National programs and relationships with higher education institutions
The Commission continued to support the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.
Sir Roland Wilson Foundation
The Commission continued to coordinate the provision of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation scholarships, working in partnership with the foundation at the Australian National University. Four high-potential Executive Level employees were selected through a highly competitive process for the scholarships. The scholars began their studies in February 2012, joining the five scholars who commenced in 2011. The Commission is working with the university and each scholar’s agency to provide ongoing support and mentoring. Nominations for the third round of scholarships were sought in the first half of 2013.
Australia and New Zealand School of Government
The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) was established in 2002 by a consortium of Australian and New Zealand governments, universities and business schools to assist in developing the skills of future public sector leaders.
The Commission, in partnership with other agencies, supports ANZSOG to ensure that APS leaders and potential leaders are able to participate in executive education. The Commission actively marketed and coordinated nominations for the following executive programs:
- the Fellows program, a three-week residential for SES Band 2 and 3 employees, which in 2012 attracted 68 participants, of whom 17 (25%) were APS employees
- the Master of Public Administration program, a two-year part-time program for high-performing public sector managers, which attracted 121 participants in 2012, of whom 27 (22%) were APS employees.
In 2012–13, the Commission continued to be responsible for administering the deed of agreement between the Commonwealth and ANZSOG in relation to a $10 million repayable capital grant made to ANZSOG in May 2005. In accordance with the deed, interest generated from the grant is used to support the Sir John Bunting Chair of Public Administration at the Australian National University and other academic appointments relating to research activities.
Public Sector Management Program
The Public Sector Management Program is a unique national leadership program for emerging and highly motivated mid-level managers (APS 6 to EL 2 and their equivalents) in the three tiers of government across Australia.
The program’s curriculum has been developed by academic and public sector experts and provides a mix of contemporary government case studies and challenging theoretical exercises. Participants gain an understanding of what it means to work collaboratively across the three tiers of government, which helps them to develop a greater understanding of the public sector operating environment. A Curriculum Review Committee was convened in October 2012 to review the current curriculum and a number of recommendations are being implemented to ensure the program continues to provide a contemporary learning experience for participants.
The program is delivered in each state and territory to mid-level managers across the public sector and culminates in a tertiary qualification at the graduate certificate level. It is delivered through a partnership arrangement with Flinders University, which provides assessment, accreditation and curriculum development services nationally.
The Commission continues to manage the delivery of the Public Sector Management Program in the Australian Capital Territory. Three cohorts commenced during 2012–13, comprising 43 participants. Forty-nine participants were eligible to graduate from Flinders University following the successful completion of their coursework towards a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management. Thirty graduates attended a graduation ceremony in Canberra in May 2013.
The Commission continued to provide the secretariat function to the program’s National Board of Management in addition to managing the National Assessment Centre for the program.