One Stop Update for the Accountant in the Public Sector

The changing role of the finance professional in the Public Sector


Registration & Coffee
Welcome from the Chair
Opening Address: Encouraging strong and diverse leadership in the public sector

• Creating a more responsive public sector to improve outcomes for New Zealanders
• Examining the new imperatives to build leadership, agility, adaptability, and collaboration in the New Zealand public sector
• Cultivating strong and diverse leadership with the ability to work across a range of roles and contexts

Dr Suze Wilson, Senior Lecturer and Leadership Scholar, Massey University
CFO Interview – Integration and collaboration towards shared outcomes

• Working across the Justice sector – how finance can assist in working more collaboratively to achieve the government’s outcomes
• Investigating what role the financial department will play in this and ways it can help facilitate the collaboration
• Looking into the practicalities of working together to enhance shared outcomes

Andy Fulbrook, Chief Financial Officer, Ministry of Justice
Ensuring accountability and performance in the New Zealand public sector

• Supporting a high performing accountable and transparent New Zealand public sector
• Improving interaction and collaboration to ensure value from public audits
• Best strategies to prepare your department for audit

Morning break
The One Stop Economic Update – Looking into the variables affecting the 2019 economic landscape

• Analysing the variables impacting New Zealand business, the social landscape, and international trade
• Discussing the impact of moving toward a carbon-neutral economy
• Looking into the factors and competitive forces shaping the accounting industry in New

Paul Clark, Industry Economist, Westpac
The One Stop Employment Law Update

The recent changes to Employment Law are now beginning to take effect.  Join our experts to talk about the recent and proposed reforms, and how they will affect you in the public sector workplace

  • Analysing the recent changes to employment and privacy laws
  • Outlining the new powers of Labour Inspectors and how to ensure you are prepared if they call
  • Looking into how faulty technology may be putting you at risk for holiday pay compliance
  • How technology is changing traditional working patterns and employment law
Peter Cullen, Partner, Cullen - The Employment Law Firm
Rochelle Farmer, Lawyer, Cullen - The Employment Law Firm
Sally Togher, Law Clerk, Cullen - The Employment Law Firm
Lunch break
The One Stop Taxation Update

• The latest with PAYE and GST
• Looking into the latest R&D tax incentive scheme and it’s availability to the public sector
• Discussing best practice to make the most of the current environment

Robyn Walker, National Technical Director, Deloitte
Sarah Kennedy , Associate Director, Deloitte
Getting traction in enhancing outcomes for customers in the public sector

• Looking into the unique challenges of continuous improvement in the public sector
• Critical elements in improving service to meet the needs of the customer
• Finding a balance between harmonising and automation of processes for better outcomes

Darcy Mellsop, Director, ci lab
Afternoon break
Strategic financial planning for the public sector

• Best practice for developing and directing your business and finance team
• Utilising tools and reports on financial and non financial information to influence decision making
• Managing key relationships effectively including inter-departmental collaborations

Matthew Needham , CFO, Housing New Zealand
Closing Keynote Interview – Where is public financial management heading?
  • How well is the Public Finance act 1989 working, and what needs to change?
  • What things in the Act should not change?
  • What are the practical implications of embedding of ‘wellbeing’ into the Public Finance Act 1989?
  • Will integrated reporting work in Government, and will it be introduced?



Professor Ian Ball, Professor of Public Financial Management , Victoria University of Wellington
Summary remarks from the Chair & networking drinks
Welcome back from the Chair
Public Sector innovation - redesigning how governments serve
- Reshaping of the public sector in the digital era.
- Creating a culture of experimentation.
- Overcoming the curse of budget bid cycles and the slow pace of change
- New Zealand as a global leader of public sector innovation
Jonnie Haddon, Programme Director - Lightning Lab GovTech, Creative HQ
The One Stop Accounting Standards Update

Join our expert from the XRB to give you the latest updates for the financial reporting of Public Benefit Entities (PBEs)
• Recently issued accounting standards impacting public sector PBEs
• Current public sector accounting standards in development
• The future of global accounting standards

Aimy Luu Huynh, Senior Project Manager - Accounting Standards , External Reporting Board (XRB)
Morning break
Managing the use of digital technology to automate process

• Building a better process to produce actionable information
• How automating processes can be used to your advantage
• Utilising digital tools to transform decision making and forecasting

Spotlight on: Cybersecurity

• Approaching security through a privacy lens
• What have the emerging cyber threats taught us and how are they evolving
• Maintaining cybersecurity within digitally disruptive environments

Tom Moore, Practice Manager, Aura Information Security
Lunch break
The One Stop Excel Masterclass – Excel tips and tricks to take you through 2019

• Collaborating across teams with Excel
• Creating real-time, on demand, timely reports aimed at various user groups
• Using advanced filter options to analyse and sort data
• Key points to watch out for when accessing Excel from the Cloud

Danny Bedingfield, Trainer, Ace Training
Closing keynote: Building a resilient workforce – a cultural shift in NZ organisations

• Examining New Zealand’s shift towards a more health and wellbeing aware workforce
• What is psychological wellness and how can we ingrain this into organisational culture?
• Understanding the obligation of your employer to ensure your support and wellbeing

Julie Barber, Senior Health and Safety Business Partner, NZ Red Cross
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