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‘Smart Buyer’/’Smart Seller’ Contract Governance - Sydney

Date: November 2018 - Thursday 29 November 2018
Location: Holiday Inn Potts Point, Sydney ,

Today, much public sector performance is achieved with programs delivered through commercial contract relationships with private sector organisations.

The Defence First Principles Review (2015) strongly recommended that Defence should implement a “Smart Buyer” function, a concept introduced by Professor Donald Kettl in his book “Sharing Power” (1993). However, FPR offered no contract governance model to guide Defence on how to implement “Smart Buyer’. Still, both public and private sector organisations are leaking value and have higher than necessary transaction costs in these contracts.

Globally, leading academics (Kettl, Kelman, Greve, Sturgess etc ) and expert practitioners have identified a glaring weakness in contract governance/management after the contract is signed. Both parties in the exchange need to become “Smarter” through a clearly understood and shared contract governance model.

CGIG is offering a one day program to address these critical gaps.

The program is designed for all those, (including senior executives), involved in public sector contracts from the public and private sectors.

Date: Thursday 26 - Thursday 26 September 2019
Location: National Museum of Australia, ACT
For the first time in Australia, Defence Connect has created an awards program that reflects the comprehensive role of defence industry as a fundamental input to capability. Recognising leading professionals and businesses, rather than products and platforms, the Australian Defence Industry Awards universally acknowledges all defence industry stakeholders – from our primes, SMEs, academic institutions and associations, through to high-performing individuals such as defence executives, Indigenous and female leaders, students, scientists, technicians and academics.
Date: Friday 17 - Friday 17 May 2019
Location: Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney
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Date: Wednesday 29 - Thursday 30 May 2019
Location: Deakin University, Victoria.
The Naval Shipbuilding College is hosting Australia’s inaugural two-day Navy, Industry and Academia Training Conference. It brings together training practitioners and thought leaders from across Defence, industry and academic organisations that support the Defence training effort. Participants will have access to big idea pitching and presentations, industry networking events; and practical activities focused on learning theory, training delivery and technology in training. Topics will include accelerated young people’s learning, expectations of new technologies, the critical role of collaboration between Defence, academia and industry, virtual and gamification learning and the transfer of corporate knowledge. The conference will also examine the Naval Shipbuilding College’s integral role to support the nation’s continuous Naval Shipbuilding Program.
Date: Thursday 1 - Thursday 1 August 2019
Location: National Convention Centre, ACT
The Defence and Industry (D+I) Conference will be held on Thursday 1 August 2019 at the National Convention Centre Canberra. The Defence + Industry Conference is the premier Defence and industry conference held in the national capital. Consistently attracting in excess of 1100 delegates.
Date: Friday 5 - Friday 5 July 2019
Location: Tattersalls Club, Brisbane
This seminar is RUSI Queensland's blue-ribbon event for 2019. Constant examination of the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship is required to understand the dynamic shifts in the political, diplomatic and social foundations of these two close neighbours.  This year provides a special opportunity to recalibrate the strengths and weaknesses in this key regional relationship. Both countries will have completed national elections with political leaders and their parties embarking on their next terms of office in an increasingly uncertain Indo-Pacific domain. How will the relationship evolve? What are these key players thinking about each other? What are the emergent threats that might forge a deeper association between Canberra and Jakarta, or see a split develop along nationalistic, religious or security lines? And what are some of the 'black swan' events that could surprise and challenge both nations and the region?  Introduced by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs (tbc), the impressive list of international and Australian speakers will address these issues and more over the course of this day-long seminar. Speakers, including senior policy advisors, think tank researchers and academics will prime discussions on topics including strategic calculus, political Islam, regional security threats, climate change, pandemic diseases and natural disasters. These speakers will then be joined by other experts for panel discussions designed to maximise audience participation and exposure to these contemporary 'big ideas' in the Australia-Indonesia relationship. Specific topics will necessarily be considered in the context of China's rise and the West's response. Join Mr Peter Jennings (Director ASPI), Ibu Shafiah Muhibat (CSIS Jakarta), Prof Peter Leahy (National Security Institute), Prof Cordia Chu (Centre for Environment and Population Health), Prof Tim Lindsey (Director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society) and Dr Greta Nabbs-Keller (Centre for Policy Futures) for a master class in international relations between Australia and the largest national Muslim population in the world -- Indonesia.

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