Tuesday 27 January, 2014

IPAA WA Celebrates 70 Years of Advancing Excellence in the Public Sector

The Institute of Public Administration Australia WA (IPAA WA) is proud to announce 2015 as a landmark year as it celebrates achievements over the past 70 years.

From humble beginnings in 1945 as The (British) Institute of Public Administration WA Regional Group, IPAA WA has come a long way to now be recognised as Western Australia’s pre-eminent professional association for public sector professionals.

Since 1945, there have been six name changes, 31 presidents and thousands of training courses and events managed by IPAA WA. It has grown to be a strong membership organisation and has created solid partnerships with both government and non-government organisations working to advance excellence in the public sector.

Over the past 70 years, IPAA WA has made many significant contributions to public administration in Western Australia. The founding of the Achievement Awards in 2012 is one such contribution, as it is the only awards ceremony to recognise both individual and organisational achievements within the public sector. Furthermore, in 1984 IPAA WA launched the W.S. Lonnie Awards, established to recognise excellence in annual reporting, which is central to good corporate governance.

IPAA WA President, Mr Sven Bluemmel, commended all those involved in the Institute’s success over the past 70 years.

“This is a significant milestone for IPAA WA, and we are proud to have been serving the public sector in Western Australia for nearly three-quarters of a century. We will continue to provide the public sector in WA with engaging events and tailored training courses to meet its continually evolving needs.”

IPAA WA is a not-for-profit association serving members from across the sector and provides extensive opportunities to enrich professional development through workshops, seminars, conferences and customised programs, whilst providing a strong focal point for all three spheres of government.

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