Office for the Public Sector


South Australian Leadership Academy

Professional and courageous leadership is an important attribute of a healthy and vibrant public sector, and effective management ensures our sector is efficient and productive.

The South Australian Leadership Academy develops, connects and inspires leaders across all levels of leadership to collectively deliver great results for South Australia.

It aims to:

Strengthen the pipeline of public sector leaders (so that we have diverse, wise and agile leaders now and in the future)

Enable higher impact development through a sector-wide, integrated and contemporary approach

Strengthen the leadership connections across departmental boundaries, and with community, non-government and private sector organisations.

Important Message

In response to the COVID-19 situation, the Academy has stopped delivering all programs face to face, and is adapting its workshops and programs for online delivery, where appropriate.  For current participants, the Academy team will be in touch soon with your revised delivery schedule.

To support leaders during these untested circumstances, the Academy is pleased to offer the following webinars, online training and tools.

Leadership Webinars – interactive leadership development tailored specifically to the SA Public Sector and delivered straight to your workplace – or home!

Virtual ‘On The Couch’ series – Run in partnership with IPAA SA, this series involves interviews with Chief Executives and other senior leaders to help you stay informed about the public sector’s challenges and responses and workforce considerations surrounding the COVID-19 situation.

COVID-19 Manager Resources

COVID-19 PMD Manager Guide

Leading in Times of Change (DAC Model) This one page reminds you to ramp up your focus on the three outcomes of leadership: Direction, Alignment and Commitment.

Manager’s Guide to supportive questions to ask employees during COVID-19

Remote Working for Productivity – Managers Guide

Working from Home – Employee Guide

Working from Home Checklist

Morale Boosters

Virtual Meeting Bingo – Keep your team energised and have a little fun with virtual meeting bingo.

eThanks – Send an eThanks – an electronic thank you note.

Core Programs

Executive Excellence Program

Nominations for the 2020 program will open soon.

For information regarding this program please visit the Executive Excellence webpage.


The Next Execs (Emerging Executives Program)

Nominations for the 2020 program are now closed.

For information regarding this program please visit the Next Execs webpage.


Aboriginal Frontline Leadership Program

Nominations for the 2020 program are now closed.

For information regarding this program please visit the Aboriginal Frontline Leadership Program webpage.


Manager Essentials Program

A program for South Australian Public Sector frontline managers who are responsible for directly managing staff, who may be new to their role or want to re-calibrate their skills.
A program overview can be found here.
Please register your interest for Intakes Two (March 2020), Three (June 2020) and Four (August 2020). For more information about the enrolment process, click here.


For enquiries, please email the South Australian Leadership Academy on or contact Michael Bennett on 8204 2272.

Join our mailing list

To be on the mailing list to hear more about offerings from the Leadership Academy and other leadership development initiatives, please register here.

Customer Feedback

Your feedback is valuable to us.  If you would like to provide feedback on our services or programs please contact Tammy Joachin, Project Director, South Australian Leadership Academy on 8204 2274 or via email on  Alternatively send an email to

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