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Building capability

We are dedicated to building capability by investing in our people and developing our workforce to ensure we have the right mix of capabilities and aptitudes to meet current and future requirements.

In 2019–20 we:

  • Continued developing our people capability framework for employees to baseline their proficiency levels against defined capabilities, target learning and development solutions, strengthen our performance management processes and support workforce mobility.
  • Rolled out regulatory practitioner and manager training programs to continue to develop our collective regulatory capability.
  • Held an induction program with 79 new employees.
  • Introduced a tailored five-part training and mental health support program to assist staff to adjust from office-based work to a virtual work model in response to COVID-19. The program included assisting managers and employees to connect through technology, as well as supporting managers to conduct difficult conversations and foster mental health.
  • Provided financial support and study leave to 25 employees who undertook tertiary studies relevant to their employment in our agency and the wider Australian Public Service.
  • Hosted eight events as part of our EPIC speaker series, which invites influential speakers to share their industry insights and discuss the challenges and opportunities for government policy, carbon markets and energy sectors. The EPIC speaker series was paused in March 2020 due to COVID-19. These events are open to all employees to attend.

We also build capability by recognising the outstanding efforts of our people through our Awards of Excellence program. Each year we recognise the performance of teams and individuals who have delivered agency outcomes while exemplifying our culture and values. Award recipients were formally acknowledged by our Strategic Leadership Team, Chair and Regulator Board at the all-staff awards ceremony in December 2019.

The 2019 Awards of Excellence recipients were:

  • Prerna Bhargava for excellence in leadership
  • Mark Gilbert and Paul Dawson for excellence in innovation
  • the Disability Ability Wellbeing Network for excellence in diversity
  • the Legal Services, Compliance and Enforcement, and Compliance Assistance and Intelligence sections for excellence in collaboration, and
  • Paul Keighley, who was awarded the Regulator Board Outstanding Achievement Award.