Balance: Women Leaders in Public Safety

Balance: Women Leaders in Public Safety

Designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of women leaders, this program uses the concept of balance to explore the unique challenges for women in achieving roles of influence and responsibility in public safety organisations.

Who should attend?

Women leaders in public safety organisations who want to increase their capabilities for effective leadership.

Learning outcomes

  • Awareness of your leadership strengths and how you can use them to drive organisational performance
  • Ability to diagnose and negotiate the specific challenges for women in public safety leadership roles and to use your influence to shape solutions
  • Ability to balance the ways of established organisational culture with other approaches required to meet your needs.

“The truth and honesty of these presenters was admirable and I truly feel far more motivated to step out of my comfort zone and make those decisions that may not be supported by policy or process.”

Jo McCabe, Western Australia Police

What does the program cover?

Focusing on participants’ specific strengths, challenges and workplace environments, the program explores the topics and themes mapped below.

  • Capacity to formally and informally influence and initiate change.
  • Understanding and practical application of behaviours that make for effective leadership.
  • Understanding the field of play, identifying where the rules are changing and where they can be changed.
  • Development of a game plan with effective strategies targeting your personal goals.
  • Ability to recognise when to accelerate, when to pace and when to respond.
  • Experiential leadership approaches that directly address workplace issues and enable you to identify and achieve important goals.
  • Understanding of the increasing complexity of the public safety environment.

“I think that in the future when I look back on my career, Balance will have been a watershed moment.”

Anita Sandeman, Queensland Fire & Emergency Services

How is the program structured?

The program is in three stages:

  • Workshop 1: Reframe
  • Workplace learning
  • Workshop 2: Reflect and recharge.

BALANCE is about enhancing your leadership capacities in your current role, and the structure of the program reflects this aim. It uses the 70:20:10 learning framework, which recognises that effective leaders learn most about their leadership in the workplace.

Formal learning (10%)
Workshop 1, Reframe, equips you with a toolkit for change developed through active learning sessions, classroom discussion, case studies, industry speakers and forum discussions.

Workshop 2, Reflect and recharge, completes the learning process through activities and discussions designed to consolidate and share the lessons learned and knowledge gained since Workshop 1 and to absorb the changes that have occurred.

Learning in the workplace (70%)
The 3-month experiential stage is an opportunity to learn and develop by experimenting with and reflecting on the leadership strategies, theories and approaches explored in Workshop 1.

Sharing the knowledge (20%)
Your workplace learning will be guided by a personal coach, who will be in regular contact to help you examine your experiences and keep on track. You will also be part of ongoing web-based discussions with fellow participants, AIPM staff and program mentors. This collaboration is an important source of support and helps to drive the learning process.

“A very insightful experience that provoked many new ideals, challenged norms and will stay with me and assist in helping me to become a better leader.”

Janelle Andrews, Queensland Police Service


The AIPM’s programs are internationally recognised for their effectiveness in developing superior leadership skills that drive organisational performance in the public safety sector.

The Balance program has received several honours, including the awards; ‘Excellence in Law Enforcement for Women Initiative 2017’ from the Australasian Council of Women and Policing Award’s and the Silver award at the Queensland Police Commissioner’s awards; and as finalists for the ‘Dame Quentin Bryce Award for Gender Equity in the Workplace’ from the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and the Performance award from the Queensland Premier’s Award for Excellence, in 2016.

If you are interested in attending a Balance program please contact us at


  • Two residential workshops (4 days/3 days)
  • Three months of workplace development support


  • AIPM, Manly, NSW, Australia
  • Regional locations upon request

More information

t: +61 2 9934 4800