Office for the Public Sector


South Australian Executive Service (SAES)

Great leaders build great organisations. Progressive, innovative and collaborative leadership in the public sector is essential to meet South Australia’s diverse challenges.

The South Australian Executive Service (SAES) is a community of executives from the South Australian public service united by its purpose to help people and businesses in South Australia thrive. Founded in shared values, collective leadership and a prospective outlook, SAES works to improve the quality of strategic policy and service delivery for South Australia. SAES does this by:

  • enabling better problem solving approaches to the complex problems faced by our community
  • breaking down silos to deliver effective and sustainable outcomes
  • understanding and acting on future challenges and opportunities
  • ensuring a predictable and high level of capability and competence
  • demonstrating excellence within their individual roles complemented by collegiate contributions across government.

Executive Induction Program

The Executive Induction Program is a three-day program where participants gain the knowledge, tools, and networks necessary to succeed as public sector leaders. The program focuses on the critical knowledge that South Australian Executive Service (SAES) members need to deliver on the government’s economic and strategic priorities, and comprises a variety of presentations, facilitated discussions, Q&A sessions and workshops.

Experienced leaders, ministers, chief executives, and other highly regarded experts present the sessions and provide high-level insight into the challenges and opportunities of leadership in the South Australian Government. The induction encourages and promotes executives to develop cross-government networks.

What participants have said about the previous program:

“Excellent networking opportunity and very helpful for people new to government.”

“For me, the strength of this induction was in the exposure to high level insights and priorities and strategic thinking.”

“Well planned and professionally delivered.

“This program exceeded my expectations. It was very accessible and interactive.”

Who should attend?

All new SAES executives in their first year as a SAES member; and new non-SAES executives (as relevant to their role).

2019 Executive Induction Program dates 

The program is run over three days, across several weeks, from 9:30am to 4:30pm each day (registrations from 9:00am).

Round One May/June 2019 is complete

Round Two October/November 2019 is complete 

Click here to put your name on the wait list


$2000 plus GST per person, with each round limited to a maximum of 34 places.

For more information, please contact the Leadership team via email

SAES contract templates

The attached templates are available for use by all human resource professionals when employing executives. If you have any queries regarding the template please contact us. Please note that we do not provide legal advice. If you require legal advice, please contact the Office of the Crown Solicitor.

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