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Dear APS Colleagues,

To see Australia through this pandemic, our significant capabilities need to be dedicated to the most critical government services – we need to ensure that the Australians who need help the most are receiving it. 

I have established an APS Workforce Management Taskforce to manage the mobility of our workforce across all APS departments and agencies.

I will be working with a key group of advisors and the Secretaries Board to identify the immediate and emerging critical areas, and increase capacity with movement of staff into those roles.

The Taskforce will support the work of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission announced by the Prime Minister yesterday. You will hear more about this new Taskforce in coming days, and further information will soon be uploaded onto the Australian Public Service Commission website.

Your commitment to delivering essential government services to the Australian public is greatly appreciated, and is absolutely vital to support Australia during this pandemic. In our working life the Australian Public Service has never been needed more. 

We still have a long way to go. The dedication and perseverance you have shown to date will continue to be vital as we move to the next stage of our COVID-19 response, and seek to maximise our effectiveness and capability to respond.

I urge you to actively engage with requests from your department or agency to provide support and additional capacity for our critical government functions. Your willingness to support whole of government action to deliver services to Australians who need it the most, are crucial at this time.

Thank you again for your tireless dedication to the Australian community as we have responded to the impacts of COVID-19.

Yours sincerely

Peter Woolcott AO

Last reviewed: 
26 March 2020