x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Our People, Our Voices

This event occurred on
October 5, 2017
9:00am - 1:00pm ACDT
(UTC +10.5hrs)
Adelaide, South Australia

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Corporate Galleria
Franklin Street
Adelaide, South Australia, 5000
Event type:
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Andrew Pfeiffer

Data Scientist
Andrew is a data scientist – he gets to analyse and visualise data sets with over a million rows and a hundred columns, and absolutely loves it! In his spare time, he enjoys solving Rubik’s cubes, listening to podcasts by Asian Efficiency, and writing computer programs to visualise how he spends his 168 hours each week. Would you like to receive your tax refund as soon as you lodge – or even without needing to lodge? Find out how real-time analytics might make this possible soon! What other audacious goals could we achieve using real-time analytics?

Anthea Starr

Public Servant
Anthea is an Executive Director in Small Business with significant experience contributing to the ATO’s reinvention program as well as leading Client Engagement Group teams in different business lines. Anthea will be sharing an idea about ideas – about how you can progress your ideas, navigating the complex world that is the ATO in a way that sees great ideas come to life, while nurturing your own creative energy and skills in a really positive way.

Carol Tucker

Public Servant
Carol grew up in Sydney where her favourite pastime was baton twirling. She was the National Baton Twirling Champion, and she led the Champion National March Past Team - The NSW Black Watch Scottish Drum Majorettes. When the music moves her, she still likes to give it a go, although she has not performed in front of a live audience for decades!

David Burne

Public Servant
David Burne Spoken poetry David will be reading work that relates to the human condition. Every person in the ATO has loved ones, obligations, and will feel the pain of separation and loss. His work deals with these everyday conditions of life. A fragment of one of his pieces can be seen on a wet day on the pedestrian island at the foot of the Boer War Memorial at the corner of King William Street and North Terrace.

David Zakarias

Public Servant
Scuba diving. Rock climbing. Mountaineering. Longboarding. Down-hill mountain biking. Rarely would these activities come to mind when you imagine the comings and goings of your friendly ATO Community Liaison Officer. These adventure sports are just some of David’s obsessions – one of which he has turned into a career spanning half a decade. When given the opportunity to share his obsessions, and show that adventure sports are not just for daredevils and adrenaline junkies he jumped … no… dived at the chance.

Julieta Navarro

Public Servant
Julieta migrated from the Philippines in 1989 with her husband and 3 children. Her story shows that she has acquired important life skills such as staying positive, assisting others, and being thankful. Julieta aims to provide hope by sharing insight into her impoverished childhood. Julieta will put things into perspective and show how she sees herself as one of the 11 million Filipino diasporas spread out all over the world with one mission – of getting families out of poverty.

Marc Tanilon

Public Servant
Marc is just an average guy who wants to find the good in every story. He likes to tell stories through videos and music – sometimes both at the same time. Marc wants to let you know that pineapple on pizza isn’t the worst thing that can happen and that by changing your mindset, you might learn to like things you never thought you would.

Mike Subacius

Public Servant
Mike represented Australia in wheelchair rugby at the highest level. He has retained his competitive spirit but now uses it during his current passion – playing poker, which includes strategic mind games. Mike will be talking about the barriers to participation and how we as an organisation can use technology and design to increase participation in the workplace.

Robin Freeth

Licence holder for TEDxAdelaide
Robin Freeth is the licence holder for the TEDxAdelaide. I light up when helping communities to understand what they have, creating legacies for others if you will. I’m a brainstormer, business leader, mentor, change instigator, connector, global soul, marketer, volunteer, parent, husband, sales tragic and social entrepreneur. I find it fascinating to meet new people and understand what lights them up! Talk to me about Adelaide and what we can do to create an amazing space where anything becomes possible.

Tom Hendrick

Public Servant
Tom Hendrick is not a normal human being – he likes tax and public speaking… He spends most of his day at the ATO, explaining excise laws to people. One day, Tom discovered that, after 18 months of working for the tax office, he had compiled a substantial list of peculiar tax facts. When TEDxATOAdelaide came to town, it was the perfect opportunity to conduct the following experiment: “Can you make an audience laugh by only using real tax law examples as material?”

Vanessa North

Vanessa is a leadership and management consultant and has worked in learning and development in executive, leadership, consultancy and training roles for over 20 years. While awaiting surgery she contemplated future possibilities and decided on a number of major life changes – selling her house and embarking on a new adventure. But why did it take a major life event to think like this? What if we could make major life changes without needing the big event…?

Organizing team


Adelaide, Australia


Adelaide, Australia
  • Amanda Clark
  • Debra Robertson
  • Jedda Stocks-Ramsay
  • Joanne Bezzina
  • Sally Cox