92 episodes

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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Work with Purpose: A podcast about the Australian Public Service‪.‬ contentgroup

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    • 4.7 • 42 Ratings

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#76: Revisiting ‘Working across jurisdictions’

    EP#76: Revisiting ‘Working across jurisdictions’

    The devastating 1926 Australian east coast bushfires were a critical point in history that highlighted the imperative for governments to collaborate across jurisdictions. At that time, Victoria and New South Wales worked together to establish insurance populations of species to ensure their ongoing survival.
    In this special re-run episode, we revisit the conversation we brought to our listeners in May 2022, as a collaboration between IPAA Victoria's Young IPAA Network and IPAA ACT's Future Leaders Committee. It was about working across jurisdictions on environmental policy and regulation.
    The conversation was hosted by Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM, Secretary of APS Reform. His guests were Kate Lynch, First Assistant Secretary of the Environment Protection Division at DCCEEW (the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water), and Warrick McGrath, Director at Biodiversity Regulatory Reform, Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning.
    Discussed in this episode:
    The importance of relationships and trust.Collaborating across governments while maintaining jurisdictional loyalty.The role of local government.Tips for working with stakeholders on environmental policies.
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    • 38 min
    EP#75: Revisiting ‘What are we doing about bullying and harassment?’

    EP#75: Revisiting ‘What are we doing about bullying and harassment?’

    The vast majority of public servants behave respectfully and civilly to their colleagues, but employee surveys of public servants across the country repeatedly show that bullying and harassment are still significant issues. There is strong evidence that it weakens institutions, undermines productivity and innovation, and poisons workplace culture.
    In this special re-run episode, we revisit an important conversation that we brought to our listeners as part of the ‘National Perspective’ series. The conversation explores what workplace bullying and harassment look like and how to ensure safe and respectful workplaces in the public sector.
    We were joined by Adam Fennessy PSM, Head of ANZSOG (The Australia and New Zealand School of Government), Professor Renée Leon PSM FIPAA, Vice-Chancellor and President at Charles Sturt University and President of IPAA National, and Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM, Secretary of APS Reform.
    Discussed in this episode:
    What makes a healthy workplace culture.The current state of bullying and harassment in the APS.Varied approaches to tackling workplace bullying.The impact this has on the APS.
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    • 39 min
    EP#74: Revisiting ‘Workforce Transformation’

    EP#74: Revisiting ‘Workforce Transformation’

    Change is now the new normal, whether it is in response to an external shock, or internally generated to capitalise on an emerging strategic opportunity. With change, comes a need for workforce transformation.
    In this special re-run episode, we revisit the conversation we brought to our listeners in August 2022. The conversation explores the topic of workforce transformation and the skills that leaders need to make it stick.
    We were joined by Adam Canwell, Oceania Workforce Advisory Leader at EY Australia, Dr Andrew White, a Senior Fellow in Management Practice at the Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, and Harinder Sidhu, the Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
    Discussed in this episode:
    Findings of recent studies in workforce transformation.Factors that are necessary for a successful workforce transformation.Workforce transformation in the Australian public service.
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    • 50 min
    EP#73: Revisiting 'What makes a great First Nations public servant?’

    EP#73: Revisiting 'What makes a great First Nations public servant?’

    The public service offers opportunity to contribute to positive outcomes for Australian communities and to pursue rewarding careers. It also comes with challenges, obstacles, ethical dilemmas, and racism for some of our First Nations public servants.
    In this special re-run of one of our most popular episodes of 2022, we revisit the conversation we brought to our listeners in NAIDOC Week. The conversation explores the push and pull factors for First Nations people in the Australian Public Service.
    We were joined by Professor Tom Calma AO FFA, Chancellor of the University of Canberra, Kate Thomann, the Executive Director, Research and Education, AIATSIS, and Geoff Richardson PSM, First Nations Development Consultant. They shared insights from decades of service in the APS.
    Discussed in this episode:
    Push and pull factors for First Nations people in the APS.Benefits of public sector careers.Dealing with the stigma of working in the APS within Indigenous communities.Addressing racism.
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    • 52 min
    EP#72: Revisiting ‘Australia’s place in the Asia-Pacific’

    EP#72: Revisiting ‘Australia’s place in the Asia-Pacific’

    In this special re-run of one of our most popular episodes of 2022, we feature the late Brendan Sargeant, who was the Professor of Practice in Defence and Strategic Studies and Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University (ANU), former Associate Secretary of Defence, and long-time supporter and Deputy President of IPAA ACT. Professor Sargeant sadly passed away shortly after the recording of this episode, leaving a legacy of invaluable contributions to ANU, the Australian Public Service, the Australian Defence Force, the wider Canberra community and the nation.
     
    Brendan was joined by Katherine Mansted, Director of Cyber Intelligence and Public Policy at CyberCX and Senior Fellow at the ANU National Security College.
    Discussed in this episode:
    A rapidly changing Asia-Pacific region and its impact on Australia.Articulating difficult conversations to develop a robust sense of defence in a complex time.The impact of climate change on the strategic order.The APS response.
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    • 36 min
    EP#71: An Ambitious and Enduring APS Reform Plan

    EP#71: An Ambitious and Enduring APS Reform Plan

    There has been a significant decline internationally in trust in democracies. Winning back people’s trust is a key challenge facing the Australian Government and its institutions. In the APS Reform agenda, the Australian Government aims to restore the trust of its people through four key priorities.
    In this episode, we listen to the Minister for the Public Service, Senator the Hon. Katy Gallagher, reflect on the APS Reform agenda at the recent 2022 IPAA National Conference. Her address discusses the priorities in detail, and how the Australian Government will work towards achieving them.
    Discussed in this episode:
    Priority 1: An APS that embodies integrity in everything it does, Priority 2: An APS that puts people and business at the centre of policy and services, Priority 3: An APS that is a model employer, and Priority 4: An APS that has the capability to do its job well.
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Rooperoo ,

Thoroughly enjoying

Very interesting. Would like to hear more from APS Academy about the programs under development.

Rachelt88 ,

Interesting discussions

I especially enjoyed the recent episode on international fraud. A topic I did not know much about - I liked the international perspectives on the same policy problem.

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.

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