ATO’s talent program slated to begin in February

By Shannon Jenkins

Wednesday July 28, 2021

Up to two dozen senior executives from the federal and ACT governments can take part
Up to two dozen senior executives from the federal and ACT governments can take part. (kasto/Adobe)

Up to two dozen senior executives from the federal and ACT governments will be able to take part in the Australian Taxation Office’s flagship leadership program next year, the agency has revealed.

Tender documents released on Tuesday show the next round of the Senior Executive Talent Development Program (SE TDP) is expected to begin in February.

The program primarily targets high-potential and high-performing Senior Executive Service Band 1 staff, and has been delivered to more than 90 senior executives since it began in 2016.

Between 20 and 24 participants are expected to undertake the program in 2022. Roughly 75% of participants will be ATO staff, with the remainder of participants to come from other agencies within the federal and ACT governments.

The SE TDP aims to help participants improve their ability to lead through complex and challenging issues, according to the ATO.

“It will provide participants with an opportunity to explore and apply contemporary leadership ideas and approaches to real life issues,” the agency said.

“The program will facilitate different ways of thinking about current and emerging problems, offering diverse ways to frame problems and varied tools to diagnose them.”

The SE TDP will run over a 10 to 12 month period, and will likely feature a range of speakers and networking opportunities.

While the program was initially designed to be delivered in a face-to-face environment, last year COVID-19 prompted the program to be delivered primarily through virtual platforms. The ATO noted that the next round of the program would likely be delivered face-to-face in capital cities, with any virtual delivery to be undertaken through Zoom.

The ATO is currently on the hunt for a provider to design and deliver the ‘innovative, engaging and immersive’ program, with a contract scheduled to begin in October.

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