Annual Report 2016-17

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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 of our members and support the development of a world-class public sector. We work hard to advance the profession of public administration through learning and development programs, events and thought leadership.

The 2016–17 financial year was a period of significant achievement for IPAA NSW. Under the guidance of Madeleine Culbert, appointed CEO in July 2016, we undertook substantial reforms to ensure we could deliver on the new products, services and commitments to the clusters and agencies in the NSW public sector.

The focus on building a stronger, more mature and increasingly relevant Association for individual and partner membership groups has required renewed efforts from the Board, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and staff. I am delighted to report that the fruits of these efforts are already evident, with a significant increase in member engagement. In 2016–17 IPAA NSW doubled membership numbers.

The results of this work are detailed in this annual report. In the 2016–17 financial year, more than 3,000 people attended 25 events, and 2,500 engaged with training programs – a 50 per cent increase on the previous financial year. Our community is now greater than 10,000 people, with more than 2,500 professional and affiliate members.
IPAA NSW’s financial results for 2016–17 show a record surplus of $494,619. This is due to strong performance in all areas of the business.

I would like to acknowledge the commitment of the dedicated IPAA NSW staff and contributions of Council and the Program Advisory Committee in achieving this impressive result. Thank you also to the public sector clusters, agencies and partners for their continued support of IPAA NSW’s endeavours.

We aim to continue to be a highly valued association that our members, partners, stakeholders and the broader public sector community choose to work with to achieve their professional and business outcomes.

Martin Hoffman
President, IPAA NSW