A taskforce has been established to manage the mobility of the workforce across all Australian Public Service departments and agencies.
In an open letter published on Thursday, APS commissioner Peter Woolcott said the APS’ capabilities must be dedicated to “the most critical government services” during the coronavirus pandemic, and announced the establishment of an APS Workforce Management Taskforce.
“I will be working with a key group of advisors and the Secretaries Board to identify the immediate and emerging critical areas, and increase capacity with movement of staff into those roles,” he wrote.
“The taskforce will support the work of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission announced by the prime minister yesterday. You will hear more about this new taskforce in coming days, and further information will soon be uploaded onto the Australian Public Service Commission website.
“Your commitment to delivering essential government services to the Australian public is greatly appreciated, and is absolutely vital to support Australia during this pandemic. In our working life the Australian Public Service has never been needed more.”
He urged APS employees to engage with requests from their department or agency to provide support and additional capacity for critical services.
“We still have a long way to go. The dedication and perseverance you have shown to date will continue to be vital as we move to the next stage of our COVID-19 response, and seek to maximise our effectiveness and capability to respond,” he said.
“Thank you again for your tireless dedication to the Australian community as we have responded to the impacts of COVID-19.”