Supporting high-quality leadership development and strengthening executive leadership capability

In 2022-23, we established the Organisational Executive Development Group (OEDG). Its purpose is to connect, collaborate and consult across the VPS on topics of leadership development, peer support models, common core learning, career pathways and mobility, strategic workforce planning and diversity, equity and inclusion. The group aims to ensure investment and effort is directed to initiatives that add unique value, deliver greatest impact and achieve scale and efficiency.

We hosted 400 executives at the Navigating the Caretaker Terrain forum. A VPS panel discussed the need for leaders to understand and maintain their obligations in the lead up to and during the state election period. We discussed caretaker conventions, preparing incoming government briefings and engaging with ministers and their offices.

Through our partnership with the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales, we delivered Leading through Challenging Times, an online program designed to support participants build knowledge and skills to use human-centred, agile and adaptive leadership to lead through disruption and challenging times. Since it commenced in 2020, more than 700 executives and people leaders participated in the program.

Promoting a connected and collaborative senior executive service

We convened 900 leaders in cross-departmental development and peer support initiatives. There were opportunities to learn from senior VPS leaders, build networks for collaboration, share challenges and solve problems together, develop strategies to improve wellbeing and self-care, and feel inspired and connected.

We partnered with IPAA Victoria to present the Top 50 Public Sector Women and Leadership in the Public Sector Awards, acknowledging exceptional examples of policy making, people leadership and service delivery.

Through the Commissioner’s conference workplan, we’re partnering with ANZSOG on the public research agenda, working with other jurisdictions to develop a more robust evidence base to inform decision making on the future of hybrid workforces and processes.

Supporting executive mobility and career pathways

More than 200 new VPS executives completed the Executive Induction Program this year, designed to accelerate their transition into public service leadership. The program supports new executives to demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism and integrity, providing critical knowledge to deliver on government priorities.

We partnered with Emergency Management Victoria to prototype an operating model for mobilising the workforce in response to emergencies such as fire, flood and pandemic. Our work on the Jobs Family Architecture is also critical to underpinning our ability to move executives where they are most needed.