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

The National Convention Centre Canberra (NCCC)

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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


Learn how customers are using the power of AWS to accelerate their digital transformations to drive productivity and economic development. Hear how organizations are unlocking new opportunities with the cloud and discover the latest advancements that can help you move faster, improve security, and keep costs low – and provide faster, better services for your citizens.

Simon Elisha, chief technologist for Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania public sector, AWS, will be joined on stage by special guests from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Winyama Digital Solutions where they will share how they’re leveraging AWS to keep pushing boundaries and drive further innovation. Iain Rouse, director for Australia, New Zealand and Oceania public sector, AWS will provide opening remarks.

2023 keynote speakers

Iain Rouse, Director for Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, Amazon Web Services

Iain Rouse

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


Iain Rouse leads the team in strategy, sales and business development to help government agencies, education institutions, healthcare and non-profit organizations, learn and implement AWS Cloud services, and serves as company director and public officer of AWS Australia Pty Limited.

Rouse brings more than 25 years of business and technology experience in software development, engineering and consulting when he joined Amazon in February 2019. Prior to joining AWS, Rouse spent almost twelve years with TechnologyOne Limited (ASX:TNE), where he served as Vice President and has held senior roles across product, business and technology.

Rouse attained his bachelor's degree in business from Western Sydney University where he majored in Computing & Information Management. He lectures in Cloud Computing at Queensland University of Technology and is a member of Space Industry Hub steering committee at RMIT University.

Simon Elisha, Chief Technologist | Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Simon Elisha

Chief Technologist, Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, Public Sector, Amazon Web Services


Simon Elisha is a visionary technology leader known for his ability to transform technology innovation into tangible business advantages. With over three decades of experience encompassing hands-on development and influential business leadership, His unwavering commitment to innovation is demonstrated by his nine cloud technology patents, establishing him as a trailblazer in the field.

Simon is a captivating communicator, challenging conventional thinking and empowering organizations to drive real change through technology. He frequently addresses global audiences at prestigious events like AWS re:Invent and AWS Public Sector Summit, sharing his insights and serving as a go-to spokesperson for the business and technology media. Simon's executive experience in leading the growth of AWS WWPS technology teams positions him as an unrivalled source of practical, real-world knowledge.

He is passionate about bridging the gap between government organizations and citizens, empowering organizations to unlock innovation and leverage the efficiency of the cloud. Simon's influence extends beyond his role at AWS, as he hosts The Official AWS Podcast and shares educational content on platforms like YouTube. Simon's illustrious career includes senior positions at renowned organizations such as Pivotal Software, Cisco, and Hitachi Data Systems. He holds an Honours Degree in Information Technology from Monash University, residing in Melbourne with his family.

Andrew Dowding, Managing Director, Winyama and Leader of Indigenous Mapping Workshop Australia

Andrew Dowding

Managing Director, Winyama Digital Solutions, Leader of the Indigenous Mapping Workshop Australia


Andrew is the Managing Director of Winyama. Andrew’s role is to manage and guide Winyama, create opportunities for the team to grow into their roles and most importantly to generate work for the organisation to be sustainable. Andrew is from the Ngarluma traditional owner group and grew up between Perth, Sydney, and the Pilbara.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney majoring in both Anthropology and History, and is a current PhD candidate in Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the University of Melbourne. Andrew has lived and worked in a range of places from Perth, Broome, Arnhem Land, Los Angeles, Sydney, New Delhi and Roebourne. Each of these places has influenced the skills and experience that he brings to his current role. Andew’s major professional roles have been in the fields of Native Title, ethnographic heritage survey and more recently in Indigenous mapping.

Andrew’s passion is Indigenous mapping and the use of technology for cultural safeguarding. He co-founded Winyama in 2018 to provide more opportunity for Indigenous people to work in the geospatial industry and within the broader digital economy.

Angus Macoustra,  Chief Technology Officer, and Head of Scientific Computing

Angus Macoustra

Chief Technology Officer, and Head of Scientific Computing, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)


Angus Macoustra is CSIRO’s Chief Technology Officer, and leads CSIRO’s Scientific Computing Program. 

As Chief Technology Officer, Angus leads technology strategy for Australia’s National Science Agency, fostering innovative technology capabilities and services that underpin and enable the work of CSIRO’s scientific research and engineering teams. 

CSIRO is at the forefront of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence research in Australia, and Angus and his teams provide a number of capabilities and technology services to support this.  CSIRO has been a leader in adoption of cloud, with science projects having used cloud for more than a decade.

Sitting in this position at the intersection between science and data, and technology gives him key insights to some of the challenges, as well as opportunities, that the cloud present for Australia’s National Science Agency.


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, secure & resilience, 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.

2023 session catalog

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Agenda is subject to change. 

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2023 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. 

Platinum sponsors


Silver sponsors

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
MongoDB Australia Pty Ltd.
Westcon Group Pty Ltd

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