Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)

The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) provides world-class postgraduate education to senior executives and emerging leaders in the public sector. The Public Sector Commission is pleased to partner with ANZSOG to deliver three distinct programs:

Executive Fellows Program (EFP)

Applications for the 2016 intake are now closed.​

The EFP is an intensive three week residential program, bringing together eighty high-level senior executives, leading academics and experienced practitioners from Australia, New Zealand and overseas. The program has been designed to enhance core relationship, leadership and management skills needed to meet the challenges of leading in the 21st century.

The curriculum fosters two way communication, engaging participants and facilitators in case study discussions, group work and peer clinics. This format provides an invaluable opportunity to gain fresh strategic insights and advice from domestic and international jurisdictions.

Eligibility: Tier 1 or Tier 2

Enquiries may be directed to the program coordinators at or on (08) 6552 8894.

For more information specifically about the program, please visit the ANZSOG website at

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Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)

Applications are now open for the 2018 EMPA program!

The Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) program is a two-year postgraduate qualification designed to prepare emerging leaders in the public sector for the increasingly complex and challenging world they will confront.

The EMPA is not only specifically designed for local public sector leaders, it addresses real issues, and ‘live’ government challenges. Developed in conjunction with Australia and New Zealand School of Government’s (ANZSOG) government and university partners, the best international academics and public sector practitioners combine to provide a first-class curriculum.

Similar to an MBA specifically structured for government careers, the aim is to produce world-class public sector leaders with a strong and diverse skill set ranging from financial management to laws and regulations, data analysis and intellectually sound policy-making.

The course is a blend of theory and practice, discussion and case studies, academic rigour and real world relevance that allows students to access the best thinking and learning as they share their individual workplace challenges.


  • Is a two-year postgraduate qualification combining intensive residential blocks with core and elective modules.
  • Has a multi-disciplinary curriculum integrating theory and practice with real-world applications.
  • Is taught by leading local and international academics, with practitioners drawn from the senior ranks of a wide range of portfolios and sectors.
  • Facilitates the creation of networks of practitioners and peers for lifelong learning and support.
  • Develops world-class leaders and public sector capability.
  • Is accredited and awarded by ANZSOG’s university partners. 

Eligibility:         PSGOGA Level 8 (or equivalent) and above
Dates:              Two years part time commencing late January 2018
Venue:             Various schools across Australia and New Zealand 

The Commission is pleased to offer three (3) scholarships for WA leaders to participate in the program. Each scholarship covers tuition fees and travel expenses.

Applicants must demonstrate strong evidence of leadership potential and the capability to complete a rigorous Master program. 

To apply, please read the EMPA Scholarship guidelines prior to completing an EMPA application form.

Please note the application form is extensive and requires a referee report and certified documents. Applications should be prepared well in advance of the close of applications date.

Applications close COB Friday 28 July 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

Enquiries regarding the application and scholarship process may be directed to the Public Sector Leadership team at or on (08) 6552 8569.

For more information specifically about the program, please refer to the 2018 EMPA brochure, or visit the ANZSOG website.

Executive Workshops
Past events  
Dr Zina O’Leary

6 November 2015

Owain Service, Managing Director Behavioural Insights Team (UK), Visiting Professor, University of Sheffield

Applying Behavioural Insights program

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Leadership Seminar Series (LSS)

The Leadership Seminar Series provide a structured program of timely, relevant and influential events for public sector employees aspiring to leadership positions. The LSS delivers targeted CEO, SES and practitioner forums to provide:

  • an opportunity for informed debate and dialogue about innovative and cutting-edge ideas
  • access to pre-eminent thinkers of national and international standing
  • development of the capability of Western Australia's current and emerging leaders
  • the opportunity for practitioners to share ideas and build networks across government.

The LSS are scheduled several times a year. Please refer to the Commission’s Events page and/or InterSector for upcoming events.

Past events  

Emeritus Professor Geoff Gallop AC

Professor John Phillimore

12 and 13 June 2017
Special Event Seminar: Times of Transition

Emeritus Professor Geoff Gallop AC, Adjunct Professor at John Curtin Institute of Public Policy at Curtin University

Professor John Phillimore, Executive Director of the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy at Curtin University

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George Argyous

19 May 2017

Dr George Argyrous, Senior Lecturer and one of three Principals of ANZSOG’s Evidence and Evaluation Hub

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Catherine Althaus

14 February 2017

Associate Professor Catherine Althaus, School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne and ANZSOG Associate Dean (Academic)

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13 December 2016

Associate Professor Zeger Van Der Wal, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Presentation slides

27 October 2016

Ms Sally Washington, NZ Policy Project

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Professor Arie Freiberg AM

30 May 2016

Professor Arie Freiberg AM, Monash University

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Ms Cheryl Chung, Singapore Government

21 April 2016

Ms Cheryl Chung, Singapore Government

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Dr Adrian Kuah, Senior Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore

21 April 2016

Dr Adrian Kuah, Senior Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore

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David Albury, Director, Innovation Unit

4 March 2016

David Albury, Director, Innovation Unit

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Dr Zina O’Leary

20 July 2015

Dr Zina O’Leary, The University of Sydney

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Dr David Halpern and Dr Rory Gallagher

22 April 2015

Dr David Halpern, Chief Executive, Behavioural Insights Team, UK, Dr Rory Gallagher, Managing Advisor & Director, International Programmes, Behavioural Insights Team, UK

Video, transcript and presentation slides

Dr Michael Macaulay

24 March 2015

Dr Michael Macaulay, Director, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

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Professor Deborah Blackman

24 February 2015

Professor Deborah Blackman, Professor in Public Sector Management Strategy, UNSW Canberra


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Page last updated 23 June 2017