Great leaders invest in continuous professional development and pro-active collaboration to set the example for the managers they lead and the teams they inspire.

The Executive Excellence Program is a transformative, nine-month program for senior executives focused on developing strategic perspectives to enhance workforce performance and potential.

Participants will embark on immersive and dynamic learning experiences, gaining exposure to the collective wisdom of highly respected industry leaders and like-minded colleagues, to solidify their leadership position and ultimately drive results for the SA public sector.

The Executive Excellence program provides collaborative and dynamic learning experiences designed to set the standard for leadership excellence in the South Australian public sector.

Program structure

Executive Excellence program elements wheel


The program kicks-off with keynote speakers and special guests from within and outside the SA public sector. Learn about this year’s program structure, explore current issues and opportunities in the public sector and how your role is essential in progressing South Australia’s future.

360-degree assessment

Discover yourself as a leader through a sophisticated 360-degree assessment. Explore your strengths and understand what derails you from being effective. Understand how you can be true to yourself and be your best self.

Face-to-face workshops

Be inspired by well-respected and experienced subject matter experts with local and international exposure. They will work with you on contemporary leadership approaches, concepts and frameworks specific to the South Australian public sector.

Jurisdictional visit

Immerse yourself in a real-life setting where you explore complex sector challenges and government priorities, broadening your perspective and developing community networks.

Leader/community connect

Get up close and personal with SA public sector chief executives, industry and community leaders. Gain insight into their leadership journey, how they successfully lead their organisations and how they personally navigate challenges.

Group coaching sessions

Contribute to an open and honest discussion with your coach and colleagues about your reflections, ideas and perspectives. Exchange revelations about the impact the program is making on your role as a leader.


Build your executive network across the SA public sector and enjoy collaborative experiences with peers and colleagues.

Program close

Reflect on your key learnings and takeaways with a celebratory lunch and closing remarks from senior public sector leaders.

This program is for executives and executive directors who:

  • Have been in their current level for 12 months and have been identified by their chief executive as ready and capable to take on a more complex system leadership role within the next one to two years
  • Are respected by colleagues and have a track record of effectively delivering on complex matters
  • Have demonstrated ability to think and operate strategically and innovatively with a strong focus on delivering for South Australia
  • Are committed to developing themselves and others
  • Have proven agility and success in dealing with multiple stakeholders, including ministers
  • Are role models for the South Australian Public Sector Values.

The Executive Excellence program runs for nine months.

Investment: TBA

Your agency chief executive needs to endorse your nomination.

To register your interest for the 2022 intake of the Executive Excellence Program, click here.

Nominations for the 2021 program are now closed.

To register your interest for the 2022 intake, click here.

We value your questions and feedback.

Please direct any general enquiries to the Executive Excellence project team via email at: