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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 Thinking

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

Strategic thinking is not only critical to successful policy development and service delivery – it is vital for a fulfilling and enjoyable public sector career.

Think of anyone who has made a difference in your working life and chances are they’re a strategic thinker. They will explore problems from different angles, seek different points of view, and bring others along on the journey to identify solutions. This acclaimed half-day workshop draws on a variety of time-tested strategic thinking models to arrive at a simple framework that can be used to improve almost any public sector task – big or small, policy or operational, individual or as part of a team.

What will you learn?

This half-day course provides a framework – and an attitudinal sea-change – for approaching your day-to-day work more strategically.

By the end of the course, you will know:

  • When and how to apply strategic thinking in any task that involves planning for change

  • How to use a strategic thinking framework to analyse challenges, set objectives, and identify strategies and solutions for positive change

  • How to evaluate success and failure in strategic thinking

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

What should you expect?

This highly interactive course involves the presentation of a strategic thinking framework with explanatory case studies, followed by hands-on activities in which the framework is applied to different tasks in policy development, service delivery, advocacy, and stakeholder relationships. Participants will be asked to describe and analyse tasks they are currently working on or planning – and each participant will leave the session with a tangible enhancement to a strategic task in which they are currently involved.

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?

IPAA Victoria’s Strategic thinking course is designed for all levels of public sector managers and project teams, particularly those who may be embarking on a period of change or seeking to build a more collaborative and strategic environment. It holds special relevance for individuals who are about to move into management positions and are seeking strategic skills to complement their existing leadership skills


Earlier Event: 11 June
Advanced Presentation Skills
Later Event: 17 June
Strategic Planning