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 previous participants have said about the program

“Excellent program. Incredibly useful. Excellent speakers overall covering a good range of relevant topics”

“Facilitator was excellent. Skilful at drawing together the issues and ideas…”

“A wonderful course. It has been one that has changed my thinking. I wish I had done it in my first week!”

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).

2018 Executive Induction Program dates 

Round Two – This Program is currently full 
Day 1:           Wednesday 31 October 2018
Day 2:           Wednesday 7 November 2018
Day 3:           Tuesday 13 November 2018

2019 Executive Induction Program dates

Dates will be published soon.

How to register

The 2018 Program is currently full.  Please click here to join the register of interest for 2019 Executive Induction Programs.

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 required legal advice, please contact the Office of the Crown Solicitor.

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