Work with Purpose | Podcast series

Welcome to the 2021 Work with Purpose series, with the latest episode featured below. Work with Purpose explores the important role the Australian Public Service and supporting organisations are playing in the Government’s response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and priorities for the future. The series is produced in a partnership between contentgroup and IPAA ACT, with the support of the Australian Public Service Commission


How do you lead a team during times of crisis and upheaval? This is a question many people around the world have recently grappled with, including those in the Australian Public Service.In this episode we are joined by Dr David Gruen, Australian Statistician at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and Dr Ken Henry AC, Chair of The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation at the Australian National University and former Secretary of The Treasury. Hosted by Isabelle Franklin and Megan Aponte-Payne from IPAA ACT's Future Leaders Committee, the discussion explores leadership during the Global Financial Crisis, and now through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It considers what major disruptions can teach us about leadership, and how these experiences influence leadership styles.

Transcript - a full transcript of the podcast is available here.
Download - to listen offline or share within your organisation, an MP3 audio file of the podcast is available for download here.



EP#42: Respecting Indigenous Communications | 5 July 2021
In this episode we are joined by Ray Griggs AO CSC, Chief Executive Officer of the National Indigenous Australians Agency, Letitia Hope, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the National Indigenous Australians Agency, and Justine O’Brien SCMP, President of the International Association of Business Communicators in Canberra, who explore how to connect and engage with Indigenous audiences. Listen to the podcast and read the transcript here.

EP#41: Putting a stop to international fraud | 21 June 2021
This episode brings unique perspectives and approaches to international counter fraud, with a focus on UK, New Zealand and Australia. Guests include Julie Read, Director and Chief Executive at the Serious Fraud Office in New Zealand, Mark Cheeseman OBE, Director of the UK Government Counter Fraud Function, and Andrew Walter, First Assistant Secretary at the Integrity and Security Division at the Attorney-General’s Department. Listen to the podcast and read the transcript here.

EP#40: Strategic thinking in a crisis | 7 June 2021
Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM, President of IPAA National, and Rachel O’Connor, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, talk about how public servants can draw from their own reserves, skills and experiences to connect with, and develop trust with Australian citizens during times of crises. Listen to the podcast and read the transcript here.

EP#39: A look into the Future: The APS Workforce Strategy | 24 May 2021
In this episode, we're joined by Mary Wiley-Smith, Deputy Secretary at the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, and Clare Walsh, Deputy Secretary of Business Enabling Services at the Department of Finance who talk in detail about The APS Workforce Strategy 2025. Listen to the podcast and read the transcript here.

EP#38: Women Leaders in STEM | 10 May 2021
Since the onset of COVID-19, the APS has relied on the minds of scientists and others working in the STEM profession like never before. In this episode of Work with Purpose, we are joined Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM, Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cayt Rowe, Deputy Program Leader at the Department of Defence, and Professor Tanya Monro, Chief Defence Scientist at the Department of Defence. Listen to the podcast and read the transcript here.

Special Anniversary Edition | 29 April 2021
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Work with Purpose, we’ve released a special highlights edition featuring some of the remarkable insights shared with us over the past year with speakers from across the public sector. We share some of the key themes that resonated across the public sector throughout 2020. We also bring insight into the lives of those people who kept the wheels ably turning during these challenging and uncertain times. Listen to the podcast and read the transcript here.

EP#37: A Positive Outlook | 27 April 2021
It’s safe to say that 2020, for the most of us, was quite the challenging year. With our work, home and day-to-day lives being forced to change at such a rapid rate, people around the globe learnt to adjust. In this episdoe IPAA Future Leaders Committee members, Megan Aponte-Payne and Isabelle Franklin, are joined by Dominic Price, Work Futurist at Atlassian. They talk about resilience, teachings from 2020, reprioritising your life and the importance of having a positive outlook. Listen to the podcast and read the transcript here.

EP#36: Building Confidence in the APS | 12 April 2021
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is implementing a program to deliver individualised, self-directed care packages to over a half a million Australians. The increasing influence of digital technology and data to bring value for citizens has never been more important. At the heart of this transformation is the NDIA's mission to make the lives of Australians simpler, safer and better. In this episode we're joined by Martin Hoffman, Chief Executive Officer of the NDIA. Listen to the podcast and read the transcript here.

EP#35: Collecting and Protecting Australia's Memories | 29 March 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of being able to find, access, analyse, and share trusted and reliable digital information in a timely and responsive manner. In this episode, we’re joined by David Fricker, the Director-General of the National Archives of Australia, who speaks about how the National Archives is protecting Australia's memory by ensuring that the government's most important records are documented. Listen to the podcast and read the transcript here.

EP#34: Supporting Mental Health in a Crisis | 15 March 2021
In this episode we're joined by Andrew Colvin APM OAM, National Coordinator of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency, and Christine Morgan, CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and the National Suicide Prevention Adviser to the Prime Minister, who are delivering suport to the Australian people as they deal with the ramifications of the bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to the podcast and read the transcript here.

SPECIAL EDITION: Why the APS Professions are important to the sector and to Australia | 11 March 2021
In this special edition we dive into the APS Professional Streams, and are joined by Jacqui Curtis, Head of the HR Profession, Randall Brugeaud, Head of the Digital Profession and Dr David Gruen, Head of the Data Profession. Our guests, as the Heads of Profession, are responsible for capability uplift in their areas of focus drawing on international best practice. Listen to the podcast, watch the video and read the transcript here.

EP#33: Flexible Responders | Taskforce Toolkit and the APS Mobility Framework | 15 February 2021
This episode features experienced taskforce leaders Simon Duggan, Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Patrick Hetherington, First Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Public Service Commission. Listen to the podcast and read the transcript here.

EP#32: 'A Rising Threat: Cyber Security in the APS' with Hamish Hansford | 1 February 2021
In this episode we are joined by Hamish Hansford, First Assistant Secretary of the Cyber, Digital and Technology Policy Division at the Department of Home Affairs, who talks about the future of cyber threats in Australia and what the Government, and all Australians, must do to be prepared. Listen to the podcast and read the transcript here.

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