Based on the NSW Public Sector Leadership Framework, this program offers valuable feedback to help participants become even better leaders and prepare them for their next challenge.

Participants will develop the impact, mindset and attributes required of senior executive levels of public sector leadership in contemporary social, environmental and economic contexts. The program will challenge and support this cross-sector cohort to advocate and operationalise the systemic and cultural changes that will create a world-class public sector.

Program components are based on an individual development plan and offer a mix of coaching, digital learning experiences, same level and cross cohort group work, networking and real world, cultural change challenges. Once selected, participants commit to be the face of modern stewardship of the sector in tangible and influential ways.



The Public Service Commission (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.

Who is it for?

Our program is for high potential Band 1 senior executives and equivalent. Eligible nominees must be employed in an ongoing role at a Band 1 level or be in a temporary role for a minimum of 18-months.

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.

What to expect

  • Greater self-awareness about personal impact on the system, on teams and on others
  • Capability development to take on Band 2 roles
  • Development and implementation of an individual learning journey
  • To be challenged to consider a systems perspective - developing skills to lead in contemporary environments, processes and ways of working
  • Increased acumen to use human centred design and digital solutions for problem solving and strategic outcomes
  • Greater breadth of stewardship outside the remit of the role by being part of cross level teams on sector-wide initiatives
  • Interpret and operationalise a sector-wide approach to cultural change and advocate locally to make it happen
  • Deepen the network of peers, supporters and mentors as well as leverage the value of those who challenge
  • Group coaching and other resources to support implementing the program's learning within teams. This extends the benefits from program participation into the workplace.

Participant commitment

In order to achieve the most impact participants are encouraged to fully engage with all program elements.

Participants and alumni will also be asked to contribute to the ongoing development of the sector by supporting current and future participants to:

  • Build networks with fellow alumni
  • Work on cross sector challenges
  • Speak at Leadership Academy events and workshops
  • Participate in panels to support future participants
  • Participate in ongoing learning to upskill as a coach or mentor
  • Contribute to the ongoing evaluation of the Leadership Academy and its programs.

Key dates

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

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