Aboriginal Career and Leadership Development Program (ACLDP)

The ACLDP is currently undergoing a redesign. A new program will launch in 2020. This webpage currently details information on the 2019 program.

The Aboriginal Career and Leadership Development Program is a specifically designed development program. It facilitates career and leadership development for Aboriginal Peoples in the NSW Public Sector who aspire to leadership roles.

The Program is a short course;

  • Three modules
  • 2 days per module
  • A total of six days over four months

Delivered by the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) in collaboration with the NSW Public Service Commission and OPRA Consulting.

This unique program has been developed in collaboration with experienced Aboriginal Peoples in the NSW Public Sector. It is an important way to help us in achieving the Premier’s Priority to increase the number of Aboriginal Peoples in senior leadership roles by 2025 and is a key element of the NSW public sector Aboriginal employment strategy: NSW Working together for a better future 2019-2025.

Since 2014, ten programs have been delivered and 181 Aboriginal employees have graduated from the program.

Who is it for?

Aboriginal Peoples who aspire toward leadership roles in the NSW Public Sector, and who meet the criteria listed below.

Suitable candidates include those who:

  • are in ongoing employment in substantive roles from Grades 9/10 through to Band 1 (equivalent) roles*
  • are demonstrating leadership capabilities in their current role
  • want to progress their career in the NSW Public Sector
  • aspire to undertake senior management and executive roles

Rural and regional employees are encouraged to apply.

Visit the Leadership Academy website to check your eligibility for other leadership programs.

* Eligibility can be determined using salary as a proxy. The salary band for Clerk Grade 9/10 to Band 1 is $108,044 to $183,300. Employees falling within this salary range may be nominated for the program.

Program Overview

The Program has a strong focus on Aboriginal cultural identity including the concept of ‘Walking in Two Worlds’. It applies a blended learning approach through a combination of workshops, interviews, personal reflection, and collaboration on a cross sector policy challenge.

Program Outcomes

The Program provides participants with the opportunity to engage in discussions and activities aimed at building their leadership capabilities.

By the end of the program participants will:

  • understand how to effectively navigate the intersection of Aboriginality, Community and Public Sector Leadership
  • understand your individual style, identity and build knowledge about your strengths as well as opportunities for development
  • develop self-awareness of your strengths and opportunities to develop your capabilities in relation to the NSW Public Sector Capability Framework
  • understand how to communicate your strengths and capability
  • build skills to manage multiple stakeholders


The Program is coordinated and funded centrally by the NSW Public Service Commission (PSC). Funding will cover costs associated with attendance at all Program modules.


Key dates

Intake 11 of the Program will be held in Sydney CBD on:

  • Module 1: 11 and 12 September 2019
  • Module 2 : 22 and 23 October 2019
  • Module 3: 20 and 21 November 2019

Online applications

Applications and managers endorsement close at 11:59pm on 17 May 2019.

Complete application form


Aboriginal Workforce Development team
Email: Aboriginalworkforce@psc.nsw.gov.au
Phone: 02 9272 6000

Veronica Murphy     
Senior Advisor
Direct: 02 9272 6077
Email: Veronica.Muphy@psc.nsw.gov.au

Leadership Academy team Email: leadership_academy@psc.nsw.gov.au
Phone: 02 9272 6000

The Public Service Commission acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which our office stands.