Federal government mobility jobs board goes live

By Melissa Coade

June 14, 2022

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Jobseekers can now access a dedicated website for temporary opportunities to work in the Australian Public Service. (Flamingo Images/Adobe)

Government workers looking for a professional sea change can now access a dedicated website for temporary opportunities to work in the Australian Public Service.

Parliamentary educators, human resources data professionals at Geoscience Australia, and an assistant communications director for the Australian Research Council are among nine temporary jobs currently listed on the new board via the APSJobs website

The APSC is touting the platform as a way for commonwealth employees to gain experience across other areas of government by applying for advertised temporary positions. 

“A manager may offer you an opportunity right away based on your CV or any other information you have been asked to provide,” guidance on the APSJobs website reads.

“Temporary opportunities are intended to be short-term and/or time-limited.”

Described as either a ‘micro-assignment’, ‘secondment’ or ‘temporary transfer’, applying for a  vacancy via the mobility jobs board is different to applying for a non-ongoing or ongoing role in government. 

Applicants must be commonwealth employees and be applying for a temporary role equivalent to their existing classification.

“An agency may offer a temporary opportunity at a higher classification. However a permanent promotion to a higher classification must go through the usual recruitment processes and meet the requirements of the APS Employment Principles and the Merit Principle,” the commission said. 

The jobs board initiative is part of a major workforce strategy launched in March 2021, which outlines ways of developing more flexible and responsive workforce models.

The strategy resulted in the creation of a Workforce Planning Centre for Excellence to strengthen APS workforce planning capability and to build the enterprise workforce planning ecosystem.

“Strategic workforce planning is the ongoing process of identifying an organisation’s current and future workforce needs against strategy and deliverables, and planning for and mitigating workforce risks arising from identified workforce gaps,” the commission said.

Foundational tools have also been created to assist with APS workforce planning including a framework and key principles of evidence-based, business-linked, agile and flexible workforce planning.

“The APS Workforce Planning Hub provides tools to build workforce planning capability and conduct workforce planning exercises in APS agencies. 

“The hub hosts the latest learning and planning resources, case studies, labour market information, APS labour force insights and various APS and external reports and publications to support workforce planning within the APS,” the commission said. 

The commission has also devised tips for public servants about how to approach a conversation with their manager in seeking a temporary move.


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