2017 Future Leaders Program

The IPAA Future Leaders Program provides an exciting development opportunity for emerging and future leaders in public administration, broadening 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.

What is involved?

The program is an interactive series of five events and discussions, which provides 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 commencing on 10 August which will be integrated as follows:

  • Panel Sessions – three panel sessions will be based one of the three key themes, a panel of speakers will address a theme and current challenges facing the sector.
  • Groups – participants will be broken into six groups of ten, with each group being 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 workshop.

Who is the Program for?

The program seeks emerging and future leaders who are passionate about the public sector, established and engaged in their workplace, with the aspiration of moving to middle management roles. As a guide, participants should be at the APS5 to EL1 level, or equivalent levels for private sector or academia. Please note that this program is not open to people currently undertaking a graduate program.

Program dates, nomination and cost

The program is delivered annually and only open to IPAA corporate and individual members. Key dates for this years program are availble on the side bar on this page. The nomination form is also available on the side bar or you can click here to view. Two places have been made available for each department or large agency, with a number of places allocated to the ACT public service and other corporate and individual members.

Nominations from IPAA Corporate Members are being managed centrally by relevant areas. If you would like to find out your organisations contact please contact Tania O'Neil. Nomination forms must be endorsed by a departmental representative at the SES level, or equivalent.

The total cost of the program is run on a cost-recovery basis at $690 per participant (GST inclusive).

Nominations for the 2017 program have now closed. The next program will run in 2018.


For further information please email Tania O'Neil or the IPAA office on 02 6154 9800.

  • 2017 Program Key Dates
  • Launch - 10 August
  • Session 1 - 31 August
  • Session 2 - 14 September
  • Session 3 -  12 October
  • Finale - 2 November