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Young Professional Network: 2024 Policy Hack


Is this event for you?

Policy hacks are a unique way of creating inter-agency solutions to important public policy challenges. 

When you join the policy hack, you'll be placed in a team of up to 5 young professionals working together over several weeks to develop a policy solution for a major government priority. 

When you finish, you’ll have the opportunity to have your work assessed by a panel of senior leaders.

2024 Policy Hack topics


The 2 policy hack questions are:

  1. How can people of all ages (particularly younger people) participate in events and festivals within NSW? 

  2. If we want to integrate generative AI into the teaching and learning that happens at TAFE NSW what are the guidelines and best practices we should be thinking about?

The agencies sponsoring this year’s policy hack are The Office of the 24-Hour Economy Commissioner and TAFE NSW.

What will you gain?
If you’re an ambitious young professional ready to take your career to the next level, this event is for you.  The IPAA NSW Policy Hack is a program designed to support the innovative minds of the young professionals working within the NSW Government. It gives you the opportunity to develop your policy planning and writing skills but also provides you with the opportunity to build robust networks and work collaboratively on an important policy problem.

Your engagement as a contributor in the 2024 Policy Hack will:

  • Empower co-constructing policy initiatives relevant to current challenges in NSW
  • Provide opportunities to collaborate with a diverse group of young professionals across the business units in NSW public sector
  • Expand your skills in policy development, teamwork and collaboration
  • Engage with a senior mentor as part of a team to guide your proposal


What to expect

The Policy Hack will kick off with the Opening Ceremony on Monday 3 June, where participants will hear from the business units working on each of the two policy challenges to introduce and contextualise the issues underpinning each challenge. Each participating team, comprising of 4 -5 young professionals, will get 3 weeks to complete writing their policy response to their allocated question. Policy submissions are due 12pm Tuesday, 25 June.

Your solution will be reviewed by the Policy Hack working committee before being shared with the judges on the panel. The top 3 teams will present their ideas at the Closing Ceremony on Tuesday 16 July, during which the winning team will be announced.

How to register

If you are a NSW public sector employee, click here to become an Affiliate membership free of charge.

Register yourself by completing this Microsoft Form via by 5pm Thursday 30 May and we will allocate you to a team of YPs from other organisations.


Opening Ceremony

Monday 3 June 2024
5:00 – 6:30 PM via MS Teams 

Submissions Due 

Tuesday 25 June 2024 before 12:00 PM

Closing Ceremony

Tuesday 16 July 2024
The closing ceremony is being organised to occur in person. You will be advised of the time and venue closer to the date.

Registrations close 5pm Thursday 30 May



Free for Affiliate / Pro Members
$50 for Non-Members

Be at your best, for NSW.
Register now to secure your spot.

Sponsor acknowledgement
This event is presented with support from our partners.
Monday, 03 June 2024 to
Tuesday, 16 July 2024
5:00PM - 6:30PM
Free for Professional and Affiliate Members, $50 for Non Members

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