Appendix E – Some existing leadership development

Other providers

Leadership development is available through commercial and not-for-profit providers - a sample of providers is included below. However, inclusion in this sample is not an endorsement by the Commission of that provider’s validity or the appropriateness of their services. Public sector employees are responsible for researching a provider in full prior to using their services. The Commission also provides the InterSector events calendar to help public sector employees find professional development opportunities. For more information, see

Australian Institute of Management Western Australia

The Australian Institute of Management Western Australia (AIM WA) offers a variety of programs and other initiatives across the year relevant to regional leaders, with a focus on helping participants build lasting professional networks. The Institute customises professional development to suit different audiences and locations, at times leading to qualifications.

Australian Rural Leadership Foundation

The Australian Rural Leadership Program is a comprehensive offering for regional leaders with six modules held over approximately eighteen months, including an overseas study tour. TRAIL (Training Rural Australians in Leadership) is the Foundation’s eight day residential program for emerging leaders with a focus on capability building in business and the community. The Foundation customises programs for particular sectors.

Copland Leadership Program

The Copland Leadership program through the Committee for Economic Development of Australia is delivered in Western Australia in partnership with Curtin University. Participants from different sectors and professions undertake seven monthly modules including case studies, group discussions and information about theory and practice.

Cranlana Programme

The Cranlana Programme offers a values-based approach to contemporary leadership challenges. Facilitated discussions of varying length and structure help leaders from different sectors build capability, manage priorities and promote useful change. Cranlana does not currently offer any regional leadership initiatives.

Institute of Public Administration Western Australia

The Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Western Australia holds events, training and development across the year relevant to regional leaders. The Institute partners with TLC Solutions to offer a leadership development program with workshops, action learning and coaching, and customised programs are available. Sessions have been presented in the regions, but no specific regional leadership programs are currently offered.

Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships

Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships is a not-for-profit organisation which links the corporate sector to Aboriginal communities to develop programs for positive change. Public sector employees share their experience and expertise through secondments in Aboriginal organisations.

The program supports the Commission’s Aboriginal Employment Strategy by providing a unique development opportunity for public sector leaders to live and work in a local Aboriginal community, to build capacity and share business skills.

Leadership Western Australia

Leadership WA facilitates programs aimed at developing leadership skills and fostering an understanding of regional issues. Programs enabled leaders in the Gascoyne, Mid-West and Pilbara to collaborate and enhance their skills without leaving their region, and targeted projects delivered meaningful outcomes to communities. Participants from across the state also joined Leadership WA’s Signature Leadership and Rising Leadership Programs. Customised programs are available.

Leading Australia’s Future in the Asia-Pacific

Leading Australia’s Future in the Asia-Pacific (LAFIA) is offered by the Australian Public Service Commission, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian National University. Participants undertake an overseas study tour focused on Australia’s involvement with Asia and the South Pacific.

Rural, Remote and Regional Women’s Network of Western Australia

The Rural, Remote and Regional (RRR) Women’s Network of Western Australia commenced in 1996 and is funded by the Department of Regional Development. The RRR supports regional communication and collaboration through a reference group, regional events, online strategies and a magazine.

Awards and grants recognise the contribution of women across the sector. Several regionally based women currently represent state government agencies on the reference group.

Other Australian states and territories

Offerings across the country vary in scope, target audience and design. Mostly, regional leaders are invited to participate in existing programs which sometimes include modules addressing the regional context.

The Local Government Association of South Australia held a program with a focus on leadership in metropolitan and regional settings. A two day introductory workshop was followed by eight full day sessions, including one dedicated to regional issues.

In some locations, regional leadership development is the responsibility of individual agencies so there may be many resources and useful contacts to be found.

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