Building public trust and ethical cultures: Public sector forum on 21 June

28 May 2019

The former head of the Victorian Department of Education and Training will share at an upcoming integrity forum how she restored trust and integrity at the agency following two significant anti-corruption reports.  

Gill Callister PSM is now Professor and Associate Dean at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).

She will be in Perth on 21 June at the invitation of the Public Sector Commissioner and Corruption and Crime Commissioner.

Public Sector Commissioner Sharyn O’Neill said Ms Callister would talk about how she worked to rebuild the Victorian department’s systems, culture and leadership.  

“Ms Callister’s wealth of knowledge in senior public service roles, along with her approach to the reports’ recommendations, make her ideally placed to speak about regaining public trust and building ethical cultures,” Ms O’Neill said.

Ms Callister was appointed secretary of the department in 2015 in the middle of an investigation that highlighted the behaviour of a number of senior leaders.

During public hearings there were revelations of corruption, allegations of theft and a workplace culture where people were bullied and scared to speak up.

In response to these issues Ms Callister led significant integrity reform. “Integrity reform is not something you do just to clean up corruption in the wake of a scandal. It is a hallmark of any high performing agency and must be ongoing,” she said.

Ms Callister will be joined at the forum by Ms O’Neill and the Hon John McKechnie QC, Corruption and Crime Commissioner, for a panel discussion.

The forum is open to all senior public sector leaders including chief executive officers, chief human resource officers and integrity officers.

If you are in this target group and interested in attending, please email us.


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