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Advanced Political Leadership

Australia’s first advanced leadership course for members of parliament who are potential ministers in the short to medium term.

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Advanced Political Leadership (APL) is Australia’s first advanced leadership course for members of parliament
who are potential ministers in the short to medium term.

APL is a selective, cohort-based program that supports participants to reflect on the role of ministers in our governance, their personal leadership needs and challenges, and the strategic policy challenges they and Australia will face over the decade ahead.

This unique program has been developed with insights from experienced and successful political leaders. It is practical and applied, challenging participants to prepare for their future roles through self-reflection, structured small group work and whole-of-cohort dialogues.

Supported by professional facilitation, participants will have the opportunity to hear from and engage with an unparalleled line up of:

  • Former leaders, ministers and chiefs of staff from the major parties;
  • Some of Australia’s most respected public service leaders; and
  • Global thought leaders on a range of strategic topics.

APL is a non-partisan program that is open to MPs from the federal, state and territory parliaments.

Our presenters include

  • Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell AO Director, School of Cybernetics, Australian National University
  • The Hon Mike Baird AO Former Premier of New South Wales
  • The Hon Julie Bishop Former Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Sally Cray Former Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister
  • Dr Alan Finkel AO Former Australian Chief Scientist
  • Ben Hubbard Former Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister
  • The Hon Jenny Macklin Former Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs, and Disability Reform
  • Sam Mostyn AO President, Chief Executive Women
  • Professor Beth Noveck Director, The Governance Lab, New York University
  • Dennis Richardson AO Former Secretary, DFAT; Former Secretary, Department of Defence; Former Australian Ambassador to the USA
  • Professor Anthea Roberts School of Regulation and Global Governance Australian National University
  • Dr Don Russell Former Australian Ambassador to the USA; Former Secretary, South Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Senator the Hon Scott Ryan President of the Senate
  • Helen Silver AO Former Secretary, Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • The Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO Australian Ambassador to the USA; Former Cabinet Minister; Former Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister
  • Professor Gary Sturgess AM NSW Premier’s ANZSOG Chair of Public Service Delivery
  • The Hon Jay Weatherill AO Former Premier of South Australia
  • Jeff Whalan AO Jeff Whalan Learning Group
  • Danielle Wood CEO, Grattan Institute

Advanced Political Leadership 2021 Cohort

  • Dr Katie Allen MP
  • Senator Andrew Bragg
  • Sharon Claydon MP
  • Mark Coure MP
  • Senator Perin Davey
  • James Griffin MP
  • Jo Haylen MP
  • Julian Hill MP
  • Sonya Kilkenny MP
  • Dr Fiona Martin MP
  • Senator Jenny McAllister
  • Lance McCallum MP
  • Dr Daniel Mulino MP
  • Hon Amanda Rishworth MP
  • Tim Smith MP
  • Tim Watts MP
  • Tim Wilson MP

More information on how to apply for Advanced Political Leadership 2022 will be available later this year. To register your interest, please email us at: APL@mckinnoninstitute.org.au

Advanced Political Leadership 2021 Cohort

  • Dr Katie Allen MP
  • Senator Andrew Bragg
  • Sharon Claydon MP
  • Mark Coure MP
  • Senator Perin Davey
  • James Griffin MP
  • Jo Haylen MP
  • Julian Hill MP
  • Sonya Kilkenny MP
  • Dr Fiona Martin MP
  • Senator Jenny McAllister
  • Lance McCallum MP
  • Dr Daniel Mulino MP
  • Hon Amanda Rishworth MP
  • Tim Smith MP
  • Tim Watts MP
  • Tim Wilson MP

More information on how to apply for Advanced Political Leadership 2022 will be available later this year. To register your interest, please email us at: info@mckinnoninstitute.org.au

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Research & Publications

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What our graduates say about us

When I was first asked to be a part of this course, I thought two things — firstly, do I really need to do this, and secondly, do I have time for this?

Well, the answer to the first question was yes — I absolutely needed to do this, and the answer to the second part of the question — I have to find time to do this, there's no excuse. We've never experienced a situation like COVID-19, whether as a Member of Parliament and as a member of the community. It's something that we are learning to deal with.

So what the McKinnon Institute team are doing is absolutely brilliant and we need you to keep doing it, and we need to be encouraging our colleagues to attend more of your courses. So, thank you for putting this all together.

John Ajaka

Former President of the NSW Legislative Council
Political Leadership for 2020 Graduate

In a year of so many obstacles and unprecedented events such as drought, bushfires and of course the COVID-19 pandemic, the course provided a unique environment to help shape our approach and objective thinking, as we are tasked with responding to these crises.

The expert guest speakers across the various panels and modules of the course were brilliantly diverse and well versed in their fields. They provided excellent first-hand experience, advice and challenges for us to consider, for which I am grateful.

Please know that I shall have no hesitation in commending the course to colleagues and political affiliates considering undertaking professional development. Raising the standard for our civic leaders is vital and the opportunity to participate in such a forum is most worthwhile.

The Hon. Natalie Ward MLC

Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney General
Parliament of New South Wales
Political Leadership for 2020 Graduate

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