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Executive Essentials

The Executive Essentials program provides an opportunity to orient you to the NSW public sector context and connect you with executives from across the sector.

This program is offered to every new NSW public sector senior executive. 

The Executive Essentials program is designed to provide leaders in the NSW Government with:

  • key cross-sector context and content relevant to the obligations of a senior executive
  • opportunities to develop cross-sector connections and a sense of belonging
  • an inclusive and accessible experience for a highly diverse and dispersed workforce
  • experiences and content tailored to executives new to the public sector and public sector leaders recently promoted to an executive role.

The 4-month program includes:

  • Four facilitated core workshops where the full cohort gets together. They provide access to relevant and important cross-sector context and an opportunity for leaders to connect across the sector. 
  • Three facilitated opt-in workshops on topic areas that are relevant to some leaders given their entry point to the role or their specific context. 
  • Four Peer Collaboration Circles (PCCs) where small groups of leaders engage regularly to unpack a specific topic that is relevant across the sector.
  • ‘On demand’ resources that are relevant throughout the duration of the program and beyond. These will include links to relevant sites and sources of information available to leaders in the NSW public sector.


For our Executive Essentials program, eligible participants are new senior executives in Band 1, 2 and 3 (or equivalent) that are:

  • new to the NSW public sector (i.e. have joined from the private sector)
  • a new Band 1 executive (i.e. have been promoted from a non-executive role within the public sector)
  • within 12 months of their start date.  

If you are acting in a senior executive role during the 4-month duration of the Executive Essentials program, you are eligible to participate. 

Register for Executive Essentials

Executive Essentials runs 3 times a year. The next programs in 2024, will commence in July and September. 

To register for the July 2024 program please fill out this online form. You will need to include information on your role and preferences. The form will take up to 10 minutes to complete. 

To submit an Expression of Interest for any upcoming cohorts, or to request more information, please fill out the online form. 

Next steps

Once you are registered for the program, the Leadership Academy team will be in touch with further information.