About IPAA

The Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) is the professional association for people interested in strategic issues, policy, reform and innovation in public sector management. It is the only professional association in Australia that provides a focal point for all three sectors of government – Commonwealth, State and Local.

The first division of IPAA was established in 1928 as a branch of the British Royal Institute of Public Administration. IPAA National was established in 1979, formalising the cooperation that had existed amongst the different divisions into the new national body.

As a not-for-profit membership association, IPAA has a diverse membership comprising public servants from all tiers of government, business executives, consultants and academics. Anyone with an interest in public administration is able to join as a member.

The organisation is made up of a National Council, plus a number of Divisions representing each State or Territory headed by Divisional Councils. Each division is separately incorporated, is a separate self-funding business and has its own membership structure. See below for more information on each Division.

The IPAA 2018 Conference is hosted by the VIC division of IPAA. For more information about IPAA VIC click here.

Become a Member of IPAA

When you become a member of IPAA you are immediately eligible to participate in high-level networking and you receive a host of quality products and services that will enhance your career. Become part of a vigorous professional community committed to connecting people and ideas. Contact your local IPAA Division below for more information:

IPAA Divisions

National IPAA

IPAA Australian Capital Territory

IPAA New South Wales

IPAA Northern Territory

IPAA South Australia

IPAA Tasmania

IPAA Victoria

IPAA Western Australia


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