Future Leaders Program

Tailored to APS6 – EL1 equivalent public sector staff, the program provides an exciting development opportunity for emerging leaders working in and with the public sector. Participants discuss and debate challenges relevant to them, broadening their perspectives in the public service, while networking and forging professional relationships with peers.

The 2021 program has been designed in partnership with Deloitte, and offers excellent connection, collaboration and workshopping opportunities for all participants.   


SESSION 1 | Launch Event | Secretary Address: The world we are in - Leading through disruption

Hear stories from a senior leader on their experience leading in a changing world. Learn and experience Government Trends that will impact the public sector in 2021, and debate how future leaders can prepare and respond to these trends. 

SESSION 2 | Crucible Moments Masterclass | Change leadership strategies for future leaders. 

Explore the challenges and opportunities of leading through change to influence your team and your leaders. Hear ‘crucible moments’ from SES and share your own leadership stories in breakout groups.  

SESSION 3 | Building Your Network and Ecosystem Panel & Workshop 

What ecosystem and network do future leaders need to succeed in 2021 and beyond? Discuss and design your ecosystem with the help of Future Leaders Program alumni. Learn impactful techniques to grow and nurture your network in a digital world. 

SESSION 4 | GovLab | 100 Minutes to Innovate: Topic TBC 

GovLab Design Sessions are highly interactive, fast-paced workshops, where participants will be taken through a five phase Innovation by Design exercise on a leadership challenge.  

SESSION 5 | Inclusive Leadership Masterclass 

Hear stories from Senior Leaders on inclusive leadership – lessons and success. Learn about inclusive leadership initiatives across the APS. Develop ideas to make the APS more inclusive to diverse groups. Work together to tackle an inclusive leadership challenge. 

SESSION 6 | Where to From Here

Crowdsourced speaker/s and topic to begin the final session for the program. This session will provide a chance for the group to discuss their reflections and outcomes from the program as a group. This includes reflecting on the leadership challenges of 2021 and their personal journeys. 


ONE Wed 5 May Tues 13 July Wed 6 October
TWO Wed 19 May Tues 27 July Thurs 21 October
THREE Wed 2 June Tues 10 August Tues 2 November
FOUR Tues 15 June Tues 24 August Tues 16 November
FIVE Tues 22 June Tues 7 September Tues 30 November
SIX Tues 6 July Wed 22 September Wed 8 December


We are delivering the program at the National Portrait Gallery, ACT, as a series of physical events, ensuring all COVID-19 safety protocols are followed. If COVID restrictions change, we will shift to virtual delivery.  


The program is for emerging and future leaders working in or with the public sector who are passionate, established and engaged and aspire to holding management roles. They must be current Corporate Members of IPAA ACT.

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.

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


If you have any questions about the 2021 Program, email us at admin@act.ipaa.org.au or call us on 02 6154 9800.

The 2021 Future Leaders Program is proudly supported by Deloitte



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

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PO Box 4349
Kingston ACT 2604

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