Craft Conversations - Continuous Learning

The Craft Conversations are a series of live discussions aimed at highlighting emerging contemporary practices, discussing up to date and emerging issues and challenges, and providing a platform to promote real world successes from across the APS.

This Craft Conversations session will bring together leaders to share their personal insights and experiences with ‘Continuous Learning’. This topic explores the concept of investing in one’s own learning constantly. It will contrast the ‘learner’ versus the ‘leader’ and what each approach means for making APS staff future fit. We hope you join us to hear insights and how you drive your career forward.

Participant benefits

In this panel discussion, we ask amongst other things:

  • What is the concept of Continuous Learning?
  • How does this relate from a 'learner's vs leaders' perspective?
  • How do you future proof your career?



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Kristin Boag - Director, Leadership and Graduate Development, Leadership and Talent Development, APS Academy   

Kristin has more than 10 years’ experience in the APS and most of this time her focus has been on corporate learning and capability development. It her current role she oversees the APS Graduate Development Program and new learning initiatives to uplift the APS craft of leadership and management.

Prior to the APS Academy, Kristin was Director of the Learning and Performance at Austrade where she had the opportunity to explore new ways of delivering learning to a geographically dispersed, culturally diverse organisation. Kristin is passionate about all aspects of continuous learning and has a side gig of leading the Curation team for TEDxCanberra.



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Tharanie Vithanage – Branch Head, Governance and Reform, DCCEEW

Tharanie is currently Branch Head in Governance and Reform, Environmental Approvals in the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW).  Her early career was in commercial law and the military, with more recent roles in national security and law enforcement. She has undertaken and supported various forms of continuous learning for her team.


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Mohamed (Mo) Al Abri – Assistant Manager, Learning and Talent, DCCEEW 

Mo Al Abri is the Assistant Manager of Learning and Talent at DCCEEW. Mo is currently building the learning function at DCCEEW and aims to have a contemporary and curious learning culture at the newly formed department.  He is an experienced designer and facilitator and has previously worked in the former Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment.


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Amelia Hickman - Senior Analyst at AUSTRAC

Amelia analyses emerging money laundering threats. She also helps coordinate AUSTRAC’s Tradecraft Tuesday forum, an analyst-led initiative sharing best practice and innovation in analytical tradecraft. 

Prior to AUSTRAC, Amelia was a Research Analyst at the Australian Institute of Criminology, where she undertook research estimating the costs of serious and organised crime in Australia. Amelia has a Bachelor in International Security Studies, and recently completed her Masters of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing.



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Jared Wilkins – A/g General Manager, Science and Learning, Questacon 

Jared is the senior manager for Questacon’s National Programs section. This section delivers STEM engagement and education activities in schools and communities predominantly in regional, rural and remote Australia. Included in these activities is the Questacon Science Circus and other activities focused on innovation and enterprise skills for 14 – 18 year olds, and professional development activities for the informal learning sector.

He joined Questacon in 2009 and in previous roles has had responsibility for the development and delivery of educator programs, including Engineering is Elementary and the STEM X Academy, managed the Learning Programs and Visitor Experience sections and had responsibility for exhibition content, National Science Week and monitoring and evaluation teams.

Suitable for

APS 1 - SES 3

Craft and User Level

This program aligns with the Working in Government at the Foundation level.

1 hour, 2:00–3:00 pm AEST
Event type
Australia wide
$0 per attendee
500 seats