DNRME Speakers Series – Public service and the pandemic: Opportunities emerging from COVID-19


IPAA Queensland is delighted to partner with the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy to present the next DNRME Speaker Series Event, Public service and the pandemic: Opportunities emerging from COVID-19. Via live-streaming, Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM, IPAA National President, will explore the opportunities and risks presented by the changes brought about by the pandemic.

Public services have been tested dramatically during the pandemic crisis. Across the Commonwealth, states and territories, public services have moved quickly, collaboratively and effectively to deliver their governments’ responses to COVID-19. New ways of working and delivering services – across agencies and levels of government – have emerged as public services implement policies to support the lives and livelihoods of Australians. How profound and widespread are these changes? How likely are they to remain? What are the prospects for a new ‘public service normal’ and what are its impacts, for example, on the federation?

Join us for this highly relevant conversation.

When: Wednesday 8 July 2020
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Price: Complimentary – reserve your place by 5:00pm on Tuesday 7 July!


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About Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM:

Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM is an Honorary Professor and Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Australian National University and Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra in the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis.

Gordon holds a doctorate in economics from the Australian National University. He was awarded a Public Service Medal for his G20 work and was made a Knight in France’s Legion of Honour for his contribution to the G20 and public service.

He is a member of the Boards of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, and of the Advisory Council of The Nature Conservancy Australia and the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and facilitator for the Jeff Whalan Learning Group.

Gordon has been part of the leadership for various reviews for Government, including the 2019 Independent Review of the Australian Public Service, the 2018 Report on Delivering Prosperity in the Indo-Pacific for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the 2018 Review of the Woomera Prohibited Area for the Ministers of Defence and Industry.

Gordon was Secretary of the Department of the Environment and Energy from 2013 to 2017 and has held other senior positions in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (including as Associate Secretary and G20 Sherpa), Treasury, the Australian National University and the Reserve Bank of Australia.