As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to unfold, the health and safety of IPAA’s customers, speakers and staff is paramount.
Therefore, we have made the decision to reschedule the Garran Oration. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact IPAA Events Team on 02 8066 1900 or at events@nsw.ipaa.org.au

Canapés from 6:30 pm
Dinner from 7:00 pm


140 George Street, The Rocks NSW 2000
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Join some of the public sector's most important leaders at the IPAAeX dinner, which will be held the evening before the conference. The Garran Oration, established to honour the memory of one of the greatest Australian Commonwealth's public servants, Sir Robert Garran GCMQ QC (1867 - 1957), will be commemorated at the dinner. This is the Australian public sector’s most prestigious address and this year, the Garran Oration will be delivered by Peter Hughes, New Zealand’s State Services Commissioner and Head of State Services.

A full list of Orators is available on the IPAA National website.

Peter Hughes
“I strongly believe in the ideal of public service and I have devoted the whole of my working life to it. It is a privilege to serve as State Services Commissioner.” - Peter Hughes

Peter took up the role of State Services Commissioner and Head of State Services on 4 July 2016. 

He has had a career spanning more than thirty-five years in various roles across the state sector. Before joining the State Services Commission he served as Secretary for Education for three years from 2013. Prior to this, he was Professor of Public Management and Head of the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington from 2011. He is currently the Chair of the Board of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, having served as a Director since 2016.

He started his career in the Public Service as a clerk at the Department of Social Welfare and his roles have included providing policy advice, working in the field and senior executive management. 

Peter was Chief Executive at the Ministry of Social Development for ten years, and before that was Secretary for Internal Affairs, Chief Executive of the Health Funding Authority and Deputy Director-General of Health. 

Peter has been named Government Department CEO of the year five times by TransTasman.  In 2012 he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the State and in 2013 was voted Wellingtonian of the Year in the Government category. 

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