People Strategy 2014-17

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The People Strategy complements and supports the department's strategic priorities. It describes how we, individually and as a department, can foster our culture, our capability and strengthen our client focus - in the context of the government's priorities for the department and in a dynamic and changing workplace.

Our values

We, individually and as a department, promote and uphold the APS Values and Code of Conduct.

  • Impartial: We are apolitical and provide the government with advice that is frank, honest, timely and based on the best available evidence.
  • Committed to service: We are professional, objective and efficient, and we work collaboratively to achieve the best results for the Australian community and the government.
  • Accountable: We are open and accountable to the Australian community under the law and government.
  • Respectful: We respect all people, including their rights and their heritage.
  • Ethical: We demonstrate leadership, are trustworthy and act with integrity, in all that we do.

Our culture

In upholding the APS Values we aspire to be:

  • Leaders: We willingly tackle important issues.
  • Creative: We are open to doing things differently to achieve success and will operate more efficiently.
  • Future thinkers: We anticipate and adapt to new situations.
  • Compassionate: We are mindful of the impact we have on others.
  • Responsive: We make things happen and are responsive to our clients.
  • Collaborative: We build on our partnerships to succeed.

Our people priorities

  • Workplace health, safety and rehabilitation: We will strengthen work health safety systems to reduce injuries and expedite return to work.
  • Participation and productivity: We will We will improve workplace participation and increase productivity.
  • Performance and change culture: We will manage our performance and ensure we become a modern, flexible and client focussed department.
  • Enterprise agreement: We will develop and implement a new enterprise agreement.
  • Workforce capability: We will identify and develop a skilled, diverse and capable workforce that supports the organisation in meeting its priorities. 
  • Ethics and workplace environment: We will maintain a workplace that embeds the APS Values and is free from fraud and corruption.

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