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Capability and leadership development

Finance’s People Capability Framework underpins the Department’s strategic approach to staff performance and development. The framework provides a clear definition of the performance expectations and core capabilities required of our staff. It incorporates two elements:

  • core capabilities: Finance people lead, collaborate, achieve, think and learn—a set of five capabilities defined by clear and consistent performance expectations for all classifications
  • professional/technical capabilities: Finance people know—which focuses on the opportunity to incorporate the unique technical skills, professional qualifications and experience required of individual job roles.

We work in partnership with business areas to ensure development solutions are relevant and contemporary, with content aligned to business priorities, Finance’s Integrity Framework and corporate objectives, including a focus on professionalism, integrity and change management. We continue to enhance our learning offerings through academic partnerships and relationships with key stakeholder groups and our APS colleagues to build capability and prepare our workforce for the future.

In 2020–21, we continued to implement core skill development programs to build manager capability, leadership, communication, resilience and career development skills. The Department provided staff with access to over 15 learning programs, and over 250 participants attended through our online platform, GovTEAMS. In addition, we:

  • revised our induction program for new starters to provide a standard and modulated approach through video presentation of key corporate topics and messages through our online learning system (Learnhub)
  • continued study assistance through paid study leave and financial assistance which allowed some employees to undertake tertiary education in subject areas such as commerce, economics, law, public policy, and accounting and finance
  • continued to offer our staff coaching sessions to enhance their skills and build capability in leadership, productivity and career enhancement
  • continued our participation in the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy and Finance—purpose-built for the public sector, this program builds capability among emerging leaders at Finance and in the wider APS (in 2020–21, 11 Finance staff were supported to begin the program in the new financial year).

We offer leadership programs that build skills, knowledge and confidence in our leaders. The Finance Lead and Grow programs support our middle and emerging leaders to strengthen their management and leadership capability. An executive-level committee is responsible for SES leadership development, informed by the annual SES career conversation process. The process provides senior leaders a tailored discussion on their career and allows for targeted development, talent management and succession planning strategies.