Open Opportunity Canberra 2017

30 November 2017
National Press Club of Australia
16 National Circuit, Barton ACT


Open Opportunity Canberra 2017

30 November 2017
National Press Club of Australia
16 National Circuit, Barton ACT


Open Opportunity Canberra 2017

30 November 2017
National Press Club of Australia
16 National Circuit, Barton ACT

Focussing on guiding new engagement strategies for technology and digital industries to sell to and collaborate with government

Open Opportunity Canberra brings together over 100 digital leaders from across the public sector to discuss, debate and define the future of digital services across the Australian government.

The Australian Government is going through a tech spend rethink, reforming its information technology procurement rules. The immediate priority is an overhaul of its IT spending rules, tearing the public service from outdated procurement methods and its risk-averse culture.

In alignment with the government’s aim to be “more porous” and capture the great ideas from “outside” the Open Opportunity forums in November opens the path for a surge of opportunities for all suppliers across the technology and digital industries to engage with, collaborate, and sell to government.

Program Overview

Open Opportunity forums aim to guide the technology and digital industries with granular and detailed government policy changes and new procurement rules, to develop more effective government engagement strategies.

With key ministerial participation from federal and state governments, the forums aim to:

• Gain a clear vision and timeline to how government will consider new technologies or approaches with substantial benefit to federal, state and local government services

• Review the open data inventories to be submitted by departments and agencies

• Examine the development of the frameworks for Unsolicited Proposals(UP) policy

• Address the protection of the proprietary interests of the technology companies

• Examine new opportunities to access key government procurement panels

 • Provide update on key state and municipal policies geared to engage further with the private sector to adopt new technologies to drive their services

 Who will be there

  • Public sector chief information officers
  • Chief digital officers
  • Chief technology officers
  • Change management executives
  • Procurement specialists
  • Senior human resources managers
  • Policy advisors
  • Senior communications managers



Registration and buffet breakfast


Opening remarks from

James Riley, Editorial Director,


How the changing landscape of public procurement is fostering innovation in government

The Hon. Angus Taylor, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet


The Essential 3 Pillars for the Australian Government’s Digital Transformation

Aidan Tudehope, ‎Managing Director, ‎Macquarie Government


Reforming procurement processes and partnering closely with industry to build better digital government services

Dr. Tahnya Donaghy, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Department of Premier and Cabinet, SA Government


The role of entrepreneurship in government - reaching the previously unreachable to help drive innovation within government

Wayne Gerard, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, RedEye


Panel Discussion: Rethinking the way Government works with industry – What do the new dynamics of government’s procurement strategies mean for sourcing innovation and technology?


James Riley, Editorial Director,



Elizabeth Kelly, Deputy Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Tahnya Donaghy, Deputy Chief Executive, SA Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Wayne Gerard, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, RedEye

Gavan Mackenzie, Partner, Maddocks

Brian Dargan, Strategy Director, Mentally Friendly


Morning tea and networking


International keynote: Transforming service delivery through secure digital content exchange across the government ecosystem

Gil Kirkpatrick, Chief Technology Officer, ViewDS (USA)


Security and privacy in the digital economy - developments in digital identity

Claudia LaJuenesse, Head of Digital iD, Australia Post


More than just a booklet: How industry and government can use the Digital Passport

Stephen Gee, Assistant Secretary, Australian Passport Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Open ID and Open Government

Speaker to be confirmed


Panel Discussion: How do we solve the issue of trust in government in a digital age?


James Riley, Editorial Director,



Glenn Archer, Visiting Fellow, Australian National University, and former Chief Information Officer, Australian Government

Stephen Gee, Assistant Secretary, Passport Policy and Integrity Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Claudia LaJuenesse, Head of Digital iD, Australia Post

Russell Wilson, Special Counsel, Maddocks


Networking lunch


Hello Future – How government and private sectors are coordinating like never before

Thomas Hajdu, Chief Advisor for Innovation, SA Government 


The future of work – the next frontier in government transformation 

Stephanie Foster, Deputy Commissioner, Australian Public Service Commission


Co-Innovation between industry leaders and disruptors for large scale IoT rollouts

Rob Zagarella, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, NNNCo


Designing and building services that citizens want to use – what can government learn from industry?

Brian Dargan, Strategy Director, Mentally Friendly


Panel Discussion:How is the public sector embracing blockchain, robotics and machine-learning for better service delivery?


Anthony Willis, Partner, Maddocks


Thomas Hajdu, Chief Advisor for Innovation, SA Government

Rob Zagarella, CEO and Founder, NNNCo

Mark Staples, Principal Researcher and a Group Leader, Software and Computational Systems Program, Data61|CSIRO

Robert Bollard, General Manager RIO Program and Business Futures,  ‎IP Australia

Garry Druitt, Director, CohortIQ


Closing remarks from and close of forum


High tea and networking


Event Partners

Macquarie Government

Official Event Host

The Hon. Angus Taylor

The Hon. Angus Taylor

Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Angus entered politics in 2013 when he was elected as the Liberal Federal Member for Hume in NSW.

Building on his background in economics, Angus was appointed to parliamentary committees on employment, trade and investment, and public accounts. He was also chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.

Angus was promoted to Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister with special responsibility for Cities and Digital Transformation in February 2016. He was reappointed to the frontbench after the 2016 Federal election.

Angus’ portfolios stretch across the whole of government to improve city liveability and tackle long standing issues of traffic congestion, housing affordability and the need to create jobs closer to where people live. He has a focus on regional cities and outer suburban cities.

With a passion for cutting edge technology and the benefits for citizens of the digital age, Angus authored an essay The Promise of Digital Government which was published by the Menzies Research Centre in 2016.

He has gained a reputation amongst his constituents as a keen problem solver, focusing in his electorate on growth opportunities for regional communities and improving telecommunications.

Prior to entering parliament in 2013 Angus was a Director at Port Jackson Partners where he was a strategy and business advisor on the resources, agriculture, energy and infrastructure sectors. Prior to this he was a partner at global consulting firm McKinsey & Co.

Angus has a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours and University Medal) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney. He also has a Master of Philosophy in Economics from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His thesis was in the field of competition policy.

In his private capacity Angus has founded or advised a number of small, fast growing start-up businesses, particularly in the agriculture sector.

He lives at Goulburn with his wife Louise and their four children.


Elizabeth Kelly

Elizabeth Kelly

Deputy Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Elizabeth Kelly was recently named Deputy Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, having previously held the position of Deputy Secretary of the Governance Group in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, responsible for machinery of government, legal policy, governance issues across the APS, Cabinet and the coordination of support to the Prime Minister and Portfolio Ministers.  Here, Elizabeth also had the role of Chief Operating Officer, responsible for financial management, ICT and corporate services.

Elizabeth has previously served in two Deputy Secretary roles with the Attorney-General’s Department, firstly responsible for Civil Justice and Legal Services and then Strategic Policy and Coordination and ministerial support.

Before returning to the Australian Public Service in 2006, Elizabeth was the Director of Policy and Regulatory Services in the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety, responsible for legal policy advice to the ACT Government. She also served as the Director of Policy for the Northern Territory Attorney-General’s Department from 1996 to 2001, and was a Crown Prosecutor in the Serious Fraud Office, Fiji Director of Public Prosecutions in 1998.      

Elizabeth was admitted as a legal practitioner by the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1989, practising as a solicitor at Blake Dawson Waldron in 1989/1990, for the New South Wales Royal Commission into Productivity in the Building Industry from 1990 to 1992 and for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions from 1992 to 1996.

Elizabeth completed the Advanced Management program at the Harvard Business School in 2012. 


Aidan Tudehope

Aidan Tudehope

Co-Founder, Macquarie Government

Aidan is co-founder of Macquarie Telecom Group and has been a director since 1992. He is the Managing Director of Macquarie Hosting Group with a focus on business growth, operational efficiency, cyber security and customer satisfaction.

He has been responsible for the strategy and execution of the investment in Intellicentre 2, and more recently, Intellicentre 4 Bunker. He leads the Government Business, encompassing Macquarie’s Secure Government Cloud and Secure Internet Gateway offerings.

As the former Chief Operating Officer for Macquarie Telecom Group, Aidan played an integral part in the strategy and direction of the Hosting business since its state-of-the-art data centre, Intellicentre 1 opened in 2001, as well as being instrumental in the development of Macquarie’s data networking strategy. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Dr Tahnya Donaghy

Dr Tahnya Donaghy

Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Premier and Cabinet, SA Government

As Deputy Chief Executive, Dr Donaghy leads a group of divisions which cover responsibilities for Cabinet and policy advice, intergovernmental relations, and ICT and digital transformation, as well as the Office for Data Analytics, the Early Intervention Research Directorate and Service SA.

The two main functions of the group encompass whole of government policy advice and coordination, and across government reforms. Policy advice encompasses a broad range of social, economic, domestic and national affairs. Key reform areas are being led in data and its role in evidenced-based decision making, and in the areas covered by the Office for Customer, Digital and ICT Transformation.

Gil Kirkpatrick

Gil Kirkpatrick

Chief Technology Officer, ViewDS

Gil Kirkpatrick joined ViewDS Identity Solutions in December 2012, in the new role of Chief Technology Officer, with the focus of developing the business’ international presence.

Gil brings more than 30 years of experience in commercial software product development and management to the company. His notable previous positions include Chief Architect at Quest Software (now Dell) and Netpro, where he established the successful TEC Conference.

He has been named Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional for Directory Services each consecutive year since 2005.

Stephanie Foster

Stephanie Foster

Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner

Stephanie joined the Commission from the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports where she had been since its inception as the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government in September 2010. Her responsibilities included regional policy and the Arts.

Prior to that Stephanie was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government where she had direct responsibility for Local Government and Regional Development, the Office of Northern Australia and the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.

Stephanie Foster is a career public servant who has worked with the Australian Public Service since joining the Department of Defence in 1987 as a graduate trainee. Stephanie spent sixteen years in the Intelligence community in a range of analytic and management positions and a further six years in Defence’s International Policy area. Stephanie was awarded a Public Service Medal in June 2008 for her policy support to Australian Defence Force deployments overseas. She has also been awarded the French decoration of Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite for her work to develop Defence relations between France and Australia.


Stephen Gee

Stephen Gee

Assistant Secretary, Australian Passport Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Stephen joined the Australian Passport Office in December 2016.  Stephen entered the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as a graduate in 1990.  He served for three years on the Hong Kong and Taiwan desk before postings to Dhaka and Bonn.  Returning to Canberra, he worked in the Executive Branch, as director of diplomatic security, and as the director responsible for relations with Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. 

From 2004 to 2007, as political and economic counsellor in Bangkok, Stephen faced challenges that included the Asian tsunami, a new bilateral free trade agreement and the 2006 coup.  Returning to Canberra, he spent six years working on relations with the Pacific islands, culminating in five months as acting head of the department’s Pacific Division.  From 2013 to 2016, Stephen headed the Political Branch at Australia’s Embassy in Washington DC.

Glenn Archer

Glenn Archer

Visiting Fellow, Australian National University, Former Chief Information Officer, Australian Government

Glenn Archer is recognised nationally and internationally for his leadership and contribution to digital government - spanning senior management roles in both the private and public sector.

Prior to his appointment as Federal Government CIO and head of the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) in 2012, he held various Senior Executive and CIO roles in a number of Federal Government agencies.  In 2014, he joined Gartner as Research Vice President for the Public Sector - focusing on Digital Government and publishing research in this field and supported government and industry CIOs across the world.  Today Glenn is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU’s Research School of Management, undertaking private research in Digital Government, and provides consulting & advisory services to the public sector and industry. 

In his early career Glenn worked in a range of security and technology related roles in Government.  He subsequently worked at Apple for over eight years - in systems engineering and sales roles, ran a mid-sized consulting firm for a year and also worked at Cisco Systems as a Channel and Account Executive for almost 4 years. 

Glenn has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree from the Australian National University with majors in Computer Science and Pure Maths.  He also holds an MBA awarded jointly by the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales (AGSM).

Robert Bollard

Robert Bollard

General Manager RIO and Business Futures Group, IP Australia

As General Manager of the RIO and Business Futures Group, Mr Bollard oversees major business transformation initiatives which drive business improvement, cognitive capability and innovation throughout IP Australia.

Mr Bollard has extensive experience in major business transformation, delivering alternative service delivery models and business process re-engineering both within Federal and ACT Government.  Recent successful deliveries led by Mr Bollard include the implementation of the Designs capability for RIO, a new award winning Trade Mark Search capability using deep learning image technology, an organisational digital transition strategy that now positions IP Australia with over 99.6 per cent of customers interacting online for approximately 850,000 transactions and over $200 million revenue per year.  He has also led the implementation of the agency’s first advanced machine learning virtual assistant ‘Alex’, the establishment of an innovation capability, and a range of key customer tools including the Source IP online patent collaboration and licensing marketplace for public research organisations.

Mark Staples

Mark Staples

Principal Researcher and a Group Leader, Software and Computational Systems Program, Data61

Mark Staples leads the Software Systems group at Data61, CSIRO, which is conducting research into blockchain technology, analytics architectures, behavioural analytics, business process systems, and legal informatics. His research interests are in software engineering and the philosophy of engineering, and he has worked in the software engineering industry in Australia, on electronic payments systems, distributed control systems, and implantable medical devices. He is a graduate of the University of Queensland, holds a PhD from University of Cambridge, and is a Conjoint Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW. He is a member of Australia's standardization committee on blockchain and DLT (IT-041), under Australia's leadership of the Secretariat of the International Technical Committee for Blockchain Standards (ISO/TC 307).

Claudia Lajeunesse

Claudia Lajeunesse

‎Head of Digital iD™

Claudia Lajeunesse is an integral member of the Digital iD team at Australia Post and has been with Post since 2014. She has extensive experience in transforming organisations by improving the way they work to create digital products and services that are intuitive, easy to use and meet customer needs. Her career spans across different industries including financial services, enterprise software & services, public health and not-for-profit, where she has delivered commercially competitive solutions by integrating business strategy with technology. Currently, Claudia is part of the team pioneering our new Digital iDä solution, which is a natural extension to the physical identity verification service Australia Post offers today.


Brian Dargan

Brian Dargan

Strategy Director, Mentally Friendly

With over 17 years experience in Business Design and Transformation, Brian has worked his way through the UK, Europe, the US, Asia, and now Australia, understanding and harnessing the changes that digital has wrought on society and business. During his time at Mirum in Singapore, Brian was the digital strategic lead on two key pieces of global government business; The Singapore Tourism Board and The Singapore Economic Development Board. Now, as Strategy Director at Mentally Friendly, Brian has been collaborating with NSW state government agencies (such as the Department of Finance, Services & Innovation (DFSI), Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Department of Education (DOE), and Service NSW since 2016 across a variety of projects that feed into the execution of NSW’s Digital Government Strategy.

Thomas Hajdu

Thomas Hajdu

Chief Advisor for Innovation, SA Government

Tom co-founded tomandandy, which he built into one of the largest music production companies in the world. He helped reshape the role of music in the film, television and advertising industries by introducing a disruptive process that lowered music production costs to a fraction of previous levels while improving creative quality. Tom has chaired and spoken at conferences and institutions world wide about disruption and strategic innovation and is an active member of Sydney University’s Digital Disruption Research Group. He holds MFA and PhD from Princeton University and Presidential MBA from Pepperdine University.

Wayne Gerard

Wayne Gerard

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, RedEye

Wayne Gerard is a passionate entrepreneur and prominent mentor in the Brisbane innovation & start-up community. He is co-founder and CEO of Red Eye, which he launched in 2012, one of Australia’s fastest growing APP start-ups. Red Eye is a cloud based platform that has grown into a global leader in managing, sharing and storing engineering drawings and data in the mining, oil, gas, utilities and infrastructure industries.

Red Eye’s partners & clients include the likes of Queensland Urban Utilities; Snowy Hydro,SA Power Networks, Lady Cilento Hospital & BHP Mitsubishi Alliance. Red Eye employs some
40 staff across its HQ in Brisbane, Houston & Singapore & has more than 400 organisations on its books and manages assets in excess of $50 Billion. Little wonder in 2016, Red Eye was
ranked the seventh (7th) rising star in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Report with a 706% growth rate over the previous three years. Wayne has also met with APPLE to finalise a
mobile partnership with the global giant.

Wayne has been personally (and rightfully) acknowledged for his commitment to the QLD start-up community. He received the 2015 Queensland Entrepreneur of the Year Pearcy Award. He also sits on the QLD Premier’s Business Advisory Committee.

Rob Zagarella

Rob Zagarella

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, National Narrowband Network Communications (NNNCo)

Rob is the Founder and CEO of NNNCo, an Australian company building and operating a national narrowband network for IoT as an end-to-end scalable carrier service over a shared network. He has been an innovator and inventor in IoT in the area of machine-to-machine sensing, communications, wide area networking and enterprise software and has successfully leveraged those entrepreneurial skills as a leader in start-ups (Australia and USA), University-based commercialisation and large global corporates.

Rob was President of Gridsense in the US where he drove the company’s M2M monitoring & control solutions into the Utility sector. He was the Asia Smart Grid leader for General Electric, including its range of Enterprise Software, Hardware and Services solutions and more recently EVP of Grid Net, a silicon valley M2M enterprise networking software startup. He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gavan Mackenzie

Gavan Mackenzie

Partner, Maddocks

Gavan specialises in providing commercial, procurement, and contracting advice to Commonwealth agencies on a broad range of matters. In particular, he has extensive experience advising on complex, high value and high profile ICT and other outsourcing projects for Commonwealth agencies. He has been advising Commonwealth agencies for over 10 years.

He regularly advises Commonwealth agencies on their procurement processes (including compliance with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and the Commonwealth Procurement Rules), develops and negotiates commercial documents, and advises on contract management issues.

Gavan also regularly advises Commonwealth agencies on intellectual property law and software licensing.  

Gavan has been listed in the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers in the 'Government' category in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.


Russell Wilson Special Counsel, Maddocks

Russell Wilson Special Counsel, Maddocks

Special Counsel, Maddocks

Russell has experience advising on complex procurements and asset sales, grant and funding agreements, regulatory issues and national security issues such as money laundering and terrorism financing, and cyber related matters.

He previously held the role of AUSTRAC's first General Counsel, for a period of 10 years, as well as having responsibility for a number of other areas including privacy compliance, policy, governance and risk management.

Anthony Willis

Anthony Willis

Partner, Maddocks

Anthony is recognised as one of Australia's leading government and technology lawyers, with expertise in commercial, contracting, technology and IP matters.

He has spent around 25 years advising on some of Australia's largest commercial and government transactions and has led tender and contract development and negotiations for a number of multi-billion dollar Australian Government technology procurements.

Anthony is recognised as a highly skilled negotiation strategist and lead negotiator for major projects. He has advised on both major acquisitions and resolution of significant contract disputes. He also advises on structuring complex IP and technology arrangements.

Garry Druitt

Garry Druitt

Director, CohortIQ

Garry is a Director of CohortIQ , a ‘big data’ analytic company established by his son, Ben after Ben and his partners won the 2016 Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) Datastart competition, with an innovative approach to Health data analytics.

Garry has had extensive ICT experience over several decades in the Education and Health sectors.

Garry’s previous work in Health has focussed on the development of regional ICT Strategy, Architecture and Governance, with particular emphasis on innovation, benefits realisation and financial sustainability. He has become well known in the Health industry through his development of SWARH.

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