MEDIA RELEASE
Wednesday 15 August, 2012

Public Sector Professional Body Encourages Up and Coming Leaders

The Western Australia Institute of Public Administration (IPAA WA) has announced the winners of the Young Professional 2012 Expand Your Horizons Scholarship. Tahlia Jones from the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office and Emma Forrest of the Department of Housing were both delighted to be awarded the scholarships by the judging panel.

Each scholarship provided funding that enabled both recipients to attend the IPAA International Congress in Melbourne from 18 to 20 September – shaping up to  be one of the largest gatherings of public administrators ever held in Australia.

Institute Chief Executive Alison Petrie said “the scholarship aims to advance the development of young professionals in the public service by giving them the opportunity to meet senior leaders of the sector and participate in conversations with colleagues from across the nation and internationally.”

“This year we decided to give two scholarships and received over three times the amount of applications than last year, obviously it is something young professional’s value.”

Scholarship winner Tahlia Jones stated “As a motivated public servant and a personal member of IPAA WA, I continue to strive for best practice in my field and am committed to both my personal and professional development.”

“The conference topics appear to be extensive, relevant to my position and will directly support both my professional capacity and development to achieve results in the sector.”

Emma Forrest agreed “I am keen to meet others at the conference to learn from their experience of tighter service rationing and of change management; particularly in engaging front line staff expected to deliver reforms dreamt up by strategic policy.”

“I follow trends and debates, and am particularly interested in the delivery of public value and the agenda to increase co-production with the non-government sector.”

For more information on the scholarship, click here.

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