Unifying goal for public servants’ new learning framework

By Melissa Coade

Thursday May 12, 2022

The design standards consist of four pillars that consider whether learning and development programs are purposeful. (Juan Bernabé Renú/Adobe)

The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has released a new framework and design standards, with a view to developing its workforce capability as ‘one APS’. 

The learning quality framework and design standards will inform all government capability improvement programs. 

Underpinning the framework are the APS learning and development strategy principles. Its seven enablers for future learning include creating a culture of learning; enhancing user experience and accessibility by design; practitioner-led learning; efficiency and innovation in learning approaches; a continuous learning model; learning in the flow of work; and embedding continuous learning across government.

The design standards consist of four pillars that consider whether learning and development programs are purposeful, user-centric, adaptable and impactful.

APS Academy head Grant Lovelock said the resource could be applied to any part of the public service.

“This includes business areas that offer technical and deep subject matter learning, and learning and development areas that develop capability improvement programs for whole agencies,” Lovelock said.

The commission is keen to draw the new resource to the attention of bureaucrats responsible for people’s capability within departments and agencies after the framework was launched this week.

The APSC will begin collaborating with agencies through its academy about the best ways to introduce the framework and identify ‘high-quality learning’ to be scaled across the APS, Lovelock added.

One of the disciplines the framework aims to strengthen in the APS is professional digital skills. A digital profession network has been set up by the commission to this end, with a particular focus on building simple, smart and personalised digital government services.

“This month we are showcasing the digital profession, a community of government peers to learn from, collaborate with and mentor,” Lovelock said.

Next Thursday (19 May) the academy will host a ‘craft conversation’ with two senior mandarins to discuss the role of digital and data skills in the modern public service. Head of the Australian government’s digital profession Randall Brugeaud will join ABS boss and head of data profession Dr David Gruen will join the special event.

APS employees who want to participate in the free event can register online


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