Australia's International Agenda: Opportunities and Challenges for the Public Sector

Institute of Public Administration Australia WA

Event outline

Join fellow IPAA members as we host one of Australia’s most senior and respected public service leaders, Frances Adamson, to learn more about Australia’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper.

The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper is the first comprehensive review of Australia's international engagement for 14 years.

It delivers a framework to ensure our prosperity and security by guiding our international efforts over the next decade and beyond.

Opportunities for Australia in our region and across the world are immense if we continue to engage proactively with the rising economies of the Indo-Pacific. This will allow Australia to become even more competitive, create and support more and better paying jobs, remain an attractive destination for foreign investment and maintain our reputation as a reliable trading partner offering high quality goods and services.

We are also in an increasingly uncertain and contested time for the region and globally, with rising protectionist sentiment and challenges to the international rules-based order.

The White Paper will help us shape the external environment in a way that advances Australia's interests and values, protects the independence of how we make decisions and preserves the strength and integrity of our institutions.
Taken from

“We are navigating a rapidly changing multi-polar world in which each of the major players are testing their relationships with each other...power is shifting and the rules and institutions are under challenge. We are experiencing unprecedented prosperity and opportunity, but the liberal rules-based order that underpins it all, is under greater stress than at any time since its creation in the 1940s.” - Malcolm Turnbull, 2017. 

Colin Murphy PSM FIPAA

Prof. Ben Reilly
Dean, Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
Murdoch University

Keynote Speaker
Frances Adamson
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Frances Adamson has led the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as Secretary since 25 August 2016.

Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Ms Adamson was International Adviser to the Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP from November 2015.

From 2011 to 2015, Ms Adamson was Ambassador to the People's Republic of China.  She served in the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong in the late 1980s during the early years of China's reform and opening.  From 2001 to 2005, she was seconded as Representative to the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei.

Ms Adamson has twice served in the Australian High Commission in London, as Deputy High Commissioner from 2005 to 2008 and as Political Counsellor from 1993 to 1997.

She was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and then the Minister for Defence from 2009 to 2010.

Ms Adamson is President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia ACT Division. She is a member of the Efic Board, the Advisory Board of the Australian National University's National Security College and the Asia Society Australia Advisory Council.  Ms Adamson is a Special Adviser to the Male Champions of Change and a member of Chief Executive Women.  She was awarded a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship in 2015.

Ms Adamson has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide and was a recipient of a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.  She joined the then Department of Foreign Affairs in 1985. Click here for more information.

Rob Delane PSM

Deputy Director-General, International Education, Trade and Investment
Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

Rob’s appointment joined the department in 2016, as Special Adviser, Agribusiness Expansion. Prior to joining the department he was Director General of the Department of Agriculture and Food for more than six years, and has also served as Deputy Secretary of the Federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Click here for more information.

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