ANZSOG’s India Advanced Leadership Program to visit Australia and New Zealand

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  • Published Date: 01 August 2019

A group of senior Indian civil servants will share their experiences and learn from policy and governance experts when ANZSOG’s India Advanced Leadership Program (IALP) takes place later this month in Australia and New Zealand.

India is forecast to become the world’s third-biggest economy within the next decade and is a major trading partner for Australia and New Zealand. ANZSOG’s IALP has previously brought Indian delegates to Australia but this is the first time New Zealand will be included in the program, providing an opportunity to build valuable connections between the three nations.

There are now more than 140 ANZSOG IALP alumni in senior positions within India’s public services – from the central government to a large number of the states. For many, the ANZSOG program was their first experience of Australia’s unique cultures and innovative public sectors.

The program is coordinated by Dr Pradeep Philip, former Director of Policy in the Australian Prime Minister’s Office, with the assistance of co-directors Dr Jeff Harmer AO and Mrs Jan Henderson, former New Zealand High Commissioner to India.

Dr Philip says the program focuses on strategic leadership and will provide participants with a chance to engage with the highest levels of government.

The learning will not be one-way – the visiting delegates are high-level civil servants, and many are involved in administering programs on a vast scale, including those part of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s far-reaching agenda.

The program is tailored to the needs of the Government of India’s Department of Personnel and Training, using ANZSOG’s unique networks to create a program that gives the group a chance to hear from current and former politicians and senior public servants, as well as learn from leading public administration academics.

The program is a collaboration between ANZSOG, the Government of India, and the Governments of NSW, Victoria and New Zealand. The objective is to strengthen ties across governments.

In 2018, the Victorian Government launched its India Strategy, which aims to increase goods exported to India, more than double Indian tourism to Victoria and increase the number of Indian postgraduate students in Victoria by 25 per cent. The NSW Government is also working to increase trade with India. The New Zealand Government is committed to strengthening its economic, political and security relationship with India.

The IALP journey

The program has been running since 2013 and will this year take delegates to Sydney, Melbourne and Wellington.

The Wellington leg – a first for the program - will focus on innovative public policy initiatives including the Wellbeing Budget, e-government, climate change, oceans management and the response to recent terror events. The participants will visit Parliament, interact with MPs and meet former Governor General Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand. Participants will also hear from former High Commissioner to India, Grahame Morton.

IALP Co-Director Jan Henderson said the aim was to share experiences in the development of good public policy and good government.

“Around the world, democratic values and institutions are under threat. Norms that we in New Zealand, Australia and India take for granted as democratic nations are being challenged, so it’s important to have conversations around public policy and reinforce good governance practice through programmes such as the IALP.

“I’m reminded of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden’s recent comment that good government matters, because government affects everything.”

During the Sydney leg, participants will discuss the Australian System of Government in Practice with Professor Anne Tiernan, hear from Australia’s former High Commissioner to India, Peter Varghese, attend a reception at Parliament House hosted by the Secretary of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Tim Reardon, and hear a panel on Integrity and Political Accountability including Professor Adam Graycar and ANZSOG Associate Dean, Gill Callister PSM. They will also tour the Cultural Precinct and the Opera House.

In Melbourne, they will learn about Building Policy Capacity from the Commissioner for Better Regulation, Anna Cronin, and discuss higher education policy with former Premier, the Hon John Brumby, and attend a formal dinner at the Melbourne Cricket Ground hosted by the Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet secretary, Chris Eccles, and former Australian test bowler Damien Fleming.

ANZSOG Dean and CEO Professor Ken Smith said that the IALP provided an opportunity to build trust, share knowledge and establish ongoing interactions between public sector leaders in Australia and India.

“Endeavours like the IALP are vitally important for building networks, laying the foundations for co-operation and sharing public sector innovations,” he said.
“India is a key partner in trade and strategic terms, and the growing population of Indian tourists, migrants and students provide an important source of cultural vibrancy in Australia.”

Find out more about ANZSOG’s International Programs at the ANZSOG website.