IPAA Victoria

Senior Executive IELP

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About the Senior Executive Integrity and Ethical Leadership Program (IELP)

In the Senior Executive IELP, a select group of senior leaders are immersed in a program over three months exploring the philosophical, systems and practical dimensions of ethics, ethical leadership and integrity in a contemporary public administration context.

Participants hear from experts, gain insights from case studies, reflect on the integrity moments of renowned ‘wise heads’, undertake diagnostics providing insight to their personal ethical leadership ripple, engage in personal reflection, build their networks and join the growing Senior Executive IELP Alumni. They have opportunities for one-on-one coaching and mentoring from ‘critical friend’ mentors while working in their peer groups.

Read about a past participant’s reflections here.

The Senior Executive IELP is delivered under the Chatham House Rule.

2020 program dates

The Senior Executive IELP will be delivered twice in 2020. Exact dates will be confirmed shortly. Expressions of interest are being taken for our 2020 programs. To register your expression of interest, please click here.

First program | March to June 2020

  • Welcome and commencement (morning event in March)

  • Wave 1 - Culture, governance & systems (over two consecutive days in April)

  • Wave 2 - Philosophical enquiry (over two consecutive days in May)

  • Wave 3 - My leadership ripple, decision-making & wellbeing (over two consecutive days in June)

Second program | August to November 2020

  • Welcome and commencement (morning event in August)

  • Wave 1 - Culture, governance & systems (over two consecutive days in September)

  • Wave 2 - Philosophical enquiry (over two consecutive days in October)

  • Wave 3 - My leadership ripple, decision-making & wellbeing (over two consecutive days in November)

“The Senior Executive IELP provides the perfect environment for challenging the biases, assumptions and perspectives that underpin the critical role we play as decision makers every day. I can highly recommend this program for leaders who want to extend themselves.”
— Rebecca McKenzie, CEO, Glen Eira City Council and Senior Executive IELP alumna (2018)


  1. Build confidence in your ethical leadership – understand your decision-making temptations and biases to enhance your leadership

  2. Explore your ‘leadership ripple’ – gain awareness of the way you influence and the shadow you cast.

  3. Set the ‘tone from the top’ – develop the capabilities you need to create a positive integrity culture.

  4. See the ‘system’ – shine a light on how the system works on you and you on it.

  5. Optimise your personal resilience and wellbeing and develop the skills to foster psychological safety amongst those you lead.


Who is the Senior Executive IELP participant?

The Senior Executive IELP is aimed at senior executives from across all three levels of government in Victoria (federal, state, and local). Participation is targeted at departmental deputy secretaries, and local government and agency chief executive officers.

Participants value the diversity of experience in the program. We are seeking expressions of interest, including those from diverse backgrounds, drawn from regional areas and participants from the Commonwealth and local government.

What is the time commitment?

This is a highly engaging and immersive program. Participants engage in self-reflection, undertake a number of diagnostics, journal writing, reading, one-on-one coaching and meet with peer groups between wave events.

In total, we estimate that the time commitment is 10 days. The face-to-face wave events comprise of three events of two days. In additional to these six days, we estimate participants need to dedicate a further four days to unlock the full value of the program. Participants are required to attend all face-to-face days in the program.

What is the investment?

Participation in the program is priced at $11,750 (ex GST) per person.

How do I apply?

Expressions of interest for participation in our second the Senior Executive IELP 2020 are now open. Click here to make your expression of interest.

Participants may be nominated by their employers or may nominate themselves. Each delivery of the Senior Executive IELP is comprised of an intimate cohort of a maximum of 21 participants. IPAA Victoria curates cohorts to achieve a mix of participants from different disciplines, jurisdictions and organsiation types to optimise the experience of each cohort.

Offers to participate in the program will be made progressively from October 2019.


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.

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