Future Leaders Program

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

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.

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 - Hybrid

Building on feedback from registrants and COVID-19 developments, we are pleased to offer a hybrid format for the 2020 program, delivered with a combination of physical and virtual events. The format allows for meeting peers in person and building your networks, while also being mindful of alternative delivery models.

The program will proceed over a ten-week period, as follows:

Tuesday 1 Septemberphysical launch event delivered in-person.
Wednesday 16 Septemberlive-stream panel event with audience engagement.
Tuesday 13 Octoberlive-stream panel event with audience engagement.
Tuesday 27 Octoberlive-stream panel event with audience engagement.
Thursday 12 Novemberphysical finale event delivered in-person.

The face-to-face events will be held at the National Portrait Gallery in Parkes, adhering to all physical distancing measures and protocols to ensure participant and staff safety.

Please note: the 2020 hybrid program is now full. Information on future programs:

Future Places and Cost

On completion of the program we will evaluate the hybrid model and decide whether to proceed with additional deliveries in the future. Further updates will be provided on our website and through our weekly newsletter, IPAA Connect.

Other Information

We welcome any correspondence you may wish to share by email to admin@act.ipaa.org.au or by calling us on 02 6154 9800.
We appreciate your patience in relation to this matter and your support for IPAA and the Future Leaders Program!

  • Program Information


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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