sector Innovation Network
State Government of Victoria
Australian Bureaiu of Statistics
GovCom Group

And thanks to…

Kym Peake

Sam Hannah-Rankin

Jed Gilbert

Katie Timmins

Alun Probert

with special thanks to…

Alex Roberts and Rob Thomas from the Public Sector Innovation Network