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The Australian Public Service is playing a critical role in delivering the Australian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Across all areas and levels of the APS, action is being taken to implement the policies of the Australian Government to support the Australian community. Each week on ‘Work with Purpose’ we will talk to key individuals who are leading the response inside the Australian Public Service. ‘Work with Purpose’ will give listeners a unique perspective on how the Australian Public Service works and how it is responding to this once in a generation challenge.Work with Purpose is produced in a partnership between contentgroup and IPAA, with the support of the APSC.
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The Australian Public Service is playing a critical role in delivering the Australian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Across all areas and levels of the APS, action is being taken to implement the policies of the Australian Government to support the Australian community. Each week on ‘Work with Purpose’ we will talk to key individuals who are leading the response inside the Australian Public Service. ‘Work with Purpose’ will give listeners a unique perspective on how the Australian Public Service works and how it is responding to this once in a generation challenge.Work with Purpose is produced in a partnership between contentgroup and IPAA, with the support of the APSC.
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    EP#38: Women in Leadership: STEM edition

    EP#38: Women in Leadership: STEM edition

    In 2020, a year of uncertainty and risk, the Australian public saw the APS rely on the minds of scientists, and others that work within STEM, like they never have before. A field that in the past has been predominately filled by men, is starting to see some powerful and influential women rise to the top. How did they make it? What choices and career moves did these women make to assist in rising to roles of leadership and how do they advise some of Australia’s most senior politicians on how evidence-based research can help inform decisions and policy?
    In this episode of Work with Purpose, we are joined Dr. Cathy Foley AO PSM, Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Cayt Rowe, Deputy Program Leader at the Department of Defence, and Professor Tanya Monro, Chief Defence Scientist at the Department of Defence.
    Foley, Rowe and Monro start off this episode discussing how they worked their way to a leadership role in STEM. What career moves do you have to make? What can you learn about yourself from being in a role of leadership?
    The trio also explain how they use their roles to ensure that government officials are taking into account the views of scientists. How do you grab their attention? How has this role changed since the beginning of COVID-19?
    The episode finishes with the ladies sharing their views on women in leadership. What challenges do women face in their careers? How do we make the APS more equal for both men and women?
    Discussed in this episode:
    ·        The growing role that STEM is playing in government.
    ·        How scientists are working with and informing government during the pandemic.
    ·        The obstacles that women face when rising to the top in their careers.
    ·        Why a diverse workplace is key to the success of the APS.

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    • 47 min
    SPECIAL EPISODE: Work with Purpose Anniversary Edition

    SPECIAL EPISODE: Work with Purpose Anniversary Edition

    This month marks the one-year anniversary of Work with Purpose. To celebrate, we’re releasing a special highlights edition featuring some of the remarkable insights shared with us over the past year, from some of our most popular episodes with speakers from across the public sector.
    In this special episode, we pay homage to the Australian public sector as it took centre stage delivering the Australian Government's agenda supporting the Australian community and the economy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
    We share some of the key themes that resonated across the public sector throughout 2020. We also bring insight into the lives of those people who have kept the wheels ably turning during these challenging and uncertain times.
    Our Work with Purpose speakers are shining examples of dedication, humility, aptitude, empathy, tutelage, collaboration and leadership.
    It’s been a privilege working with and listening to these public servants, academics, and representatives from business and not-for-profit sectors speak so passionately and intelligently about their areas of expertise, sharing how they and their colleagues are working tirelessly to make Australia, and the world, a much better place.
    We hope you enjoy this special as much as we have enjoyed bringing the Work with Purpose podcast series to you since its inception one year ago.

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    • 39 min
    EP#37: A Positive Outlook

    EP#37: A Positive Outlook

    Whether you work inside or outside of the APS, it is safe to say that 2020, for the most of us, was quite the challenging year. With our work, home and day-to-day lives being forced to change at such a rapid rate, people around the globe learnt to adjust. However along with this, the world didn’t put the rest of life’s challenges on hold, meaning that some of us had a lot of weight to carry on our shoulders. So when our shoulders are sore, and we’re starting to feel ‘a bit over it’, how do we build resilience to come out on the other side?
    In this episode of Work with Purpose, we are joined by Dominic Price, Work Futurist at Australian software company, Atlassian.
    Price starts off this episode on a personal note. He explains some of the hardships that he has faced in the last 12 months. How did he deal with the challenges that faced him? How did he build resilience?
    He also touches on ‘the new workforce’ and reflects on working from home. Are we being more or less productive? Is it something that we should continue to do, even when the pandemic ends?
    Price ends the interview giving listeners some tips on how to reprioritize their lives. What is important to you? Where do you want to be five years from now?
    Discussed in this episode:

    How to stay positive and build resilience.The positives and negatives of working from home.What skills 2020 has given those in the corporate world.Why now is the time to reprioritize your life.
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    • 37 min
    EP#36 : Building Confidence in the APS

    EP#36 : Building Confidence in the APS

    As life in the Australian Public Service continues to move at a scorching pace in delivering the priorities of the government, the increasing influence of digital technology and data in defining new ways of working to deliver value for citizens has never been more important. At the heart of this transformation is the mission to make the lives of Australians simpler, safer, and better. Nowhere is this mission more obvious or more important than the work of the National Disability Insurance Agency, which is implementing a program to deliver individualised, self-directed care packages to over a half a million Australians.
    In this episode of Work with Purpose, we are joined by Martin Hoffman, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), and the former President of IPAA NSW.
    Hoffman starts off the episode explaining some of the previous roles he has held in the APS, such as being the head of the Services Australia Taskforce and working with Services New South Wales. What was the contrast between the two? How is different working at a state versus federal level?
    He also touches on his current work at the NDIA. What were his first impressions? How did the COVID-19 pandemic change their system both internally and externally?
    Hoffman concludes the conversation focusing on what he sees as the priorities for the NDIA for the next 12 to 18 months and how these priorities will be delivered to those within the disability community.
    Discussed in this episode:
    ·        The difference between working at state and federal levels of government.
    ·        What cultural elements are needed to build strong performing teams in the APS.
    ·        How the COVID-19 pandemic shaped the NDIA.
    ·        How to communicate your agencies priorities to citizens and stakeholders in an effective and manageable way. 

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    • 41 min
    EP# 35: Collecting and Protecting Australia’s Memories

    EP# 35: Collecting and Protecting Australia’s Memories

    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of being able to find, access, analyse, and share trusted and reliable digital information in a timely and responsive manner. The National Archives, like most of the APS have been extremely busy during the pandemic, ensuring that the governments most important records are documented, so that they can be held as part of the National Archives archival collection.
    In this episode of Work with Purpose, we are joined by David Fricker, the Director-General of the National Archives of Australia, and the current President of the International Council on Archives.
    Fricker walks us through what the team at the National Archives have been doing since the beginning of the pandemic. How are they recording information? Why is it important that this moment is captured in time?
    He also touches on the effectiveness of Australia’s information management system. How does it rank against other countries around the world? What steps can we take to improve Australia’s information management system?
    Fricker rounds out the episode on a personal note, explaining how he has changed since the beginning of the pandemic and how he has realised he is capable of more than he initially thought.
    Discussed in this episode:
    ·        How the National Archives of Australia are recording and documenting the COVID-19 pandemic.
    ·        Where Australia ranks compared to the rest of the world in effective information management systems.
    ·        How the National Archives deal with dis and misinformation.
    ·        Why it is essential that all sectors of the APS collaborate with the National Archives.

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    • 36 min
    EP#34: Supporting Mental Health in a Crisis

    EP#34: Supporting Mental Health in a Crisis

    2020 will be forever remembered as the year of the COVID-19 pandemic. But in Australia, the ferocious bushfires of 2019 that burned well into the new year will never be forgotten. The strain of such significant events was recognised early and the National Bushfire Recovery Agency and the Mental Health Commission worked quickly to deliver necessary support. But more was to come as the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was realised.
    In this episode of Work with Purpose, we are joined by Andrew Colvin, the national coordinator of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency, and Christine Morgan, the chief executive officer of the National Mental Health Commission and the National Suicide Prevention Adviser to the Prime Minister.
    Morgan explains how the stigma around mental health has changed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. How do people view mental health now compared to 2019? What can we do to further improve the stigma around mental health?
    Colvin discusses mental health in relation to the 2019, 2020 Australian summer bushfires. How do we overcome trauma, grief and tragedy? How should the APS make themselves available to Australians in times of need?
    Together Morgan and Colvin discuss these questions as well as explain how the National Bushfire Recovery Agency and the Mental Health Commission work together when it comes to bushfire relief.
    Discussed in this episode:
    ·        What COVID-19 taught us about mental heath.
    ·        How the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the National Bushfire Recovery Agency.
    ·        Advice on what you can do to improve the stigma around mental health.
    ·        The work the National Bushfire Recovery Agency has done since the 2019/ 2020 summer bushfires.

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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39 Ratings

coinshill ,

Excellent series

Informative and refreshing interviews which show the excellent work that is carried out behind the scenes of the APS.
Host is excellent and engaging, keep up the good work.

Mad Mad Malakv ,

Self indulgent waste of tax payers money

Title says it all

Rinder22 ,

Interesting and relevant

Hi - thanks for progressing this initiative - I am finding these podcasts really interesting and relevant. It’s good to find out more about public service leadership and reform from some of our most senior leaders.

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