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Strategic priority 2: Modernising the employment framework

Source of criteria: 2018–19 Portfolio Budget Statements, page 144; Corporate Plan 2018–19, page 7 and 12.

Table 6: Results for objective 2.1.

OBJECTIVE 2.1 – PARTNER WITH AGENCIES TO ACHIEVE COMPLIANCE WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S BARGAINING POLICIES

Deliverable

Key Performance Indicator

2018–19 results

Achieved

New agreements made are compliant with Government policy.

Feedback from agencies is positive regarding the timeliness and quality of workplace relations advice.

Agencies were surveyed to measure satisfaction with the advice and guidance given to them by the Commission regarding the Government’s Workplace Bargaining Policy 2018, enterprise bargaining and determinations issued under Section 24(1) of the Act. Over 85 per cent of agencies were satisfied with the responsiveness, comprehensiveness and clarity of the advice provided, and the professionalism and helpfulness of the Commission’s workplace relations staff.

Advice and support about more contemporary employment practices made available to agencies and managers.

Feedback from stakeholders indicates an increased knowledge and confidence in using more contemporary employment practices.

The Commission conducted regular forums with its stakeholders to facilitate discussion on issues arising in workplace bargaining. This included a refresher session on the Workplace Bargaining Policy 2018, attended by 46 practitioners from 29 agencies. A survey of key stakeholders indicated satisfaction with the advice given on the policy and the bargaining process.

Table 7: Results for objective 2.2.

OBJECTIVE 2.2 – WORK WITH AND INFLUENCE AGENCIES TO MODERNISE THE APS EMPLOYMENT FRAMEWORK AND PRACTICES

Deliverable

Key Performance Indicator

2018–19 results

Partially Achieved

Review of the Maternity Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1973 and options for reform provided to the Minister.

The review has been completed on time and endorsed by the Minister.

The Workplace Relations Group conducted preliminary research and made arrangements in preparation for a review of the Maternity Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1973.

Information is made available to simplify agency employment practices.

Feedback from agencies indicates confidence in simplifying employment practices.

Stakeholder feedback indicated that agencies are becoming more innovative in their recruitment practices, both in how jobs are advertised and candidates are assessed. These practices included online testing of candidates and ensuring selection criteria were written in plain English.

Table 8: Results for objective 2.3.

OBJECTIVE 2.3 – LEAD EFFECTIVE REFORM OF THE APS EMPLOYMENT MANAGEMENT POLICIES

Deliverable

Key Performance Indicator

2018–19 results

Achieved

Recommend improvements on key employment matters with a focus on recruitment, separation and mobility.

Recommendations are supported by the Secretaries Board.

In December 2018, the Secretaries Board supported administrative changes to SES recruitment practices, to provide the Commissioner with greater visibility of SES movements and capability.

The Commissioner’s Directions 2016 were amended to enhance performance management within the APS. The amendments to the Directions came into effect on 25 July 2019.