IPAA ACT is run by a small and dedicated team, headed by the Chief Executive Officer, Caroline Walsh. Caroline commenced in the role in September 2020 and reports to the IPAA ACT President and the IPAA Board and Council and is responsible for delivering IPAA’s priorities as detailed in the Strategic Plan.

 Caroline Walsh
 IPAA ACT Chief Executive Officer
 National Executive Director

Caroline Walsh joined IPAA in September 2020, after a 20 year career spanning the Commonwealth and state public sectors. She has held senior roles covering policy, reform, regulation and service delivery. Caroline was most recently at the Australian Public Service Commission, where she held a number of Group Manager roles over 4 years, covering Inclusion, APS Reform and Employment Policy.  Caroline was Executive Director, Workers Compensation at Workcover NSW, covering the largest workers’ compensation jurisdiction in Australia. She has held a number of senior roles at Comcare, the national safety and workers compensation regulator, including General Manager Insurance and General Manager Recovery. She has qualifications in law and government and a background in industrial relations, having started her career as an industrial advocate. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Caroline brings a deep understanding of the public sector to her work at IPAA. She is passionate about public administration, and the role public servants play in serving our communities.  Under her leadership, IPAA will continue to provide an independent platform for respectful, robust debate, and opportunities for connection and professional growth. 

Caroline is an authentic leader, committed to inclusion and diversity, and flexible working.  She has four young children and is a role model for balancing a fulfilling career with a rewarding home life.  Caroline has mentored many over the years, and is particularly committed to supporting young women achieve their career goals in the public sector. 

If you’d like to get in touch with Caroline, drop her a line on 02 6154 9800 or email her here.


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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