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.
The regional groups remained as sub-groups of the British Royal Institute of Public Administration until January 1, 1980 when the Australian Institute of Public Administration came into existence as a separate entity.
The then National President of AIPA, D R Steele-Craik, CB, OBE, made a statement that was published in Vol. XXXIX, No. 1 March 1980 of the AJPA.
The Queen granted permission for the Institute to use the prefix Royal on November 23, 1985.
December 1991 saw the next genesis when the acronym RAIPA was changed by rearranging the letters to form the more politically correct RIPAA.
In 1995, following the National Council Annual General Meeting, the title ‘Royal’ was dropped from the name of the Institute after conducting a survey and collecting votes from members of each Division.
On March 1, 1996, the name of the Institute changed to the Institute of Public Administration Australia.
THE DEMISE OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (UK)
Unfortunately, the British Royal Institute of Public Administration was placed in receivership on July 13, 1992 after 70 years.
The National Conference is held in Adelaide on the theme of ‘Powerful Connections’ with the Hon Dr Basil Hetzel AC speaking on ‘Powerful Connections and the Challenge of Change’.
The IPAA National Conference is held in Adelaide for the second time on the theme of ‘Innovation Through Collaboration’, featuring the Garran Oration by The Hon. Jay Weatherill MP, Premier of South Australia.
A nationally consistent IPAA brand is developed, reflecting a modern public service.
The institute celebrates 40 years as a national body, supporting best practice in the public sector.
List of national fellows