APSC News March 2016: fostering a flexible, efficient, high performing APS

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Enterprise Agreement Content

The CPSU has recently made a number of assertions about the content of enterprise agreements. These assertions need to be challenged because they do not convey the full story. Show more

“Enterprise agreements that comprise numerous prescriptive clauses limit the opportunities to create modern productive workplaces. It is appropriate that matters ancillary to fundamental workplace rights be documented in policies rather than agreements,” Commissioner John Lloyd said.

“Many examples exist in the private sector of prescriptive agreements limiting competitive growth opportunities or hastening the demise of businesses.”

“Agencies do not disregard their obligations contained in policy documents,” the Commissioner said.

For further information please contact Pieta Horgan (02) 6202 3519.  Hide content

Towards 3% Indigenous representation

Applications for the 2017 Indigenous Graduate Program are open. Forty agencies will recruit through the program. Show more

A refreshed program has new branding, simpler IT processes for agencies and candidates; and a new assessment process based on the practices of Australia’s top graduate recruiters.

To get involved or for more information, contact Karl Hoffman on 02 6202 3887 or karl.hoffman@apsc.gov.au.  Hide content

Quit the habit

The APS has a red tape habit. We are weighed down by more than 8,400 internal regulatory requirements, in over 600 documents, amounting to 14,000 pages of information. Show more

It’s time to quit the habit: take the Ultimate APS Challenge - join your fellow red tape quitters at the upcoming Institute of Public Administration Australia and Department of Finance event on 22 March 2016. Register your interest early with IPAA at www.act.ipaa.org.au/events/2016/redtape.  Hide content

Values and Code of Conduct in practice

The Australian Public Service Values and Code of Conduct in Practice has been revised and simplified. Its purpose is to better support managers to determine and manage difficult or sensitive issues. The guide gives specific advice on common and difficult queries, raised with the Commission’s Ethics Advisory Service. It brings together Commission guidance on bullying and harassment and conflicts of interest. Show more

Other revisions take account of legislative change, such as amendments to the Public Service Act 1999 and the commencement of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013.

The revised APS Values and Code of Conduct in practice is on the Commission’s website. It’s a handy resource, simple to navigate and an essential part of a manager’s toolkit

For further information, please contact the Ethics Advisory Service at ethics@apsc.gov.au or by telephone on 02 6202 3737.   Hide content

International Women’s Day

March 8 is International Women’s Day. It is a day to celebrate, reflect and recommit to improving economic, social, and political conditions for women. This year’s theme is Pledge for Parity (#PledgeforParity), which calls on men and women to pledge to help achieve gender parity in their own spheres of influence. Show more

Released in November last year, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s indicators found that only 21% of reporting employers had a gender equality strategy and only 15% of employers had a flexible working arrangements strategy.

The Australian Public Service has a good record of inclusive workplaces. Flexible arrangements have been available for men and women for many years. There is much more to be done.

In 2015, the Australian Public Service reached gender-parity at Executive Level 1. From 1996 to 2015, female representation at the Executive Level 2 and Senior Executive Service Band 1 levels almost doubled. Though promising, the shift translates to only 42 per cent of women occupying these classifications. The APS is committed to a more balanced workplace.

A gender-equality strategy for the Australian Public Service, developed by the Australian Public Service Commission with agencies, will be launched next month.

Contact: Helena Sverdlin on 02 6202 3842 or helena.sverdlin@apsc.gov.au.   Hide content

APS HR Summit: Growing tall poppies

More than 150 HR practitioners attended the annual HR Summit to discuss talent management in the APS. The event featured high profile speakers from Qantas, ANZ Bank, Australia Post and the New Zealand State Services Commission. The speakers shared their organisations’ approaches to attracting and nurturing talented people. Show more

In opening the event, Commissioner John Lloyd said the APS is committed to attracting and developing the highest calibre people. He said agencies need to take a concerted approach to talent management to ensure they have the skills and talent they need to achieve their business objectives.

There was consensus on the tools and processes for managing talent. The right approach depends on organisational needs. The strong messages on talent management were:

- Be clear about the purpose of talent management -“talent for what?”
- It’s all about people and the quality of career conversations
- Keep it simple – as senior leaders don’t get caught up in administration. Focus on the conversation

Deputy Secretaries, who have formed a Talent Council, shared insights from cross-APS talent management trials. They emphasised the importance of distinguishing between current performance and future potential.

The Talent Council has established a small talent pool of band 1s. The council will develop career plans for each individual, aimed at accelerating their readiness for band 3.   Hide content

Upcoming Core Skills Programs

The Centre for Leadership and Learning’s upcoming core skills programs aim to develop business critical skills: Show more

- Briefing and responding to APS decision-makers, Ministers and Parliament – 4 April 2016
- Appearing before parliamentary committees – 13 April 2016
- Compelling Communication – 21-22 April 2016
- APS Decision making – 22 April 2016
- Improving analytical and critical reasoning – 27-28 April 2016

For more information about these programs please go to www.apsc.gov.au/learn-and-develop or for general inquiries contact (02) 6202 3522 or email nationalcalendarteam@apsc.gov.au.

If you would like these programs delivered in your agency, please contact us at agencytraining@apsc.gov.au or on (02) 6202 3756.   Hide content

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