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MEDIA RELEASE: APS Contestability Review and Gender Equality Strategy launched

28 April 2016

The Coalition Government today released a review of workforce management in the Australian Public Service (APS), accompanied by a strategy to address gender equality in the APS.

Researched and authored by Sandra McPhee AM, Unlocking Potential – the Australian Public Service Workforce Management Contestability Review, provides a refreshingly honest and robust account of workforce management in the APS and clear goals for the coming years.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash said that the key areas of change identified in the review could not be overstated.

"In order for the Australian Public Service to attract the very best talent, and for these individuals to perform at an exceptional level, it needs to disrupt traditional Human Resources mindsets while continuing to offer the best policy advice, programmes and services These are challenges to be embraced," Minister Cash said.

"To echo the Prime Minister's recent sentiments, the government needs to be the catalyst of a more innovative and entrepreneurial society, with change supported by a strong evidence base."

"This Review provides us with the evidence base the APS needs to support the culture shift required to enable a high performing APS and to drive lasting change, which is also extremely relevant to the Gender Equality Strategy. A critical part of any modern workforce is one in which there is increased gender equality."

Balancing the Future: The Australian Public Service Gender Equality Strategy 2016-2019 aims to position the APS to lead the way in gender equality for the broader Australian workforce.

"A key output of this Strategy is to consider practices that hinder workforce participation and career progression of women, and to develop and implement solutions to counter these practices," Minister Cash said.

"Importantly, this Strategy recognises that gender equality applies to both men and women and that supportive and enabling organisational culture drives the success of this."

"Gender-equality is a priority in the APS. The targets and actions outlined in this Strategy, coupled with the accountability that all APS departments and agencies have to deliver on these, sets the APS in the right direction to once again be a leader in gender equality.

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