Work with Purpose | Podcast series

The Australian Public Service (APS) is playing an important role in delivering the Australian Government’s response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Across all areas and levels of the APS, action is being taken to implement the policies to support the Australian community.

Each week on ‘Work with Purpose’ we talk to key individuals who are leading the response inside the APS, and give listeners a unique perspective on how the APS operates during this once in a generation challenge. ‘Work with Purpose’ is produced in a partnership between contentgroup and IPAA ACT, with the support of the Australian Public Service Commission.


This week we feature a conversation with Katherine Jones PSM, the Associate Secretary of the Department of Defence, Matt McMahon, the Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Electoral Commission, and IPAA Future Leaders who undertook a hackathon to explore the question “What could, or should the APS look like one year from now?” 

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



Work with Purpose - A National Perspective with Sharyn O'Neill

In this special episode of 'Work with Purpose - A National Perspective' IPAA National President, Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM, is joined by WA Public Sector Commissioner and State Recovery Controller, Sharyn O’Neill, who shares her experience and insights on Western Australia’s COIVD-19 response and recovery. Listen here.
EP#17: Oceans-19 with Michael Pezzullo AO

In this episode we're joined by Michael Pezzullo AO, Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs, who recalls how by age 11 he had already decided on a career of public service, describes the inspiration he gets from working with our political leaders, and his desire to leave the APS in a better place than when he started. Listen here.
EP#16: Road to recovery with Jane Halton AO PSM

Our guest for this episode is Jane Halton AO PSM, Commissioner at the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission. During her 33 years in the Australian Public Service, Jane served for 15 years as Secretary of the Departments of Finance and Health (and Ageing); as well as Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and has held significant roles in Global Health Governance including as Chair of the board of the World Health Organisation. Listen here.
EP#15: Under pressure with Rebecca Skinner

Rebecca Skinner, Chief Executive Officer of Services Australia, shares her memories of the earliest days of the COVID-19 crisis and how she prepared her team to not just cope, but thrive. She reflects on the importance of sharing the load, taking it one day at a time and always remembering that no matter how bad things looked, the sun would always rise the next morning. Listen here.
EP#14: Food for thought with Ray Griggs AO CSC and Letitia Hope

In this episode we speak with the leaders of the National Indigenous Australians Agency, Chief Executive Officer Ray Griggs AO CSC, and Deputy Chief Executive Officer Letitia Hope. We explore the decisions, partnerships and networks that were deployed to keep the people in, and the virus out, of our most remote communities. Listen here.
EP#13: Need drives innovation with David Fredericks PSM and Dr Michele Bruniges AM

David Fredericks PSM, Secretary of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, and Dr Michele Bruniges AM, Secretary of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, reflect on the power of collective work and reaching out to colleagues in an open and transparent way.  Listen and watch here.
EP#12: Doing the basics well with Michael Manthorpe PSM, Grant Hehir and Angelene Falk

In this episode we speak with three APS leaders about the importance of integrity and its impact on citizens: Michael Manthorpe PSM, the Commonwealth Ombudsman, Grant Hehir, the Auditor-General of Australia, and Angelene Falk, the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner. Listen here.
EP#11: The dynamic duo with Professor Brendan Murphy and Caroline Edwards

This episode features the tireless leaders of 'Team Health' in a remarkable discussion that covers their personal and professional experiences and insights during the COVID-19 crisis: Professor Brendan Murphy, the Chief Medical Officer and Caroline Edwards, the acting Secretary of the Department of Health. Listen here.
EP#10: How ASIO managed during a major global health crisis with Mike Burgess  

Mike Burgess, Director-General of Security at the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, joins us to discuss how the work of ASIO changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen here.
Chris Eccles AO Work with Purpose - A National Perspective with Chris Eccles AO

In this special episode IPAA’s National President Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM, sits down with Chris Eccles AO, Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, to discuss how the Victorian government has led the state through crisis to recovery. Listen here.
EP#9: Fighting crime during COVID-19 with Reece Kershaw APM and Michael Outram APM

Reece Kershaw APM, Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, Michael Outram APM, Commissioner of the Australian Border Force, talk about the challenges of enforcing values and meeting community expectations, and what they have done to minimise the impact of criminals in Australia and from overseas. Listen here.
EP#8: Defence - Here to help with Greg Moriarty and General Angus Campbell AO DSC

Greg Moriarty, Secretary of the Department of Defence, and General Angus Campbell AO DSC, Chief of the Australian Defence Force, discuss how the collaborative business model developed during the bushfire crisis has shaped Defence's contribution to the COVID-19 pandemic, and into the future. Listen here.
EP#7: Small is Beautiful with Rebecca Cross and Katy Haire 

Rebecca Cross, the ACT Coordinator-General for the COVID-19 Response, and Katy Haire, Director-General at the ACT Education Directorate, discuss the links between public service and business, the ACT government’s priorities during the pandemic and working as one government. Listen here.
EP#6: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate with Cheryl-anne Moy

Cheryl-anne Moy, Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Home Affairs, shares personal reflections and learnings from the public sector’s, and her team’s response to COVID-19. Listen here.
EP#5: Making Good Decisions in a Time of Overload with Frances Adamson

In this episode, which has been produced as both a podcast and a video, we are joined by Frances Adamson, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. We are also joined by Holly Noble as co-host, who is Chair of IPAA's Future Leaders Committee and a Director at the Department of Finance. Listen and watch here.
EP#4: Citizens First with Kathryn Campbell AO CSC

Kathryn Campbell AO CSC, Secretary of the Department of Social Services, shares insights on managing the massive workforce surge and how being part of the COVID-19 response will benefit the public sector in the future. Listen here.
EP#3: The New Normal with Elizabeth Kelly PSM

Elizabeth Kelly PSM, Deputy Secretary at the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, provides recent cross-agency case studies that resolve complex COVID-related challenges and discusses what the “new normal” may look like after the pandemic. Listen here.
EP#2: Relationships Matter with Andrew Metcalfe AO

Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Andrew Metcalfe AO, provides his COVID-19 response insights, including collaboration with industry and the inspiration he gets every day from working with his fellow public servants on this major crisis. Listen here.
EP#1: COVID-19 response accelerating reform of the Australian Public Service with Peter Woolcott AO and Katherine Jones PSM

APS Commissioner Peter Woolcott AO and Katherine Jones PSM, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Finance, reflect on their respective roles during the COVID-19 response. Listen here.

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