Public Sector Consulting Accelerator
Your proven blueprint for how to grow your solo consulting business
and make a difference on your own terms.
(Designed for public sector ex-employees, by a public sector ex-employee.)

The Public Sector Consulting Accelerator is a small group coaching session that opens up for enrolment 3 times per year. If you'd like to be notified when the next enrolment opens, please register here

“Jacq's online training was a godsend! The 9-step program was comprehensive and full of valuable information and tips that demystified all the critical aspects of successfully setting up and running a solo consulting business. The rich supporting toolkits and step-by-step guides gave me the skills and confidence to develop new business and remain an invaluable online resource that I revisit frequently.”
Steven Vlahos, former Assistant Auditor-General, Victorian Auditor-General's Office.
Public sector consulting is an enviable gig
You spend your days working the hours of your choosing, providing governments and NGOs with expert advice that they need to improve the lives of the people they serve.
(In other words, you’re using your knowledge and skills to continue to make a difference.)
And for those who are driven by impact rather than money, public sector consulting is how you find opportunities to work on important projects on your own terms.
(Don't get me wrong, public sector consultants can make excellent money, but most consultants start their consultancies because they want more freedom - and the opportunity for even greater financial reward is just an added bonus.)
 
Whether you’re consulting on ways to improve access to quality healthcare, developing new models for social housing, evaluating strategic initiatives, or designing a new fourth-grade curriculum that helps children fall in love with learning, public sector consulting offers the personal satisfaction that public sector employees love, but without the long hours and without the stress.
Looking to kickstart your consulting career and start lining up exciting projects? Join the Public Sector Consulting Accelerator for practical, actionable mentorship that builds your reputation FAST.

Yes! I want to build my consulting business at warp speed!
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But starting a public sector consultancy is also fraught with perils. Especially when you’re flying solo
The world of traditional public sector employment is simple and straightforward.
When you’re looking to move up into a higher-impact, more senior, or higher-paying role, you submit an application, attend an interview, and provide a list of referees who will vouch for you.  If the panel agrees you're the best candidate, you have yourself a new job.
But when it comes to scaling a public sector consultancy, there’s a different set of rules
- and nobody tells you what they are.
The fact of the matter is, most successful solo consultants who operate in the public sector are successful simply because
they’ve already made every mistake there is to make.
Most successful consultants spend years discovering a hundred different ways to fail at building a business before they learn the one way that enables them to succeed.
And before that happened, they likely endured years of inconsistent projects, low income, high stress, surprise expenses, and uncertainty when dealing with clients.
But these consultants had a passion to serve. And they were determined that they wouldn’t let
a little learning curve stand in their way.
You can’t learn passion.
But you can learn just about everything else
Nobody is born knowing how to run a successful business. But once you learn the ins and outs of a consulting business, once you learn what clients expect from their consultants, you can use that knowledge to help your clients improve their programs, create more effective government and non-profit initiatives, and make good money doing it.
Enter: Public Sector Consulting Accelerator
Your 9-step roadmap to finding, winning, and managing lucrative projects in the public sector.
“I was fortunate enough to do Jacq's online program a couple of years into establishing my consultancy business, but how I wish I had completed it when I was just starting out. It would have saved me a lot of stress, uncertainty, bewilderment and I suspect money!
I feel like Jacq must have been inside my world (and possibly in my head) when she developed this program. She has answered every single question I have ever had in navigating the consultancy minefield and has answered many more questions I did not even know I needed to ask.

I think I have possibly changed or at least tweaked nearly everything I do as a consultant as a result of completing this program; the gems of wisdom and the practical easy to implement advice have made such a positive impact on my consulting business”
Blythe O’Hara: The Apple Institute
Choose your payment plan:
$
6,429
AUD
One-Time

 

GST INCLUSIVE FOR AUSTRALIAN PURCHASERS

Total cost $6,429
  • 30-day moneyback guarantee
$
1,129
AUD
per month for 6 months

 

GST INCLUSIVE FOR AUSTRALIAN PURCHASERS

Total cost $6,894
  • 30-day moneyback guarantee
$
589
AUD
per month for 12 months

 

GST INCLUSIVE FOR AUSTRALIAN PURCHASERS

Total cost $7,188
  • 30-day moneyback guarantee
What you’ll learn:
In this accelerator program, you’ll learn the secrets of how top public sector consultants maintain a steady stream of government, NGO, and non-profit projects.
 
This accelerator program is designed to teach you everything you need to know to grow your public sector consultancy into a profitable, sustainable business. This accelerator will give you the tools to make money on your own terms, so you can create the life you want without having to return to the world of employment.

In the Public Sector Consulting Accelerator, you’ll learn how to:
  • Get the work! Where to look for public sector projects, how to interpret briefs and prepare proposals, and how to accurately cost a project so you get the job.
  • Prepare for the work! Contracts, project governance, and more - everything you need to set up a successful project.
  • Do the work! Complete public sector projects with confidence using a step-by-step system to hit the project goals and deliver outstanding value to your clients.
  • ​Get paid for the work! How to handle your business’ finances, plus other important lessons and resources to help you manage the business side of running a public sector consultancy.
  • ​And a lot more…
Read on to find out the 15 skills you’ll need to master in order to become a highly-paid public sector consultant!
How does it work?
Public Sector Consulting Accelerator is a 8-week program that opens for intake 3 times per year. Each intake is open to a maximum of 10 participants.
 
As soon as you enroll in the accelerator, you’ll receive immediate, lifetime access to all of the online material, and you’ll be expected to go through the course modules according to the 8-week schedule that I will provide.
  Each week, I’ll host a 90-minute group Q&A call over Zoom,
where we can discuss the content from that week’s modules.

You’ll also receive access to me throughout the 8-week course schedule via our chat platform.
Who is this for?
This accelerator is for public sector consultants who are eager to grow their consultancy, but are feeling hamstrung by a lack of know-how and are finally realizing that consulting isn’t at all like being an employee.
 
Maybe you’re 6 months into consulting. Maybe you’re 2 years in. Either way, you thought that your previous experience would be enough, and now you’re finding that consulting is a different game with different rules.

Whether you come from a government or not-for-profit/community services background, you started your consultancy because you wanted more freedom and flexibility. You wanted to make an impact, but you wanted to do it on your own terms. And, of course, you wanted the financial rewards that come with consulting.

It’s time to start making your consultancy work for you.
Yes! I want to become an outstanding consultant to governments and/or not-for-profits.
“I found this program invaluable as someone starting out as a solo consultant. I’ve spent more than 15 years in senior government policy and project roles. The 15 online training modules are a veritable treasure trove of information, particularly in unfamiliar areas and possible pitfalls one faces working as a consultant. But there were even things I learnt about areas in which I already had long experience. Jacq Hackett has distilled 20 years of experience into sound, accessible, and practical advice. Couple this with the generous addition of tools and templates, and you have an indispensable resource.”
Julie Letts: Director Letts Consulting
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$
6,429
AUD
One-Time

 

GST INCLUSIVE FOR AUSTRALIAN PURCHASERS

Total cost $6,429
  • 30-day moneyback guarantee
$
1,129
AUD
per month for 6 months

 

GST INCLUSIVE FOR AUSTRALIAN PURCHASERS

Total cost $6,894
  • 30-day moneyback guarantee
$
589
AUD
per month for 12 months

 

GST INCLUSIVE FOR AUSTRALIAN PURCHASERS

Total cost $7,188
  • 30-day moneyback guarantee
What’s included:
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Step 1: Winning Government Projects
Module 1: Compete For & Win Government Business
Governments have formal procurement processes involving pre-qualification schemes, tender websites, and more. But the majority of opportunities will come through more information channels. In this module, you’ll learn how governments invite bids from consultants and how you can increase your chances of being invited to bid for projects. 
Module 2: Public Sector Briefs and You
In the public sector, clients outline their wants and needs in project briefs. This module will walk you through public sector briefs and show you how to read and interpret them.
Module 3: Creating Consultancy Proposals that Sell
In this module, you’ll learn what successful proposals look like and how to make your proposal stand out from competing consultants.
Module 4: Nailing Your Cost & Time Estimates
Cost and time estimates are tricky business. Bid too high, and you lose the project. Bid too low, and you can’t pay your expenses. This module will show you how to accurately estimate your time and costs, so you get paid for every day you work.
STEP 2: ESTABLISHING PROJECT GOVERNANCE
Module 5: Project Governance Fundamentals
This module walks you through a 6-point checklist for setting up a project for success. Project governance is all about setting up agreement with your client about responsibilities and accountabilities, reporting, communication and compliance. You’ll also learn how to manage client communication without tearing your hair out.
STEP 3: FIRST-LEVEL BRIEFINGS
Module 6: Background Briefing Basics
Project briefings are how you get the information you need to start the project. In this module, you’ll learn how to collect documents and get information from key personnel without succumbing to information overwhelm.
STEP 4: COMMISSIONING NEW INFORMATION
Module 7: Environmental Scans
Environmental scans are fact-finding exercises that give you information about the internal and external factors your clients are facing - and how they affect your project. In this module, you’ll learn how to conduct rapid desktop reviews and commission literature reviews to give you both high-level and in-depth information about your client’s environment.
Module 8: How to Administer Online Surveys
It’s not as simple as just typing 20 questions into SurveyMonkey. This module will walk you through the 8 steps necessary to conduct an effective online survey that gives you useful information from multiple stakeholders.
STEP 5: CONSULT STAKEHOLDERS
Module 9: Stakeholder Consultation Planning
Stakeholder consultations are the backbone of consultancy projects. If you want to get useful information out of stakeholders, you need to plan out the consultation process. This module will show you, step by step, how to prepare for a stakeholder consultation process that renders useful information.
Module 10: Implement Stakeholder Consultations
This module is your must-have guide to consulting stakeholders, including a 12-point interview checklist, essential ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’, and simple strategies you can implement today to improve your consultation skills.
STEP 6: DISTILL FINDINGS
Module 11: How to Develop Credible Findings
How do you turn a mess of raw data into useful conclusions? Using an organizational systems approach, this module will walk you through a step-by-step process for refining your raw information into meaningful, credible findings that signpost the way forward for your clients.
STEP 7: PRODUCE THE REPORT
Module 12: Report Writing 101
The report is the culmination of your consulting work with the client. It’s not just where you summarize your research and make your recommendations - it’s also your most significant opportunity to justify the fee that the client is paying you. In this module, I’ll show you the 7 essential rules for structuring and writing a report that makes clients want to come back for a second project, plus advice for preparing Executive Summaries.
STEP 8: MANAGE THE PROJECT
Module 13: Project Management Essentials
How do you keep a project on track? How do you prevent scope creep, hit your deadlines, and manage your client’s expectations throughout the project? As a solo consultant, all of these things are your responsibility. This module will show you everything you need to know in order to successfully manage a project from start to finish.
STEP 9: MANAGE THE BUSINESS
Module 14: Finances, Compliance, Administration, and Brand
So your consulting business is growing. How do you manage the business side without having a meltdown? This module will show you how to structure your finances and manage business administration in an organized and logical manner. It’ll also show you why it’s important to establish a brand, and how you can go about strengthening your brand as a consultant.
Module 15: Dealing with Subcontractors
If you consult long enough, you’ll eventually reach the point where the only way to continue growing your business is to hire subcontractors. Whether you’re looking for an extra set of hands for your consultancy or you need specialized expertise for a project, hiring subcontractors is a flexible way to expand your business beyond just yourself.
Plus, $1,717 Worth of FREE Bonuses:
FREE Bonus #1: Extra Module
How to Outsource & Keep Your Sanity ($400 value!)
Invoicing and emails and paperwork, oh my! For solo consultants, the most time-consuming and draining tasks are often those that create the least amount of value for your business. These are the tasks that you should be handing off to a contractor as soon as possible - because otherwise, you won’t be able to grow or scale your business.

In this FREE bonus module, I’ve partnered up with my very own Virtual Assistant (VA) to show you what you can outsource, how you can find a great assistant to outsource work to, and some tactics for creating a productive relationship with your VA that makes the most of your time and resources.

FREE Bonus #2: Extra Module
How to conduct stakeholder workshops for up to 80 people ($400 value!)
Consultants often need to conduct stakeholder workshops. These workshops have a very specific purpose, and they sometimes involve groups of up to 80 people. A stakeholder workshop is a very public display of your planning and consulting skills, as well as your public speaking ability - so you need to be very good at leading one.
This FREE bonus module will show you how to run a stakeholder workshop that runs smoothly, gets you the outcome you need for your consulting process, and impresses the client.
FREE Bonus #3:
Consult, the Book ($20 value!)
Everyone who joins the Public Sector Consulting Accelerator will also get a FREE digital copy of my book, Consult. This 155-page ebook contains insights around the skills and traits that make for a successful consultant, as well as simple, practical steps you can follow to build your consulting expertise.
Come discover the book that bestselling small business author Andrew Griffiths called “One of the best books I’ve seen” and a must-read for solo consultants.
FREE Bonus #4:
FREE Access to my Solo Consultant Launchpad program ($897 value!)
Everyone who joins the Accelerator will also get FREE access to my Solo Consultant Launchpad program, where you’ll learn to define your “why”, decide on your niche and ideal clients, develop a work-winning capability statement, and draft a 6-month marketing strategy designed to get you clients FAST.

Solo Consultant Launchpad also includes a FREE 1-hour strategy session with me ($425 value), where we’ll work together to create a plan for generating more business for your consultancy.
Here’s what people are saying about Solo Consultant Launchpad:
“This course is a godsend! While I had full confidence in my experience and abilities gained from my (government) career, I had NO idea how to translate these into a profitable consultancy business. Jacq’s program provided everything I needed...it’s the best investment I made.”
Louise McDonough, LM Consulting - public sector specialist
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6,429
AUD
One-Time



GST INCLUSIVE FOR AUSTRALIAN PURCHASERS

Total cost $6,429
  • 30-day moneyback guarantee
$
1,129
AUD
per month for 6 months



GST INCLUSIVE FOR AUSTRALIAN PURCHASERS

Total cost $6,894
  • 30-day moneyback guarantee
$
589
AUD
per month for 12 months



GST INCLUSIVE FOR AUSTRALIAN PURCHASERS

Total cost $7,188
  • 30-day moneyback guarantee
Meet Your Instructor
I’m Jacq Hackett, a public sector ex-employee and 20-year veteran of public sector consulting specializing in healthcare programs and healthcare policy. Over the course of my consulting career, I’ve helped health departments, hospitals, community health organizations, and not-for-profits create more impactful programs, improve the quality and safety of their health services and streamline their operations.

I’m also the author of Consult: How to Build Your Successful Solo Business.
I’ve worked with all kinds of public sector clients, including:
  • New South Wales Department of Justice
  • New South Wales Ministry of Health
  • Mental Health Commission of New South Wales
  • ​New South Wales Local Health Districts
  • ​Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
I created the Public Sector Consulting Accelerator to be the program that I wished had existed when I started my consulting business 20 years ago.

In 2000, I was looking for a new job. Three years earlier I had made the difficult decision to move from Adelaide to Sydney, leaving my career behind so that I could be in the same city as my two sons and their father. I sold my house, I gave up a very good full-time job, and I left a lot of friends and family behind. 

Sydney is a much larger and much more expensive city than Adelaide, and to make ends meet, I took on a series of short-term jobs. All of them were interesting and challenging, but none of them afforded me the lifestyle I’d had in Adelaide. As I was looking for a more senior role, though, all of the jobs available meant longer hours, more stress, higher stakes, higher pressure, and much more commitment. 

I had worked with external consultants before, and one day I was having coffee with a consultant-turned-friend. We were talking about my next career move when she said, “have you thought about consulting?” 

I dismissed her out of hand, thinking I wasn’t capable of it. But over the next week, I just couldn’t get consulting out of my head. I kept coming up with every reason why it wouldn’t work, trying to talk myself out of it - How will I get a mortgage without a permanent job? I don’t have the experience! I don’t have the credibility! Nobody hires consultants! - but there was another voice telling me that just maybe, this might work. 

I had coffee with my friend again, and she mentioned that she was looking for a junior consultant to help her with her consultancy. It wasn’t a job, but it was an opportunity to get training and development, work on projects, and gain experience. We struck a deal, and I jumped in headfirst. 

20 years later, I have the flexibility I always wanted. My consultancy has moved with me over the years, and I’ve earned more money than I ever would have from a job, without sacrificing my lifestyle. I’ve done hundreds of consultancy projects over the years, and all of them are interesting, challenging, and important. All of them help people. I’m consulting on impactful projects in the health services sector for some of New South Wales’ largest healthcare organizations, and I love it. 

Over time, I discovered that I also had a passion for helping others find fulfilling work in the public sector, too - just like my mentor Ruth helped me.  

But when I decided to start consulting for public sector clients, there was no course, no playbook, no community, nothing. I was lucky that I had a mentor who helped me break into public sector consulting. But a lot of people aren’t in that same position.  

So I created the Public Sector Consulting Accelerator to be a break-in opportunity for people who don’t have an in-the-know mentor. 

I created the Public Sector Consulting Accelerator to help new, aspiring, and even experienced consultants fine-tune their operations and grow their client rosters without having to fumble around in the dark for years first. 

If you’re looking for proven strategies for growing a public sector consultancy, then I’d love to see you in the Public Sector Consulting Accelerator. 
30-day moneyback guarantee
Try the program, and if within 30 days of purchase you decide that the accelerator isn’t for you,
I’ll refund your entire investment - no questions asked.
Your Investment
3 convenient pricing options - become a successful public sector consultant no matter your budget.
$
6,429
AUD
One-Time

 

GST INCLUSIVE FOR AUSTRALIAN PURCHASERS

Total cost $6,429
  • What’s included:
  • 15 modules of high value content
  • Two exclusive bonus modules [with more to come]
  • A toolkit of templates, checklists and guides
  • A copy of my book Consult: How to Build Your Successful Solo Business
  • NEW! Access to weekly 90 minute Q&A group calls with me for 8 weeks
  • NEW! Access to me via our chat platform for 8 weeks
  • NEW! Free access to my Solo Consultant Launchpad program
$
1,129
AUD
per month for 6 months

 

GST INCLUSIVE FOR AUSTRALIAN PURCHASERS

Total cost $6,894
  • What’s included:
  • 15 modules of high value content
  • Two exclusive bonus modules [with more to come]
  • A toolkit of templates, checklists and guides
  • A copy of my book Consult: How to Build Your Successful Solo Business
  • NEW! Access to weekly 90 minute Q&A group calls with me for 8 weeks
  • NEW! Access to me via our chat platform for 8 weeks
  • NEW! Free access to my Solo Consultant Launchpad program
$
589
AUD
per month for 12 months

 

GST INCLUSIVE FOR AUSTRALIAN PURCHASERS

Total cost $7,188
  • What’s included:
  • 15 modules of high value content
  • Two exclusive bonus modules [with more to come]
  • A toolkit of templates, checklists and guides
  • A copy of my book Consult: How to Build Your Successful Solo Business
  • NEW! Access to weekly 90 minute Q&A group calls with me for 8 weeks
  • NEW! Access to me via our chat platform for 8 weeks
  • NEW! Free access to my Solo Consultant Launchpad program
“I can wholeheartedly recommend this program. It literally walks you through every aspect you need to know as a solo consultant from beginning to end, including the beginner's mistakes to watch out for. The skills and knowledge obtained from the program have been directly transferable to my business and allowed me to grow my portfolio of clients and business services.

If you are serious about being a solo consultant invest in your business and learn from an expert. Jacq Hackett bring a breadth of experience and in-depth knowledge that will ensure you embark on the path to success.” 
Susan Strmecki: Director Realise Change
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW IS THE COURSE CONTENT ROLLED OUT?
Once you join, you’ll immediately get access to all 15 modules, plus all of the templates, guides, and checklists, as well as a schedule of the live Q&A calls. Each module is designed as a standalone lesson, so you can work through them in whatever order you find works best for you (although you should watch the introduction module first, and I highly recommend that you follow the established course schedule, which will line up with our weekly Zoom calls). Check your email for your login details.
HOW DO I ACCESS THE MODULES?
HOW IS THE COURSE FORMATTED?
The training modules are formatted as pre-recorded videos that you can watch whenever it fits your schedule (although it’s highly recommended that you follow the 6-week schedule as best you can). There are also worksheets and other resources formatted as PDFs, and fillable templates formatted as Microsoft Word documents. Live Q&As will take place via Zoom each week.
As soon as you complete your purchase, you’ll receive a username and password that will give you immediate access to the modules.
CAN I DOWNLOAD THE CONTENT TO MY DEVICE?
Yes! All of the videos, templates, guides, and checklists are downloadable, so you can store them on your device and access them at a later time - even if you find yourself without Internet access.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE ACCESS TO THE MATERIALS FOR?
Forever. Your payment secures lifetime access to the entire accelerator and all of the materials, so you can work through everything at your own pace. You’ll also receive FREE access to any and all new bonuses, updates, or additions to Public Sector Consulting Accelerator for as long as I offer the Accelerator for sale.
I DON’T NEED A PROGRAM TO TEACH ME HOW TO BE A CONSULTANT!
Technically, that’s true. Technically, nobody needs this accelerator. By which I mean, you can learn all of this material the hard way, if you’re so inclined. You are free to make that choice.

You can learn how to be a successful consultant through the School of Hard Knocks. You can absolutely spend the next 5 years of your life stumbling around in the darkness, trying a dozen different strategies for finding clients, barely scraping by, making the most expensive and time-consuming mistakes in the book (some of them twice) before you figure out what goes into a successful and sustainable public sector consultancy.

Or, you can learn from an industry veteran and skip the hard parts. You can learn from the successes and mistakes of someone who has already dealt with the long hours, the confusing paperwork, and the difficult clients. You can learn from someone who already knows how to get contracts with public sector clients. You can learn from someone who already has a proven framework for navigating through the stormy seas of an early-stages consulting business - which means your adventure as a consultant will be much smoother sailing.
IS THERE A GUARANTEE? WHAT IF I WANT A REFUND?
The accelerator program comes with a 30-day moneyback guarantee. Start working through the modules, and if you aren’t completely satisfied with your purchase for any reason, email admin@jacqhackett.com.au within 30 days of your purchase and I’ll refund the entire program fee. No conditions, no hoops to jump through, no questions asked.
I HAVE A QUESTION THAT ISN’T LISTED HERE. WHO DO I ASK?
Email admin@jacqhackett.com.au and we’ll get back to you.
I’m convinced - let’s go!
Your journey toward lucrative public sector projects starts today.
As someone who is just starting out on consulting projects, Jacq Hackett’s online program provided invaluable information on how to get work, complete projects, and manage your business. I’m sure I will go back to the modules time and again as I expand my consulting work and hopefully be able to avoid making some beginners’ mistakes as a result!
James Kite
Choose your payment plan:
$
6,429
AUD
One-Time

 

GST INCLUSIVE FOR AUSTRALIAN PURCHASERS

Total cost $6,429
  • 30-day moneyback guarantee
$
1,129
AUD
per month for 6 months

 

GST INCLUSIVE FOR AUSTRALIAN PURCHASERS

Total cost $6,894
  • 30-day moneyback guarantee
$
589
AUD
per month for 12 months

 

GST INCLUSIVE FOR AUSTRALIAN PURCHASERS

Total cost $7,188
  • 30-day moneyback guarantee
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