Future Leaders Program

The IPAA Future Leaders Program provides an exciting development opportunity for young and emerging leaders in public administration to broaden their perspective and networks across the public sector. 

What is the purpose?

The program aims to provide young and emerging leaders with the opportunity to discuss and debate challenges relevant to them, with colleagues from different departments and agencies, including some participants from the private sector and academia.

What is involved?

The program is an interactive series of events and discussions, providing an opportunity to engage with like-minded future leaders in a supportive environment. Importantly, the program is not a training course. It is a series of four engagements between now and Christmas, including:

  • Speaker Session – hear from and engage with Dr Gordon de Brouwer, the Secretary of the Department of the Environment and Energy.
  • Panel Session – participate in a discussion featuring several young Senior Executive Service (SES) officers, who will share their experiences as emerging leaders.
  • Personal and Career – consider personal and career development, facilitated by an expert in public sector leadership development.
  • Networking – build networks with other like-minded future leaders from across the field of public administration.

Who is it for?

The program is seeking young professionals and emerging leaders who have several years’ experience in public administration. As a guide, participants should be at the APS5 to EL1 level, or equivalent levels for private sector or academia. We are looking for people who are passionate about the public sector and are engaged in their workplace, with the aspiration of moving to middle management roles.

While age is not a determinant, attendees will ideally be between 25 and 35 years of age. Please note that this program is not open to people currently completing a graduate program. We are seeking future leaders who are established in the workplace.

Registration and cost

The program is open to IPAA corporate and individual members. There are up to two places available for each department or large agency, with a number of places allocated for the ACT public service, other corporate members and individual members. 

The program costs $690 per participant (GST inclusive) for corporate and individual members, which covers the cost of delivering the program.


Nominations have been sought from IPAA Corporate Members and are being managed centrally by learning and development (L&D) or corporate areas. If you would like to know who in your organisation is managing nominations, please contact the Future Leaders Program coordinator.

Nominations from departments or corporate members should include endorsement from the corporate champion or contact, or alternatively relevant L&D area.

Further Information

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Tania O'Neil at the IPAA office on 02 6154 9800.

  • Key Dates
  • Program Launch - 9 September
  • Panel Session - 29 September
  • Personal and Career - 28 October
  • Networking and Program Close - 22 November