2019-2020 Annual Report

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President's Report

The Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) NSW is the professional association for those who work in, or with, the NSW public sector. Our mission is to build a confident, capable and connected public sector for the purpose of serving the citizens of NSW.  COVID-19 effectively bisects the year covered by this Annual Report. Before reviewing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on IPAA NSW’s activities, I would like to acknowledge the many successful events and courses that occurred prior to COVID-19. Valuable face-to-face networking took place at 25 IPAA NSW events and the capability of the sector developed further, through the 173 professional development courses which were held prior to COVID-19. In addition, the successful nomination of John Hubby and Janet Schorer resulted in both being awarded IPAA National Fellows.

In many ways the impact of COVID-19 on IPAA NSW has been a microcosm of its impact on our state, disrupting the way we work and socialise, challenging traditional business models and causing uncertainty about the future. I am immensely proud of how the NSW public sector has risen to meet the historic challenge of COVID-19. Likewise, I am also proud of IPAA NSW’s response which mirrors the work of our sector. We were able to quickly transform traditional work practices, develop new services to meet the changing needs of the sector, draw on financial reserves to protect crucial services and capabilities and stay closely connected to the communities we serve.

On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank the staff of IPAA NSW for the way they worked during an extraordinarily difficult period and for the financial sacrifices that they made to ensure we were able to keep our doors open. I would also like to gratefully acknowledge the support we have received from our professional members and our cluster partners. This support has been humbling in its generosity and in the message it sends about the value that is placed on our work. I have never been prouder to be a public servant in NSW and, despite the many challenges that are detailed in this report, I am just as proud to be President of the professional association for the NSW public sector.

Elizabeth Koff
President, IPAA NSW

Previous Annual Reports

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