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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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Gain the Policy Edge

  • Citadines on Bourke 131-135 Bourke Street Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia (map)
“This course should be mandatory for all employees who aspire to a senior position within government.”
- Kaye Callaghan, Department of Education & Early Childhood Development

IPAA Victoria offers this course because planning and delivering better services depends on having a strong understanding of how policy is developed and implemented across the whole of government. 

That’s why our five day, small group, Gain the Policy Edge program equips participants with the skills to contribute to policy development and implementation and to see its connection to the delivery of better services.

It challenges participants to think cleverly about the work they do.

Participants who successfully complete the IPAA Victoria Gain the Policy Edge are eligible to apply for advanced standing for one post graduate level elective subject into any of the La Trobe Business School post graduate courses, subject to meeting course admission requirements

Your course facilitators

David Bartlett 
Senior Advisor, Nous Group

The Hon. David Bartlett is the former Premier of Tasmania. Before entering politics David had a successful career in the information technology, telecommunications and innovation sectors. During his time as Tasmania’s 43rd Premier, David championed his home state for its natural strengths in water, renewable energy, high value food and primary industries, tourism and highspeed telecommunications.

Rhys Edwards

Rhys is an experienced organisational leader and has worked at the highest levels of the public service for over 16 years. Rhys is passionate about great leadership in organisations and has driven reform agendas across many areas of government. He has a strong background in governance, central agency leadership, energy policy, industry development and major project facilitation. Rhys was the Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet for six years (2008-2014) and has held numerous senior public sector positions as well as roles as a Ministerial adviser.



  • Personal Member - $5,206.00

  • Non Member - $6,372.00


  • Corporate Bronze - $5,480.00

  • Corporate Silver - $4,658.00

  • Corporate Gold - $4,384.00

  • Platinum - $4,110.00

All prices are GST inclusive

Who Should Attend?

Senior Policy makers or for anyone who needs to understand the conceptual framework for the policy work they already do.

Dates & Times

Monday, 27 May - Friday, 31 May 2019
(5 day program)
9:00am - 5:00pm


Please email profdev@vic.ipaa.org.au to be added to our waitlist.

‘Being relatively new to the public sector, Gain the Policy Edge helped me create good policy and understand the interaction of policy and government. Best facilitators I have had on a course and a good opportunity to build networks with other participants.’
— Andrew Crow, Manager Post Acute Services, Metropolitan Health and Aged Care Services, Department of Human Services
‘I liked the role plays and group work - even though challenging! Gain the Policy edge provided a good opportunity to listen to high profile government figures (past & present)’.
— Tracey Mander, Senior Project Officer, Department of Health
Earlier Event: 23 May
Strategic Thinking
Later Event: 28 May
State Budget Briefing Breakfast