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.

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.

Nominations for the first 2018 program are closed however, you can view the program flyer for more information and the nomination form for the second program which will be run in the second half of 2018.

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 and will be based around three key themes, structured as follows:

  • Panel Sessions – three panel sessions will be based one of the three key themes where a panel of speakers will address a theme and current challenges facing the sector.
  • Group Work – participants will be broken into groups, with each group assigned one of the three key themes to work on throughout the program.
  • SES Sponsors – an SES sponsor will be allocated to each theme and will chair that panel session, meeting with the group once to discuss the theme.
  • Panel Presentations – each group will be required to give a 5-minute presentation to the panel of SES sponsors at the final session.

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 (APS5-6) to Executive Level 1 (EL1), or equivalent levels for private sector or academia. Please note this program is not open to people undertaking a graduate 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:

  • Welcome Launch and Keynote Address - Monday 5 March 9:00am-11:00am
  • Panel 1: Leadership - Wednesday 21 March 9:00am-11:00am
  • Panel 2: Future of Work - Wednesday 11 April 9:00am-11:00am
  • Panel 3: Digital Government - Wednesday 2 May 9:00am-11:00am
  • Finale Group Presentations - Tuesday 15 May 4:00pm-6:00pm

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 to ensure that no one misses out. 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 your organisation.

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 contact Tania O'Neil in the IPAA office or 02 6154 9800.

  • 2018 Program Dates
  • Launch - 5 March
  • Session 1 - 21 March
  • Session 2 - 11 April
  • Session 3 -  2 May
  • Finale - 15 May