Work with Purpose | Podcast series

Welcome to the 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


EPISODE #79 | Time, trust, turf: Building effective partnerships

Partnerships are crucial for achieving meaningful change, whether that’s between organisations, people, or communities. Wanting to leverage this potential, advancing partnerships has come into sharp focus for the public sector through the APS reform agenda.

However, developing these partnerships can be challenging – the more partners are involved, the more they have to grapple with different interests and challenges. Common purpose, diversity in perspectives, and effective governance are key to overcoming those barriers.

In this episode, we discuss building strong partnerships within and outside the Australian public sector with Professor Janine O’Flynn, director at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, and David Pullen, assistant secretary, Cabinet Resilience and Crisis Management Division at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 

Discussed in this episode:

  • The role of vulnerability, humility, and trust within partnerships 
  • Finding a common purpose 
  • Bridging the divide between research and policy implementation
  • Building a shared understanding of each partner’s role


Professor Janine O’Flynn
Professor Janine O’Flynn is the director of the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, the leading Public Policy school in the region. She is an expert in public administration and management, having advised governments around the world on issues ranging from the design of effective performance management systems through to collaborative approaches to policy design and implementation. She is a fellow of the US National Academy of Public Administration and the Institute of Public Administration Australia, and she sits on several advisory boards.

David Pullen
David Pullen is currently assistant secretary, Cabinet Resilience and Crisis Management Division, at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He was previously acting first assistant secretary, COVID-19 Transition Taskforce, also at PM&C. In 2020, in his role as senior adviser at the Treasurer’s Office, he advised the Treasurer and Prime Minister on the design and implementation of major economic stimulus measures and supports.




EP#78 | LGBTQIA+ pride in the public sector | 27 February 2023

With WorldPride underway in Sydney for the first time, Frances Gamble, CEO at Out for Australia, David Momcilovic, director at the Office of LGBTQIA+ Affairs, ACT Government, and Marty Jovic, health economist and partner PwC Australia join guest host Holly Noble to shine a light on what pride looks like in the public sector and how we can create workplaces that reflect the full diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community. Listen
EP#77 | Embracing neurodiversity in the public sector | 13 February 2023

In this episode, we ask: How can public sector work environments be improved to better leverage the skills of neurodivergent employees? We feature three public service thought leaders in the field, Lee Steel, Ability Network Champion at PM&C (Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet), Robin Edmonds, Inclusion and Diversity Adviser at PM&C, and Andrew Pfeiffer, Ability Network Executive at PM&C. Listen
EP#76 | Revisting 'Working across jurisdictions' | 30 January 2023

In this episode we're joined by Kate Lynch, First Assistant Secretary of the Environment Protection Division at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and Warrick McGrath, Director of Biodiversity Regulatory Reform at the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning. Listen as they explore the topic of working across jurisdictions on environmental policy and regulation.
EP#75 | Revisiting 'What are we doing about bullying and harrassment?' | 16 January 2023

In this special re-run episode, we revisit an important conversation that we brought to our listeners as part of the ‘National Perspective’ series. The conversation explores what workplace bullying and harassment look like and how to ensure safe and respectful workplaces in the public sector. Listen

EP#74 | Revisiting 'Workforce transformation' | 2 January 2023

In this episode, we are joined by Adam Canwell, the Australian Lead of People Advisory Services Partner: Victoria at EY, Dr Andrew White, a Senior Fellow in Management Practice at Saïd Business School, Oxford University, and Harinder Sidhu, the Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Listen as they discuss recent research on the skills needed to lead workforce transformation, and its relevance to the Australian public service. Listen


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