Mr Grant Lovelock was appointed First Assistant Commissioner and Head of APS Academy on 6 May 2021, joining the Commission on secondment in November 2020.
As First Assistant Commissioner Grant supports delivery of the Commissioner’s statutory functions and leads APS wide organisational and people development functions. This includes; APS workforce strategy and planning; APS-wide learning and development strategy; leadership and talent development; and diversity and inclusion. As Head of the APS Academy Grant oversees implementation and the operations of the APS Academy, established in July 2021.
Prior to joining the Commission, led implementation of Skills reform measures in response to the 2019 Strengthening Skills Review in the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. This included establishing the National Careers Institute, a new national body charged with improving the delivery of careers information and support to all Australians. Prior to that, Grant served as Federal Safety Commissioner, a statutory role with responsibility for improving work health and safety practices in the building and construction sector. Grant has served in senior leadership roles in the APS for 10 years, driving policy development and reform, implementation, regulation and program delivery across a range of public policy matters in relation to skills and workforce development, employment, industrial relations and workplace safety, the arts and youth affairs.
Grant is completing an Executive Masters in Public Administration.