7 August 2024   |   8:00 AM – 5:00 PM AEST

The National Convention Centre Canberra (NCCC)

AWS Public Sector Symposium Canberra is back and we look forward to seeing you again this year!

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AWS Public Sector Symposium Canberra

Bringing the cloud community together to innovate, build, and learn

Join us for AWS Public Sector Symposium Canberra 2024, and discover how organisations of all sizes are using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate innovation and drive their missions forward.

Explore how the cloud can help you enhance security, analyse data at scale, advance sustainability, and achieve your mission—faster and at lower cost. Returning in 2024 with all-new content and speakers, this must-attend event features inspiring keynotes from Australia’s tech leaders, breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, networking hubs, and more.

20+ sessions will cover topics ranging from generative AI and big data analytics to cybersecurity and citizen service transformation. Whether you’re new to the cloud or an experienced user, you’ll gain key knowledge that you can use right away. Join us and discover how to accelerate digital transformation today. 

Event highlights

20+ sessions

Lecture-style and interactive sessions to learn from, join us no matter where you are on your AWS journey.

Experiential zones

Join AWS experts to discover trends and possibilities for your data and experience the latest in innovation and live demos.

Ask an AWS expert

Speak to an AWS team member one-on-one and ask the questions you have on your mind.

AWS training

Get equipped with the knowledge it takes to move your company—and career—forward.  

D I S C O V E R  W H A T ' S  N E W


Join Dave Levy, Vice President of AWS Worldwide Public Sector (WWPS), to learn more about the generative AI explosion and why the cloud is the foundation for this emerging technology. Discover how AWS customers of all shapes and sizes are unlocking generative AI's potential to make the world safer and healthier, reimagine citizen services, and realise their boldest missions.

Why attend?
Leave with a firm understanding of how AWS empowers you to be at the forefront of the generative AI revolution while maintaining the resilience, scalability, and security required in the public sector. Hear from featured customer speakers about their experiences, agility, and resilience with AWS, and gain insights into moving faster, increasing security, and reducing costs.


Dave Levy

Dave Levy

Vice President of AWS Worldwide Public Sector (WWPS), Amazon Web Services


Dave Levy leads government, education, healthcare, aerospace and satellite, and non-profit businesses globally. He and his teams help customers realise the potential of technology to transform their organisations and fulfil their missions. Previously, Dave served for six years as the Vice President of U.S. Government, Non-profit, and Global Healthcare businesses for AWS. Dave's team is focused on helping customers use data in more sophisticated ways. Before joining AWS, Dave worked for Apple Inc. for 12 years and led the teams that helped the government adopt innovative mobile technologies.

Iain Rouse

Iain Rouse

Director for Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, Public Sector, Amazon Web Services 


Coming soon

Donna Hutchison

Donna Hutchison

Executive Lead, Australian Epilepsy Project (AEP)

Chief Operating Officer, Neuroscience Trials Australia (NTA)


Donna loves solving problems that help make people's lives better. With leadership experience in strategy, design, and scaling businesses across the healthcare, education, and financial services sectors, Donna joined the Florey Institute in 2021 to lead several strategic initiatives including the $30m MRFF awarded, Australian Epilepsy Project (AEP). Donna is passionate about leading the AEP as it is changing thousands of lives and has the potential to transform the way that brain healthcare is diagnosed and delivered globally.

Abbey Hogan

Abbey Hogan

Solicitor for Public Prosecutions, Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) Victoria


Abbey was appointed CEO of the OPP in 2020 and holds a Bachelor of Laws from La Trobe University and a Bachelor of Arts from RMIT University. Previously Abbey has worked as a lawyer in various roles across the OPP, including in general prosecutions, drugs, appeals, and policy and specialised legal. Abbey’s vision for the organisation includes the Digital Transformation Program to modernise and improve technology and explore AI.


Wednesday, 7 August 2024

This event is specifically designed to help public sector organisations across government, education, nonprofit, healthcare, and financial services navigate the increasingly complex and ever-evolving tech landscape. 

Our goal is to empower you, the leaders and architects of public sector digital transformation, with new capabilities and insights that help you accelerate your mission and improve the lives of people and the planet using cloud technology.

  • See cutting-edge products and the latest solutions from our sponsoring partners and learn how they can help you transform your organisation. 

  • The Symposium features 20+ breakout sessions across three main tracks: build, security & data protection, and transform. 

    Discover content to accelerate your public sector mission, and hear from government, nonprofit, healthcare, education, and aerospace and satellite customers. Grow your existing cloud skills to learn how to build, deploy, and operate your infrastructure and applications learning from lecture-style and interactive sessions.

  • Join us for an informative and interactive demo of two generative AI use cases: text generation and image generation using the SageMaker playground. The text generation use case will highlight how SageMaker can be used to automatically generate text summaries for government documents, such as reports, policies, and legislation. The image generation use case will demonstrate the potential of SageMaker in generating realistic images, which can be applied in areas such as public awareness campaigns, product or service imagery and diagrams to accompany technical reports or documentation.

  • Learn from AWS experts about how AWS Training and Certification can help you gain practical experience with real-world cloud scenarios, validate your cloud expertise, and much more.

  • Join the conversation at our reception at the end of the day. Mingle and connect with your peers to discuss topics that interest you after a day of learning.

Planned schedule for 2024

08:00AM - 09:00AM AEST: Registration
09:00AM - 10:40AM AEST: Breakout sessions
10:40AM - 11:00AM AEST: Break
11:00AM - 12:00PM AEST: Keynote
12:00PM - 01:00PM AEST: Lunch
01:00PM - 02:40PM AEST: Breakout sessions
02:40PM - 03:00PM AEST: Break
03:00PM - 04:30PM AEST: Breakout sessions
04:30PM - 05:30PM AEST: Closing reception

Agenda is subject to change.

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N E W  T H I S  Y E A R

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Panel

More than a metric: regrets, successes, lessons and reflections

Time: 10:00 AM
Where: National Convention Centre Canberra | Swan Room (Level 1)  

Hear from influential and impactful leaders from Public Sector and Industry address key issues in diversity and how they’ve skillfully and successfully navigated the industry. They will also discuss how increasing diversity creates an advantage and builds a high performing team and a culture of empowerment. The panel will share life experiences, reflections and lessons learned.

The panel will feature: 

  • Gerry van Leeuwen AM CSM, Air Vice-Marshal, Head Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance, Department of Defence
  • Alison Wegg, Assistant Commissioner, Specialist Protective Command, Australian Federal Police
  • Jeff Goedecke, Chief Information Officer, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications & the Arts
  • Melissa Osborne, Head of National Security & Defence, Amazon Web Services
  • Kate Monckton, Partner, Risk Advisory, Deloitte Australia, Awarded “Australia’s most outstanding woman in IT Security” in 2021

Session level guide

Level 100: Introductor

Sessions are focused on providing an overview of AWS services and features, with the
assumption that attendees are new to the topic.

Level 200: Intermediate

Sessions are focused on providing best practices, details of service features and demos with the assumption that attendees have introductory knowledge of the topics.

Level 300: Advanced

Sessions dive deeper into the selected topic. Presenters assume that the audience has
some familiarity with the topic, but may or may not have direct experience .

Level 400: Expert

Sessions are for attendees who are deeply familiar with the topic, have implemented a
solution on their own already, and are comfortable with how the technology works.

2024 session catalog

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Agenda is subject to change. 

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Symposium sponsors

Join our AWS Partners sponsoring the AWS Public Sector Symposium Canberra. Find inspiration from customer stories and learn how AWS Partners can build solutions to achieve your mission. Hear from organizations like yours on how and why they migrated to the AWS Cloud. 


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