Please see below for frequently asked questions relating to ANZSOG’s Executive Fellows Program.

1. What are the entry requirements?

The EFP is designed for high performing leaders and senior public sector executives, such as Deputy Chief Executive Officers (CEO), Deputy Director-Generals and Deputy Secretaries, and executives up to two levels below CEO, Director-General or Secretary. The program is also suitable for senior executives in the not-for-profit sector, international equivalent levels and other experienced, high-performing senior leaders.

2. What is the registration process?

Participants can register using the online application form. If you are unsure about how to fill out the form, or you are seeking more information, contact +61 3 8344 1990 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also submit an expression of interest online.

Applications are encouraged from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori and Pacific Peoples, and from people with disabilities or from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Some jurisdictions have specific registration processes. If you work for the governments of Western Australia, New South Wales or Victoria, please contact your department or agency’s Human Resources or Learning and Development team about your application or expression of interest.

If you work for the Northern Territory government, please contact the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about your application or expression of interest.

If you work for the Aotearoa-New Zealand government, please contact Kate Wakelin at the Leadership Development Centre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about your application or expression of interest.

If you work for the Queensland government, your Public Sector Commission has a limited number of scholarships available for the program. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship via your jurisdiction’s Public Sector Commission, we encourage you to contact them for further information including dates for application submission. You are also welcome to make your own arrangements with your agency.

If you are a member of ANZSOG’s alumni you can apply for the 15% ANZSOG alumni discount. Every person that completes ANZSOG’s Executive Master of Public Administration, Executive Fellows Program, Towards Strategic Leadership or an international program becomes part of our alumni. To register for the alumni discount for this program, please see the registration form.

3. When do applications close?

Applications close 12 April 2021. Applications after this time may not be able to be accommodated.

4. How much does the program cost?

The program costs AU $21,000 + GST

5. When will I/my agency be invoiced?

Invoices will be emailed to you/your agency invoice contact once your registration has been finalised. Note that cancellation conditions are enforced after the date of acceptance into the program.

6. What is covered in the Program fee?

Program fees cover program design and preparation, tuition fees and learning materials.

7. What is the program structure?

The EFP is a multi-module program, with an orientation session and two check in sessions. See below for dates. A further breakdown of the modules can be found in the EFP brochure. For the upcoming program in May-June 2021, the program will be delivered online due to restrictions on travel and large gatherings.

  • Orientation: 20-22 April 2021
  • Module 1: Leading Self and Others: 5-7 May 2021
  • Module 2: Leading the organisation: 25-27 May 2021
  • Check-in and looking ahead to Module 3: 15 June 2021
  • Module 3: Systems leadership: 24-25 June 2021

8. What is the time commitment of the program?

Participants benefit from lively, interactive online sessions, including online sprints and offline reflection which can be done at their own pace – which maximise the positive impact on their workplace.

Module 1 and 2 are three-day modules, module 3 is a two-day module.

Each module features some pre-work, and short and sharp online sessions.

9. Can I self-fund my participation if my agency won't fund?

Yes.

10. What are the attendance requirements?

Participants are expected to attend all sessions to fully realise the benefits of the program.

11. How is the 2021 online EFP different to previous EFP iterations?

The EFP has continually evolved and in recent years has been delivered as an intensive and lively three-week residential program for senior executives to develop their capacity to lead. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel and indoor group gatherings, 2021 EFP has been revamped for the online environment. Importantly, the 2021 program emphasises the engaging elements of the previous version of the EFP, translating them into the online environment while factoring in participant wellbeing, for example online fatigue. 2021 EFP participants will benefit from lively, interactive online sprints and offline reflection (which can be done at their own pace). These sessions are tailored to fit around the lives of busy public sector executives. The online delivery method of the 2021 EFP also provides access to renowned academics and senior public sector practitioners from Australia, Aotearoa-New Zealand and beyond.

12. Do I need managerial approval to attend the program?

Yes. In signing the application form, your manager agrees to support you to participate in the program and that your organisation assumes the full program fee. Your nominated manager will also receive an email indicating you have applied to the program.

13. How big is the cohort?

The EFP 2021 cohort will be approximately 50-60 participants from across Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand.

14. What are the outcomes?

Throughout this program, you will explore three key leadership themes: leading the self and others, leading an organisation, and systems leadership. Outcomes from these themes, include:

  • Explore the latest thinking on leadership
  • Discover leadership frameworks which can be applied immediately in your agency
  • Develop a greater sense of self-as-a-leader
  • Build skills to effectively lead across cultural boundaries in an increasingly complex operating environment
  • Broaden and deepen your professional networks
  • Gain deeper insights into the operating environment of the public service with particular attention to politics, the media, the international sphere and other sectors
  • Increase capabilities in reading and shaping organisational cultures
  • Find inspiration and opportunities to take your leadership to the next level

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