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Dr Steven Kennedy: Meeting the Challenges of Growth

Dr Steven Kennedy: Public Lecture

Meeting the Challenges of Growth: 
Population, Infrastructure and the Role of the Public Service

What are the challenges of rapid population growth, changes in spatial inequality and the ever growing demand for infrastructure? Dr Steven Kennedy will unpack these questions, and reflect on the public service’s evolving role in government and the related current review of the Australian Public Service.

About Steven Kennedy

Dr Steven Kennedy is the Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, a position he has held since September 2017.

Previously, he was a Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he led work on the Cities Agenda, regulatory reform, public data and digital innovation.

Dr Kennedy has also held the position of Deputy Secretary at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; the Department of the Environment; the former Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education; the former Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and the Head of Secretariat of the Garnaut Climate Change Review – Update 2011.

Dr Kennedy has twice been seconded to the Prime Minister's Office from the Treasury, working as the Director of Cabinet and Government Business and a senior economic adviser. He held a number of positions at the Treasury including the General Manager of the Infrastructure, Competition and Consumer Division and the Domestic Economy Division.

Dr Kennedy began his career in the public service as a cadet at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Prior to joining the public service, Steven trained and worked as a nurse. He holds a PhD and a Masters in Economics from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney.

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