Work with Purpose | Podcast series

Welcome to the 2022 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



The devastating 2020 Australian east coast bushfires highlighted the imperative for governments to collaborate effectively across jurisdictions on environmental issues, including Victoria and New South Wales working together to establish insurance populations of threatened species to ensure their ongoing survival. Two years on, all levels of governments continue to refine how to work together to get the best outcomes for their own jurisdictions, Australian citizens and the environment. In this week’s episode we're joined by Kate Lynch, the First Assistant Secretary of the Environment Protection division at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and Warrick McGrath, the 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.

This episode is a collaboration between IPAA Victoria's Young IPAA Network and IPAA ACT's Future Leaders Committee.




EP#57 | Leading from a Distance | 26 April 2022

Duncan Young, General Manager of the Census and Data Acquisition Division at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and Ali Jenkins, First Assistant Secretary, APS Reform Office at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, share how they are leading teams in Canberra and beyond, both remotely from Tasmania. Listen to the podcast and read the transcript here.

Special Release | Let's Talk Elections | 11 April  2022
On the eve of the 2022 Election, we revisited the discussion around the role of the APS at Federal Election time. Dr Stein Helgeby, Peter Rush, Rina Bruinsma and Katrina di Marco, talk about caretaker conventions, the role of the Parliamentary Budget Office, the relationship between the APS and Ministerial offices and staying apolitical during caretaker periods. Listen to the podcast and read the transcript here.

EP#56 | Planning for Uncertainty | 28 March 2022

What are the building blocks for improving performance and productivity? How do we manage and sustain not just our own performance, but the performance of the people who we lead? In this episode we are joined by two former Federal Departmental Secretaries who are now part of the team at Proximity. Glenys Beauchamp PSM is the Principal Advisor of Proximity’s health and industry practices and Kerri Hartland is a Principal Advisor and Chair of their Advisory Board. Listen here.

A National Perspective EP#6 | What are we doing about bullying and harassment? | 14 March 2022
What does workplace bullying and harassment look like? And what can be done to ensure we have safe and respectful workplaces in the public sector? In this special episode of we’re joined by Adam Fennessy PSM, Victorian Public Sector Commissioner, Renée Leon PSM, Vice-Chancellor and President at Charles Sturt University Bathurst, and Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM, President of IPAA National. This important discussion is led by guest host Clare Walsh, Deputy Secretary at the Department of Finance and IPAA ACT Councillor. Listen here.

EP#55 | Reducing Domestic Violence | 28 February 2022
We're joined by the Co-chairs of the National Plan Advisory Group, Alison Frame, Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Liz Hefren-Webb, Deputy Secretary at the Department of Social Services. They talk about domestic violence in Australia, the 2022-2032 National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, and further closing the gap on violence against women through a range of targeted women's safety agenda initiatives. Listen here.

EP#54 | Women in Economics | 31 January 2022
The number of women in the field of economics in Australia is disproportionally low. How can we address this issue and encourage more women to work in this sector? And what are the consequences if we don’t? In this episode we're joined by Cherelle Murphy, Chief Economist at Austrade, and Dr Leonora Risse, Senior Lecturer in Economics at RMIT University and National Chair of the Women in Economics Network. Listen here.



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