Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Master of Management by Research


School of Business and Law

First Supervisor

Associate Professor Janice Redmond

Second Supervisor

Associate Professor Peter Standen


This research reviewed retention factors affecting the West Australian public sector (WAPS) in regional areas seeking to determine whether a leadership development program (LDP) could provide a strategic HRM solution. Using a mixed methods approach views of 9 leaders and 156 regional WAPS employees provided insights on retention issues and how a LDP might be designed and delivered to regional employees. Despite the attraction and retention factors impacting the WAPS, it was found that a LDP designed specifically for the regions can assist to attract talented staff and to a lesser extent improve retention in the regions.

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