Overview

This unique program has been developed to prepare participants to transition to senior leadership roles. The ACLDP is an initiative of the of the PSC Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2019 – 2025  and a key driver to achieve the Premier’s Priority to increase the number of Aboriginal Peoples in senior leadership roles by 2025.

There are 2 streams to the ACLDP, the People Manager Stream for Grades 7/8 – 9/10 and the Pathway to Senior Executive Stream Grade 11/12. The program has a strong focus on the intersection between Aboriginal Leadership and Public Sector Leadership, the Program also equips participants with the capabilities to be effective people managers and leaders. Program delivery will be through a blended learning approach with a combination of face to face workshops, online and digital bite sized learning, interviews, personal reflection, and opportunities for cross sector and cross level collaboration.





Who is it for?

Aboriginal public sector employees who aspire toward leadership roles in the NSW Public Sector, and who meet the criteria listed below.

Suitable candidates in the People Manager stream include those who are:

  • high potential Aboriginal staff who are self-directed, highly motivated and committed
  • in ongoing employment in substantive roles or minimum 18-month temporary roles from Grades 7/8-9/10 (or equivalent) roles*
  • demonstrating leadership capabilities in their current role and want to make a difference in the NSW public sector
  • citizen centric
  • aspiring to undertake senior management roles to progress their career in the NSW public sector, and 
  • willing to challenge themselves to find solutions to difficult programs.

Suitable candidates in the Pathway to Senior Executive stream include those people who are:

  • high potential 11/12 (and non-executive staff) Aboriginal staff who are self-directed, highly motivated and committed
  • in ongoing employment in substantive roles or minimum 18-month temporary 11/12 (or equivalent) roles*
  • demonstrating leadership capabilities in their current role and want to make a difference in the NSW public sector
  • citizen centric
  • aspiring to undertake senior executive roles to progress their career in the NSW public sector, and
  • willing to challenge themselves to find solutions to difficult problems.

* Eligibility can be determined using salary as a proxy. The salary band for Clerk Grade 7/8 to 11/12 is $97,152 to $183,300. Non-executive employees falling within this salary range may be nominated for the program.

Selection to the program is by nomination in line with each department/separate agency’s internal talent identification process, together with the Leadership Academy online application. For more information please refer to the Nominations page. Rural and regional employees are encouraged to participate if nominated.

What to expect

For Grade 11/12:

  • Capability development ready for a senior executive roles
  • Greater self-awareness about personal impact on the system, on teams and on others
  • Development and implementation of an individual learning journey
  • Strategies to bring Aboriginality to leadership practice
  • Understand and share an Aboriginal perspective to workplace communication
  • Develop skills to lead in contemporary environments, processes and ways of working
  • Increased acumen in human centred design and digital solutions for problem solving and programs of work
  • Involvement in cross level teams on sector-wide initiatives
  • Strengthen the network of peers, supporters and mentors
  • Support in implementing the program learning within the team. This extends the benefits from program participation into the workplace.

For Grades 7/8-9/10:

  • Capability development ready for a more senior people manager role
  • Greater self-awareness about personal impact on the system, on teams and on others
  • Development and implementation of an individual learning journey
  • Understand and share an Aboriginal perspective to workplace communication
  • Increased acumen in human centred design and digital solutions for problem solving and programs of work
  • Involvement in cross level teams on sector-wide initiatives
  • Contribute to cultural change that has a wider system impact
  • Deepen the network of peers, supporters and mentors as well as leverage the value of those who challenge
  • Support in implementing the program learning within the team. This extends the benefits from program participation into the workplace.
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Program outcomes

The program provides participants with the opportunity to engage in discussions and activities aimed at building their leadership capabilities.

By the end of the program participants will:

  • understand the definition and impact of Aboriginal leadership, and how Aboriginal leadership intersects with public sector leadership
  • build their brand as an authentic leader
  • use structured thinking and storytelling to speak with confidence, engage effectively with stakeholders and position as a person of influence
  • navigate 'crucial conversations' to cut through tension, manage conflict between stakeholders and lead with impact in situations where the needs of multiple groups need to be considered
  • understand individual style and identity, and build knowledge about strengths as well as opportunities for development
  • develop self-awareness of strengths and opportunities to develop capabilities in relation to the NSW Public Sector Capability Framework
  • understand how to communicate personal strengths and capability
  • participate in ongoing learning to upskill as a coach or mentor
  • build skills to manage multiple stakeholders

Cost

The PSC has an established funding agreement with the NSW Public Sector for the core Leadership Academy Programs. The PSC administers these programs on behalf of the Sector. Any travel and accommodation costs are to be met by the agency/individual.

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Key dates

Over the next three years three intakes are planned to commence in:

  • April 2020
  • February/March 2021
  • February/March 2022

Contact

 

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