Leadership essentials

The West Australian public sector employs dedicated and hardworking people, driven to delivering better outcomes for the community. To propel high potential leaders, the Public Sector Commission offers Leadership essentials.

Leadership essentials empowers experienced and passionate senior managers to lead with courage, confidence and integrity. This confidence supports them to motivate and engage teams in an environment of constant change. The program is aligned to the Leadership Capability Profiles, and designed in consultation with the sector. The curriculum draws from real public sector issues, as described by leading practitioners, Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and senior executives from across all agencies.

By participating in Leadership essentials, and by supporting talent to participate, you are:

  • investing in a self-aware and resilient leader, capable of developing highly motivated and engaged employees 
  • developing an authentic and adaptive leader, confident to influence strategy, culture and performance by managing up, down and across
  • contributing to whole of sector solutions through the exploration of a group project which tackles common challenges
  • fostering a culture of performance by insisting on whole-of-sector thinking to support knowledge sharing, common service values and the mobility of talent across the sector.

Download the 2019 Leadership essentials Program guide for further details on course content, program structure and participation requirements.

Nominations for 2019 are now open!

In partnership with their CEO, agencies are encouraged to identify and nominate senior managers who demonstrate high potential. Leadership essentials is specifically designed for leaders at Public Service and Government Officers General Agreement levels 7–9 (and equivalent), who have the ability to influence culture, strategy and initiatives within their agency, and potential to do so across the sector.

Please read the Program guide before completing a nomination form.

The 2019 program fee is $5 380 (excl. GST) per participant.

Completed nomination forms and current resumes (no more than three pages) should be emailed as one PDF document to leadership@psc.wa.gov.au before 5:00pm Monday 1 April 2019. Late nominations will not be accepted.


Enquiries about Leadership essentials can be directed to the Strategic Leadership and Talent Management team at leadership@psc.wa.gov.au or on (08) 6552 8604.

Alternatively, interested candidates can attend an information session to learn more about the program in detail, and have the opportunity to ask questions face-to-face. Details about upcoming session dates and registration are available on the Commission’s Events page.

Page last updated 20 December 2018