Young Professional Scholarship

The Young Professional Scholarship is awarded annually to one Young Professional (YP) Member (Personal or Associate) and provides the opportunity to attend the Institute’s National Conference.

The Scholarship

The scholarship traditionally provides the winner with return economy flights from Perth and full conference registration fee and is valued at up to $2,000*. The 2019 IPAA National conference will be held in Darwin, NT from 25th to 27th September.

The IPAA National Conference

The Institute of Public Administration Australia's 2019 National Conference will explore the theme, Crossroads: Future Directions.

Conference Overview:
Governments are at a crossroads and new thinking on future directions is essential in order to actually deliver the services and manage community expectations. The 2019 IPAA National Conference will explore these issues and look at where there may be solutions nationally and internationally. Innovation is key to improving efficiency and the conference will explore how effective change can be made and the skills needed to deliver it. 

How to Apply

Application is on a self-nomination basis and requires:

  1. submission of a current resume including current position and contact details;
  2. submission of a paper (max 400 words) outlining why you would like to attend the 2019 National Conference, and detailing how it will aid your professional development and career in the public service. Note: Please exclude personal contact details from the paper, as judging is conducted anonymously. 

Email your application to with 'YP Scholarship' in the subject field.

Winner Requirements

Each winner will be required to complete a brief report on their experience at the Conference, which will be published on the Institute’s website. You may also be required to make a short presentation at a future Young Professional’s event or the Institute's AGM.

Judging & Closing Date

Emailed applications for the competition must be received by the Institute no later than 5:00pm on Friday, 9 August 2019.

Applications will be reviewed** by a panel and the winner will be notified by email and announced on the Institute’s website on 23 August 2019.


To be eligible to apply you must be aged 35 years and under, and be a current Young Professional (YP) - Associate or Personal Member.***

Not a YP Member? That’s OK!

Simply apply online.  As a YP Member, you will receive benefits that will help you excel in the Public Sector. We connect members with people and ideas that matter!

Further Information

For further information, please contact us on 9360 1400 or email Further information on the IPAA 2019 National Conference is available here: 

Past Winners

Click here to view the past winners of this scholarship, and to read their reviews of previous IPAA National Conferences.

Competition Conditions

*Prize is not redeemable for cash, transferable or exchangeable. Cost of airfare is determined by IPAA WA.

** The panel’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the panel’s decisions. The panel reserves the right not to award the scholarship.

***The competition is open to current IPAA WA Young Professional members, excluding Complimentary Young Professional Memberships provided as part of benefits to Corporate Members. Winner of the Young Professional scholarship must be a current member when they accept the scholarship. Winner must be available to attend the Conference on the dates specified above.