IPAA Victoria is the peak body for the public sector in Victoria. We connect public sector people, knowledge and ideas to strengthen our sector’s service to the Victorian community.
IPAA Victoria is the professional association for the public sector in Victoria.
Membership is open to all public and private sector organisations, not-for-profits and individuals with an interest in and commitment to the public sector in Victoria.
By joining and actively engaging with IPAA Victoria, you help ensure there is a strong, inclusive and representative collective voice for the public sector. And you help us to help you meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving public sector landscape.
Connecting public sector people, knowledge and ideas to strengthen our sector’s service to the Victorian community.
See What’s On at Public Sector Week 2019
We know the world of work is changing, but we don’t always know how. We know that technology will create opportunities for working differently we cannot even imagine. However, there is much we do know and the public service is lagging behind industry and citizens in capitalising on global megatrends in harnessing the power of digital.
This session explores two big issues (1) the practice of appointment on merit and how this socially constructed concept is increasingly recognised as flawed; how do we rethink the idea of what constitutes ‘merit’ in the public sector; and (2) within the frame of sexual harassment, discrimination and bullying, how do we tackle structural, systemic and cultural barriers as a sector.
This is no ordinary breakfast. Join YIPAA for a morning of thought-provoking ideas and inspiration, as we discuss the necessary attributes and skills required for a young professional to succeed in the sector. Now is the chance to hear from those who have made it, learn from their mistakes, and grow from their insight.
Reputational surveys tell us that trust in the public sector as an institution is higher than trust in government, at any level. We explore the reason behind this level of trust from practitioners, academics and advertising agencies; the importance of building a culture of integrity; and the detrimental effect that a lack of trust in government could have on public servants and the community.
Over the past few months IPAA Victoria has been reviewing its purpose, place and impact on and within the public sector. This session will provide insights as to who IPAA Victoria is and its exciting future direction and priorities.
This is your opportunity to probe a diverse and impressive panel about the big issues they think are critical to the success to the future of the public sector.
As IPAA Victoria celebrates its 90th Anniversary, we are proud to be the only organisation in Victoria that brings together people from local and state governments, the Australian Public Service based in Victoria and statutory authorities as well as universities, private sector and not-for-profit organisations.
Better leaders build a better public sector; but what does a ‘better’ leader look like in an ever-changing public sector? Come and explore the theories, data and ‘light-bulb moments’ behind leadership in the public sector, its distinctly related qualities, and the qualities that a high-performing leader in 2030 will need to ensure success and better outcomes for the Victorian community.
Some say the public sector does collaborate, some say it can’t or won’t. The same has been said about innovation. Where does the reality sit? We know people who work in the public sector work hard to make a difference to the community. This session will explore the collaborative processes that the public sector has in place when exploring new ideas to help streamline ways of working and to better deliver outcomes to the community across Victoria.
Integrity and Ethical Leadership Program (IELP)
The Integrity and Ethical Leadership Program (IELP) is designed for public sector employees at all stages of their career to bolster and embed a robust integrity culture in organisations and the public sector, by extending personal practice and building the confidence needed for ethical decision-making.
IPAA Victoria personal members are those people who have made a personal commitment to strengthen and advocate for the public sector in Victoria. By joining IPAA Victoria you are supporting not just yourself, but over 400,000 people who work in, with or for the public sector in Victoria.
Communities of Practice
IPAA Victoria’s Communities of Practice (CoP) are a series of specialist interest groups that allow both individual and corporate members of IPAA Victoria to connect, learn and share their experiences while exploring the very latest ideas, issues and best-practices related to each space.
FILLING FAST - REGISTER TODAY! Whether you’re new to the public sector or have worked in government for some time, this course is for those who need to develop and fine tune their writing to adapt to the public sector environment. If you want to improve the clarity and impact of your government writing through appropriate structure, style and voice, this workshop will be of benefit to you.
REGISTER TODAY! This IPAA Victoria course is designed for regular presenters in the public sector – and particularly those who present with PowerPoint. It aims to help individuals build confidence with their public speaking and presentation skills, and to gain a measurable and immediate improvement in their delivery style.
FILLING FAST - REGISTER TODAY! IPAA Victoria’s popular Project management course is designed for any public sector employee who is responsible for designing, managing or reporting on projects or programs, as well as grant managers, contract managers, and members of governance bodies. The course provides a refresher on the core practices and terminology of project management, as well as tools and an overarching framework for project management, monitoring, risk assessment, and engagement with sponsors and stakeholders.
FILLING FAST - REGISTER TODAY! This full-day course aims to equip participants with the knowledge and perspective to work more effectively in government. It holds something of relevance for employees at all levels of the public sector – and has been successfully delivered to people in their first days in government, through to Deputy Secretaries and Executive Directors.
REGISTER TODAY! Canvassing and balancing the needs of different stakeholders, keeping communities informed of project progress, providing channels for public feedback and evaluation – all of these are clearly critical to the success of any public sector program. And with declining trust in many government institutions, the need for transparent and respectful public engagement has never been greater.
The Department of Treasury and Finance and IPAA Victoria proudly present the annual seminar, ’Building the Business Case’ now in its 10th year. This popular and interactive event illustrates key principles for best practice business case development using real-world case studies.
This event will providing an overview of business case fundamentals from Senior Department of Treasury and Finance advisors including defining problems and benefits, considering options and developing a robust solution, and constructing a road map for successful investment delivery. Learn the essentials of a successful business case that cuts through, convinces and delivers.
REGISTER TODAY! This half-day workshop delivers a series of vital ‘life lessons’ on managing and negotiating challenging conversations, which are equally applicable to executives and senior managers as to junior staff who might encounter discordant or contradictory viewpoints in their work. The common nature of these lessons mean they can also be used to help managers develop coaching skills and better influence their employees on behavioural challenges in the workplace.
REGISTER TODAY! IPAA Victoria’s Procurement course is aimed at most levels of policy or project management staff (VPS 3-6) who may be responsible for procuring or supporting all or part of goods or services contracts within the public sector. Participants may be from central procurement teams or from policy, program and service functions which undertake procurement activities.
REGISTER TODAY! This comprehensive course offers a practical one-day introduction to the possibilities and pitfalls of contract management – from the critical early steps of preparation and implementation, through performance management, to the all-important science of keeping suppliers onside.
REGISTER TODAY! Writing a clear and persuasive brief or memorandum for a senior executive can be one of the most daunting tasks facing a policy advisor or communications officer. In this highly acclaimed half-day course, presenter Anne McCaig scales one of the steepest learning curves in public sector communications with a set of practical tools to convey messages eloquently and concisely – and help ministers and executives cut to the chase of an argument.
REGISTER TODAY! This course is designed to provide you with knowledge, skills and tools to make better decisions. As the environment in which public and private sector organisations operate becomes more competitive, complex and uncertain, the need for individuals and organisations to make good decisions is more important than ever.
In this practical full-day workshop, seasoned financial strategist Mark Priadko examines the different purposes and types of data analyses, and presents various time-tested methods for presenting results to specific government audiences. Participants will be introduced to a range of analytical techniques that can help them make the most of the data available to them – and reduce the time and cost of applying their data in the development of evidence-based policy.
IPAA Victoria’s 3rd biennial Public Sector Week kicked off on Monday 19 August with 4 amazing sessions that inspired, challenged and entertained hundreds of public sector professionals in attendance.
We attended the Diversity Council of Australia’s Championing Indigenous Women Leaders event on 9 August 2019. Bringing together Indigenous women leaders from academia, the media and the public service, the event reminded us that there is a long way to go to provide cultural confidence to Indigenous women in the workplace.