26 September 2023

Scholarship boost for PS diversity

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The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) has announced that applications for the 2024 First Nations Scholarship were now open.

The School said the scholarship provided an Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori Public Servant a fully-funded place in one of ANZSOG’s 2024 foundation programs.

In a statement, ANZSOG said the scholarship was part of its commitment to building capability in First Nations administrators and lifting the number of potential First Nations leaders in all levels of the public sector.

“First Nations people in senior positions in the Public Service is an important step towards meeting the goals of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap and working with communities to create more effective policies and programs,” ANZSOG said.

“The recipient of the scholarship will be able to choose from among the Executive Fellows Program, Executive Master Public Administration, Towards Strategic Leadership, or the Deputies Leadership Program and must meet the eligibility criteria.”

It said each program was designed for Public Servants at a different stage of their career, and all used ANZSOG’s networks of academics and practitioners to build capability, self-knowledge and understanding of what was required of leaders in the modern and often changing public sector environment.

“ANZSOG is working to incorporate First Nations perspectives and knowledge into all its programs, and to create a culturally safe environment for all participants,” the School said.

Dean and Chief Executive of ANZSOG, Adam Fennessy said the scholarship would give the recipient the skills and networks to become an effective future leader in the public sector.

“ANZSOG is committed to contributing towards culturally competent Public Services which value and include First Nations perspectives and value their cultures and knowledge,” Mr Fennessy said.

“As part of this, Public Service organisations must work to recruit and retain First Nations staff at all levels and foster First Nations leadership inside and outside Public Services.”

More information, including the eligibility criteria, FAQs, and the application form, are available at this PS News link.

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