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 and COVID-19

The delivery of three programs was originally planned for 2020. This had to be put on hold and redesigned due to COVID-19. We now delivering two programs, with strictly limited numbers.

Keeping COVID-19 developments in mind, we are pleased to offer the current programs as physical events. If COVID-19 restrictions are implemented by the ACT Government, the format may move to a hybrid event model, which would involve the delivery of some sessions online. 

COHORT ONE (at capacity)

Tuesday 1 September – Launch event: Keynote Address
Wednesday 16 September – Panel Theme 1: The Future of Work
Tuesday 13 October – Panel Theme 2: Citizen at the Centre
Tuesday 27 October – Panel Theme 3: Trust in Government
Thursday 12 November – Finale Event: Where to From Here

COHORT TWO (at capacity)

Thursday 22 October  –  Launch event: David Fredericks PSM, Secretary, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Wednesday 4 November – Panel Theme 1: The Future of Work
Wednesday 18 November – Panel Theme 2: Citizen at the Centre
Tuesday 2 December – Panel Theme 3: Trust in Government
Thursday 10 December – Finale Event: Where to From Here

All face-to-face sessions are being held at the National Portrait Gallery in Parkes, adhering to all physical distancing measures and protocols to ensure participant and staff safety.

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!


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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