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Strategic priority one—ensuring good governance

Good governance with genuine transparency and accountability is pivotal to the professional performance of the APSC and its ability to deliver the Government’s recovery agenda and the services Australians rely on.

We will make a practical difference to the current and future effectiveness of the APS, in order to best serve the people of Australia. Our focus will be on a culture of continuous improvement, emphasising collaboration, partnership and managing innovation, risk and change.

We will work with our stakeholders to transition the APS employment framework, and promote a performance culture and high standards of accountability.

We will collaborate and encourage new approaches, including co-designing solutions, to strengthen the professionalism of the APS and facilitate continuous improvement in workforce management.

We will advise and assist agencies on public service matters, and promote the APS Values, the APS Employment Principles and the Code of Conduct.

We will work with agencies to strengthen culture, governance and leadership across the APS, including refining a fit for purpose employment framework that supports an engaged and effective workforce.

We will also focus on enabling new and dynamic ways of working by enhancing opportunities for staff mobility across the APS. We will continue to contribute to the effective operation of the workplace relations system.

Activity Area of Focus Performance Measure for 2020-21 Measure of success in 2020-21
Monitor agency compliance Workplace Relations Assess the compliance of new Commonwealth workplace arrangements
  • 100% of new Commonwealth workplace arrangements made are compliant with the Government’s prevailing bargaining policy
Support the Government’s agenda through provision of advice on contemporary employment practices Employment Practices Increase capability of HR practitioners to apply an innovative employment framework in the APS
  • Enable continued capability development of HR practitioners by establishing outreach program by the start of 2021 that engages directly on the APS employment practices and guidance
  • Deliver workshops to HR practitioners to support implementation of best practice recruitment guidelines and other employment practices and guidance
Shape the APS Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Support the development of a more diverse and inclusive public service through the co-design and implementation of Diversity Strategies Successful development, through cross agency collaboration, of the:
  • APS Disability Employment Strategy
  • Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy, and
  • APS Gender Equality Strategy