Gain the Policy Edge - 29 May - 2 June 2017

29th May 17

"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.

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.

Tanya Smith
Principal, Nous Group

Tanya was formerly a senior executive and diplomat in the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. From 2007- 2010 she was Deputy Chief Executive in the South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Since joining Nous, Tanya has worked with State and Federal clients on policy reforms as well as leadership, cultural and strategic planning challenges.

Venue :


Event pricing

Cost Individual
Personal Member $4,912.00
Non Member $6,012.00
Corporate Bronze $5,170.00
Corporate Silver $4,395.00
Corporate Gold $4,136.00
Platinum $3,878.00

All prices are GST inclusive

Contact us for more information.

'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

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, 29 May - Friday, 2 June 2017
(5 day program)
9:00am - 5:00pm


Building the capacity, integrity and reputation of the public sector in Victoria