Work With Purpose

Monday May 24, 2021

A look into the Future: The APS Workforce Strategy

The context and challenges of the public sector are changing at such a rapid pace that the capabilities of public servants must keep up. The APS, being the diligent enterprise that it is, has been thinking and planning about this for the past few years has now created a document to address this very issue, the APS Workforce Strategy 2025.

In this episode, we’re joined by Mary Wiley-Smith, former Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Public Service Commission, now Deputy Secretary at the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, and Clare Walsh, Deputy Secretary of Business Enabling Services at the Department of Finance. They discuss:

  • The APS Workforce Strategy 2025.
  • Harnessing careers in the APS – attracting and retaining the right people.
  • The rise of digital in the APS.
  • Why leadership is so important across all sectors of work.

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  • Mary Wiley-Smith image
    Mary Wiley-Smith

    Former Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Public Service Commission
    Deputy Secretary at the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

  • Clare Walsh image
    Clare Walsh

    IPAA ACT Councillor
    Deputy Secretary, Chief Operating Officer, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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