Policy in Practice

The essential toolkit for tomorrow’s public sector professional.

Former Premier of Tasmania, the Hon. David Bartlett and the former head of the Tasmanian Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Rhys Edwards return as facilitators this year. Policy in Practice (PiP) was completely refreshed for 2019, and after a selling out last year, PiP is back in 2022. 

David and Rhys will include scenarios, case studies, examples, and policy challenges unique to WA throughout the program, and have incorporated feedback from the 2019 program for this year's program. They have also updated some sections of the program to reflect the post-COVID world that we will be entering into. 

Read more about what sets this program apart below.

About The Program

Policy in Practice is developed to support public servants and aspiring policy leaders in understanding policy, regulatory and service delivery in the modern public sector.

It is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to make a major contribution to policy development and policy/program implementation.  

Conducted over six-days, the program explores the interplay between established policy development and service delivery models, and the modern public sector, with an emphasis on influence, the political environment and the fast paced world of contemporary policy development cycles. 

Through case studies, practical exercises and the real-world experiences of a former Premier and former head of the Premier and Cabinet as your facilitators, you will come away with tools, frameworks, knowledge, skills, guidelines and a much deeper understanding of the real-world policy environment, including a first-hand look at what really happens during the stages of public policy formation.

Why Choose Policy in Practice

It is developed specifically for the WA Public Sector

Policy in Practice has been developed specifically for Western Australian (WA) public servants.

The facilitators for Policy in Practice have modernised and tailored the content to ensure PiP meets the capability requirements that WA public servants need to succeed in policy leadership roles.

The program incorporates scenarios, case studies, examples and policy challenges unique to WA, ensuring that content is highly relevant to WA public servants.

It is structured to allow you to put into practice what you have learned in a safe environment

Policy in Practice is structured to equip you with a working knowledge of what you need to succeed in your career in policy development, modern service delivery and regulatory design.

No other policy program available to WA public sector professionals provides access to such experienced, and senior former policy and political leaders, and also allows the opportunity for you to immediately put what you learn into practice in a safe environment.

You will first study the skills, knowledge and tools required for effective policy development, and then work in groups to design and develop innovative, contemporary approaches to solving a complex policy problem. On the final day of the program, you will put what you have learned to the test, as you present your policy submission.

It provides a unique learning experience

Facilitators the Hon. David Bartlett and Rhys Edwards have a combined 38 years of public sector experience in the most senior policy and political roles of Premier and head of the public sector respectively. They bring a very open, discussion style to the learning and will share real world examples of policy and service delivery success and failure.

Having such experienced facilitators from the highest levels in government means that you will gain first-hand, real-world insights from these levels into the policy development cycle. This will help you to de-mystify the stages of policy formation, providing you with a clear background, context and understanding into how your role fits in to the policy development process. It also provides the opportunity to have your burning questions about the process answered by two authoritative sources.

Throughout the program, you will hear from guest speakers, and have the opportunity to interact directly with former Premiers, Chiefs of Staff, Ministerial Advisors, Directors General and others with real world experience in all stages of the policy development cycle.

About the Facilitators

Hon. David Bartlett

The Hon. David Bartlett is the former Premier of Tasmania. Before entering politics, David had a successful career in the information technology, telecommunications and innovation sectors. During his time as Tasmania’s 43rd Premier, David championed his home state for its natural strengths in water, renewable energy, high value food and primary industries, tourism and high-speed telecommunications.

Rhys Edwards

Rhys was the Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Tasmania for six years (2008-2014) and has held numerous senior public sector positions as well as roles as a Ministerial adviser. Rhys is an experienced organisational leader and has worked at the highest levels of the public service for over 16 years. Rhys is passionate about great leadership in organisations and has driven reform agendas across many areas of government. He has a strong background in governance, central agency leadership, energy policy, industry development and major project facilitation.

David and Rhys' Experience in Government

During their time in the Tasmanian Government, David and Rhys worked on and introduced policy to deliver early childhood education and health services deep into communities most in need via successful programs such as, ‘Launching Into Learning’ and ‘Child and Family Centres’. These initiatives saw Tasmania’s average Kindergarten Development Check rise from second worst in Australia, to second best nationally.

While in Government they established Tasmania’s first integrity commission and introduced Australia’s most progressive freedom of information legislation. Following a successful Tasmanian roll out of fibre-to-the-premises high speed telecommunications network the Bartlett Government successfully lobbied for Tasmania being the first to receive the National Broadband Network rollout.

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For more information, please contact Gavin Lewis on gavin.lewis@ipaawa.org.au or call (08) 9360 1400.