26 September 2023

APS learning in a new framework

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The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has launched a new framework to help Agencies deliver high quality, effective and innovative learning experiences to their public servant employees.

Releasing the APS Learning Quality Framework and Design Standards, APS Commissioner Peter Woolcott said the Framework set out standards to identify, develop and deliver higher quality, more effective and innovative learning experiences.

“The APS faces many challenges in the post COVID-19 recovery era,” Mr Woolcott said.

“We must be able to adapt and grow in order to continue to deliver for Government and the Australian community,” he said.

“To do this means we must transform the way we develop workforce capability.”

Mr Woolcott said the Framework was a key deliverable under the Highly Capable, Future-Ready: APS Learning and Development Strategy and Action Plan, released last year.

Assistant Director, Graduate Development Program at APSC, Paul Keating said the new Framework would assist Agencies implement the APS Continuous Learning Model, released with last year’s Action Plan.

Mr Keating said the new Framework comprised of four design standards, purposeful, user-centric, adaptable, and impactful.

“The APS Academy worked with learning and development and business teams across the APS to develop and test the Framework,” Mr Keating said.

“At IP Australia, the Guided Conflict of Interest Declaration Form, was assessed against the Framework in a pilot.”

He said the Academy found that all four standards were met because it was informed by data (Purposeful); available at the point of motivation or need (User-centric); employed technology appropriate for achieving the outcome (Adaptable); and leveraged opportunities for learning in the flow of work (Impactful).

The Assistant Director said that in the coming weeks, the APS Academy would use the Framework in a project with Commonwealth Departments to identify high quality, impactful learning solutions that were suitable for APS-wide use.

“The APS workforce aims to benefit from the project by having access to a broader range of quality learning experiences available beyond the bounds of their own Agency,” Mr Keating said.

The Commission’s 27-page APS Learning Quality Framework and Design Standards can be accessed at this PS News link.

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