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Advanced Parliamentary Development Residency Course

Parliament of New South Wales, Sydney
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The Advanced Parliamentary Development Residency Course is a five day programme for Parliamentarians to examine how to be better performing legislators, representatives and scrutineers. Based on a mentoring and coaching approach, participants will identify practical solutions to the challenges they face and hone their skills at a higher level.

The programme will involve simulations, role-play, one-to-one discussions, group activities and exercises to give time for mutual learning and information sharing. The course is only open to Members who have completed the Induction for New Members online course or its Post-Election Seminar equivalent.

The New South Wales Parliament will host the programme in Sydney, Australia.

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Accommodation Arrangements

Participants will be accommodated at the Radisson Blu, Sydney for the duration of the programme (Arrival 21 May and departure on the 27 May). The CPA Secretariat will coordinate the booking arrangements for all designated participants. Participants or those registering on their behalf should please share arrival and departure times when completing registration forms.

Radisson Blu, Sydney

27 O'Connell St

Sydney NSW 2000


The CPA Headquarters Secretariat will be responsible for accommodation (standard room only) and related materials for participants.

Administration and Logistics


Please note participants will likely require a visa to enter Australia. Should participants require a supporting letter by the Host Parliament or the CPA Headquarters Secretariat for his/her visa application, please make the necessary request in good time.

All Branches and participants are strongly advised to ensure they comply with all entry requirements to enter Australia and the State of New South Wales. Further information can be found at the following link or respective High Commissions.

Participants are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated before travelling, both to comply with travel requirements and the safety and wellbeing of other participants and resource people.

Branches and participants will be responsible for their own travel insurance which must comply with COVID regulations.


Branches are kindly asked to inform the CPA Headquarters Secretariat immediately if a participant cancels, or if for any reason they will not arrive in Sydney as scheduled.

Please be informed that the rules set out in the CPA Mitigating Circumstances Policy and Guidelines will apply to this programme. The guidelines set out what are justifiable and what are not justifiable reasons for withdrawing from a CPA Programme at short notice and also contains guidelines on how to submit a Mitigating Circumstances claim.

Any last-minute withdrawal from the programme by a participant for unjustifiable reasons will result in the participant’s Branch being held accountable for reimbursing costs associated with hotel accommodation.


Branches (and or participants) will be responsible for the following:

  • Costs and booking arrangements for return flights to Sydney, Australia
  • Airport transfers in country of origin
  • Visa fees
  • Covid testing (pre-departure from home country and re-entry testing)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals, except those annotated as part of the official programme
  • Personal expenses incurred by participants (laundry, telephone, room service,
    mini-bar, etc).

Participants should make their own arrangements for airport transfers to and from the hotel.

As the hotel and meeting location are in walking distance from one-another, no formal transport arrangements will be made. However, if participants have mobility issues, the Secretariat can look at providing assistance on request.

Meals and Refreshments

Only meals (namely lunches and refreshment breaks) annotated within the programme will be covered and provided by the Residency organisers. Breakfasts are also covered as part of the room rates. 

Members will be responsible for other incidental expenses incurred by individuals such as dinners, alcoholic drinks, telephone calls and laundry. If in doubt please speak to a resource person in advance of any expenditure.


The CPA and host branch will not be covering any participant under their travel insurance. If participants are not provided cover by their home parliament, it is strongly advised that individual insurance is sourced. 

Sydney Weather

The climate in Sydney during May can be summarised as warm, humid and reasonably dry. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a muggy 20°C, whilst at night 18°C is normal. 

CPA Contacts

Matthew Salik, Head of Programmes, E:, T: +44 (0)7989112008

Lydia Buchanan, Deputy Head of Programmes - Bilateral Engagement, E:, T: +44(0) 20 7227 1693Mobile: +44 (0) 7584 237542

Aqsa Latif, Programme Officer, E:, T: +44 (0)20 7227 1695

New South Wales Contact

Simon Johnston, Clerk-Assistant, House and Procedure, Serjeant-at-Arms, Legislative Assembly
P +61 2 9230 2696 M +61 459 239 455, E:

Manuela Sudic, Executive Manager, Office of the Clerk, NSW Legislative Assembly, Parliament of New South Wales, T (02) 9230 2666, E: