Advance Diploma of Government (Leadership and Management) offered at PILAG.

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Head of Government Agencies and Depts were instructed by DPM to attend the Advance Diploma of Government (Leadership and Management) offered at PILAG as compulsory requirement to occupancy senior management roles.

The current Department of Personnel Management (DPM) issued the following circulate dated 23rd June 2023 to:

  • All national department heads
  • All provincial administrators
  • All heads of statutory bodies and government agencies

Subject:   Instruction for Head of Agencies and Departments to attend Advance Diploma of Government (Leadership and Management) offered at  PILAG

This is a circular to advise Heads of Government Departments, Heads of Provincial Administration, Heads of Statutory Agencies and Heads of Statutory Authorities to attend the Advance Diploma  Of Government (Leadership and Management) program that is currently being offered at the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance (PILAG).

The NEC Policy Decision No.6/2021, makes it mandatory  for all Public Servants to have a relevant certification from PILAG at the various points of entry and career levels of the PNG National Public Service. PILAG and the Department of Personnel Management (DPM) are collaborating to make necessary amendments to the legislative framework that will facilitate mandatory implementation of the policy directive and delivery of the relevant targeted trainings.

Therefore, in line with the objective of the Public Sector Training Policy (2021), it is compulsory that all Heads of Government Departments and Agencies ensure that they make necessary arrangements to attend the Advance Diploma of Government (Leadership and Management) that is being offered.

The Advance Diploma of Government (Leadership and Management) program is designed specifically for the Public Sector Executives who are former, intending and or are current Departmental or Agencies Heads. This program comprises of 25 units of competencies and covers a wide range of topics including policy development and implementation, strategic planning, budgeting, stakeholder engagement and leadership.

 Furthermore, the recently concluded Governor’s Conference themed “ Continuing Dialogue to Empower Provinces for Improved Service Delivery, Economic Growth and Self Reliance”  held on the 4th-6th June 2023, the Prime Minister Honorable James Marape, made a call to “ work with haste” to reform and empower provincial governments to function better to provide services to the people.

In the ambit of existing organic law that empowers reform and capacity enabling policy directives such as  the National Public Sector Training Policy (2021) , the Prime Minister  firmly urged the DPM and PILAG to strengthen and support the reform expectations of the government through relevant workforce development programs that are tailored to guide, strengthen and shepherd functionality of the organizational leadership and governance.

For this cause, the Prime Minister Marape has directed all Governors to ensure that the Senior Public Servants in the provinces must attend a prescribed competency based thought leadership program such as the Advance Diploma in Government (Leadership and Management)

The program is scheduled to be delivered by PILAG on the 17th  of July, 2023. You are encouraged to register and attend the course for 30 weeks. You can also register online at

For more information about the course , please contact the course Coordinator Ms. Nellie Hamura via email:  | .  Alternatively, you can access information about the course at

We look forward to your participation in this program.

Source: This circular was authorized by the Secretary of DPM and CEO of PILAG  and published in the both the National and Postcourier newspapers on Monday 26th June 2023.

Program target group

Serving Public Sector Departmental Heads, Agency Heads, Statutory Authority CEOs/MDs, Provincial Administrators, District CEOs and their deputies. As per the NEC Policy No. 61/2021 of April 2021 makes it mandatory for all public servants to have a certification from PILAG.

Program Delivery Options

There are two tailored delivery options:

  1. Block-Classroom Empowered Learning (Blended approach, online and face-to-face)
  2. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

PILAG Leadership Development Training Pathway

For Executive Leaders .

  1. Degree in Government (Public Administration)
  2. Advanced Diploma of Government (Leadership & Management)

Public Sector Departmental Heads, Agency Heads, Statutory Authority CEOs/MDs, Provincial administrators and their deputies.

For Senior Managers

  1. Executive Diploma in Leadership & Management

Public servants within the grades 14-20  and in supervisory roles.

For Middle Level Managers

  1. Certificate IV in Government

Certificate in Middle Management

Entry Level

  1. Certificate II in Government

Graduate Development Program

Public Service Induction

  1. Certificate I in Government

Tuition Fees and Duration

Fees is K12,300.00  and duration is 30 weeks. Commences on 17th July 2023

Contacts for further information



Phone: 3030600

Physical Location: Student Services Office at Waigani Campus along Waigani Drive.