Work With Purpose

Monday June 29, 2020

Need drives innovation with David Fredericks PSM and Dr Michele Bruniges AM

As we begin Innovation Month in the Australian Public Service, we celebrate the creativity of public servants across the country during a time of great challenge and change.

In this episode, which has been produced as both a podcast and a video, David Fredericks PSM, Secretary of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, and Dr Michele Bruniges AM, Secretary of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, reflect on the power of collective work and reaching out to colleagues in an open and transparent way. Discussed in this episode:

  • The short, medium and long-term response to COVID-19.
  • Building trust and strength in relationships across the public and private sectors.
  • Letting go of state and territory boundaries at speed, to create policy that delivers.
  • How COVID-19 has created a new authorising environment.
  • Hanging on the capacity for public servants to pivot when needed.
  • Building a permissive environment for creativity.

This episode was visually scribed as part of the APS Innovation Month, which is coordinated by the Public Sector Innovation Network (PSIN). The PSIN is the Australian Government network helping public servants understand and apply innovation in their daily work.

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  • Dr Michele Bruniges AM image
    Dr Michele Bruniges AM

    Secretary of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment

  • David Fredericks PSM image
    David Fredericks PSM

    Secretary of the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

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