Looking Back, Looking Forward


“Reflections of a Chief Executive/Challenges for a 21st Century Public Service”

Steve Sedgwick initially trained as an economist and was educated at the University of Sydney and London School of Economics.

His first involvement with the public sector was in 1985 when he was appointed Senior Economic Advisor to Prime Minister Bob Hawke. Three years later, Steve Sedgwick resigned from the role and took up a position as a Deputy Secretary of the Department of Finance in September 1988. He was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Finance in February 1992, after having acted in the role since January 1992. In 1997, he moved from the Finance Department to a Secretary position heading the Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (later Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs and then Department of Education, Science and Training). In December 2009, Steve Sedgwick was appointed Australian Public Service Commissioner. He finished his term on 13 December 2014. Mr Sedgwick became a national fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia in November 2013. He was a member of the board of the Asian Development Bank for five years. He is a fellow of the Institute of Public Policy at the Australian National University and is a member of a number of boards and advisory groups including the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation, the Advisory Council of the ANU Crawford School of Economics and Government, the Advisory Group for the Australian Human Rights Commission Male Champions of Change Research Project, the Jawun Board, and the Parliamentary ICT Advisory Board. In 2001, Steve Sedgwick received a Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through public service leadership. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in June 2012.


WHEN: 7am to 830am, Friday 27th March 2015

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