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SSA Canberra Branch Meetings

Our next meeting is joint with the Canberra Data Scientists, the second such meeting this year! As the public service doesn’t support Zoom, this meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams. Full details are given below.

Date: Tuesday 28 September 2021

Time5:30pm – 6:30pm AEST; please note the earlier starting time at request of the speaker

RSVPNo RSVP will be required for this meeting! If you are worried MS Teams will encounter teething problems on your machine, please try out the meeting link at the bottom of this email, and if you have any questions that the internet cannot resolve (please also see this help page), please email Francis Hui at

SpeakerMs. Xiaoyan LuActing Executive Director, Australian National Audit Office (ANAO)

Title:  Using Data Analytics for Audits

AbstractIn this talk, Ms. Lu will share 

  • how data analytics is applied in the audit context;
  • her experience and lessons learned of establishing data analytics teams and delivering data analytics strategy in government agencies; and
  • what capabilities that employers are after when recruiting data scientists and analysts.  


BiographyMs. Xiaoyan Lu has over 20 years’ experience in research and analytic industry and is an Acting Executive Director of the System Assurance and Data Analytics (SADA) Group at the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO). SADA provides IT audit and data analytics support and advice to all audit service groups within the ANAO. She joined the ANAO in April 2018 to build the Data Analytics team and deliver the Data Analytics Strategy 2018-20. She was awarded the Australia Day Achievement Medallion in 2020 in recognition of her leadership in transforming the delivery of audit outcomes through data analytics, commitment to development and mentoring of staff and her dedication and commitment to innovation and excellence. Prior to that, she was a Director at the Australian Sports Commission leading initiatives on data driven decision making in the sport sector, and worked there for 11 years. Before joining the public sector, she had worked in the academic, NGO and private sectors for providing research consultancy for eight years. Xiaoyan received a Bachelor degree in Science from Beijing Normal University, a Master degree in Environmental Science from Peking University, and a Master degree in Applied Statistics from Australian National University.

Microsoft Teams meeting link

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Note that, unlike Zoom, everyone by default sits in a waiting room and only comes in when the organiser comes in.

If you encounter any issues with MS teams and cannot find a solution online (please also see this help page), you can email Francis at or Yanchang Zhao at

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+61 2 9053 9802,,96171836#   Australia, Sydney

Phone Conference ID: 961 718 36#

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