Young Professional Scholarship

Applications for the 2020 YP Scholarship are now open and will close on 20 March 2020. 

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 2020 IPAA National conference (IPAAeX) will be held in Sydney, NSW on 12th May 2020.

About IPAAeX

IPAAeX will explore the theme, Reinventing Service.

This one day event will be filled with inspiring TED-style presentations, thought provoking conversations and our interactive IPAAeX hub where you can meet the speakers.

Discover what re-inventing service in a new decade looks like including how to create and realise public value, deliver better customer service, build a public service that is fit for the future and more. Connect with over 400 colleagues from around Australia and build your capabilities, connections and confidence to increase your impact on the lives of citizens.

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 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. 
Please submit your application via this form:

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

Applications must be received by the Institute no later than 5:00pm on Friday, 20 March 2020.

Applications will be reviewed** by a panel and the winner will be notified by email on 13 April 2020.


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 2020 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.