Who we are

The Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) is the professional association for people interested in strategic issues, policy, reform and innovation in public sector management.

IPAA NSW is a not-for-profit organisation promoting the relevance, integrity, reputation and intellectual rigour of the Australian public sector.

IPAA NSW currently has a diverse membership comprising public servants from all tiers of government, business executives, consultants and academics.

What we do

  • Connect people and ideas by providing networking opportunities to meet colleagues from all levels of Government, and establishing links with academics and industry specialists.
  • Celebrate the public sector by showcasing best practice, recognising excellence through award programs, and promoting the public sector as a fulfilling and challenging career.
  • Provide thought leadership through exposure to cutting-edge ideas and practices.
  • Advance the sharing of ideas and knowledge by providing an impartial environment for dynamic debate through public forums, publications and our website.

How we do it

  • Involve you in stimulating discussions – including breakfast events, lunchtime get-togethers and evening discussions in a variety of formats that encourage participation and interaction with Australian and international expert speakers.
  • Keep you ahead of the trends – our forums and seminars bring you the best of international and Australian practitioners and academics.
  • Keep you informed – through IPAA NSW Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Networks, publications and our website.
  • Improve your skills and knowledge – through a broad range of public sector-specific training and nationally recognised qualifications offered by our professional development programs.

Do you want to work for IPAA NSW?

There are no current vacancies 

Our services


Membership is open to any individual passionate about his/her career and about the professionalism and reputation of the public sector in NSW. Membership of the Institute is perfect for those interested in getting involved, adding value and working on building meaningful networks and friendships.


IPAA NSW is committed to developing the knowledge and skills of public sector professionals. We offer Public Training Programs in the Sydney CBD. We also offer Customised Agency Programs wherever you are situated. 


We offer a range of high-quality events – from influential international speakers to intimate executive leadership events – all bringing you the latest thinking and innovation in public administration. We also host a state-based conference on topical, hot issues affecting the public sector.


Our online knowledge centre, Ignite, provides access to the latest research and thinking in the field of public administration, as well as the opportunity to view our event presentations from anywhere in the world. Ignite also provides online access to content from a range of publications including AJPA, The Mandarin and Today.


IPAA NSW encourages excellence in the practice and study of public administration, government and related disciplines. We offer academic awards and awards for practitioners who display excellence in these areas.

IPAA is the professional association for the public sector.

Contact us

Office address
Level 6, Bligh House
4-6 Bligh Street
NSW, 2000

Postal Address
GPO Box 904
NSW, 2001

Phone: 02 8223 8418
Fax: 02 8223 8420

ABN 13 432 812 038


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