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FAQs: Executive Fellows Program

EFP Alumni Paul James

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?

Applications for EFP 2022 are now closed. Submit an expression of interest to be contacted by a member of the Programs team. Alternatively, email:

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 about your application or expression of interest.

If you work for the Aotearoa New Zealand government, please contact Lynn Evans at the Leadership Development Centre at 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.

3. When do applications close?

Applications for EFP 2022 are now closed.

4. How much does the program cost?

The program costs $26,000 + 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 features:

  • short, sharp interactive sessions including a mix of teacher-to-participant sessions, participant-led sessions, group work, immersive elements and facilitated panel discussions
  • four modules designed to provide participants with an opportunity to immediately apply what they learn between modules when they return to work
  • opportunities for self-reflection, action-learning groups exploring solutions to participant’s leadership challenges and leadership-in-practice workshops
  • practical frameworks and techniques, immersive learning cases and live policy challenges.


  • Orientation: 29 September 2022 (3 hours)

  • Module 1: (Online) 10,11,12 October 2022

  • Module 2: (Online) 9, 10, 11 November 2022

  • Module 3: (Face to face) 22, 23, 24, 25 November 2022

  • Module 4: (Online) 6, 7 December 2022

8. Can I speak with a previous EFP participant?

If you are interested in applying for EFP, we encourage you to speak to our EFP alumni to get an insider’s perspective. Please contact our Alumni Coordinator via email at:, to arrange an introduction.

9. Do I need to download any software to participate?

Yes, you will need Zoom installed on your device. It will do this automatically when you click on your first webinar so just login 5 minutes before and allow it.

10. What is the time commitment of the program?

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

The structure is as follows: 3 x online modules and one face to face module.

11. Can I self-fund my participation if my agency won’t fund?


12. What are the attendance requirements?

As a participant, you are expected to attend all sessions to fully realise the benefits of the program.

13. How is the 2022 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 and current approach towards managing responses to the pandemic, EFP 2022 has been revamped for blended delivery.

You will benefit from lively, interactive online sessions, including online sprints and offline reflection which can be done at your own pace – all tailored to fit around the lives of busy public sector executives. This delivery of EFP will also feature the return of face-to-face interactions in a highly engaging immersive learning experience in Melbourne, Australia.

You will learn from a cast of renowned academics and senior public sector practitioners from Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world, in a program designed to help you take the next step in your career.

14. 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.

15. How big is the cohort?

The EFP 2022 cohort will be approximately 55-65 participants from across Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand (and possibly beyond).

16. 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
  • 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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