Workforce planning framework
During 2012–13, the Commission worked in partnership with 70 agencies to develop a strategic workforce analysis and reporting guide based on better practice.
The purpose of the guide is to:
- assist in repositioning strategic workforce reporting within agencies
- improve how the workforce is monitored and measured to identify workforce-related risks
- support effective workforce management and planning to deliver agency business outcomes
- improve communication between human resource practitioners and key business stakeholders.
The guide establishes a consistent approach to workforce reporting across the APS, and provides a common understanding of a discrete set of workforce metrics that are aligned to reporting at a whole-of-government level. It will assist in improving organisational decision-making to effectively mitigate workforce risks as they relate to the delivery of agency business outcomes. Effective, targeted reporting enables the appropriate workforce strategies to be implemented, or existing strategies to be adjusted (or ceased) to ensure that the required workforce is achieved and sustained, and workforce risks are mitigated.
This guide completes the APS-wide workforce planning framework and complements the two existing foundational components:
- a practical workforce planning guide, with supporting tools and templates
- a job family (occupational group) model to enable the APS to map and understand its workforce.
To support the implementation of the guide and the job family model, the Commission, in partnership with agencies, has developed two training programs for human resource practitioners and middle and senior managers who have workforce planning responsibilities. These training programs continue to build organisational capability in the practice of workforce planning and are being delivered in response to agency demand.