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Professional Development

IPAA Victoria runs a variety of professional development courses and special events that provide opportunities to learn, be inspired and network with your peers across the wider public sector.

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Strategic Planning

  • VHA Meeting room Level 6, 136 Exhibition Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia (map)

This hands-on half-day workshop guides participants through a step-by-step framework for strategic planning, which is specifically geared to solving complex problems in the public sector. Renowned facilitator Dr Dahle Suggett will introduce you to a Strategic Planning Framework that includes effective methods and tools for inquiry, data collection, and building the conditions for collaboration and innovation in a planning team. This practical course uses real-life case studies of strategic planning as its main teaching tool – and requires participants to reflect on their own work in developing strategies as part of a group.

What will you learn?

By the end of this course, you will be able to understand:

  • The core features and expectations of strategic planning in today’s public sector environment

  • How to progress through a formal planning framework as part of a multifaceted team

  • How to apply inquiry and problem-solving methodologies and tools at each stage of the planning cycle

  • How to analyse and identify success and failure in strategic planning

  • How to enhance your approach to a planning task of your choice.

What should you expect?

This IPAA Victoria course is highly interactive and participant numbers are capped so that each has the opportunity for optimal engagement. The course involves the presentation of a framework with explanatory case studies, followed by various activities where the framework is applied and tested. Participants will describe and analyse planning tasks in which they are currently engaged, and each participant should leave the session with a tangible enhancement to a strategic task they are currently engaged in. The course also involves some pre-reading of a case study – which gives rise to questions about effective strategic planning for discussion with the group.

Who is the facilitator?

Dr Dahle Suggett is a highly regarded public policy researcher and consultant with a long history of public service in Victoria and New South Wales. She has previously held positions as Deputy Director-General of Strategy and Policy in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Deputy Secretary in the Victorian Department of Education, Assistant Secretary in the Federal Government, and executive management roles in the resource and professional services sectors.

Dahle is currently a Director at PTR Consulting and a Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. As well as a long list of policy achievements in education, innovation and stakeholder engagement for state governments, she continues to deliver executive-level education in strategy development and implementation in Australia, Singapore and Dubai.


Non Members - $803.00

Personal Members

  • Early Career - $643.00

  • Fellow - $482.00

  • Fellow (Retired) - $482.00

  • Retired - $643.00

  • Professional - $643.00

  • Student - $643.00

  • Reciprocal - $643.00

Staff of Organisation Members

  • Silver (S) - $643.00

  • Silver - $603.00

  • Gold - $562.00

  • Platinum - $482.00

All prices are GST inclusive

Check your organisation’s membership level here.

Who Should Attend?

Our Strategic planning course is designed for managers and team members in the public sector, particularly those who have a planning or policy development role or who are embarking upon a major strategic planning task. It is also suitable for those who are about to move into management positions, and are seeking to be prepared with planning tools to complement their leadership skills.

Contact us for more information.

Earlier Event: 13 November
Strategic Thinking
Later Event: 18 November
Gain the Policy Edge