Existing Victorian public servants get first dibs on new government jobs in union deal


Existing members of the Victorian Public Service will get first crack at new government jobs that come up before they are advertised externally, through a joint initiative between the Andrews government and the Community and Public Sector Union starting later this month.

Karen Batt. Image: CPSU

Public servants across the state have been told they can expect “an expansion of employment and skills development opportunities” through the establishment of the new Jobs and Skills Exchange.

“Through it, VPS employees will enjoy unprecedented visibility of, and priority access to, all job opportunities across the VPS before they are advertised externally,” explains a joint statement from Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings and CPSU state secretary Karen Batt that was circulated by all VPS department secretaries on Tuesday.

The finer details are still being worked out but the purpose of this is to increase staff mobility between different agencies, and create new possibilities for more diverse career pathways at the individual level. At the same time, the process will need to be designed so as not to block the flow of external recruits into the VPS completely.

“The JSE will feature an online platform exclusively for VPS staff, HR directors and hiring managers. Over time, the platform will support skills development and other initiatives to upskill and mobilise VPS staff.

“By mid-July 2019, the platform will go live and only be accessible by VPS staff. Employees will be able to browse all existing job opportunities within the VPS and narrow their search by work type, location, organisation or salary range. Other opportunities, including secondments, will be added to the platform over time.

“From late 2019, further initiatives of the JSE will come online through a phased approach over the next year. This includes opportunities for staff to update and refresh their skills, so their skills are transferrable to new roles and opportunities.”

Elizabeth Langdon. Image: LinkedIn.

Elizabeth Langdon moves from her role as a deputy at the Victorian Public Sector Commission to take charge of a new Jobs and Skills Exchange business unit, as a deputy secretary in the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Her new team will take advice from a committee made up of representatives from DPC, the Department of Treasury and Finance, the public sector commission, Industrial Relations Victoria and the union.

Jennings and Batt said the JSE system would help the government pursue its “changing priorities” and support “a more modern, flexible, high-performing and agile public service” and better career development opportunities for public servants.

“This will include the engagement of existing staff, while reducing the use of labour hire and contractors,” adds the joint statement.

“The JSE supports a coordinated whole of Victorian Government approach to strengthen common workplace policies and practices across the public service and build on a number of initiatives recently developed which support common workforce policies and approaches.”

Regular updates are promised over the next few months.

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