Office for the Public Sector


Aboriginal Frontline Leadership Program

A program for Aboriginal employees who want to transition from team member to leading a team, or for new managers wanting to build management capability.

A manager is a crucial part of any organization, but becoming an effective manager can be a difficult transition for any leader. It requires new skills to handle new challenges. As a new manager or supervisor this program will help you seek better ways to:

  • Manage a team. Being “in charge” is different from being a team member
  • Get the work done. You need new skills to get results through others
  • Deal effectively with conflict. Interpersonal issues and disagreements can jeopardise teams and projects
  • Solve problems successfully. Bigger, more complicated issues are part of the job.

The Aboriginal Frontline Leadership Program is a tailored personal and professional development program specifically designed to focus on the skills that are most challenging for many new managers.

Agency Nomination Form

Program Overview

The program will give you a safe space where you will develop the skills to build the mindset and toolkit required for leading a team. To do this, expect an environment in which participants vigorously support each other. Expect facilitators and mentors that will bring out the best in you. Expect to think in new ways, and to be developed, connected and inspired.

Through participating in the program, you will learn to:

  • Adjust your leadership style
  • Improve your influence and communication skills
  • Lead team achievement
  • Coach and develop others
  • Build and maintain relationships
  • Find constructive responses to conflict
  • Delegate effectively
  • Facilitate change
  • Manage a budget
  • Address common HR issues.

Target Audience

The Aboriginal Frontline Leadership Program is for Aboriginal public sector employees who wish to develop their workplace leadership and management skills.

This includes:

  • Team members who want to become managers
  • People who have been recently promoted into a management role
  • Current managers who are facing new pressures or want to increase their effectiveness
  • As a guide, the program is aimed at ASO2-ASO6 levels (or equivalent).

Participants must:

  • Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Demonstrate the South Australian Public Sector Values
  • Be committed to developing themselves and others.

Program Dates

Indicative Program Schedule

Event Timeframe Date
Orientation Workshop 1 day 23 Mar 20
Leading Self 1 day 24 Mar 20
Managing People 2 days 22 & 23 Apr 20
Interpersonal Savvy 2 days 20 & 21 May 20
Delivering Results 1 day 24 Jun 20
Facilitating Change 1 day 25 Jun 20
Team Challenge 1 day 24 Jul 20
Program Close ½ day 14 Aug 20
Manager Shadowing Over course of program



Your agency chief executive needs to endorse your nomination. Please speak to your HR area or executive about participating.

Click here for a Nomination form.

Nominations close Monday 10, February 2020

Time and Investment


Over a six-month period.


The investment from your agency for the program is $4,100 plus GST.


We value your questions and feedback. Please direct any enquiries to the South Australian Leadership Academy project team on 8204 2271 or via email:


Key Note Speakers

Key Note speakers for the 2020 program will be announced later this year.

Workshop Facilitators

Workshop Facilitators for the 2020 program will be announced later this year.

Alumni Program

The Aboriginal Frontline Leadership Program (AFLP) Alumni program will enable past AFLP participants to continue to Develop, Connect and Inspire through training and development sessions, peer support, networking and information sharing. The following list are some of the topics that will be planned throughout the year.

List of Topics;

  • Discover the Public Sector – Learn about various roles offered in the Public Sector
  • Management Journeys – Hear from and network with current Public Sector managers
  • Perfecting your Elevator Pitch – How to develop a 30 second pitch to highlight your expertise
  • Getting the Edge – Resume writing and Interview techniques
  • Know your Departments – Agency site tours to learn more about the business units within
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