Conference Day Two

Conference Day Two

08 August 2019

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08:50     Opening remarks from the Chair

Naomi Knight, Alchemist & Strategist, Naomi Knight Australia


09:00    Keynote address: The elephant in the room - privilege

  • Who is disabled – you or I?
  • We are shaped by our own skills and experiences
  • We can challenge our own perceptions
  • We can learn new things from diversity

Rebecca AdamBranch Manager, Enterprise ChangeNational Disability Insurance Agency

09:30     Panel discussion: Human centred design and its potential applications in promoting D&I in the workforce

Human centred design capabilities are growing throughout government in Australia with the recognition that placing people at the heart of building solutions and services, creates more positive user experiences. This interactive session will explore how this design process can also be applied to creating working environments that more healthily and inclusively satisfy the needs of an increasingly diverse public sector workforce and the positive effects of including all employees as important stakeholders in the designing process.

Panel Moderator:

Naomi KnightAlchemist & StrategistNaomi Knight Australia


Aimee ReevesSenior Project Lead | BizLab, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Kin LyHuman Centred Designer & Maker, AbilityMade

Lisa Loney, Diversity and Inclusiveness Advisor, Barwon Water

Catharine Armitage, Head of People, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation

Tammy Pope, Senior Consultant, Diversity and Inclusion & Indigenous Talent Management, Brisbane City Council

10:15     Morning tea

10:45     Interactive workshop – Empathy and understanding of the intersectionality of disadvantage and privilege. Where do we each fit in the broader picture of diversity and inclusion in government?

This interactive workshop will support participants in the process of exploring their own intersectional privileges and disadvantages. Through creating a map of the bigger systemic picture and locating yourself on that map, this session will personalise your understanding and assist with building greater empathy and relationships with others. Naomi will also explore how organisations might build upon processes like this as ongoing conversations that evolve over time.

Naomi Knight, Alchemist & Strategist, Naomi Knight Australia

Janine Garner, Author of the bestselling book “It’s Who You Know”

Jo Muirhead, Founder and Principal Consultant, Purpleco

Rebecca Saunders, Founder, The Deli Agency

Kara Atkinson, Thought Leader in Creating Communities

Sarah Pavillard, Defence Consultant


11:45     Measuring and reporting on your organisation’s diversity, inclusion and human rights performance

  • Determining if your diversity initiative is accomplishing its objectives
  • Identifying the strengths and weaknesses in the diversity initiative
  • Determining the cost/benefit ratio of the diversity initiative
  • Identifying who benefits the most and least from the diversity initiative
  • Gathering data to assist in pursuing future initiatives

Lisa LoneyDiversity and Inclusiveness AdvisorBarwon Water

12:15     Practical Issues and Actions

A group of delegates invested an extra day to attend an immersive workshop on Tuesday facilitated by Jo Marshall of Culturise.  Jo will share the key messages that came into – and out of the workshop – and give us a taste of her very practical approach to Diversity and Inclusion in public and private sector organisations.

Jo MarshallFounder, Culturise

12:45     Lunch and networking break


13:45    Diversity and Inclusion Case Study Showcase

A fast paced series of case studies of social inclusion and equity initiatives from government D&I leaders and best practice examples from a broad range of sectors. Successes, failures and lesson learned will all be explored in a spirit of openness and non-judgement. Attendance to these sessions will be strictly by Chatham House Rules. No media reporting will be permitted. Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed to anyone not present at the conference. In short: what happens at Government D&I 2019 stays at Government D&I 2019 for this session!

Queensland public sector’s LGBTIQ+ inclusion strategy

Allana BianchiManager, Workforce Futures and InclusionPublic Service Commission, Queensland

The Queensland Utilities Diversity and Inclusion Journey

Yvonne LewandowskiDiversity, Inclusion & Development LeadQueensland Urban Utilities

Democratising diversity

Ric ArdoDemand Management Improvement Manager and Diversity & Inclusion Council MemberEnergy Queensland

15:15     Afternoon refreshments and networking break


15:45    Case Study: Client Voice Framework for the TAC - An end-user D&I framework used across the whole enterprise

  • Working with clients to learn from their expertise
  • Designing and developing the TAC's Client Voice Framework with eight passionate clients
  • Developing consistent ways of work that values clients’ contribution
  • Building our organisation’s capacity for inclusion and diversity
  • Offering clients an opportunity to develop new skills and build social networks with others affected by road trauma
  • Finding a balance between client and business needs so that ‘Together we find a better way’

Nadia Kettle, Independence Specialist, in Independence Division, Transport Accident Commission

16:45   Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference

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