Centre for Leadership and Learning
Natasha works in the Centre for Leadership and Learning on the Building Digital Capability program to enhance the digital skills of the Australian Public Service. So far, Natasha has helped to design, pilot, and implement a digital leadership program for the Senior Executive Service. Throughout its design and implementation, Natasha has had exposure to a number of senior APS leaders from a range of agencies.
“Although the APSC is a small agency, the range of experiences I have had access to has been tremendous. These experiences have ranged from interactions with private sector providers, international experts, other APS agencies, and universities. They’ve been instrumental to my learning and development throughout the year, and I’m excited to be part of a program of work that prepares the APS for the future.”
Workplace Relations Group
David is in the Workplace Relations Group of the Australian Public Service Commission. He works closely with colleagues to advise agencies on the Commonwealth’s Workplace Relations framework, undertakes research and has visibility of public sector Enterprise Bargaining. Earlier in the year, he also tracked statistics on Commonwealth Enterprise Bargaining which was reported to the Minister on regular basis.
“I find it deeply satisfying to practice and develop industrial relations expertise at the highest levels. The Graduate Program here has a significant body of learning, engagement and practice which has improved my ability to be an effective employee and public servant. I love it.”
APS Reform group
Sam works in the APS Reform area at the APSC. In his role, Sam has been focused on the Operation Free Range (OFR) Pilot. OFR was a cross government research initiative designed to help us understand employee mobility within the APS.
Now that the OFR Pilot stage has concluded, Sam has been helping evaluate the pilot. This has involved developing interview questions and helping write the evaluation report.
Sam has also been working with the other APSC Grads on the Graduate Development Project. This project is part of the overall Graduate Development Program that all APSC Grads go through.
“I never imagined I would be working in such an interesting space. Being a Graduate at the APSC has proved one of the most valuable experiences of my life. The environment is extremely welcoming and I have been lucky enough to have some amazing mentors. Relocating to Canberra from Melbourne has been a great experience. I am lucky enough to be living in Kingston, and there is always something happening. Whether it’s the Enlighten Festival, the Multicultural Festival, or Friday drinks at Old Parliament House, I always have something to do. The Commission was extremely supportive during the relocation process, and helped with temporary accommodation while I waited for my new place to open up. Our Grad Coordinator was in constant contact about anything I needed to know which made the process a whole lot easier."
Workforce Information Group
Sarah works in the Workforce Information Group (WIG) at the APSC. WIG is responsible for collecting, analysingand reporting on employment data and trends for the Australian Public Service. As a member of the Research and Analysis team, she helps to respond to research requests from staff within the APSC and other APS agencies. This includes developing and administering surveys and reporting on the results. Sarah also serve d as a point-of-contact for employees and census coordinators across the APS during the annual employee census period.
“The APSC’s Graduate Program has been a fantastic introduction to the public service and a career in government. In my role, I’ve had the chance to work on a number of key projects, including the APS employee census and State of the Service Report. I have found it immensely rewarding to contribute to projects that have implications for the entire APS.
My graduate year has also brought opportunities to support the APSC’s international work. This involved coordinating requests from foreign delegations to visit the APSC and learn about Australia’s public service. This has allowed me to engage with, and learn from, people across the APS and beyond.”
Centre for Leadership and Learning
David works in the Centre for Leadership and Learning. The Centre is responsible for providing learning and development direction & solutions for the broader APS. During his grad year he has worked on the Building Digital Capability Program. He was involved in developing the Leading Digital Transformation program and a Learning Design Standard. He is now working on publications to reflect the Centre’s thoughts on, lessons from and approaches to learning and development.
“One of the benefits of working at the Commission is that you get real opportunities immediately. To get to work on things that impact the future of the APS with people who care so much has been a great introduction.”
Employment Policy Group
Jon works in the Employment Policy Group, in the Staffing Policy Team. Staffing Policy is responsible for providing detailed and timely advice to Australian Public Service (APS) agencies’ HR teams and senior managers on the implementation of the APS legislative framework, including the application of merit in recruitment, conditions of engagement, retention, redeployment and redundancy. His work includes preparing briefings for the APS Commissioner and the Minister. Jon has also worked with other teams in the Employment Policy Group. He has periodically worked with Integrity as well as Diversity and Inclusion on a number of diverse projects.
"The APSC’s graduate program is a unique opportunity to see the strategic vision of government.
During my grad year I have had the opportunity to contribute policy advice on complex issues to the Commissioner and also to a number of ongoing reviews."
Where are they now?
Workforce Information Group
Nick was a graduate in the Workforce Information Group in 2017. Since then Nick has had acting opportunities at the APS 5 and 6 levels, and was involved in the production of the APS Remuneration Report for 2017. Nick completed the IPAA Future Leaders program in early 2018. He also maintains a number of corporate commitments including as a representative to the Workplace Relations Committee, membership of the Social Media Working Group, and as a volunteer with the APSC’s Social Club.
“I have been able to apply the skills I developed in my grad year and progress my career at the APSC. If the graduate program taught me anything, it is to put yourself out there, get involved and take opportunities. I have been able to develop strong support networks across the APSC that help me to perform well in my role. These networks often provide great perspective on my work and any challenges I might be facing. I have also made lasting friendships through the grad program, which was very important to me as someone that moved to Canberra to join the Commission.
APSC touch footy at lunchtime on a Monday is a lot of fun, and the NAIDOC touch footy carnival is a highlight each year!”
Tegan was a graduate in the Workplace Relations Group in 2017. Since then Tegan has had acting opportunities at the APS5 and APS 6 levels in the Human Resources Team, within the Corporate Group. Tegan has recently been promoted to an APS 5 in the Human Resources Team. Tegan has recently worked on developing the Commission’s replacement enterprise agreement. Tegan took the lead to co-ordinate the NAIDOC Week Touch Football competition. A key feature of the APS NAIDOC Week celebrations, Tegan worked with other agencies and community organisations to bring together teams from other APS agencies in a friendly but fiercely fought competition.
"I relocated from a small town in central Queensland to participate in the APSC’s graduate program. The relocation process was very easy which allowed me to focus on settling in to life in Canberra and meeting new people from all over the country. It was a challenge moving away from family and friends, however being able to meet so many people from different backgrounds and experiences in one place has been one of the highlights of relocating to Canberra.
Since completing the graduate program I have continued to develop and enhance the learnings from the APS Graduate Development Program. Upon completing the program, I was successful in gaining an acting opportunity in a new team and I was later promoted to this role permanently. I have also participated in the IPAA Future Leaders’ Program which aims to provide emerging and future leaders with an opportunity to discuss challenges within the public service and to broaden perspectives in public administration."