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2018 IPAA WA President's Address - With the Hon. Mark McGowan MLA

Institute of Public Administration Australia WA

Event outline

Hosted by IPAA WA President Mr Colin Murphy PSM, we welcome WA Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations and IPAA WA Vice Patron, the Honourable Mark McGowan MLA to deliver the 2018 IPAA WA President's Address.

This address each year by a senior state government minister is an opportunity for the public service, whose professional responsibility is to serve that government, to gain firsthand understanding of the policy environment for the year ahead.

In addition to addressing the policy environment this is also an opportunity to hear the presenter’s perspective on the key emerging social issues of the time.

As a public sector leader, or aspiring leader, you are required to "harness information and opportunities" in order to "shape and manage strategy" (PSC Leadership Capability Framework).

IPAA's 2018 President's Address will assist you to meet your responsibility to identify critical public sector issues and build an understanding of the context in which you and your organisation are operating.


  • The policy agenda for the year ahead
  • Emerging social issues
  • Key emerging issues in public administration as seen from the perspective of IPAA WA President

President, IPAA WA;
WA Auditor General

Keynote Speaker
Hon. Mark McGowan MLA
WA Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations.

Mark was the Deputy Mayor of Rockingham before winning the State seat of Rockingham in December 1996.

In the years since his election to the Western Australian Parliament, Mark has held many senior portfolios in both Government and Opposition.

He was Parliamentary Secretary to former Premier Geoff Gallop and has served as a Minister in the portfolios of Education and Training; Environment; Racing and Gaming; Tourism and South West.

Across each portfolio he brought about lasting change with some key policy initiatives.

In the years preceding the election of his Labor government, Mark served as Manager of Opposition Business, as well as Shadow Minister for State Development; and Planning and Housing.

He was elected Leader of the Opposition on 23 January 2012 and chose to retain responsibility for the portfolios of Regional Development, Economic Reform and Public Sector Management.

In the 2017 State Election, WA Labor won 41 Legislative Assembly seats and Mark became the 30th Premier of Western Australia.

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Provider information

Western Australia's Institute of Public Administration is a not-for-profit professional association for the public sector. We offer opportunities for sharing and learning through our range of events, training courses and networking opportunities.