Public Sector Executive Assistant Congress

5th Annual Public Sector Executive Assistant Congress

Strengthen efficiency and raise your professional profile during times of uncertainty

28-29 October 2020, Canberra

Join us at the region’s premier conference specifically designed for EAs and PAs in government, where you interact with your peers and get exclusive guidance from experienced coaches to up your skills and reach the next level of the EA/PA profession.

The 5th Annual Public Sector Executive Assistant Congress is an incredible learning and development opportunity. It will empower you to increase your productivity and efficiency in the forever busy role of executive assistant, raise your professional profile, and transition your career path in this increasingly changeable world.

Leading executive assistants and thought leaders will delve into issues including:

  • Taking ownership of your work and exerting influence
  • Making the step up to become a strategic business partner with your executives
  • Senior executives’ advice on what makes a great executive assistant
  • Using technology to build a paperless work environment
  • Uncovering the myths of emotional intelligence
  • Taking control of your own career progression
  • Exploring the opportunities of being a virtual assistant
  • Advancing your communication skills to influence others

 Please click here to see the full conference agenda.

 Two inspiring keynote addresses:


Georgeina Whelan, Commissioner, ACT Emergency Services Agency



Virginia Haussegger, 2019 ACT Australian of the year; Director 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, University of Canberra; Chief Editor, BroadAgenda



Senior executives’ insights:

  • Bridget Brill, Executive Director, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Chris Collett, Deputy CEO, Intelligence, AUSTRAC
  • Sara Goldsworthy, Executive Director, Partnerships and Engagement, Department of Premier and Cabinet NSW (tentative)
  • Tony Krizan, Executive Director Corporate Operations & Information, National Health & Medical Research Council
  • Kylie Galway, Chief Data Officer & Assistant Secretary, Geospatial & Information Analytics, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment


Meet our expert speaking panel:

  • Robbie Eason, Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary, People Policy and Employment Conditions, Department of Defence
  • Carly Hartas, Executive Assistant to British Consul-General & Deputy Trade Commissioner APAC, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • María Rivarola, Executive Assistant to UK Defence & Military Adviser, British High Commission
  • Fiona Gaffney, Executive Coordinator to the Secretary, Transport NSW
  • Jo Hillas, Executive Assistant to CEO, VicHealth
  • Kerri Clarke, A/g Executive Officer to Commissioner, ACT Emergency Services Agency
  • Maria Larzabal, Executive Assistant to National Manager Corporate Shared Services, Services Australia
  • Leanne Cotton, Executive Assistant to Executive Director, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Anita Grassos, Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Clinical Excellence Commission, NSW Health
  • Casey-Marie De Veau, Executive Assistant to Deputy CEO, AUSTRAC
  • Liz Grimmett, Executive Assistant to Chief Data Officer & Assistant Secretary, Geospatial & Information Analytics, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • Elise Blair, Executive Assistant to the Chief Information Officer, Department of Health and Human Services VIC
  • Jessica Zdanowicz, Executive Assistant to General Counsel, Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • Naomi Linning, Executive Assistant to the Inspector-General and Deputy Inspector-General, Office of Inspector-General of Taxation & Taxation Ombudsman
  • Elizabeth Borst, Personal Assistant to General Manager, Wollongong City Council
  • Mario Halouvas, National Learning & Development Manager, Priority Management Australia
  • Sue Read, Founder and Director, Registered Psychologist, Life Unlimited Psychology
  • Ursula Kohler, Managing Director, Capital EA
  • Kirryn Zerna, Author, The Stand Out Effect
  • Ross Judd, Director, Team Focus
  • Rita Joyan, Career and Emotional Intelligence Trainer, Australian Delegate G20 YEA 2019
  • Chris Nightingale, Founder and Director, Chris Nightingale Consulting


Some of the outstanding feedback we received from our previous events:


“It was so empowering and motivating. I had heard good things about the conference, but it was even better than my expectations. Truly valuable tips and advice that I can’t wait to take back to the office. Highly recommend every EA attend this conference. I wish I had these tips earlier in my EA career.”

– Cassie Gibson, EA, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU


“I am empowered, enthusiastic and engaged! Seriously a great conference, Everyone has said it was the best ever and not like any other they have attended. I am excited to take back to work what I have learnt and look forward to the next congress.”

– Penny Hughes, Executive Assistant, Department of Defence


It was filled with tips and ideas to improve my effectiveness in my role and as an asset in the organisation I work with. I think I will be a better EA to my executive due to my attendance at this conference.”

– Diana Plenderleith, Executive Assistant, Court Services VIC


“It was a fantastic chance to network and meet up with so many other EA’s in similar roles, get great advice and share problems. The content of the presenters was excellent and very relevant to the audience.”

– Hazel Neville, Executive Assistant, Campbelltown City Council

 This professional development opportunity is too good to be missed. Last year’s EA congress sold out! Click here to Register now to secure your seat:


Call: +61 2 9279 2608