IPAA International Women’s Day Breakfast – Championing the Change

IPAA International Women’s Day Breakfast – Championing the Change

Office for Women Leadership
Friday, March 3, 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Hon John Lloyd PSM, Andrew Colvin APM OAM, Dr Heather Smith PSM, Lieutenant General Angus John Campbell DSC AM, Glenys Beauchamp PSM, Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Rosemary Huxtable PSM, Chris Moraitis PSM, Renée Leon PSM, Kathryn Campbell CSC, Carmel McGregor PSM

Today, Minister for Women, the Honourable Michaelia Cash and Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, were the keynote speakers at the second Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) International Women’s Day breakfast, held at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

The sold out event was chaired by Carmel McGregor PSM, Deputy President of IPAA ACT with Amanda Story, Partner, Minter Ellison opening the event and Amanda McIntyre, First Assistant Secretary, Office for Women, representing PM&C and delivering the closing remarks. The event also drew a number of APS Secretaries and other high-profile attendees from across the public and private sectors.

Minister Cash highlighted the great work being done in the APS on gender equality. She also pointed out the barriers that still exist for women with a focus on normalising flexibility as key for both men and women in achieving gender equality and changing our expectations of what constitutes women and men’s work. She also emphasised that it is important that systems support women to succeed, citing examples such as all-roles-flex trials, gender “blind” recruitment processes and the publication of gender data after recruitment processes.

Male Champion of Change member, Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell similarly spoke with great passion and candour. He was adamant that by not having 50 per cent female representation at work and in leadership positions, that organisations were missing out on 50 per cent of the talent at their disposal, “women are a great source of talent and we need more.”

He said that although female participation in the Australian Army is still low, it is the highest it has ever been at 12.7 per cent and he is determined that under his leadership, it would reach at least 25 per cent. He also noted that there are already 18 per cent female commanding officers and 22 per cent female lieutenants, and Australia’s move to allow women to serve in infantry and artillery units means “we are leading, not lagging internationally.”

The speeches were followed by an enlightening panel discussion chaired by Carmel Macgregor.

The video and images of the event are available on the IPAA website

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