Future Leaders Program

The IPAA Future Leaders Program provides an exciting development opportunity for emerging and future leaders in public administration, to broaden perspectives and networks across the sector. Picture above - the 2018 Future Leaders program launch event with Frances Adamson.

What is the purpose?

The program aims to provide emerging and future leaders with an opportunity to discuss and debate challenges relevant to them and, to broaden their perspective in public administration whilst networking with other participants from the public sector, the private sector and academia.

There are two program deliveries in 2018, with the first now completed. The second program for 2018 is open for nominations, which are due by Friday 3 August. You can view the program flyer for more information.

What is involved?

The program is an interactive series of five events and discussions, providing an opportunity for participants to contribute ideas on how the public sector can improve the future of public administration. The program is not a training course, but is instead a development and networking opportunity, structured as follows:

  • Launch Event – an opening session with a Secretary as guest speaker and a program overview.
  • Panel Sessions – three sessions, each on a separate theme, to discuss challenges facing the sector.
  • Group Work – participants will work in groups assigned one of the three program themes.
  • SES Sponsors – an SES sponsor will be allocated to each theme and will support the group work.
  • Finale Presentations – each group will deliver a 5-minute presentation to a panel of SES sponsors.

Who can apply?

The program seeks emerging and future leaders who are passionate, established and engaged about the public sector in their workplace, with aspirations of progressing to middle management roles. As a guide, participants should be at the upper-APS level (APS5 or APS6) or at Executive Level (EL1 or EL2), or equivalent levels. Please note this program is not open to people currently undertaking a graduate program. There are eighty places available on each program.

Program Dates and Format

The program consists of five two-hour events over a three-month period, along with some out-of-session group work between events:

  • Launch and Keynote Address – 22 August 2018
  • Panel 1: Citizen at the Centre – 4 September 2018
  • Panel 2: Future of Work – 20 September 2018
  • Panel 3: Leadership – 18 October 2018
  • Finale Group Presentations – 12 November 2018

All sessions are delivered at the National Portrait Gallery in Parkes.

Nomination and cost

The program is only open to Corporate Members of IPAA ACT. Each Corporate member will be allocated one place (or two) on the Program, dependent on member size. Interested participants will be required to fill in a nomination form, which will need to be endorsed by a delegate at the SES level, or equivalent. Nominations will be managed internally by corporate members. Click here to access the nomination form.

The total cost of the program is $790 per participant (GST inclusive) which is run on a cost-recovered basis. 


For more information about the Program please email the IPAA office or contact us on 02 6154 9800.

  • 2018 Program Dates
  • Nominations open - 1 July
  • Launch - 22 August 
  • Session 2 - 4 September
  • Session 3 -  20 September
  • Session 4 - 18 October 
  • Finale - 12 November