MasterCraft Series - Accountability & public trust: government use of AI and automation

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automated decision-making technologies offer deep potential value for government in improving efficiencies, accuracy and timeliness, whether for compliance, policy targeting or insight. While departments and agencies are increasingly exploring and implementing these technologies, there are various challenges to consider, not least the public welfare and reputational risks associated with failure.

The session is for EL2s and SES Band 1s and focuses on building strategic insights and developing a network of like-minded leaders across agencies. Participants will receive maximum benefits by attending in-person if able.

It is convened and led by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) with the APS Academy, to facilitate deep discussion between experts, practitioners and policymakers.


Head shot of Julian Thomas

Julian Thomas is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society at RMIT University. Professor Thomas is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His most recent books are Wi-Fi (Polity, 2021) and the Sage Handbook of the Digital Media Economy (Sage, 2022). He works on social, policy and industry aspects of automation.


Portrait of Stela Solar

Stela Solar, Director, National AI Centre, CSIRO 
Stela Solar is passionate about removing barriers to positive technology adoption and engagement. Over the past 15 years, Stela has cultivated expertise in capturing new revenue opportunities presented by emerging technologies, particularly through business model transformation. Stela leads Australia’s National AI Centre hosted by CSIRO, and has held several roles at Microsoft including Global Director of AI Solution Sales, as well as roles across IT distributors and technology startups. Stela's broad experiences across business development, strategy, partnerships, marketing and product management come together to shape large scale transformation initiatives. Outside of the technology arena, Stela enjoys the challenge of competitive sailing and tries to find time to play cello and piano.


Portrait of Professor Nicholas Davis

Nicholas Davis is Co-Director and co-founder of the Human Technology Institute (HTI) and Industry Professor of Emerging Technology at UTS

HTI is a partnership-based, action-focused institute dedicated to promoting human-centred technology throughout the lifecycle of planning, design, development, deployment, oversight and regulation.

Nick has over 20 years’ experience as a legal and strategy professional with deep expertise in strategic foresight, innovation management and technology governance. He was previously Head of Society and Innovation and a member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, responsible for developing the theme of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and overseeing the development of cooperative emerging technology policy efforts around the world. With Klaus Schwab, he is co-author of “Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” and author of more than 50 academic papers, reports and books. He sits on a range of advisory boards and committees, and is an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School.

Participant benefits

  • Update your understanding of AI and its impacts across government.
  • Learn from academic and practitioner thought leaders giving real world advice.
  • Enhance your own public sector leaders network.


Participants can attend in person or online via a virtual classroom tool (e.g. Zoom, Adobe Connect, WebEx or Pexip).

Suitable for

EL 2 – SES Band 1

Craft and User level

This workshop aligns with the Working in Government Craft at the Lead level.


Free of charge.

2 hours, 2:00pm - 4:00pm (AEDT)
Event type
Australian Capital Territory
$0 per attendee
100 seats