Arthur Webb Pettit c. 1884–1940.
Credit: State Library of South Australia
IPAA’s history mirrors that of our federation: just as six British colonies came together as the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 January 1901, so too did eight Australian regional groups of the London-based Institute of Public Administration unite as an independent national organisation on 1 January 1980.
The first Australian regional group formed in South Australia on Wednesday 28 October 1927. The moving spirit behind this group was Mr Arthur W. Pettit — an accountant and public servant — who accepted the role of Secretary.
Subsequent regional groups were established in Victoria (1929), New South Wales (1935), Queensland (1951–2012; 2017), Papua and New Guinea (1952–1968), Australian Capital Territory (1953), Tasmania (1953), Western Australia (1954) and the Northern Territory (1954–1968; 1985).
Along with its new-found independence, the new organisation — which over time became known as the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) — adopted a confederated structure, led by a National Council with representatives from each IPAA Division.
The stories that make up the history of IPAA from its earliest days, through to its establishment as a national organisation and its subsequent forty year history are told in ‘A History of the Institute of Public Administration, 1980–2020’ which are available to download in either high resolution [24 MB] or low resolution [2MB].
IPAA’s first National President was Duncan R Steele Craik OBE CBE FIPAA; Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM FIPAA is its 15th National President.
Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM FIPAA
Professor Peter Shergold AC FIPAA
Penny Armytage FIPAA
14 November 2017
Terry F Moran AC FIPAA
13 October 2015
Professor Percy Allan AM FIPAA
17 September 2012
Professor Andrew S Podger AO FIPAA
18 November 2009
Sue S Vardon AO FIPAA
10 November 2004
Credit: Nine (Fairfax Media)
Tony Ayers AO FIPAA
28 November 2000
Credit: National Library of Australia
Dr Michael S Keating AC FIPAA
24 November 1998
Elizabeth Proust AO FIPAA
19 November 1996
22 November 1994
Richard G Humphry AO FIPAA
4 March 1994
Credit: HuiHai Xie | National Portrait Gallery
Hedley R Bachmann AM FIPAA
5 February 1990
The Hon. Mr Justice Rae Else-Mitchell CMG FIPAA
11 November 1986
Duncan R Steele Craik CB OBE FIPAA
16 November 1982
Credit: The Canberra Times