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In conversation with Erma Ranieri, South Australia’s Commissioner for Public Sector Employment

The People & Culture Podcast is a series of in-depth discussions with practitioners and leading experts on emergent trends impacting on the shape of the future workforce. In this episode I am joined by Erma Ranieri, South Australia’s Commissioner for Public Sector Employment.

Recorded late last year — before her appointment as acting head of the South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet — in this conversation I ask Erma about the role of the Commissioner in a state where the government is the largest employer. We explore what a connected, modern public sector workforce looks like, how it might position itself as an employer of choice and whether some common media portrayals of the public sector are in fact accurate.

Erma also explains some of the 90 day projects they have instigated, bringing together multiple agencies to tackle wicked public sector challenges including specific projects that have led to changes to patient discharge practices and better connected agencies to tackle issues like domestic violence.

Some of the personal situations and obstacles she has faced in promoting diversity and workplace flexibility are also traversed in our conversation as are topics like leadership and the future of public sector work and the public sector workforce.

Links and resources

  • The website for the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment can be found here.

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Author Bio

James Judge

James Judge is associate publisher – People & Capability - for The Mandarin. Based in Canberra, James has over 25 years experience working as a consultant and advisor across a range of employee relations and human resources fields. He is CEO of Australian Human Resource Professionals, a Member of the Resolution Institute (RI) and serves on the regional advisory committee of the Institute of Leaders and Managers.