Transcript

Last updated: 09 May 2016

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[Coat of Arms appears above text: Australian Government, Unlocking Potential, APS Workforce Management, Contestability Review and the APS Gender Equality Strategy]

[Images flash through of people in a restaurant, a male shaking hands with Stephanie Foster and a sign which reads "Balancing the Future, the Australian Public Service Gender Equality Strategy 2016 – 19, people talking]

[Image changes to show Stephanie Foster at the podium and text appears: Stephanie Foster, Deputy Commissioner, Australian Public Service Commission]

Stephanie Foster: I never dreamed one day that I would be here in Canberra.

[Images flash through of politicians talking and then the camera zooms in on Martin Parkinson and the Hon Michaelia Cash and Sandra McPhee]

That I would be in this role with the enormous privilege and responsibility of leading reforms such as these, reforms that will position the APS to extend its' influence and its' impact in a world in which things are being turned on their heads, reforms that will unlock the potential of our great institution and every individual within it.

[Image changes to show Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash at the podium and text appears: Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service]

Hon Michaelia Cash: In terms of both of these reports they build on what is already an outstanding public service and you are. This is not a reflection on "We need to do more because..." this is an admission that the future holds opportunity for all of us.

[Images flash through of Martin Parkinson, the Hon Michaelia Cash, Sandra McPhee and an Australian Public Service Commission sign]

[Image changes to show Martin Parkinson at the podium and text appears: Martin Parkinson, Secretary, The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet]

Martin Parkinson: Speaking of someone who has had a pretty good run in the APS, can I just say that the last thing I'm interested in is preserving the conditions and circumstances that allow only people like me to prosper.

[Image changes to show Sandra McPhee at the podium and text appears: Sandra McPhee AM, Senior Reviewer, Unlocking Potential]

Sandra McPhee: I'm pleased to report that the APS is fertile ground for change and this change can happen now. My conversations with agencies, secretaries and the private sector tell me that the APS wants and is ready for transformation.

[Images flash through of people reading the report brochures and then the camera zooms in on the brochure]

[Image changes to show Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash at the podium and then images flash through of people looking at the report brochures again]

Hon Michaelia Cash: We have been given an opportunity here and we really do need to say to ourselves each and every one of us, in particular given the positions that we hold in the public service, has a responsibility to embrace change and to quite literally, as the report says, "unlock and unleash" the potential in each of us at the Australian Public Service.

Sandra McPhee: All of the changes outlined in the report are in the hands of the APS.

[Image changes to show Sandra McPhee at the podium]

This transformation is entirely within your control and that's frankly what's incredibly exciting for me. The vast majority of the actions can be implemented now, under existing authorities, using existing resources.

[Images flash through of people talking at tables and then the camera zooms up a sign which reads "Unlocking potential, Balancing the Future, The Australian Public Service Gender Equality Strategy 2016 – 19"]

[Image changes to show Stephanie Foster at the podium]

Stephanie Foster: Each one of us can choose not to accept gender imbalance in our teams and in our leadership cohorts and to do whatever it takes to address imbalances that we find.

[Images flash through of females talking and then the camera zooms in on their faces in turn]

Each one of us can choose not to accept mediocrity, to demand excellence in ourselves and in our colleagues, to show courage and to engage with risk.

Martin Parkinson: As Head of the Public Service I am committed to progressing both of the strategies being launched today.

[Image changes to show Martin Parkinson at the podium and then images flash through of people talking and a sign which reads "Australian Public Service Commission, Leading and shaping a unified, high-performing Australian Public Service"]

My fellow secretaries and I have established a Secretaries' Talent Council to foster the quality of our high potential senior leaders and a Secretaries' Equality Committee to progress the gender equality strategy and diversity matters more broadly.

Stephanie Foster: The strategies that we are launching today are fabulous but only we can make them come alive.

[Image changes to show Stephanie Foster at the podium]

So my challenge to every one of us here today is to seize the opportunity that these reports present and to do one disruptive, experimental, brave thing every day.

[Images flash through of people in the dining room and the camera zooms in on their faces in turn]

Martin Parkinson: It's everybody's responsibility to unlock potential wherever you may find it.

[Image changes to show Martin Parkinson at the podium]

So I encourage you to read the reports, think about how you can promote change within your sphere of influence and just do it.

[Coat of arms appears above text: Australian Government]