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

  • A special mid-week half-day ‘Innovation Dialogue’ forum on 27 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.


Monday 27 July, 9am – 1.30pm


Department of Treasury
140 William St, Perth


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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.

Perth panel guests

A range of panel guests will join us for an interactive conversation about public innovation in WA, 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:

Alistair Jones

Alistair Jones is the Acting Executive Director of Strategic Policy and Evaluation within the WA Department of Treasury.

Joining the Department in 2008, Alistair has worked in all three tiers of Government as well as the private sector.  An Executive Director since 2012, Alistair’s portfolio includes both the Departments of Health and Education as well as transport and justice agencies.  This has involved leading teams and providing advice to Government on performance, financial risks and reform.

Prof. Tarun Weeramanthri

Prof. Weeramanthri is the Chief Health Officer and Assistant Director General, Public Health for the WA Department of Health.  In 2014, he was the recipient of the Sidney Sax Medal, the pre-eminent prize awarded by the Public Health Association of Australia, for his notable contribution to the protection and promotion of public health in Australia. In early 2015, he worked with the World Health Organisation in Sierra Leone and Geneva, coordinating the activities of foreign medical teams in the Ebola outbreak.

Peter Clarke

Peter is the Commercial Adviser of the Entrepreneur Infrastructure Programme, having spent most of his career in technology development and commercialisation in a range of industries including mining, oil and gas, automation and agriculture. Peter’s most recent role was as the founding CEO of Scanalyse Pty Ltd, turning a technology developed at Curtin University into a global company with the world’s best practice condition monitoring service for grinding mills and leading a very successful trade sale to a major international player.

Greg Riebe

Greg is a co-founder and the current Chairman of the WA Angel Investors network and is an active Angel Investor. Greg’s investment experience was forged in 2001 as the CEO of an early stage Investment Management fund focused on emerging technology-based businesses. Since 2008, Greg has built his own portfolio of technology-based businesses as well as being invited to share his experience and skills as a business adviser, mentor and Non-Executive Director to a number of emerging technology businesses.

Prof. Paul Flatau

Paul is the Chair in Social Investment and Impact and Director of the UWA Business School Centre for Social Impact (CSI) at the UWA Business School in December 2010. Prior to that he was an Associate Professor in the economics discipline at Murdoch University.

Marion Burchell

Marion is the Acting Executive Director, ‎Policy and Governance at Office of the WA Government Chief Information Officer. Previously, she managed the COAG Secretariat within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and was responsible for intergovernmental relations and public sector reform initiatives. Marion has worked in a number of roles within the Department of Agriculture and Food and Water, primarily focused on public sector innovation, natural resource management, change management and intergovernmental issues.

She has been published nationally and internationally on the topics of public participation in the development of public policy and public sector innovation. Recently, she was invited to Sir Richard Branson’s island to present at a workshop and studied at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Marion has degrees in environmental science, sociology and tourism policy and planning.  She is also the Executive Producer of TEDxPerth.

Sandra Draper

Sandra is the General Manager of Industry and Innovation at the Department of Commerce.

With a focus on improving productivity through innovation, Sandra’s branch manages common use infrastructure and a range of services which support the translation of innovative goods and services to market.

John Ravlic

John is the former National Chief Executive of Local Government Managers Australia.

John has 30 years executive experience in local government, having worked in local government in Victoria and WA. Most recently he has established Ravim RBC, a boutique strategic advisory consultancy.


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

Perth partners

Department of Industry and Science
Public Sector Innovation Network
Landgate WA

And thanks to…

Van Dutton

Coan Harvey

with special thanks to…

Alex Roberts and Rob Thomas from the Public Sector Innovation Network