Young Professional Committee

The Young Professional Committee (YPC) consists of up to 15 elected Young Professional (YP) Members and acts as a sub-committee of the Council of IPAA WA. It provides advice to Council on matters relating to young professionals, and coordinates a professional development and networking program for YPs across the WA public sector.

The YPC meets monthly, and meetings are held virtually to enable participation by a diverse range of young professionals throughout Western Australia. Members are expected to commit 1-3 hours per week to YPC which may include involvement with event development, policy research, and communications.

Keep in touch wth YPC

To stay up to date with professional and social events, and other relevant information for Western Australian Young Professionals:

Subscribe to our Young Professionals' email list 
Follow YPC on LinkedIn
Like our Facebook page


2021 YPC Members

Chair (currently on leave)

Natasha Bouzidis
Department of Water and
Environmental Regulation

Engagement and Communications Coordinator

Courtney Farmer
Department of Communities

Acting Chair

Cassandra Flanigan
City of Bayswater 

Events Facilitator

Jacoba Seccull 
Pilbara Development Commission


Amanda Melia
Australia Post


Policy Coordinator

Lizzie Potter
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development





Committee Members

Kadin Arslanoski
Department of Education

Denis Leonov
Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Madeleine Bartlett

Rachel O'Dea
Department of Jobs, Tourism,
Science and Innovation

Melanie Bruckberger
Department of Water and
Environmental Regulation

Antonetta Papalia
Office of the Information Commissioner

Matthew Keohane
Department of Treasury WA

Jamie-Lee Read
Department of Communities

Sophie Leonard
Injury Matters


If you would like to become a friend of YPC, please contact us for more information. 

Click here to view the YPC Committee Structure.

Click here to view the YPC Terms of Reference.

YPC Goals

  • Support and promote the interests of Young Professionals who are working in or working with the public sector in Western Australia;
  • Connect Young Professionals from across the public sector as well as other young professional groups through networking opportunities;
  • Inform and share knowledge regarding public sector issues through facilitating networking opportunities, providing access to senior leaders, organising events with relevant guest speakers and facilitating social media platforms and forums where Young Professionals can discuss key public sector issues and share innovative ideas;
  • Inspire and empower Young Professionals to contribute to public policy discussion, and to ultimately influence public policy development and implementation in Western Australia; and
  • Promote the IPAA WA and its value to all of its stakeholders.

If you would like to join or want to share your ideas for our upcoming YP professional development program, please contact our Young Professional Member Liaison on 08 9360 1400. Committee Members must be current Personal / Associate Members of the Institute.