27 September 2023

APS Workforce Strategy clocks up a year

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The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) is celebrating the success of its APS Workforce Strategy after just one year of operation.

Reflecting its first year of Strategy accomplishments, the APSC said the whole-of-service Delivering for Tomorrow: APS Workforce Strategy 2025 was developed to enhance the operation of the Australian Public Service (APS) as one enterprise, with a high performing workforce that delivered effectively and efficiently for all Australians.

“The first year of implementation has brought many successes, with APSC partnering with agencies to deliver some key practical capability building workforce management initiatives,” the APSC said.

It said the first year of the Strategy had seen the establishment of the APS Academy; the release of the APS Learning and Development Strategy and Action Plan; the implementation of three APS Professional Steams (Data, Digital and HR); the implementation of various recommendations from the Sedgwick Report, including mandatory foundational integrity training; and an expansion of the Australian Government Graduate Program.

The Commission said it had also supported the mobilisation of APS employees during crisis through the establishment of the APS Mobility Framework and APS Surge Reserve; fostered diversity in the APS; and developed capability building initiatives focused on critical and emerging skills and capabilities.

The APSC said that as part of the Strategy, its APS Workforce Planning Centre of Excellence was working towards a one APS approach.

“It builds workforce planning capability by allowing workforce planning practitioners from across the APS to access workforce planning resources and collaborate through their Community of Practice,” it said.

“The Centre was featured internationally by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) as a best practice approach to uplifting workforce planning capability across the enterprise.”

The APSC said the Centre had also been shortlisted for the Institute of Public Administration Australia’s (IPAA) Spirit of Service Award, with winners to be announced this month.

“Looking ahead, year two of implementation offers many exciting opportunities, to build on the work already underway to enhance capability across the APS,” the Commission said.

That 46-page APS Workforce Strategy can be accessed at this PS News link.

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