Office for the Public Sector


Strategic Plan 2016 – 2019

The Office for the Public Sector’s key initiatives align with our strategic objectives.

A summary of the Office’s achievements and objectives and priorities are now available.


Our overarching efforts in the year ahead will be directed towards achieving our strategic objectives. They are:

Building strong foundations

Engaging our people

Forging our future

Building strong foundations

We will build a more modern, professional public service.

We will cut red tape for our sector.

We will act as one government.

We are engaged in:

  • Lifting the standards of professional excellence within our sector
  • Facilitating a flexible, mobile workforce by developing modern and consistent policies
  • Delivering and supporting game-changing whole-of-government policies, starting with Redeployment, Retraining and Redundancy
  • Getting to the root of workplace issues by training agency staff in human resources and industrial relations
  • Embracing the opportunities brought by new legislation, starting with the Return to Work Act 2014
  • Updating the Code of Ethics to support a modern public sector
  • Setting high standards for leadership with a Charter for the South Australian Executive Service
  • Using workforce data and knowledge to make the best possible decisions and plan for the future

Engaging our people

We will attract and retain the best people.

We will provide opportunities for our people.

We will develop our people to be the best they can be.

We have been:

  • Developing our people to be leaders, not just managers
  • Ensuring our leaders have the tools at their fingertips that allow them to be true leaders, including extensive online resources
  • Supporting our leaders to take the next steps in their career
  • Developing our people to take responsibility, to be responsive and work together to build a modern public service
  • Providing career pathways by:
    • launching the I WORK FOR SA vacancies website to cut red tape in recruitment and attract the best talent to the public sector
    • creating a central online induction to welcome and educate all new employees
    • creating more opportunities for ASO1 staff to progress to ASO2, giving new recruits the chance to forge a long term career

Forging our future

We will provide the best possible service to South Australians.

We will live the public sector values.

We will commit to the wellbeing of our people.

We have been:

  • Changing attitudes, changing expectations, changing outcomes, changing futures with Change@SouthAustralia
  • Putting the public sector values in the hearts and minds of each of our people to build a unified, collaborative, innovative workforce
  • Emphasising courage and tenacity in our 90‑day projects, encouraging staff to find the best solutions to complex problems
  • Making sure each of our people puts service at the centre of everything they do
  • Embracing diversity at every level
  • Putting the wellbeing of our workers first to allow them to achieve their potential

Values and behaviours

Our values are the public sector values. They reflect our focus on the ever changing needs of South Australians and the role of Government in helping to grow the State’s prosperity and wellbeing.

The Office for the Public Sector will uphold the public sector values through its decisions, actions and interactions.


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