Skip to content

Executive Fellows Program

Learn from the best, with the best

Format

Blended

Location

Module 3 (face-to-face) will be held in Sydney

Duration

1 x 3-hour orientation, 4 x modules, 1 x post-module check in

Dates

29 September - 6 December 2022 (see details for more information)

Overview

In a time of volatility and uncertainty, senior public sector executives are facing constantly shifting priorities and increasing demands. More than ever before, it’s vital for you to develop the leadership, management and strategic skills you need to lead high performing teams. 

The Executive Fellows Program (EFP) challenges senior public sector executives to develop new leadership perspectives in a highly interactive setting while exploring contemporary issues, such as the post-COVID environment, social movements, civil unrest, and preparedness amidst the global spectre of war. 

The EFP is not just any executive leadership course. The EFP puts you in the ‘room’ with fellow public sector executives from across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, expanding your professional network and creating an opportunity to learn from the experiences of other jurisdictions. 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 Sydney, 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. The EFP alumni includes more than 200 public sector leaders who have gone on to hold roles as CEOs or Secretaries (equivalents) or deputies after completing the program. 

Develop a greater sense of who you are as a leader and how you can shape organisational change to deliver public value to the communities you serve. 

Take your leadership to the next level

Applications are now open for a blended delivery of EFP in 2022. Click on the “Apply Now” button to complete your details for the next iteration of the Executive Fellows Program.

Who is the EFP for?

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 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.

EFP alumni Ro Allen

Ro Allen – EFP 2021 alum, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner

What is the EFP?

The EFP is a highly respected program designed exclusively for senior public sector executives. It provides you with a unique opportunity to develop your ability to lead and learn alongside your peers from across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

The four-module program featuring online sprints and face-to-face immersive engagement alongside offline reflection, is delivered by world-recognised academics and high-calibre practitioners.

You will be encouraged to share your personal leadership experiences in a creative and collaborative environment, and you will be able to at once apply what you learn when you return to work.

The EFP has evolved to embrace the best of face-to-face and online environments, creating a dynamic and interactive learning experience where participants learn from presenters, and their peers, in short engaging sessions designed to maximise the positive impact on day-to-day work.

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 you with an opportunity to immediately apply what you learn between modules when you return to work
  • opportunities for self-reflection, action-learning groups exploring solutions to your leadership challenges and leadership-in-practice workshops
  • practical frameworks and techniques, immersive learning cases and live policy challenges.

If you’re searching for a public service leadership course, executive leadership training or looking to build high performing leadership qualities, the EFP is the program for you.

Why should I choose the EFP?

ANZSOG is a unique education provider. Our programs are designed for the public sector, with input from governments across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, and they are led by renowned academics and respected practitioners. Our programs are tailored to meet the needs of public sector leaders who face distinct challenges in today’s volatile environment.

The EFP is modelled on global executive leadership courses, but adapted for the specific challenges of the contemporary public sector.

By taking part in the EFP, you will build a long-lasting network of fellow public sector leaders from across Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond. You will also join the ANZSOG alumni, which includes thousands of public sector leaders.

You will benefit from strategies, frameworks and an international perspective, which are needed to effectively lead across cultural boundaries and in an increasingly complex, virtual/digital operating environment.

The EFP focuses on the capabilities successful public sector leaders need to thrive in this environment, exploring:

  • the interactive dynamics they face
  • how to better respond to competing requirements
  • how to frame discussion, planning and strategic actions

Details

The EFP features four modules, as well as an orientation session. There are breaks between the three modules to allow time for participants to complete self-reflection work and apply insights into their workplaces throughout the program. The modules will feature short sessions with ample break time to ensure participants are engaged in robust and insightful discussions.

  • 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 in Sydney
  • Module 4: (Online) 5, 6 December 2022
  • Post module check-in: 14 February 2023

A further breakdown of the modules can be found in the brochure.

Cost: $26,000 AUD + GST

EMPA Alumni Paul James

Paul James – EFP 2009 alum, Government Chief Digital Officer, Department of Internal Affairs (NZ)

Learn from the best, with the best

What will I learn?

The EFP focuses on three key leadership themes: leading the self and others (including neuroleadership), leading an organisation (including adaptive leadership) and systems leadership. These themes are explored using contemporary issues as a focal point, including the post-COVID-19 world, social movements and civil unrest, as well as preparedness in the face of the global spectre of war.

By exploring contemporary issues, participants will benefit from engaging and relevant learning opportunities with real-world application.

The EFP leadership framework underpins the themes, content and teaching methods of our program, highlighting the capabilities required of a successful leader.

Circular image of the EFP Leadership Framework and Toolkit with four themes on each side - Self, Others, Organisation, and Environment

Outcomes

Throughout the program, you will explore the three leadership themes outlined above. 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
  • learn how to better communicate in your relationships with ministers, staff and stakeholders, to create and deliver public value
Faculty

Our faculty includes leading national and international academics who are experts in the public sector. We also draw on the expertise of senior practitioners from the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. Faculty includes:

Alumni community

The ANZSOG experience extends well beyond the classroom. The national and international networks participants gain access to will be invaluable throughout your career. Our Alumni Program helps you maintain and build peer-to-peer relationships, creating a broad community of public sector managers. This provides an opportunity for ongoing learning and support from peers and greater exposure to different perspectives.

Information for managers and sponsoring agencies

Owned by and working for the governments of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, ANZSOG creates and delivers education programs tailored to meet the needs of public sector leaders. Our programs are designed with significant government input, for government, and led by renowned academics and respected practitioners.

Who should I nominate?

The EFP is designed for high performing senior public sector executives, from Deputy Chief Executive Officers (CEO), Deputy Director-Generals and Deputy Secretaries, and executives two-levels below CEO, Director-General or Secretary. Executives looking to take the next step in their careers or further their leadership capabilities will thrive in the EFP. We encourage you to nominate Māori and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, people with disability and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

For more information about the suitability of your candidate/s, please complete the expression of interest form or contact +61 3 8344 1909 or email: programs_team@anzsog.edu.au

First Nations Public Administration Scholarship

ANZSOG offers a scholarship to assist the development of a First Nations person working in the public sector in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand. The scholarship, worth $21,000 to $50,960 AUD, is used exclusively for an ANZSOG foundation program, either the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA), the Executive Fellows Program (EFP) or Towards Strategic Leadership (TSL).

The inaugural 2021 Scholarship was awarded to Palawa woman Brenda McDermott, currently working in the Victorian public service. Brenda commenced the EMPA in 2022.

ANZSOG is planning to offer a scholarship in 2023 to a First Nations public servant, for enrolment in late 2023 or early 2024. If you are interested in finding out more about the Scholarship, sign up to the ANZSOG Indigenous news, and/or our general e-news to be notified when scholarship applications open.

Investment

The sponsoring agency, jurisdiction or organisation pays the program costs, which includes tuition fee and program materials.

Shared learning

You will have opportunities to apply new insights immediately to your workplace and are encouraged to share what you learn with others. The module delivery provides opportunities to apply your insights into your workplace while completing the program. The EFP deliberately invites managers into the learning environment at several points to witness the insights that have been gained and to share cross-jurisdictional learning. 

We encourage sponsoring managers to facilitate opportunities for participants to share and add further value as a result of their studies.

Find out more

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 swpd.ocpe@nt.gov.au 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 LDCProgrammes@ldc.govt.nz 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.

Applications for EFP 2022 are now open. Apply now or contact +61 3 8344 1909 or email: programs_team@anzsog.edu.au. Alternatively, submit an expression of interest to be contacted by a member of the Programs team.

You can also find out more about the history of the EFP by downloading the brochure.

Seeking more information?

We encourage you to speak to one of our EFP alumni to get an insider’s perspective. Please contact our Alumni Coordinator via email at: alumni@anzsog.edu.au, to arrange an introduction.