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Training and development

In line with the ABS Workforce Strategy 2015–2019, the ABS is reshaping its workforce capability to ensure we have the right people with the right skills to achieve transformation.

Key achievements in 2018-19

  • Forty three graduates commenced the 2019 ABS Graduate Development Program. This program supports graduates to quickly build professional capability and includes workshops, seminars, group projects and SES shadowing opportunities. This year, the ABS ranked 16th in the Top 100 Graduate Employers list produced by the GradAustralia Student Survey (up from 17th in 2018).
  • To support a blended learning model, the ABS hosts a range of eLearning programs on its internal Learning Management System (LMS). The suite of programs includes induction and mandatory training, statistical capability courses, systems training, as well leadership and management courses. Based on data extracted from the LMS, across the 2018–19 financial year, approximately 7,300 hours of this learning was completed by ABS staff. Of these hours, approximately 6,080 were dedicated to induction and mandatory training.
  • Online learning was also made available to ABS staff through the external provider, Lynda.com. Across the 2018–19 financial year, 1,842 hours of online learning was undertaken by staff, around a wide range of topics. The courses that were most accessed were based around Microsoft Excel, project management, and programming.
  • Face to face courses on leadership and management (including adaptive leadership, leading teams through change, personal efficiency and coaching for performance) were delivered across the year to ABS staff representing a total of 440 training days. Over 700 ABS staff took part in the Management Fundamentals face-to-face training courses.
  • New diagnostic assessment tools were introduced to strengthen people leadership and management capabilities across the ABS. These included Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) and Life Styles Inventory (LSI). Investment was made in internal capability development, offering these tools in-house. In excess of 250 staff have engaged with these tools and have been able to use the results to improve communication, decision making and problem solving skills.