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Graduates inspired by APS leaders

Media release

At a special annual event hosted today by the Australian Public Service Commission, APS graduates were provided with an opportunity to hear from and pose questions to four inspiring Senior Executive leaders who commenced their careers in the APS as graduates.

Candid Reflections from inspiring APS Leaders is a ‘Parkinson-style’ interview discussion, now in its 4th year. It was held today in the Hellenic Club of Canberra with over 600 graduates, their supervisors and coordinators along with agency representatives from across 35 APS agencies in attendance.

Ms Carmel McGregor, Deputy Public Service Commissioner, chaired the event and drew on the insights of four inspiring SES leaders

A wide range of topics were discussed including their pathways to success, leadership style, lessons learnt about being a leader, motivating staff, and building credibility.

Ms McGregor noted that

Today’s APS Graduate must be able to rise to the challenges presented to them, thrive in working in a team environment and be focused and committed to creating a better APS for the future. Graduates develop skills that enable them to become middle and senior managers within the APS. Providing them with these developmental opportunities is vital to ensuring the APS retains talent for the future

The Graduate Development Program and its three flagship events, A Taste of Government, The Great APS Debate and Candid Reflections provide graduates with a variety of unique networking opportunities, to hear first hand from Senior Executive leaders, on issues facing the APS today. There is no doubt that graduates benefit enormously from such robust learning and development opportunities, and that the Australian citizen is the beneficiary of a stronger client focus and service delivery that results from such training.’ 

Media contact:

Clare Page
Group Manager, APSC Product & Services Group
Australian Public Service Commission
(02) 6202 3761 / 0438 806 242