Are you an emerging leader who is passionate, established, and engaged in the public sector? Make your mark and extend your network in the public sector with the IPAA ACT Future Leaders program. Click on the sections below for more information.

The IPAA ACT Future Leaders program is a unique opportunity for emerging leaders working in or with the public sector with aspirations of progressing to management roles.

Designed in partnership with Deloitte, the program offers exceptional leadership skill development and networking for emerging and future leaders. Over six immersive sessions, participants can tap into new networks, build skills, access advice, and be inspired so they can thrive in the ever-transforming public sector.

Download our 2024 program here.

The Future Leaders program will be run multiple times in 2024 with both in-person and virtual delivery.

Cohort 1 will be offered in person in Canberra and cohort 2 will be delivered digitally via Microsoft Teams. Cohort 3 will be offered at a four-day, in-person intensive.

The Future Leaders program is open to IPAA ACT corporate members only. Check if your organisation is a member here.

Applicants should be at APS6 to EL1 level, or equivalent levels for private sector or academia. The program is not suitable for those currently undertaking a graduate program.

For the first time, we are offering a limited number of places for public sector staff who wish to self-nominate outside their internal departmental nomination processes. If you missed out on one of your departmental places, you may still join cohort 1. Register here to secure your spot.

To find out more about the 2024 program or your eligibility, contact the IPAA ACT team on 02 6154 9800 or

Our Future Leaders Program is currently undergoing a makeover to bring you more insights and topics that are crucial to leading in today’s public sector. We look forward to offering you a program that explores psychosocial leadership, ethical decision-making, visionary thinking, collaborative approaches, and a community-centric mindset. Upon completing this program, you’ll be equipped to lead effectively in the evolving landscape of the public sector.

$2750 (inc GST)
Venue: Manuka Oval
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Delivery: Face to face

Session Date
Session 1 Weds 21 February
Session 2 Weds 28 February
Session 3 Weds 6 March
Session 4 Weds 13 March
Session 5 Weds 20 March
Session 6 Weds 27 March
Digital post-program reflections 1 Weds 24 April
Digital post-program reflections 2 Tues 7 May


COHORT 2: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Delivery: Digital

Session Date
Session 1 Weds 22 May
Session 2 Weds 29 May
Session 3 Weds 5 June
Session 4 Weds 12 June
Session 5 Weds 19 June
Session 6 Weds 26 June
Digital post-program reflections 1 Weds 17 July
Digital post-program reflections 2 Weds 31 July


Delivery: In-person, intensive

Session Date
Session 1 Mon 14 October, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Session 2 Tues 15 October, 9:30am-12:30pm
Session 3 Tues 15 October, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Session 4 Weds 16 October, 9:30am-12:30pm
Session 5 Weds 16 October, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Session 6 Thurs 17 October, 9:30am-12:30pm
Digital post-program reflections 1 Weds 6 November, 10:00am-11:30am
Digital post-program reflections 2 Weds 20 November, 10:00am-11:30am

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