IPAA Victoria

Integrity and Ethical Leadership Program

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Integrity is a core tenet of the public purpose sector and underpins the community’s trust in the services we deliver. 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 purpose sector employees at all stages of their career to extend personal practice, build the confidence needed for ethical decision-making and embed a robust integrity culture in their organisations.

Over two years, we worked closely with the public purpose sector, expert partners and our principal partner, EY, to co-design the IELP and create the Integrity and Ethical Leadership Framework. The framework takes a comprehensive full-system view to ethical leadership in the public purpose sector, from the ‘self’ to how the system influences us and how we influence the system.

The IELP is designed with, and for, the public purpose sector in Victoria, including local government, state and Commonwealth and our ambition is to deliver a suite of programs targeted at key cohorts.

We currently offer the flagship Senior Executive IELP, for senior experienced public purpose leaders, and a program for managers in under development. We will also be developing new programs for specific cohorts working in the public sector, such as frontline staff and board directors.

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


The importance of public sector integrity and ethical leadership:

Thought leaders, Hannah Aulby, Jane Brockington, Cheryl Batagol PSM and Dr Paul Grimes PSM, respond to questions on the importance of public sector integrity and ethical leadership.

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“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)


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  • Senior executives build ethical leadership capability with philosophical enquiry. Read more.

  • 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.

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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.