Future Leaders Program

(above: 2019 Future Leaders Program launch event with Peter Woolcott AO)

Due to developments associated with COVID-19 we have decided to defer the first cohort. We are looking forward to welcoming attendees into the program and will be in touch as soon as we can offer new dates.

The IPAA Future Leaders Program provides an exciting development opportunity for emerging leaders in the public sector.

What is the purpose?

The program aims to provide emerging and future leaders with an opportunity to discuss and debate challenges relevant to them, broadening their perspective in the public service, whilst networking with participants from across the sectors.

What is involved?

The program is an interactive series of five events and discussions, providing an opportunity for participants to learn how they can improve the future of the public sector. Importantly, the program is not a training course, rather of series of curated experiences integrated through the following activities:

  • Panel Sessions – three separate panel sessions will be run, each based on a key theme where a panel of speakers will address the theme and the current challenges facing the sector.
  • Group Activities – participants will have an opportunity to reflect on each panel session and discuss thoughts and ideas with participants from across the program.
  • SES and Future Leaders Alumni – Senior leaders and Future Leaders Alumni will have an opportunity to provide knowledge and expertise to participants throughout the program.
  • Networking – participants will be given time to meet and build relationships with program participants throughout each session.

The program presents an excellent opportunity to build networks and connections across the sector.

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 management roles.

Participants should be at the APS6 to EL1 level, or equivalent levels for private sector or academia. Please note that this program is not targeted at people currently undertaking a graduate program.

Program Format

The Program will be structured as follows:

  • Launch: Secretary Address (9am – 11am)
  • ‚ÄčSession 1: Future of Work (9am – 11am) 
  • Session 2: Citizen at the Centre (9am  – 11am)
  • Session 3: Trust in Government (9am –11am)
  • Finale: Where to from here? (4pm –6pm)

All sessions will be delivered at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MOAD) at Old Parliament House, Parkes.

Nomination and cost

The program is only open to corporate members of IPAA ACT. The total cost of the program is $950 per participant (GST inclusive) which is run on a cost-recovered basis. Each organisation will be allocated a number of places on the program.

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 by corporate members.


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

  • Program 1 Dates
  • Nominations open: 20 January
  • Nominations close: 12 March
  • Launch: 9 April
  • Session One: 29 April
  • Session Two: 6 May
  • Session Three: 20 May
  • Finale: 3 June
  • Program 2 Dates
  • Nominations open: 22 April
  • Nominations close: 20 May
  • Launch: 17 June
  • Session One: 30 June
  • Session Two: 23 July
  • Session Three: 5 August
  • Finale: 20 August
  • Program 3 Dates
  • Nominations open: 9 July
  • Nominations close: 6 August
  • Launch: 1 September
  • Session One: 16 September
  • Session Two: 13 October
  • Session Three: 27 October
  • Finale: 12 November


Contact IPAA

ABN: 24 656 727 375
Phone: (02) 6154 9800
Unit 4A, 16 National Circuit,
Barton ACT 2600

Postal Address

PO Box 4349
Kingston ACT 2604

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