Positioning the Australian Public Service as a model employer is a key priority in a challenging labour market. This includes communicating an Employee Value Proposition to lift the profile of APS employment, to help attract and retain talent.
Research indicates a lack of public awareness about the work of the APS, and extensive consultation is underway to develop an APS Employee Value Proposition based on the lived experience of a wide range of APS employees. Providing opportunities for interesting work and career progression is also important - for employees and for capability uplift across the service. The APS is rebalancing its workforce to reduce reliance on external contractors and consultants, including though the establishment of Australian Government Consulting.
User friendly, coordinated entry pathways are essential for attracting talented candidates. The Australian Government Career Pathways initiative is providing these, including for graduates who are now applying for APS jobs and being engaged in record numbers. To secure an ongoing pipeline of graduates for specialist roles, APS Academy Campuses are now operating in Newcastle and Townsville.
Strategic workforce planning is central to the ability of the APS to deliver. More agencies are identifying and managing emerging critical skills shortages and labour market risks, supported by centralised workforce planning tools, guidance, development opportunities and hands-on assistance. The re-introduction of capability reviews helps agencies to look forward and assess future needs. The insights these reviews provide will help embed a culture of continuous improvement in the APS.
Lifelong, peer-supported, relevant learning for employees at all levels is supported by the work of the APS Academy and the APS Professions. New social learning programs that are practical and cohort-based provide opportunities for specialist development and expanding professional networks. The APS Academy is continuing its focus on APS Craft – building the core capabilities to strengthen excellence in public service.