New public service academy will foster ‘core APS craft capabilities’

By Shannon Jenkins

Thursday February 4, 2021

Veterans undertook two APS Academy courses at the Museum of Australian Democracy. (Debu55yAdobe)

Federal bureaucrats will soon be able to undertake new public service learning programs, with an Australian Public Service Academy set to open at Old Parliament House later this year.

Assistant Minister to the Minister for the Public Service Ben Morton on Wednesday said the new school would transform the APS learning and development practice and promote excellence in capability development.

“It will deliver a more integrated and a single APS approach to learning and development, with a focus on leadership, integrity and core APS craft capabilities,” he said in a statement.

The academy — which will be headquartered as a tenant in Old Parliament House — will connect to existing APS centres of excellence, as well as develop external networks with academic institutions and specialist providers, Morton noted.

The academy will begin delivering specific public service learning programs from mid-2021. More will be revealed at the State of the Service event in Canberra, on February 19.

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