Online Training

Unlocking Potential – Emerging Women Leaders in Government

Take Action and Kick-Start your Leadership Journey

22 & 29 May 2024

10:30 AM - 2:00 PM AEST

Next intake: 22 & 29 May 2024 | 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM AEST


Despite the female dominance in Australia’s public sector, achieving gender equality in the topmost leadership positions remains elusive. As of 2021, women constituted 60.2% of the Australian Public Service workforce but only accounted for 44.6% of the senior executive service bands 2 and 3. This trend is reflected in state government statistics as well, where although the number of women in leadership roles has risen, gender parity at the highest levels remains unattainable. What factors contribute to this persistent imbalance?

Research reveals several hurdles that prevent women from attaining senior leadership positions in the public sector, such as limited career development, conflicting work and caregiving responsibilities, exclusionary leadership cultures, unconscious biases, and insufficient networking and access to decision-makers.

This online course has been designed for new and emerging women leaders in the Public Sector. With a mix of presentations, group work and individual reflection this workshop-style course will enable you to map out and plan your leadership career in the public sector.

Learning Outcomes

Recognise and appreciate personal strengths and weaknesses and map out career goals
Understand the environments that you thrive in and hone your leadership and management skills
Learn how to identify the gaps in your skillset and develop a plan to achieve career objectives
Gain inspiration and insights from senior women in government on managing a successful career

Online Training

Unlocking Potential – Emerging Women Leaders in Government

Session details

  • Gain a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses
  • Learn practical leadership skills through individual and group exercises
  • Map out career goals and develop a plan to achieve them
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Level: Fundamentals

No previous experience necessary


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This course requires 1 credit.

Key Sessions

Know yourself

  • The importance of understanding yourself:
    The environments in which you thrive your strengths and
  • Practical Exercise: Mapping your career: This hands-on
    exercise is aimed at mapping what you want from your
    next role and career longer term

This session will involve individual and some group work


Map your next steps

  • Identify where your next role will be
  • Start planning how you can get there
  • Begin to identify the strengths that can get you there and
    the gaps that you need to work on

This session will involve individual and some group work


Take action

  • Practical advice and exercises on how to develop your
    leadership skills

This session will involve individual and some group work

Be Inspired

  • Hear the stories of senior women in government
  • Learn how they manage their career
  • Q&A

This session will involve individual and some group work

Meet Your Facilitator

Jo Cribb for Unlocking Potential - Emerging Women Leaders in Government

Jo Cribb

Consultant and Advisor, Jo Cribb Consulting

Jo is an award-winning consultant with extensive experience in various projects and assignments, including facilitating strategy sessions, coaching emerging leaders, and leading policy, strategy, and gender projects. She has been involved in projects such as evaluating Sport NZ’s gender equity in governance policy, leading sessions at APEC 2023 on gender equality in customs and border agencies and working with the New Zealand Defence Force’s leadership team on gender diversity. Jo was the former Chief Executive of the Ministry for Women and is known for her work in advancing the cause of the vulnerable in society, including child abuse, child poverty, family violence, and vulnerable women.

She co-authored the book Take Your Space: Successful Women Share their Secrets in 2020.

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