Annual Report 2017-18

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President's Review

The Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) NSW is the professional association for people who work in and with the public sector. Our mission is to build the capabilities and connections of our members and support the development of a high-performing public sector. We work hard to advance the profession of public administration through learning and development programs, events and thought leadership.

The past twelve months have seen IPAA NSW begin the transition from being a well performing small business to a medium-sized enterprise. Externally, this transition has been marked by an expansion of the types of events and learning and development opportunities that we offer the sector. Internally, as we signalled in last year’s annual report, this transition has required major investment in our backroom capabilities, most significantly through the development of an integrated technology platform that brings together our member contacts, events, online training and thought leadership functions.

We have also developed a new strategic plan for the period 2018-21. It is a roadmap for the future, outlining the Council’s overarching vision and strategy for the organisation. It was developed following consultation with IPAA’s members and the broader public sector community. I want to express my thanks to all those who contributed to this important strategic outline. You can read the strategic plan at

Together with building stronger relationships with our cluster and alliance partners, this work positions IPAA NSW to take the next big steps in our development. The challenge during this transition is to make sure it does not interfere with our business-as-usual functions, including the services we provide to our members and the sector.

Martin Hoffman
President, IPAA NSW