As a young professional or new manager or leader, it can be challenging to establish your professional brand and build strong connections. IPAA Queensland provides opportunities for young professionals to set themselves apart, connect with peers and leaders across the sector, and keep informed on the latest thinking. Our events and resources support young professionals and new managers to become confident and capable leaders in their organisation.

What membership type is best for me?

Either the Digital Membership or Full Membership is recommended for Young Professionals.  Both levels offer a range of benefits and are priced to suit any budget.  As a full Member of IPAA Queensland you will receive discounted tickets to events and access to the latest thought leadership on public purpose topics.  Find out more here.

EVEnts and resources

For ease, we have sourced and compiled a range of events and resources most relevant to you. Please take your time to browse our recent blog and thought leadership pieces and register for any upcoming events that spark your interest. If there’s anything you’d like to see here, please get in touch with us as we are regularly creating new content and evolving our events program.


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“On the Couch” with Neil Scales
1 William Street, Brisbane CBD

Welcome to the next instalment of our ‘Stewards on the Couch’ event series! This event we will host Director-General for Transport and Main Roads, Neil Scales who will share his insights on leadership, public purpose and the broader infrastructure portfolio with journalist Madonna King.

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2019 John Western Public Lecture delivered by Professor Rhema Vaithianathan: A UQ Event
River Room, Customs House, 399 Queen Street, QLD 4000

Data analytics in the public sector: the tortoise or the hare? The University of Queensland’s School of Social Science and Institute for Social Science Research invite you to attend the 2019 John Western Public Lecture delivered by Professor Rhema Vaithianathan.

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Applied Behavioural Science Winter School: A Griffith University Event
Griffith University Gold Coast Campus

Learn from leading behavioural science practitioners and academics as they share their insights on how to deliver meaningful change.

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Spark 2019: A Bright People Event
Room Three Sixty, 2 George Street Brisbane

The event that Brisbane leaders and professionals have been waiting for…#sparkchange About this Event: Join us for an energising and uplifting day of inspiration and practical application exploring the power of people, their courage, grit and authenticity, as they navigate and lead change in a rapidly changing world.

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Purpose Matters: IPAA Queensland’s 2019 Annual Forum broken down.

On the 8th August 2019, IPAA Queensland’s was delighted to host the 2019 Annual Forum. Attended by nearly 500 public purpose workers around the state, the event informed, provoked, inspired and engaged participants and provided a platform for deeper exploration and understanding of public purpose work. IPAA Queensland President, Robert Setter, introduced the day with

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How to foster positive workplace culture

Having a culture that engages, motivates and encourages all employees is an important objective for most workplaces. From morning teas, team lunches, walks around the local neighbourhood, regular team building events and exercises or simply putting in place social contracts and non-negotiables, there are a myriad of ways to go about building a team that

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Horses and books about serial killers – why decompressing after work is so important

Roles in public purpose work contribute to the betterment of a community or society, and that purpose is what attracts so many of us and gives us job satisfaction. However, with any job, in any industry, can come pressures, stress and emotional upheaval. The need to decompress, debrief and find outlets that allow us to

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Qualities of leaders in public purpose

What are the qualities you need to develop in order to be successful in public purpose? What are the qualities that current leaders in public purpose value in their teams and colleagues? Being a public purpose worker usually coincides with a deep sense of pride in service, a need to provide a benefit to the

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What are members saying?

A lot of people join Government because they want to make a difference to the community and IPAA can help in improving that difference we make.

Heidi Bushnell, Professional
Queensland Government

The experiences are amazing, and the relationships and the people you meet are incredible.

Dave Stewart, Executive
Queensland Government

IPAA provides a fantastic meeting place.  There aren’t many forums where you can bring together a really diverse group of stakeholders and talk about really topical issues.  IPAA does this really well.

Michael Hiller, Queensland Chairman

It is great to see IPAA thriving, bringing in so many people, the calibre of the people you meet is priceless.  I recommend everyone get involved and join in.

Fahim Khondaker, Professional

The forums, exceptional presentations –  it is learning in a relaxed way that you don’t see in other institutions.  I am very glad that IPAA is back in Queensland.

Katarina Carroll, Commissioner