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ANZSOG's inaugural Deputies Forum will bring together 25 select public sector deputies from across Australia and New Zealand.

Deputies Forum 

Sunday 15–Wednesday 18 July 2018
Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland

Two forum participants talking and smiling

The inaugural Australia and New Zealand School of Government Deputies Forum brought together 25 select public sector deputies from across Australia and New Zealand.

Participants explored the unique challenges they face as deputies in an immersive learning experience, while being exposed to leading thinkers and practitioners in leadership development.

The Gold Coast is a region undergoing transition and rejuvenation. This presents complex challenges for public policy that make fertile ground for participant’s learning about place-based leadership.

Experiential learning sessions at the Logan Data Lab and Gold Coast journalism studios drew on the depth of expertise and experience the cohort bring to the program through collaborative circles and place-based leadership. Participants can expect to explore the unique complexities confronting deputies with activities specifically designed to reflect the challenges they face.

The Deputies Forum has concluded for 2018. We thank all deputies for their participation. 

Tailor-made for the needs and challenges of public sector

ANZSOG has identified what governments need from their deputies, as well as an evidence base for understanding the strengths of successful deputies, and the challenges commonly faced in the role. This evidence base is the product of more than 40 interviews with deputies across Australia and New Zealand.

Griffith University Gold Coast Campus

Course leaders

The Deputies Forum was led by Dr Karen Morley, Leadership and Executive Coach, and Professor Brad Jackson, Director of the Policy Innovation Hub and Professor of Social Innovation within the Griffith Business School. 

Dr Karen Morley

Karen Morley

Dr Karen Morley is dedicated to help leaders realise their full potential. Besides being an Executive Coach, leadership facilitator and psychologist, she’s held executive roles in government and higher education; her approach is informed by these experiences. She has published numerous papers, including Gender Balanced Leadership: An Executive Guide. Karen is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne. See Dr Morley's full biography

Professor Brad Jackson

brad jackson

Brad Jackson is the Director of the Policy Innovation Hub and Professor of Social Innovation within the Griffith Business School. Prior to joining Griffith in March 2018, Brad was Professor of Public and Community Leadership at Victoria University of Wellington where he was the former Head of School of Government and Head of School of Management.  His current research explores leadership and governance practices in promoting social innovation and the application of place-based approaches to foster cross-sectoral leadership development and education. He is a former co-editor of the journal Leadership, and the former Vice-Chair of the International Leadership Association. See Professor Jackson's full biography.  


CEO Forum

Businessman taking notes


The Australia and New Zealand School of Government CEO Forum provides an invaluable opportunity for CEOs to reflect on the challenges of their work, and talk frankly and confidentially with their peers about a range of public sector issues.

This year, the Forum, which has been running since 2006, will bring together CEOs from public sector agencies across Australia and New Zealand under the guidance of The University of Melbourne Vice Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis AC.

Participants will hear from a range of experts in public policy and politics, including social commentators, intellectuals and current and former leading government and political identities.

Past forums included discussion focused on contemporary challenges such as innovation and technology, trans-Tasman opportunities, Australia’s place in the Indo-Pacific region and the personal dimensions of leadership. 

Your forum leader 

Professor Glyn Davis AC 

Glyn Davis

Professor Glyn Davis AC has spent his life serving the public sector. Currently Vice-Chancellor at The University of Melbourne, Professor Davis has had a rich academic career and is an esteemed public policy writer and advisor. He has served on national bodies such as the Great Barrier Marine Park Authority, co-chaired the 2020 Summit in 2008 at Parliament House, Canberra and supported formulation of the journalism-academia news site The Conversation. Prof Davis is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, and a Companion in the Order of Australia. He was also the Foundation Chairman of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. See Professor Davis' full biography.  

How to apply 

Participants are welcome to nominate directly to their local public service commission or central agency.

Details for the 2019 CEO Forum will be confirmed soon.

To express your interest, please email Christa Calvignac, Team Leader, Executive Education This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.