IPAA runs a comprehensive events program on the big issues and challenges faced by Australia’s public sector.

Here’s a taste of what’s coming up over the next month or two.


Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome, what is it, who suffers from it; and what can be done to overcome it!

Career coach expert, James Gallacher from Yellow Box Careers will lead a workshop and presentation to help young and aspiring leaders connect with their own understanding of imposter syndrome, why they feel; self-doubt and what they can do to overcome these challenges.

The session will cover these topics:

  • Understanding Imposter syndrome – What is it, who suffers from it and why?

  • Understanding Self What are the triggers of imposter syndrome for you?

  • Practical Personal Tools – Ways to address competence and confidence issues that drive the feelings of imposter syndrome.

11 August 2022
4:00PM – 5:00PM (AEST/AEDT)
Online via Zoom

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Young Professionals Network: Meet the Minister

An unmissable opportunity to meet The Hon. Sarah Mitchell, MLC and understand the role of Parliament in your public sector work.

You will have the opportunity to personally meet The Hon. Sarah Mitchell, MLC and take an exclusive look into her work as a Member of the NSW Legislative Council, Minister of Education and Early Learning, and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council.

You will get the chance to hear about the Hon. Sarah Mitchell’s early career and her journey to become the Minister of Education and Early Childhood. You will have the opportunity to ask questions prior to the session and during a live Q&A session.

You will also enjoy a tour of Parliament House, followed by an opportunity for networking with your fellow young professionals across drinks and canapes.

16 August 2022
4:30PM – 6:30PM (AEST/AEDT)
Parliament House

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Masterclass: Research-Policy partnerships

Are you a RESEARCHER interested in seeing your research translated inot policy and practice? Are you a POLICY PROFESSIONAL interested in using evidence to improvc your policy making?

This interactive event will help you develop your skills and expertise in collaboration for research-to-policy translation, you will explore opportunities for working across research-policy boundaries, and building stronger networks.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the value of collaborative partnerships in producing evidence-informed policy
  • Explore methods designed to enhance research and knowledge translation
  • Clarify different terminologies used in research and policy making endeavors
  • Become familiar with the key processes used in research and policy making

Module 1 – 22 August, 9am – 5pm^
Module 2 – 23 August, 9am – 5pm^
Module 3 – 2 September, 9am – 2pm
^time to be confirmed

SAHMRI Auditorium, North Terrace, Adelaide

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Making a Difference: Co-design and collaboration

Explore how co-design and putting the customer at the centre paves the way for more equitable outcomes.

The case studies featured in this series have been recommended by your public sector leaders as examples of innovation and excellence in customer-centric service delivery.

This session takes a closer look at three examples of collaboration and co-design in driving positive outcomes.

From aboriginal procurement to guardianship to serving customers affected by natural disasters, this session will explore putting the customer at the centre of the way we design service delivery, and how open communication and collaboration with customers and stakeholders paves the way for more equitable outcomes.

23 August 2022
11:00AM – 12:00PM (AEST/AEDT)
Virtual event via Microsoft Teams

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Join us for a Secretary Series address from the Head of the ACT Public Service and Director-General of the ACT Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate.

Kathy Leigh is the Director-General of the ACT Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate and Head of the ACT Public Service. She provides high level strategic advice to the ACT Chief Minister and Cabinet and chairs the Strategic Board of Directors-General.

Before taking up her position as ACT Head of Service, Ms Leigh was Director-General of the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate from October 2009. In this role she advised the ACT Attorney-General on a wide range of issues including legal policy, court reform, human rights, corrections, regulatory services and emergency management.

Ms Leigh previously served for a number of years with the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department overseeing policy development and national programs on access to justice, human rights, family law and administrative law.

Earlier in her career, Ms Leigh advised on international and constitutional law and represented Australia in treaty negotiations at the United Nations and other international forums. She also worked at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

30 August 2022
9:00AM – 11:00AM (AEST/AEDT)
National Portrait Gallery

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Skills for Success Series 2 - Package

Helping you develop the foundational skills you need to excel in your public sector career.

This series will give you the tools to thrive in our changing government environment. Designed in collaboration with your public sector leaders, our six-part series covers topics that help you do your job more successfully and knowledge to support you to manage better in your job.

Each one-hour workshop will feature a foundational-level overview of the skill and actionable strategies you can implement today to further develop your capabilities.

For mid-career managers and directors and those who aspire to leadership, don’t miss Cracking the code of employee engagement and retention to be held in November 2022. This session has been specifically designed to address the challenges and opportunities of managing others.

Skills for Success Series 2 will be held over six one-hour sessions over 12 months: Please note that the dates for the 2023 sessions will be released late 2022.

Various dates
10:00AM – 11:00AM (AEST/AEDT)
Virtual event via Microsoft Teams

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On the Couch with Professor Martin Westwell

Please join us as we welcome Department for Education’s new Chief Executive, Professor Martin Westwell.

We invite you to join us as we welcome the Department for Education’s new Chief Executive, Professor Martin Westwell. Appointed in April 2022, following a successful four years as Chief Executive of the SACE Board, Professor Westwell brings a wealth of knowledge in education systems that inform policy and innovation.

During this session, Professor Westwell will share with us his career journey and address questions you may have during an audience Q&A. Join the conversation and submit your questions here now.

9 September 2022
9:30AM – 11:00AM
PwC, Adelaide SA

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Session 2: Post Pandemic Resilience

What does resilience mean in a post-pandemic world? After two and a half years of the pandemic, our collective capacity is low and we are still experiencing ongoing uncertainty. This one-hour webinar gives you tools and strategies for building resilience and increasing coping.

13 September 2022
10:00AM – 11:00AM
Online (interactive webinar)


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Seamless Service Delivery

Every service point matters

Intuitive, reliable and accessible by design government services are no longer aspirational. The experience of the pandemic has highlighted that they are the minimum expectations held by citizens.

With several key announcements since the 2021 conference, including significant funding in the recent state government budget, Western Australia stands on the cusp of significant improvement in service delivery.

Dollars and announcements signal good intent, but their success hinges on fundamentals including trust, competence and culture.

Join us in September when leading practitioners, researchers and organisations share with you key insights that will drive your organisation to ever improving service delivery.

14 September 2022
9:15 am – 4:30 pm
Venue TBC


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Young Professionals Network: Policy Hack 2022

Team up with your fellow YPs to create innovative solutions to some of the state’s major policy initiatives.

For young professionals in the public sector who are ambitious in their career in public service and enthusiastic in co-constructing policy initiatives, the 2022 Policy Hack is a rare and invaluable program designed to support empowerment, skills-development, networking and exposure opportunities for young professionals.

The Policy Hack will kick off with the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday 14 September, where participants will hear from the business units working on each of the three policy challenges to introduce and contextualise the issues underpinning each challenge.

You and your team will then have two weeks to develop a submission, which will be reviewed by the Policy Hack working committee before being shared with the judges on the panel. The top 3 teams will present their ideas at the Closing Ceremony on Wednesday 19 October, during which the winning team will be announced and prizes awarded.

14 September 2022 (Opening ceremony)
5:00PM – 6:00PM (AEST)

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Join us for three days of debate and conversation on Australia’s place and future in an everchanging world
at the IPAA National Conference at QT Canberra.

Australia’s geopolitical environment is shifting. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tensions being played out on the world stage, the move to a net-zero emissions future, a global war for talent and growing polarisation in democracies all have international and domestic repercussions for Australia.

The IPAA National Conference, hosted by IPAA ACT, will explore Australia’s future in an increasingly uncertain world; the effects of change and the changes that we can affect. Crafted to provide both strategic and practical learning for all levels, it will equip you with the insight, skills and connections to keep pace in a new hybrid, dynamic and unchartered world.

12-14 October 2022
9:15 am – 4:30 pm
QT Canberra and online


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2022 Annual Women’s Executive Lunch

Your chance to network with and be inspired by fellow female leaders. Join us to celebrate the role women play in leading the NSW public sector.

No two career stories are the same and this lunch is an opportunity to hear three unique perspectives from some of the most senior women in the NSW sector.

Facilitated by Salesforce’s Giselle Kapterian, the conversation will range from the opportunities and challenges they faced in their careers to their learnings as individuals.

The panel will also discuss how the sector can support more women in executive-level careers.

You’ll have the opportunity to ask your questions and network with senior women from across NSW over a two-course lunch.

This event is not to be missed for any female leader in today’s public sector.

14 October 2022
12:00PM – 2:00PM
Venue TBA

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Session 3: Psychological Safety – Fostering a Psychologically Safe Workplace

Against the backdrop of pandemic recovery, keeping our teams psychologically healthy and functioning is key. Psychologically safe workplaces allow team members to have difficult conversations, admit mistakes and learn and grow creating stronger, more resilient and more creative teams.

18 October 2022
10:00AM – 11:00AM
Online (interactive webinar)


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2022 Annual State of the Sector with Michael Coutts-Trotter

Hear directly from the Secretary of DPC about the state of the public sector and priorities looking forward to 2023.

This is your opportunity to directly engage with the unique perspective of leader of the public sector and the big ideas that underpin public administration.

Understand the priorities which drive the work you do and get a head start in thinking about the next year and the upcoming issues which will shape your work.

4 November 2022
11:00AM – 11:45AM (AEST/AEDT)
Online via Livestream

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Women in the public sector are diverse. They have varied leadership and career expectations and aspirations. Women need to feel empowered to own their career paths and discover who they are as leaders.

The covid-19 pandemic presented many challenges to women in the workplace but at the same time opportunities for women in leadership to demonstrate their strong and inspiring leadership qualities. The gender pay gap is narrowing, but it would take another 26 years to close. The time to take action is now.
This conference presents an opportunity to hear from exceptional leaders who are challenging themselves and their organisations to tackle gender boundaries now and delivering change sooner.

17 November 2022
9:15 am – 4:30 pm
Venue TBC


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On the Couch with Michael Tidball

Your opportunity to learn more about what inspires and motivates the Secretary of DCJ

This event is for you if you aspire towards senior leadership or want to understand our leaders’ priorities so you can do your job better.

You will have an opportunity to ask Michael directly about issues that matter to you during the live event.

These events are not recorded, so register today for the opportunity to hear Paul’s exclusive insights.

100% of respondents to our event survey rated the On the Couch with Amy Brown as good to excellent.

“These events provide wonderful insights to the thinking of senior leaders that would be unavailable except to close friends” – Anonymous

22 November 2022
2:00PM – 3:00PM (AEST/AEDT)
Virtual event via Microsoft Teams

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Session 4: Mindfulness for People Who Hate Meditating

In the context of living through challenging moments in history, we all need tools that help and support us. Mindfulness is not just a buzzword but an evidence-based intervention that supports wellbeing, stress management, emotional regulation and interpersonal relationships. This webinar teaches trauma-informed mindfulness techniques that are easy, fun and useful and is perfect for people who hate the idea of meditating and have not enjoyed mindfulness practice in the past.

29 November 2022
10:00AM – 11:00AM (ACDT)
Online (interactive webinar)

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Making a Difference: Citizens and communities

Showcasing the frontline work of public servants engaging the community.

The Making a Difference series showcases the work of public servants like you – delivering exceptional outcomes in their teams and making a difference to the people of New South Wales.

In this unprecedented time of pandemics, natural disasters, and a host of other challenges for the sector, this series has been designed to inspire and celebrate the great impact that public servants like you have on our state, no matter your level or specialisation.

29 November 2022
11:00AM – 12:00PM (AEST/AEDT)
Virtual event via Microsoft Teams

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