APS News December 2017

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Welcome to the December edition of APS News. Across the Service our agencies have achieved major milestones in 2017, some which we’re highlighting in this edition. We’d like to congratulate DHS in achieving their Indigenous employment target of 5% and to all at the Department of Employment helping more than 12,000 young people successfully secure work through the Youth Jobs PaTH.

We’re encouraging all agencies to consider nominating for the PM’s ADF Veterans’ Employment Awards. Entries are open until 22 December and information on the seven categories is available on the Awards website.

We’re also shining the spotlight on DFAT’s Women in Leadership Strategy a winning entry in our recent APS Diversity and Gender Equality Awards.

From all at the Commission, we wish all APS staff and their families a happy Christmas and all the best for 2018. Keep in touch with us about opportunities and events coming up in your agency next year and we’ll feature them in APS News.

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Mentoring towards a successful career
The Commission has celebrated completing the Spring 2017 Positive Action towards Career Engagement (PACE) program.
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Management essentials

Management essentials available online
The Commission launched key information about important APS employment matters on its new Management essentials web page this week.
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Making good decisions and looking ahead
Do you need some guidance when it comes to making good decisions? Ensuring your decisions are consistent with legal and policy frameworks requires training and practice.
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2017 census

Diversity data matters
In June 2017, 3.2% of APS employees identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders—a rate higher than the general Australian population. A further 3.6% reported they had a disability, and 14.2% came from a Non-English Speaking background.
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Bargaining - year in review
2017 has been a year of progress with 50 of the 60 enterprise agreements put to a ballot this year being voted up.
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Absence data tells the story
Good managers know their employees. They engage individually and understand their motivations as well as the difficulties each may be facing. They work with their team to achieve great results.
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Stories from the APS

Awards 2018

Nominations open for the PM's ADF Veterans' Employment Awards
Consider nominating a colleague or agency for the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards!
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Defence bleeds to save lives
Defence APS employees are going head-to-head, or more accurately, vein-to-vein, with their Navy, Army and Air Force counterparts for the 2017 Defence Blood Challenge.
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5% Indigenous employment target in DHS achieved
Congratulations to the Department of Human Services who recently joined the increasing number of APS agencies that have achieved their Indigenous employment targets.
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DFAT's Women in Leadership Strategy: A driving force towards a more gender equal workplace
As winners of the 2017 APS Gender Equality Awards, DFAT’s Women in Leadership Strategy team have successfully driven deep cultural change in the department and opened up new ways of working to improve gender equality, help staff reach their full potential and enhance productivity.
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Join the Reconciliation film club
The Australian Public Service as a whole is striving to become an employer of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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Reforms meet needs in education and training this year
In 2017, the Department of Education and Training kicked some big reform goals and we’d like to share a few…
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Govpass - your digital identity for government services
In 2017, the Department of Education and Training kicked some big reform goals and we’d like to share a few…
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Bringing ancestors home to rest
2017 saw the first repatriation of an Indigenous Australian’s ancestral remains from Canada, returning her to the Wardandi community in Western Australia.
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Helping young people prepare for work
More than 12,000 young people across Australia have secured 370,000 job placements through the Department of Employment Youth Jobs PaTH program this year.
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Do you have Positive Vetting clearance?
Do you currently hold top secret (Positive Vetting) clearance? Are you interested in contributing to the protection of national security classified resources and capabilities? Then ASIO has a role for you.
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Modernising government service delivery
The Department of Human Services continues to deliver real service delivery improvements through the Welfare Payment Infrastructure Transformation (WPIT) Programme, which commenced in July 2015 and will run for seven years to 2022.
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Submarine building to commence at Defence
Plans for a major regeneration of the Royal Australian Navy commenced at the Department of Defence this year.
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Calling all communicators - ComCAN is for you!
It’s no secret that communication professionals are great at sharing information about our departments’ programs and policies, but we could be better at sharing our tips, experiences and wisdom with each other.
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