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Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, 15-19 November 2010

The GSG delivered a 5 day program on strategic planning and change management in Sydney, for the Tilganga Institute on behalf of their partners The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Two Week Course in Cambodia. 3-12 November 2010

Professor Gallop and Associate Professor Ramia delivered a two week course in public policy and administration for the Royal School of Administration in Phnom Penh.

Annual Hawke Lecture, 13 October 2010

Director Professor Geoff Gallop delivered the 2010 Annual Hawke Lecture “Re-thinking Australian Politics: engaging the disenchanted” at the Adelaide Town Hall.

Premier Kristina Keneally spoke on Strategic Administration, 8 October 2010

The NSW Premier Kristina Keneally spoke to the Strategic Administration class on the public consulation process in government and the NSW State Plan.

Barry O'Farrell at GSG Graduation Ceremony, 1 October 2010

Barry O'Farrell, Leader of the Opposition NSW gave the occasional address at the GSG Graduation Ceremony. The ceremony saw close to 90 graduates in Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, Master of Public Administration and graduates of the ANZSOG Executive Master of Public Administration.

Health Roundtable Shanghai, 9 September 2010

Director Professor Geoff Gallop participated in a Health Roundtable on “Translating Health Research into Health Outcomes”, The Roundtable involved Australian and Chinese researchers and focused on the policy issues associated with obesity and diabetes. The meeting was part of a series of Roundtable held at the Australian Pavilion World Expo 2010.

Bradfield Lecture, 2 September 2010

Professor Geoff Gallop delivered the JJC Bradfield Lecture at St Andrew’s College, University of Sydney. The lecture was titled “The Case for Public Service”.

Forum: Economic Development in the Global Financial Crisis, 9 August 2010

GSG's Director Geoff Gallop was a discussant at the Sydney University Forum addressed by Mr Aart de Geus, Deputy Secretary General of the OECD.

Australia Africa Fellowship, 2 August – 24 September 2010

GSG partnered with the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology to deliver a course on Project Management for Senior Government officials from South Africa.

Australia Leadership Award Fellowship – Programs in Extractive Industries, 26 July – 17 September 2010

Once again GSG teamed up with the Sydney Law School to deliver a course for senior government officials in Indonesia working in extractive industries.
The participants also visited Western Australia where they visited a mine, met with the Chamber of Minerals and Energy and held discussions with senior government officials past and present including former Premier Richard Court.

University delegation to Africa, 10 July to 23 July 2010

Professor Geoff Gallop and Leanne Howie were part of the University delegation to Africa. Professor Gallop gave lectures to Rwanda's School of Finance and Banking ("Public Sector Education") and to the National University of Rwanda and the Kigali Independent University ("What is the Public Interest?").

Scenario Planning Exercise, 8-9 July 2010

Professor Gallop facilitated a Scenario Planning exercise with the Senior Executive NSW Ambulance Service.

European Delegation, Paris and Geneva, May/June 2010

Professor Gallop was part of Sydney University's delegation to Europe. He spoke at the OECD Forum "Road to Recovery: Innovation, Jobs and Clean Growth" as part of the panel on "matching skills to jobs".

Australia Africa Fellowship Program, 3 May - 26 June 2010

Graduate School of Government teamed up with the Sydney University Law School to deliver a program for senior government officials working in the resource sector from Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The program was funded by AusAID.

Political Advisors' Course, 2 May - 7 May 2010

GSG delivered a one-week course for political advisors from the Asia Pacific. The course was funded by ALP International.

Resilience @ Law launch at Allens Arthur Robinson, 23 March 2010

Professor Gallop launched a short film on mental health in the legal profession. The film was an initiative of Sydney's leading law firms and the College of Law.

International Forum, Australia's Re-engagement with Africa, 19 March 2010

Professor Gallop was on a panel discussing Australia's re-engagement with Africa. The Forum was organised by the University of Sydney and involved the then Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith, the Deputy Chair of the African Union and Zimbabwe's finance Minister.

Delegation from Rwanda, 10 March 2010

Professor Gallop and Leanne Howie participated in a roundtable discussion with a parliamentary delegation from Rwanda. Professor Gallop spoke on "Public Sector Reform" and "Public Sector Education".

Sydney Festival World CafÉ on Happiness, 24 January 2010

Professor Gallop facilitated the World CafÉ on Happiness as part of the Sydney Festival. The event was a partnership between the University of Sydney and the Sydney Festival.

Cambodian Program

7 - 11 December, 2009

The Graduate School of Government has teamed with the Sydney University Law School to deliver a five-day program for senior Cambodian public servants on legal and governance issues in the extractive industries. Funded by the World Bank the program included lectures, a scenario planning exercise, presentations from government and industry and a visit to a Coal and Allied mine in the Hunter Valley.

Alumni and Practitioners' Network function

2 December

The Alumni and Practitioner Network function took place on 2 December. Hosted by Deloitte over 100 alumni and supporters of the GSG attended the end of year function. In attendance were Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal University of Sydney; Dr Dhale Suggett, Deputy Director General, Policy and Strategy, Department of Premier and Cabinet; Simon Cook from Deloitte and Paul Doorn CEO of IPAA (NSW) and former Graduate Diploma Alumnus.

The evening also saw the presentation of three inaugural prizes in the GSG.

IPAA NSW, FA Bland Prize for academic excellence in Strategic Administration (2009). This was won by Paul Gaynor from the Ministry of Transport.

Deloitte prize for academic excellence in the Work Based Project (2009). This was won by David Walsh, from the Department of Community Services. This was for his Work Based Project which was an evaluation of Parental Responsibility Contracts.

Department of Premier and Cabinet award in Public Administration for overall academic performance in the Graduate Diploma of Public Administration, which includes a traveling scholarship. The winner was Natalie Camilleri who plans to use the scholarship for her project Researching federal and state relations in Road transport policy in the USA with a focus on the importance of strategic planning to guide investment decisions.

Australian Scholarships Alumni

Indonesia 2-9 November 2009

The Director of the School, Professor Geoff Gallop, delivered a series of lectures in Indonesia to the Australian Scholarships Alumni from 2 November to 9 November 2009. In Jakarta he led a reintegration seminar for students returning in 2009 and in Banda Aceh and Yogyakarta he led a professional development program. The program was funded by AusAID.

The issues tackled included a history of public sector reform, leadership for change, planning for the future (in particular Scenario Planning) and skills for strategic government (including political skills).

Visit by Bangladesh Civil Services Authority

On 14 October the Director of the GSG Professor Geoff Gallop delivered two lectures to delegates from the Bangladesh Civil Services Authority. The delegation was led by Dr Md. Idris Ali Dewan a member of the Planning Commission. Prof Gallop delivered lectures on The Role of the GSG in Public Sector Education and Public Sector Reform in Australia Today.

ANC delegation visit GSG

From 6 October to 9 October the GSG received a 12 person delegation from the African National Congress (South Africa). A program delivered by the GSG focusing on strategic government, public sector reform, the work of the Australian political parties and inter-governmental relations in Australia was funded by AusAID and included visits to the COAG reform Council, the ACT government and Officials from the Commonwealth Government. The delegation was led by Dr Nakedi Mathews Phosa, ANC Treasurer General and Premier of Mpumalanga Province from 1994 to 1999.

Visit to Cambodia

The Director of the GSG, Professor Geoff Gallop, visited Cambodia form 20 July to 26 July where he gave two presentations: "Leadership for Change", delivered to ADS students; and "What a Minister expects of the Public Service", delivered at the Royal School of Administration to their current batch of students.

Visit to Indonesia

The Director of the GSG, Professor Geoff Gallop, visited Indonesia from April 13 to April 19 and delivered lectures on "Leadership for Change" to ADS students in Jakarta and Denpasar. He also met with officials form the University of Indonesia, Bappenas (Planning Department), Ministry of Finance and the Institute for Peace and Democracy (Bali) for briefings on public sector reform and education in Indonesia.

Mentor brings reality check

A University program taps into Australian leadership expertise for a Rwandan student.

Mentor brings reality check

Practical learning: John Aquilina, House Leader in the NSW Government, with Rwandan student Alex Semarinyota

Political Advisers' Course 1-6 February 2009

Political Advisers' Course 1-6 February 2009

In co-operation with ALP International Projects the GSG has delivered another Political Advisers' Course for twenty senior advisers from the Asia Pacific Region.

The course involved visits to federal and state ministerial offices and to the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Iraqi Delegation

On 5 December the Director of the GSG met with a delegation from the Iraqi Council of Representative to discuss Australia's federal system of Government. The delegation was led by HE Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, Speaker, Council of Representative, HE Sheikh Dr Khalid al-Attiyah, Deputy Speaker, Council of Representative and HE Mr Arif Tayfur, Deputy Speaker, Council of Representatives.

South Africa and Mozambique

From 3 to 7 November 2008, the Director delivered a course on Strategic Government and Scenario Palling for AusAID in Pretoria and Maputo. Attendees at the course were Alumni from Australian universities.

Professor Gallop with Alumni in Mozambique

Professor Gallop with Alumni in Mozambique

Sarawak Course: Managing SCORE and the future

From 13 to 15 October 2008, the Director and Associate Professor Richard Hall (Work and Organisational Studies) deliver a program on Scenario Planning and Change Management, with particular reference to the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE). The corse was developed for the Sarawak Civil Service and Legislative Assembly. The Chief Minister Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud delivered a Keynote address.

Dean's citation

Two of the GSG's units of study have been award a citation for teaching award:

  • Policy in Practice coordinated by Geoff Gallop and Richard Mills
  • Public Sector Leadership coordinated by Stephen Mills

The award is based on student feedback on the unit of study.

Geoff Gallop Fellow ANZSOG

Professor Geoff Gallop AC has been appointed a Fellow to the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

OECD Forum 2008

Professor Gallop AC was invited to participate at the OECD Forum 2008 in Paris from 3-4 June 2008.

He was part of a panel on Jobs and Growth and presented a paper Australia's Productivity and Participation Reform Agenda. Download Paper

GSG at 2020 Summit

GSG academics Joanne Kelly and Geoff Gallop joined 1000 other delegates in Canberra to take part in the Australia 2020 Summit.

Joanne Kelly, Geoff Gallop, Lyn Carson (United States Studies Centre)

Sydney Ideas: Dear Mr Rudd

Seymour Centre, University of Sydney 14 April 2008.

In the lead up to the Australia 2020 Summit, Sydney Ideas presents a panel of contributors to the book Dear Mr Rudd: Ideas for a better Australia edited by Robert Manne. Geoff Gallop contributed to both the book and panel discussion. Listen to the podcast (mp3).

Bob Hawke talks leadership

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke visited the GSG on 28 March to speak to students enrolled in the Public Sector Leadership class. Mr Hawke's address covered his own observations about the challenges of leading Cabinet and the public service, as well as insights into the leadership style of foreign leaders of his time including US President Reagan and Soviet President Gorbachev. Mr Hawke, accompanied by his wife Blanche d'Alpuget, spoke at the invitation of course coordinator Stephen Mills, Hawke's former speechwriter.

Bob Hawke and Blanche d'Alpuget

Bob Hawke and Blanche d'Alpuget with the class for GSOG6002 Public Sector Leadership.

Bob Hawke

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke

Ministerial Offices

10 & 12 March 2008

The GSG has successfully completed another induction program on behalf of the Department of Premier and Cabinet for ministerial staffers employed by the NSW government.

The program was based on the theme that a Ministerial Office is an important institution of government.

Amongst the issues tackled were:

  • Accountabilities and responsibilities
  • Relationships (within and outside government) and their management
  • What is the role of political advice and how does it fit within the broader context of advice to government?
  • What are the expectations of Ministers and Public Servants?

Guest speakers included;

  • Josh Murray (Premier's Chief of Staff)
  • Hon. Michael Egan (former State Treasurer)
  • Michael Coutts-Trotter (Director-General of Education)
  • Les Tree (Director-General, Ministry for Police)
  • Dr Col Gellatly (former Director-General of Premier's Department)
  • John Lee (Director-General of Commerce)

International Political Advisors' Course

4 -8 February 2008

The Graduate School of Government has completed a highly successful 5-day Political Advisors' Course for ALP (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.

Participants were introduced to the work and functioning of Ministerial Offices in New South Wales and were given a comprehensive overview of the NSW State Plan.

Lectures and presentations were given by the GSG's Professor Geoff Gallop and Mr Stephen Mills.

Guest lectures were provided by:

  • Hon. Paul Keating, former Prime Minister of Australia
  • Professor Alan Dupont from the University of Sydney's Centre for International Security Studies
  • Dr Janet Hartz-Karp (Curtin University)
  • Mr John Utting (UMR Research)
  • Mr Bruce Hawker (Hawker-Britton)

Participants from the Political Advisors' course

Participants from the Political Advisors' course on the final day with Hon. Paul Keating, Dr Michael Morgan (ALP International Projects) and GSG staff Prof Geoff Gallop, Dr Joanne Kelly and Leanne Howie.

Prof Gallop and participants

Prof Gallop leading participants on the final teaching day.

Strategic Management and Leadership in the Public Sector

6-9 November 2007 Pretoria, South Africa and Maputo, Mozambique

Professor Geoff Gallop was engaged by AusAID in South Africa to deliver a two day program in South Africa and one day program in Mozambique for Australia's African Alumni Network.

The course was held in Pretoria (6-7 November) and Maputo (9 November).

The course was based on eight lectures:

  • Where is government going today?
  • What is government all about?
  • New Public Management and beyond?
  • Strategic Governance
  • Managing Change/Setting Frameworks
  • Minsters and Public Servants
  • Sound Advice for Policy Advisors
  • What is the Public Interest?

Professor Gallop met with representatives from the South African Management Development Institute and Padre Pedro Couto the Rector of Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo.

Professor Gallop with the class in Maputo

Professor Gallop with the class in Maputo

Professor Gallop with the class in Pretoria

Professor Gallop with the class in Pretoria, including Phindi Molopyane, former GSG MPAdmin student.

Driving excellence through Strategic Government

24-26 October 2007 Kuching, Malaysia

Professor Geoff Gallop presented a three day course on "Driving Excellence through Strategic Government" for the Malaysian State Government of Sarawak from 24 to 26 October 2007.

As part of the course Professor Gallop gave seven lectures:

  • Where is government heading in the world today?
  • Members of Parliament, Ministers and Strategic Government.
  • New Public Management and Beyond
  • Strategic Government today.
  • What a Minister expects of the Public Service
  • Managing Change/Setting Frameworks
  • What is the Public Interest?

Keynote addresses were also delivered by the Chief Minister of Sarawak, YAB Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud and the State Secretary of Sarawak YB Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot.

The course was delivered as apart of Sarawak Public Service Week 2007.

Participants, Driving Excellence through Strategic Government

Participants, Driving Excellence through Strategic Government

Ministerial Offices Induction Program

22 - 23 May 2007, University of Sydney

The Graduate School of Government in conjunction with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, has successfully completed an induction program for Ministerial Chiefs of Staff and Policy Officers.

The program was based around the theme that Ministerial Offices has become an important political institution which needed to operate in a professional and ethical way.

The perspectives of both "insiders" and "outsiders" were considered as where the various relationships between Ministerial Offices and the other parts of the system of government.

Guest speakers included former Ministers Dr Andrew Refshauge and Michael Egan, to Premier's Chief of Staff Mike Kaiser, former WA Premier's Chief of Staff Sean Walsh, and senior public servants Robyn Kruk, Col Gellatly, Warwick Watkins, Michael Coutts-Trotter, Lisa Corbyn, Alex Smith, Leigh Sanderson and Brad Fitzmaurice.

  • Ministerial Offices and their place within our System of Government
    
Introductory comments by Prof Geoff Gallop.
  • The Anomalies: The origins, functions and frameworks of Ministerial staff
    
A background paper which was prepared for the course by Stephen Mills.

Geoff Gallop, Michael Egan, Michael Coutts-Trotter, Warwick Watkins

Left to Right: Geoff Gallop, Michael Egan, Michael Coutts-Trotter, Warwick Watkins

Guest Lecture: Prof Malcolm Sparrow, Harvard University

GSG and ANZSOG Alumni event
14 May 2007, University of Sydney

In conjunction with the Graduate School of Government, University of Sydney, and ANZSOG held a special event for its Alumni. Prof Geoff Gallop introduced visiting academic Prof Malcolm Sparrow from the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Professor Sparrow presented his talk, Boundaries in the Task and Tool Environments: Choosing Which to Honour, Which to Breach? He discussed how public administrators have developed paths to risk control, ensuring that both innovation and regulation are integrated into solutions to multitude of problems in public administration GSG Appoints New Director

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