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									                                                                                          NEWSLETTER JUNE 2008

GSG Graduation Ceremony
In 2006 a large number of students from the Department of Community Services           Director, Child & Family, Orana Far
enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Public Administration. In 2007 nine DoCS staff     West, Cath Mullane, said the course
completed their graduate diplomas, masters and executive masters degrees at            provided a great opportunity to learn
Graduate School of Government.                                                         and research infrastructure planning,
                                                                                       politics and implementation.
Congratulations to Jody Grima, Simone       Jim Brock, Manager Client Services,
                                                                                       “Part of learning how to manage public
Czech, Cath Mullane, Clare Donnellan,       Grafton CSC who now has a Master
                                                                                       expenditure involved a fun role play
Phillip Fowler, Sharon Cannard and          in Public Administration said the
                                                                                       where we played the Premier, cabinet
Cate Thomas who undertook the               opportunity for government sponsorship
                                                                                       ministers, media and lobbyists.”
18-month, part-time graduate diploma        was too good to pass up.
management and leadership                                                              According to Manager Family &
development course.                         “The course put a number of building       Community Programs, Phillip Fowler,
                                            blocks in place to make our work more
                                                                                       his co-workers’ support meant he could
Regional Director, Northern, Susan          effective and sustainable.”
                                                                                       concentrate on the course.
Priivald who graduated with an
Executive Masters said her degree           According to Manager Research to           “My manager’s support and the extra
helped her to understand the public         Practice, NSW Parenting & Research,        effort made by my team members was
sector better from a cross-agency and       Cate Thomas, the course was an             crucial in allowing me to make the most
jurisdictional perspective.                 excellent opportunity to challenge her     of this excellent program.”
                                            thinking and consolidate her skills.
“The highlight for me was having the
opportunity to look at a broad range of     “It was fantastic to network with people
work issues in a different way,” said       from a range of public service agencies
Susan.                                      and to learn from their experiences.”           Reprinted from DoCS newsletter DoCSVox




International Political
Advisors' Course
The Graduate School of Government
has delivered a highly successful 5-day
Political Advisors' Course for Australian
Labor Party (International Projects).
Attending the course were senior
political advisors from Indonesia,
Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon
Islands, Tonga, Pakistan, Philippines
and Mongolia.
The course was structured around three
themes - Elections and Political
Campaigning, Political and Issues
Management and Strategic Government. given a comprehensive overview of the             Prime Minister of Australia, Professor
                                          NSW State Plan.                              Alan Dupont (Centre for International
Participants were introduced to the work
                                                                                       Security Studies, University of Sydney),
and functioning of Ministerial Offices in Lectures and presentations were given
                                                                                       Dr Janet Hartz-Karp (Curtin University),
New South Wales with visits to the        by GSG's Professor Geoff Gallop and
                                                                                       Mr John Utting (UMR Research) and Mr
offices of the Hon Verity Firth MP and    Mr Stephen Mills. Guest lectures were
                                                                                       Bruce Hawker (Hawker-Britton).
the Hon David Campbell MP and were        provided by Hon. Paul Keating, former


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Student Perspective
Public Sector Leadership
Students in the Graduate Diploma have the opportunity to hear from prominent visiting speakers giving accounts of
their experience in public management and administration, policy and leadership. Mick Beltran from NSW Rural Fire
Service, writes here on two public figures who spoke about their experience as leaders in the Australian community.


                                                      Hon Bob Hawke                          Hon Linda Burney MP
                                                      A feature of the Public Sector         Another very prominent guest was Ms
                                                      Leadership class is the visit from     Linda Burney, NSW Minister for Fair
                                                      prominent public figures, on one       Trading, Youth and Volunteering, who
                                                      occasion we were honoured to           shared with our class not only insights
                                                      receive Bob Hawke, an icon of          into the working of government and
                                                      Australian political history.          the role of MPs, but spoke also of her
                                                                                             aboriginality and aboriginal issues.
                                                      Mr Hawke spoke generously of his
                                                      experiences both in his lead-up to     Ms Burney detailed the ‘Welcome to
                                                      and preparation for politics, and as   Country’ ceremony and explained the
                                                      the Prime Minister of Australia.       three handfuls of reconciliation:
                                                      Matters such as governance and the         A handful of truth
                                                      public service are very central themes     A handful of social justice
                                                      to a class made up of public servants,     A handful of inherent rights
                                                      and we were impressed to receive Mr
                                                                                              And she promptly won the class over
                                                      Hawke’s anecdotes, ranging from his
                                                                                              with the basic dignity of these
                                                      post university days to the pinnacle of
                                                                                              resounding values.
                                                      Australian leadership.
                                                                                              The message of her path into a senior
                                                      Matters of great national significance
                                                                                              political position in the NSW
                                                      became discussion topics and we
                                                                                              Parliament drew unqualified attention
                                                      received instruction on the machinery
                                                                                              from the class, and we were wisely
                                                      of government and an insight into
                                                                                              advised that good leaders should be
                                                      deliberations on cabinet decisions
                                                                                              able to observe and advise beyond
Top: former Prime Minister Bob Hawke.                 such as ‘Coronation Hill’, and ‘The
                                                                                              their own cultural constraints, have a
Above: Linda Burney addresses the Leadership group.   Antarctic Treaty’, and related the
                                                                                              capacity to stand in the shoes of
                                                      necessity for trust and respect
                                                                                              others, and have a capacity for
                                                      between leaders and followers.
                                                                                              humility.



Driving excellence through Strategic Government
Sarawak, Malaysia
Professor Geoff Gallop presented a                       • New Public Management
three day course on "Driving                                 and Beyond
Excellence through Strategic
Government" for the Malaysian State
                                                         •   Strategic Government today
Government of Sarawak from 24 to 26                      •   What a Minister expects of
October 2007.                                                the Public Service
The course was attended by 100
                                                         •   Managing Change/Setting
members of Parliament, 40                                    Frameworks
Parliamentary secretaries and several       •                What is the Public Interest?
hundred of the state’s most senior     Keynote addresses were also
public servants.                       delivered by the Chief Minister of
As part of the course Professor Gallop Sarawak, YAB Pehin Sri Haji Abdul
gave seven lectures:                   Taib Mahmud and the State
                                       Secretary of Sarawak YB Datuk
     • Where is government heading Amar Wilson Baya Dandot.
       in the world today?
                                       The course was delivered as part
     • Members of Parliament,          of Sarawak Public Service Week
       Ministers and Strategic         2007.
       Government

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Alumni update
Alumni and Practitioners’ Networking Function
Deloittes hosted GSG’s Alumni and Practitioners’ Networking Function at
their offices at Grosvenor Place. Guest speaker was Warwick Watkins,
Director General, Department of Lands, who spoke of his agency’s support
for the GDPA program encouraging current students and alumni to maintain
their links with GSG.


Top: 2007 student cohort; Warwick Watkins.
Middle: Ian Marsh with GSG PhD candidate Yoshi
Kadoya; Rory O’Connor and Jan McClelland.
Bottom: Geoff Gallop with Jackey Maepa and Phumi
Magubane (AusAID students from South Africa);
alumni from 2004 and 2005 cohort; ANZSOG and
GSG alumni from Dept. of Premier and Cabinet
Peter Connelly, Sharryn Boyd and Ken Dray.




Strategic Management and Leadership in the Public Sector
South Africa and Mozambique
Professor Geoff Gallop was engaged                 Professor Gallop met with representatives Lectures covered issues in public
by AusAID in South Africa to deliver a             from the South African Management         administration, public policy, good
two day program in South Africa and                Development Institute and Padre Pedro     government and the public interest.
one day program in Mozambique for                  Couto, Rector of Eduardo Mondlane
Australia's African Alumni Network.                University in Maputo.

The course was held in Pretoria (6-7
November) and Maputo (9 November)
and was attended by alumni of
AusAID’s Australia Development
Scholarships from universities
throughout Australia. AusAID hosted
the program as part of a commitment
to maintain links with alumni providing                Geoff Gallop with
ongoing professional development and                 AusAID alumni, incl.
networking opportunities for former                   MPAdmin graduate
                                                       Phindi Molopyane
students.                                          (front row, second from right).


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Staff Update
Geoff Gallop                             Joanne Kelly
In October and November 2007, Geoff      In October Joanne was a Visiting           year Joanne is co-ordinator of the Work
went to South Africa, Mozambique and     Scholar to IMF (International Monetary     Based Project and continues to support
Malaysia to deliver executive courses    Fund) in the Fiscal Affairs Division.      former GSG students in nominating the
on Strategic Management and              Whilst there she was invited to present    best and brightest for the NSW Premiers’
Leadership. In February 2008 Geoff       two papers on associate budget and         Award.
led and presented a program to           financial matters to a conference in
                                                                                    As council member of IPAA (Institute of
Political Advisors from the Asia         Washington.
                                                                                    Public Administration Australia) Joanne is
Pacific Region.
                                         This year Joanne began the project         also Chair of the co-ordination committee
During this time Geoff was invited to    Shaping the Strategic Centre with Tom      for the Academic Day at the National
give a number of public lectures         Bentley and Richard Norman. Joanne         Conference.
including the Henry Parkes Oration,      was also invited by Queensland
the Don Aitkin Lecture and Australia     Treasury and Office of
Public Service Commission.               Premier and Cabinet to
                                         run workshops on
Geoff has also made contributions to
                                         expenditure review
the Griffith Review and a chapter in
                                         capacity.
Dear Mr Rudd.
                                         She has recently
Aside from participating in numerous
                                         fronted the Public
conference and forums, Geoff was
                                         Accounts Committee
appointed to the Commonwealth
                                         on reporting and the
Government’s National Health and
                                         State Plan and was
Hospital Reform commission and the
                                         selected to participate
Australia 2020 Summit.
                                         in the Governance
And at time of publication, Geoff has    stream at the Australia
been awarded the Companion of the        2020 Summit.
Order of Australia in The Queen’s
                                         As senior lecturer, this
Birthday Honours List 2008.                                               At the 2020 Summit—Joanne and Geoff with Lyn Carson
                                                                               (United States Studies Centre University of Sydney)



Join the Alumni and
Practitioners’ Network                                                              Upcoming Dates
GSG continues to support all former      featuring local and international          10 July Information session for
ANZSOG and GSG students through          speakers.                                          potential students
the Alumni and Practitioners’ Network.                                              27 July Semester 2 classes
The Network is a life long community     Register and                                       commence
that connects students, mentors and                                                 1 Aug Closing date for Premier and
teaching staff throughout the            Update Online                                      Cabinet sponsored
government, industry and education       Former students can become a part                  applicants (2009 intake)
sectors.                                 of the GSG Alumni and Practitioners’       10 Oct Graduation Ceremony
                                         Network by registering your details        31 Oct Closing date for self-funded
Through this network students and
                                         online at the University of Sydney                 applicants (2009 intake)
alumni have had the opportunity to
                                                                                    13 Nov Alumni and Practitioners’
take part in the university’s continuing Alumni Web portal. To ensure current
                                         alumni don’t lose contact, the portal              Networking Function
contribution to public debate though
talks, conferences and presentations. can also be used to update your
Recently Professor Gallop took part in details as well.
a panel discussion with fellow                                                      Contact
contributors to Dear Mr Rudd (edited        http://www.usyd.edu.au/alumni/
by Robert Manne) as part of the                                                     Graduate School of Government
Sydney Ideas International Public        When updating your details, ensure         N208, Institute Building H03
Lecture Series at the University of      that a current email address is            University of Sydney NSW 2006
Sydney. The podcast is available on      provided. Most invitations to events
the GSG website.                         are sent out by email through our          P: +61 2 9351 8662
                                         Alumni and Practitioners’ Network.         F: +61 2 9036 5183
GSG will be planning its own series of
seminars for students and alumni on                                                 E: adminstration@gsg.usyd.edu.au
issues that matter to the public sector                                                www.gsg.usyd.edu.au

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