We will invest in our internal capability, empowering our people to deliver their best and inspiring them to be exemplars of reform.
As outlined in Delivering for Tomorrow: APS Workforce Strategy 2025, we believe it is important to prioritise workforce management, including how we recruit the right people, grow our people through learning and development, and ensure our leadership and performance remains of the highest standards expected by the Australian Government and people. In 2021–22, we will continue to implement our own workforce strategy with an immediate focus on maturing workforce planning capability and re-engineering recruitment processes in support of an effective employee value proposition.
Our workforce comprises approximately 240 staff, most of whom are located in our Canberra office, with a small number of staff working in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. With a forecast increase in our staffing footprint, we will procure additional resources to support a larger workforce, as well as specialist hardware to support the increasingly complex work of the Commission, particularly in relation to data analysis.
The Government’s Digital Transformation Strategy 2018—2025 outlines how better data integration and analysis will give us new insights into important and complex policy questions, and increase the efficiency of delivery of government programs to produce better outcomes.
We are committed to building the digital and data capability of our staff to enable them to derive complex insights and effectively mitigate risks in an efficient, flexible and transparent way. With the transition of the Digital Profession function from the Digital Transformation Agency to the Commission in early 2021–22, the Commission’s digital capability will grow considerably. Our new colleagues bring a unique set of skills and experiences in digital policy governance and investment, digital strategy and capability and digital delivery and operations.
As announced in the 2021–22 Budget, we are enhancing our evaluation and data analytics capabilities and infrastructure, supporting our ability to implement, measure and adapt APS Reform initiatives.
We will implement strategies to improve digital maturity and governance of our corporate, business and whole-of-government platforms that enable a secure, responsive and connected environment
Building these digital and data capabilities brings both new opportunities and challenges in the areas of cyber security and data integrity practices. We pursue continuous improvement in these areas, aligned with the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s Essential Eight Maturity Model, to ensure we remain a valued, credible and trusted partner to the APS.
The Commission applies robust practices to ensure resources are appropriately allocated to priorities. In 2021–22, we will embed our Strategic Resource Framework, applying the lessons learned from the previous year, to centralise and streamline decision-making and documentation relating to resourcing and investment decisions
To support our people to operate effectively, we provide contemporary, cost-effective, safe, secure and sustainable office accommodation and facilities that meet business needs. In 2021–22 we will continue to provide a fit-for-purpose accommodation setting that supports the planned digital and hardware enhancements.