The Institute of Public Administration Australia South Australian division (IPAA SA) is the largest professional body for public sector employees in South Australia, representing almost half the workforce in this State.

The public sector contributes enormously to the prosperity and high living standards of South Australia. IPAA SA exists to support the efforts of this often ‘silent army’ by fostering positivity and creativity, and offering opportunities for sharing and learning through our wide range of events, professional development courses and networking opportunities.

Our core aim, with the help of our members, is to make the public sector in South Australia a great place to work and enjoy a varied career.

Established in 1927, we are non-political and not-for-profit, catering across the State, Federal and Local spheres of Government. Our long history means we have support from many long-term members and contributors and our independence means we can deliver un-biased information and learnings from across the jurisdictions.

We are linked Australia-wide to IPAA divisions in each State and Territory, allowing us to bring knowledge of new practices from around Australia, and often, from overseas.

Our members enjoy a wide range of career benefits, as well as the knowledge that they are contributing to their sector.

IPAA SA is proud to have The Hon Peter Malinauskas MP as our patron since June 2022. The Government of South Australia and IPAA SA are strongly linked in our shared objective of championing public administration excellence to create a thriving, diverse and world-class public sector.

Our Values

We lead by example, helping to shape the public sector we need

We have a strategic approach across systems and networks

We are a principled community of effective and passionate people

We provide new ideas and positive perspectives

Respect and generosity are at the heart of everything we do

We are building on a tradition of rigour and reliability


IPAA SA Constitution

The Constitution document is for the Institute of Public Administration Australia, South Australian Division Inc as amended at the Special General Meeting on Tuesday, 27 May 2014.

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Annual Report

For over 90 years IPAA SA has been supporting and promoting the public sector in South Australia. Since October 1927, when a group of passionate volunteer public servants formed the Institute of Public Administration (IPA), we have been champions of excellence in public administration. We are now the largest professional body for public sector employees in South Australia, and work with a very significant portion of the State’s workforce.

The 2022-23 Annual Report has been produced to provide members with an outline of our recent performance and activities. This report covers the period 1 June 2022 to 30 July 2023.

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IPAA Strategic Plan

IPAA SA’s strategic plan guides the direction and goals of the institute for its growth and development. Each Strategic Plan is approved by the Divisional Council and is compiled with the joint efforts of IPAA SA Staff and consultation with key leaders in the South Australian Public Sector.

The latest Strategic Plan for 2020-23 is now available.

2017-20 Strategic Plan


2014-17 Strategic Plan


Don Dunstan Oration

Shortly before his death, Don Dunstan entrusted to the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA SA), the key advocate for effective public administration, the honour of carriage for the annual Don Dunstan Oration on Public Administration.

Each year IPAA SA partners with Don Dunstan Foundation to deliver the oration – view past orations through the link below

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IPA beginnings

The South Australian Division of the Institute was originally established in October 1927 as a regional group of the British Institute of Public Administration. It was the first such group formed in Australia. The other States followed suit with assistance from the South Australian Group.



In 1954 the Queen bestowed the title 'Royal' on the Institute and it became the Royal Institute of Public Administration.

Meet the people

Our dedicated and friendly team are passionate about helping public sector employees and affiliates strengthen their capabilities.

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Join IPAA SA today

Whether you’re not a member yet or looking to upgrade your membership, join IPAA SA as an individual member and expand your career opportunities.

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