26 September 2023

New leadership framework for WA PS

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The Public Sector Commission (PSC) is working to develop a new approach to leadership and capability for West Australian public servants, announcing a new Expectations Framework initiative.

Principal Consultant Leadership Development at the PSC, Sarah Whitelaw said the Commission was holding workshops with representatives from Agencies across the sector to help build an understanding of the four key elements in the Expectations Framework.

“We know that there are other leadership and development frameworks out there, but they are not necessarily meeting the sector’s needs,” Ms Whitelaw said.

“So, we want to make sure that the framework we are developing not only resonates with the sector, but can be used and applied by Agencies.”

Deputy Director General for Safety Regulation at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, Ian Munns said the new framework set out the behaviours needed at each stage of leadership as well as the development required to achieve leadership goals.

Mr Munns said the framework presented a new, fresh way of thinking about Public Sector leadership and capability.

“It is quite a shift away from previous capability frameworks I have used and that will have its challenges, but the new framework tracks back to people’s attitudes which is a much better starting point,” he said.

“I have always maintained that we all have some leadership contributions to make.”

Executive Director of Business and Corporate Services at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Morgan Marsh said a key component of the contemporary framework was the introduction of ‘mindsets’, which looked at how thought patterns drove people’s behaviour.

“I like the inclusion of the mindsets aspect,” Ms Marsh said.

“I think that it is a very hard thing to pin down, but it is integral – mindsets are the key.”

More information about the Expectations Framework and consultation sessions can be accessed by contacting the PSC via email at [email protected].

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