Aboriginal Frontline Leadership Program

COVID-19 Important Program Update

All nominees will soon receive details of the revised delivery schedule. Initially, some components of the program will be delivered online and we aim to deliver face to face workshops, once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted in South Australia relating to large gatherings.

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South Australian Leadership Academy team

A program for Aboriginal employees who wish to transition from team member to leading a team, or for new managers wanting to build management capability.

A manager is a crucial part of any organisation, but becoming an effective manager can be a difficult transition for any leader. It requires new skills to handle new challenges. As a new manager or supervisor, this program will help you seek better ways to:

  • Manage a team. Being 'in charge' is different from being a team member
  • Get the work done. You need new skills to get results through others
  • Deal effectively with conflict. Interpersonal issues and disagreements can jeopardise teams and projects
  • Solve problems successfully. Bigger, more complicated issues are part of the job.

The Aboriginal Frontline Leadership Program is a tailored personal and professional development program specifically designed to focus on the skills that are most challenging for many new managers.

The program will give you a safe space where you will develop the skills to build the mindset and toolkit required for leading a team. To do this, expect an environment in which participants vigorously support each other. Expect facilitators and mentors that will bring out the best in you. Expect to think in new ways, and to be developed, connected and inspired.

Through participating in the program, you will learn to:

  • Adjust your leadership style
  • Improve your influence and communication skills
  • Lead team achievement
  • Coach and develop others
  • Build and maintain relationships
  • Find constructive responses to conflict
  • Delegate effectively
  • Facilitate change
  • Manage a budget
  • Address common HR issues.

The Aboriginal Frontline Leadership Program is for Aboriginal public sector employees who wish to develop their workplace leadership and management skills.

This includes:

  • Team members who wish to become managers
  • People who have been recently promoted into a management role
  • Current managers who are facing new pressures or want to increase their effectiveness
  • As a guide, the program is aimed at ASO2-ASO6 levels (or equivalent).

Participants must:

  • Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Demonstrate the South Australian Public Sector Values
  • Be committed to developing themselves and others.

Indicative Program Schedule

EventTimeframeDate
Orientation Workshop 1 Day TBA
Leading Self 1 Day TBA
Managing People 2 Days TBA
Interpersonal Savvy 2 Days TBA
Delivering Results 1 Day TBA
Facilitating Change 1 Day TBA
Team Challenge 1 Day TBA
Program Close 1/2 Day TBA
Manager Shadowing Over course of program

Your agency chief executive needs to endorse your nomination. Please speak to your HR area or executive about participating.

Nominations are now closed.

Time:   Over a six-month period.

Investment:   The investment from your agency for the program is $4,100 plus GST.

We value your questions and feedback. Please direct any enquiries to the South Australian Leadership Academy project team on 8204 2271 or email: OCPSELeadershipAcademy@sa.gov.au

Maree Davidson

Maree Davidson

Maree Davidson is a dynamic facilitator with strong skills, qualifications and cross-industry expertise in adult education, management and leadership, quality management systems, workforce development, and Indigenous community engagement.

Maree has worked in metropolitan, regional and remote settings and has a proven track record with some 30 years’ experience developing and managing capacity-building projects in partnership with government, registered training organisations, not-for-profit organisations and Aboriginal communities across Australia.

Maree worked as a senior manager in the community services sector for 28 years and as a VET practitioner and workforce development consultant for the past eight years.


Peter Karounos

Peter Karounos

Peter is the director of his organisational psychology consulting business, PKCS, where he helps people, teams and organisations maximise their performance and achieve successful outcomes.

Peter has worked nationally and internationally, including USA, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, China and New Zealand. His clients include Port Adelaide Football Club, Alinta Energy, South Australia Power Networks, Westpac, Optus, National Australia Bank, Origin Energy, Mitsubishi, and Department for Environment and Heritage.

Peter has developed and facilitated a leadership program for the Wonkumarra People in New South Wales on behalf of Beach Energy. He was the Assistant Coach of the Port Adelaide Women’s Football Club, has a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (2017) and is the co-founder and co-instructor of a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team, de Been 100% Jiu Jitsu™ Adelaide.


Jason Vidovich

Jason Vidovich

Jason is an organisational development (OD) consultant with over 15 years’ experience working within the disciplines of OD, human resources, and learning and development. He has consulted in this discipline, working and living throughout Australia and across the world. This work experience accounts for Jason’s broad exposure to change and variety of cultures, which ensure he is well equipped to consult on such matters in relation to personal and business development and performance.

Jason has held management and senior management operational positions in industries including banking, travel and oil, gas and mining-focused industry. His background has complimented his chosen career path as a specialist facilitator, coach and consultant. He has consistently demonstrated the ability to transfer his skill set across organisations, industries and sectors (private, public, not-for-profit), communicating and working effectively with boards, senior executives, middle management, through to frontline staff.

The Aboriginal Frontline Leadership Program (AFLP) Alumni Program will enable past AFLP participants to continue to develop, connect and inspire through training and development sessions, peer support, networking and information sharing. Following are some of the topics that will be planned throughout the year.

List of Topics:

  • Discover the Public Sector – learn about various roles offered in the public sector
  • Management Journeys – hear from and network with current public sector managers
  • Perfecting your Elevator Pitch – how to develop a 30-second pitch to highlight your expertise
  • Getting the Edge – resume writing and interview techniques
  • Know your Departments – agency site tours to learn more about the business units within.