Office for the Public Sector


Leadership development

Professional and courageous leadership is an important attribute of a healthy and vibrant public sector, and effective management ensures our sector is efficient and productive.

There are three competency frameworks to guide aspiring and current leaders in building their skills and knowledge:

Current leadership development programs

We are currently working on strengthening and broadening the range of leadership development activities for aspiring and current public sector leaders.  Current programs include the:

Current and aspiring leaders are also encourage to participate in external leadership programs, such as the Governor’s Leadership Foundation and courses run by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA).

Future leadership development opportunities

Leadership Strategy for the Public Sector
We are finalising a leadership strategy which will ensure there is strategic oversight of the vision, expectations, processes and activities that reinforce leadership excellence.

Knowledge Exchange Program
To support the Premier’s vision outlined in Economic Priority 4: The Knowledge State and A Modern Public Service, we are scoping a program that will enable dual appointments in academia and the public sector, and secondments from the public sector to higher education institutions, non-government organisations (NGOs) and industry.

This will enhance relationships between the public and private sectors by improving utility, interaction and networking between business and the public sector.  It will enhance leaders’ capacity to implement improvement strategies and perform in varying contexts.

Women in Leadership
We are collaborating with the Office for Women and the Equal Opportunity Commission to identify actions that will increase the number of women in executive positions to 50%, in line with Target 52 of South Australia’s Strategic Plan.

Modern Middle Manager Program
As part of the Simplify initiative, we will be implementing a range of initiatives to improve management skills in the following areas:

  • managing underperformance
  • recognising and rewarding good performance
  • recruitment
  • community engagement
  • effective implementation of HR policies.

Stay in touch with us to hear more about the progress of these initiatives.

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