IPAA Victoria

Integrity and Ethical Leadership Program

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About the Integrity and Ethical Leadership Program (IELP)

Integrity is a core tenet of the public sector and underpins the community’s trust in the services we deliver. It is widely recognised that a culture of integrity does not just happen; it takes a deliberate and coordinated effort on the part of organisational leaders and is the responsibility of all.

The IELP is designed for public sector employees at all stages of their career to bolster and embed a robust integrity culture in organisations and the public sector, by extending personal practice and building the confidence needed for ethical decision-making.

Expressions of interest are now open for the Senior Executive IELP 2020. To find out click more here.

Co-design and development

The IELP is designed with, and for, the public sector in Victoria, including local government, and state and federal departments, entities and agencies. Over two years, we worked closely with the public sector and expert partners to co-design the IELP and create the Integrity and Ethical Leadership Framework. This includes key supporters, the Victorian Secretaries’ Board and the Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC), and principal partner EY.

In 2018 we piloted our flagship program for senior executives – Senior Executive IELP – with 21 senior leaders drawn from Victoria’s diverse public sector. The program was successfully delivered with participants providing invaluable input to shape refinements to the program and insights into key program outcomes.

“Ethical behaviour is not a one-off fad or a one event fix. It is, and should, be a way of life. A strengthened awareness of the learnings behind ethical leadership and the behaviour that evolves was what the IELP offered.”
— Vijaya Vaidyanath, CEO, Yarra City Council and Senior Executive IELP alumna (2018)

IELP news

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The foundation for all IELP programs is the Integrity and Ethical Leadership Framework. IELP programs draw on the rich evidence base developed during our co-design process and the expertise of subject matter experts with a deep understanding of public sector integrity and ethical leadership.

IPAA Victoria continues to develop new programs as part of the IELP suite. These programs will be designed for specific cohorts working in the public sector and will be aligned with key public sector career progressions, such as frontline staff, middle managers and board directors.

In addition to offering the Senior Executive IELP, we are currently developing the next program in the IELP suite, the Manager IELP. The Manager IELP will be delivered in 2019 and we will be recruiting for the program in late 2019.

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Links and news

  • Professor Graeme Samuel AC ‘provokes’ at the IELP Alumni Dinner. Read more.

  • Senior Executive IELP participant shares key insights and reflections. Read more.

  • CSIRO names trust as a top five priority to achieve outlook vision 2060. Read more.

  • On Thursday 6 June, participants in the first Senior Executive IELP of 2019 concluded their three-month, immersive journey. Read about it here.

  • On November 7, 2018, we hosted our inaugural Senior Executive IELP Alumni Dinner with guest speaker and provocateur Serena Lillywhite, Chief Executive Officer of Transparency International Australia. Read more.


If you want to find out more about any aspect of the IELP please email integrity@vic.ipaa.org.au or call (03) 9653 2069.