We welcome your application to attend the first ever Southern Women in Public Service Summit on 28 October 2021.

Grants will cover the WIPS registration fee for in-person attendance only, as well as accommodation and travel where applicable.

Our focus is on supporting people who would normally not be able to attend an event like this one.

Diverse members of the public sector are strongly encouraged to apply. Selection criteria are:

  • Applicant has not previously attended WIPS (including Auckland, Wellington 2021 or Virtual Summit 2021)
  • Applicant has been working in public sector five years or less
  • Attending WIPS can be included as part of your career development plan
  • Applicant has a plan to share what they learn with others

Information about applying

Your short application will outline how attending the Summit will contribute to your career development, as well as benefit your team or network.     

Deadline to submit your grant application is COB 30 September 2021.

Your grant application will be assessed the following week and you should have a final decision by COB 7 October 2021.

After your experience, we will ask you to share some of your insights and how you’ll apply those at work. We will use these stories for our newsletter and other channels.

You will need agreement from your manager before applying for this grant. We also recommend marking a placeholder in your calendar for 28 October in the event you are one of the five successful applicants.

Download the application form here and send your completed form to SGWN support.

If you have any questions, please contact us on SGWN support.

Application FAQs

  1. Why do I need my manager’s approval when everything is paid for? To make sure your manager can make plans to cover your work when you are away, and to make sure the benefits of attending the Summit are included in your overall development plan.
  2. Is the grant restricted to women? No, the grant is open to anyone who believes they meet the selection criteria.
  3. Can I apply even though I am not based in Christchurch? Yes, the grant is open to anyone who believes they meet the selection criteria.
  4. What is the process once I submit my EOI? There will be a shortlisting process to identify those candidates whose EOI response best meets the candidate requirements, followed by a face-to-face or virtual meeting.
  5. Why is diverse representation important for this grant? GWN is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive public service as outlined in the Public Service Act. Diversity amongst Summit attendees helps us ensure that we are making opportunities available to all public servants and can best represent the agencies we serve.
  6. Will I receive a response if my application is unsuccessful? We will endeavour to inform unsuccessful applicants as soon as possible after the selections have been made. If you do not receive a response from us, please get in touch.
  7. What if I have more questions? Please email any questions to SGWN support.


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