Future Leaders Program

The Future Leaders Program is for emerging and future leaders who are passionate, established and engaged in the public sector, with aspirations of progressing to management roles. We are holding multiple cohorts in 2023. Each cohort offers a series of six unique, immersive sessions which will build and amplify participants’ leadership skills and help them to thrive in an ever-transforming public sector.


In 2023, the program will be offered in both in-person and virtual delivery. Participants can choose the delivery method that best suits them. Cohorts 1 and 2 will be offered in-person in Canberra. Cohorts 3 and 4 will be delivered digitally via Microsoft teams. Cohort 5 will be offered at a 4 day, in-person intensive.


Participants should be at the APS6 to EL1 level, or equivalent levels for private sector or academia. It is not for those currently undertaking a graduate program. The Future Leaders Program is only open to IPAA ACT corporate members. 

If you are interested in the program, please reach out to the IPAA team to discuss how to apply through your agency.


If you have any questions about the 2023 Program, email us at capability@act.ipaa.org.au or call us on 02 6154 9800.


The program is designed in partnership with Deloitte, and brings excellent connection, collaboration and workshopping opportunities to all participants. 


SESSION 1 |  Program launch | Keynote address: Lessons from a leadership journey

Hear stories from a secretary or agency head on their experience leading in a changing world. Engage with government trends that will impact the public sector in 2023 and beyond. Explore how future leaders can prepare and respond to these trends and challenges.

SESSION 2 | Business chemistry

Deloitte’s Business Chemistry workshop provides insights about individuals’ work styles and teams to help you understand the science behind workplace relationships. Based on extensive research and years of proven success in field, the Business Chemistry framework provides a simple yet powerful way to identify meaningful differences between people’s working styles.

SESSION 3 | Courage under fire

Leaders will share their experiences in working through challenges, demonstrating courage and deepening resilience. Participants will then take part in a workshop exploring the themes of resilience, courage and creating psychological safety. 

SESSION 4 | GovLab: 100 minutes to innovate

Deloitte’s GovLab workshop is a highly interactive session where participants work together to consider trends and developments that will shape the world of tomorrow and ideate new solutions to be launched and scaled. 

SESSION 5 | Trust in the public sector ecosystem

Participants will explore the challenges of building and maintaining public trust in the public sector ecosystem through activities, case studies and an expert panel discussion.

SESSION 6 | Where to from here: The future for future leaders

What does the future hold for leaders and the public sector?Participants will discuss their collective reflections and outcomes from the program. This includes reflecting on the leadership challenges of 2023 and their personal journeys.


COHORT 1: 9:30am - 12:00pm & COHORT 2: 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Face to face

Session Date
Session 1 Tuesday 7 March
Session 2 Tuesday 14 March
Session 3 Tuesday 21 March
Session 4 Tuesday 28 March
Session 5 Tuesday 4 April
Session 6 Wednesday 26 April
Digital post-program reflections 1 Tuesday 2 May
Digital post-program reflections 2 Tuesday 9 May

COHORT 3: 9:30am - 12:00pm & COHORT 4: 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Session Date
Session 1 Tuesday 6 June
Session 2 Tuesday 13 June
Session 3 Tuesday 20 June
Session 4 Tuesday 27 June
Session 5 Tuesday 18 July
Session 6 Tuesday 25 July
Digital post-program reflections 1 Tuesday 15 August
Digital post-program reflections 2 Tuesday 29 August

COHORT 5: 9:30am - 3:30pm

Session Date
Session 1 Monday 9 October
Session 2 Tuesday 10 October
Session 3 Tuesday 10 October
Session 4 Wednesday 11 October
Session 5 Wednesday 11 October
Session 6 Thursday 12 October
Digital post-program reflections 1 Thursday 9 November
Digital post-program reflections 2 Thursday 23 November

The Future Leaders Program is proudly supported by Deloitte



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