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  1. Selection process

The nomination process applies to all our signature programs. Band 4 - Leading the sector is an opt-in program. 

The Leadership Academy opens the nomination process in the second half of each calendar year, and Cluster Leads manage the nomination process for all agencies across their cluster.

Nominees are endorsed by the cluster Secretary prior to being submitted to the NSW Leadership Academy team within the NSW Public Service Commission.

For information about the cluster talent review process, as well as nomination process, please contact your agency Human Resources team.

Selection process

When selecting participants to a signature Leadership Academy program, cluster agencies are asked to consider

  1. The Secretaries Board criteria for high potential / high performing criteria (refer to table below)
  2. The NSW Public Service Commission Talent Review Framework which was developed with the sector. Alternatively, a cluster specific talent review process could be used.

In line with the Premier’s Priority to achieve a world-class public service, consideration is also given to the diversity of nominees in the final shortlist.

All nominees are expected to meet the eligibility criteria and commit to meeting program expectations. 

Selection criteria

Program Selection criteria

Band 3 - Leading an agency

Band 2 - Leading executives

(high potential and/or 
high performing)

  • Motivated to be a change agent and seeks opportunities to impact / influence culture
  • Effective leadership style
  • Motivated to deliver for the people of NSW
  • Living the public sector values
  • Learns and adapts quickly
  • Confirmation / commitment from manager to support participants.

     Note - High potential leaders meet the Secretaries Board criteria and high performing leaders are performing above the expectations for their role.

Band 1 - Leading executives

(high potential)

Secretaries Board criteria for high potential:

  • Potential for upward and/or larger responsibility role within the next 2-5 years
  • Motivated to be a change agent and seeks opportunities to impact / influence culture
  • Confirmation / commitment from manager to support participants.

Aboriginal Leadership Development 

Grades 7/8-9/10 

Grades 11/12

(high potential)

Adjusted Secretaries Board criteria for high potential:

  • The potential to be promoted one level above their current role within the next two years and
    • learns and adapts quickly
    • effective leadership style
    • engaged and committed
    • motivated to deliver for people of NSW
    • values driven, and
    • seeks to diversify their experience
  • Confirmation / commitment from manager to support participants including critical experiences (acting opportunities, secondments, projects, mentoring etc).

* Moving two levels can be within the same band i.e. to a role of greater complexity.