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Recent legislative changes aimed at delivering better public services provide for a new system-focused approach to leadership development to strengthen the effectiveness of the State sector.

The State Sector Amendment Act (2013) expands the mandate of the State Services Commissioner, as Head of State Services, to take overall responsibility for people and performance in the Public Service and work with chief executives to improve leadership. This includes the ability to move top performers to where they can make the greatest contribution to government priorities and system needs. There is a fresh focus on collective stewardship of the State Services for the long-term.

Key changes:

  • the Commissioner is responsible for driving the development of senior leadership and management capability in the Public Service. This includes flexibility to move people to leadership developmental roles in other agencies, with their agreement and their chief executive's agreement

  • the Commissioner can transfer a Public Service chief executive to an existing chief executive vacancy if there is a need or development opportunity

  • the Commissioner can arrange secondments of other employees to other agencies to give them leadership development opportunities

  • the Commissioner can designate key positions and needs to agree to appointments to those positions with the department's chief executive.

Chief executives remain responsible for leadership and capability development in their department, but are required to balance the needs of the system as a whole with the needs of their own agency. It's about working together to create world class State Services through better results, leadership and stewardship.


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