- Best and brightest public servants to be given opportunity to upskill
- All appointments to be merit and performance based
- Gender and diversity targets to be set for senior levels
- Exchange and secondment program to be implemented with private sector
- No forced redundancies with Public Service to be more focused on outcomes
A Tim Nicholls-led Liberal National Government would implement a comprehensive plan to improve engagement and service delivery for the Queensland public service as part of our plan to Build a Better Queensland.
Mr Nicholls today launched the LNP’s plan to empower public servants with the training, skills and leadership to deliver better outcomes for Queenslanders.
“We need to get better bang for buck for Queensland’s public service. We believe the best way of doing that is to improve engagement and service delivery,” Mr Nicholls said.
“An engaged workforce is a highly productive workforce that obtains the best results but, as shown in the Working for Queensland survey, less than half of employees believe the organisation is well managed.
“We believe the best way to engage public service employees is to better equip our leaders and to provide employees with the skills and opportunities they need to advance their careers. A more engaged, inclusive and diverse workforce leads to better decision making and higher levels of productivity and performance.”
Mr Nicholls also categorically ruled out any forced redundancies and said the public service would be held more accountable to deliver outcomes under a future LNP Government.
“The LNP is focused on streamlining processes and ensuring public servants spend less time dealing with bureaucratic red tape and can spend more time delivering outcomes for Queenslanders,” he said.
A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will deliver a more flexible and engaging public service to deliver better outcomes for Queenslanders by:
- Establishing a Leaders of Tomorrow program;
- Creating a 10-year target to increase the proportion of women in senior leadership roles to 50 per cent and double the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in senior leadership roles;
- Engaging an advisory committee, including non-government representatives, to investigate and look at ways of increasing representation for other equal opportunity groups, including people with a disability and people from non-English speaking backgrounds;
- Signing formal agreements with private sector, non-government and other public sector agencies to allow for more secondment and exchange programs.
LNP Deputy Leader Deb Frecklington said all appointments and future opportunities offered under the Public Service of Excellence program would be subject to a merit-based selection process.
“Every year a select number of high-potential leaders in the Queensland public service will be given the opportunity to build their skill set through the Leaders of Tomorrow program,” Ms Frecklington said.
“The program will offer a number of development options tailored to the individuals in the program.
“Opportunities include education activities, coaching, mentoring, networking opportunities, secondments and other on-the-job exposure.”
Mr Nicholls said committing to a gender target made economic sense.
“Women occupy fewer than 36 per cent of senior executive positions in the Queensland public service1, despite making up two-thirds of the total public service,” he said.
“A growing body of research shows that organisations with greater gender equality perform better, that more women in leadership roles are associated with better performance and that gender equality promotes an environment where innovation can flourish.
“Economic modelling undertaken by Deloitte Access Economics shows that gender equality on boards would improve the productivity of the Queensland economy by $87 million (Deloitte Access Economics Queensland Business Outlook December 2016).
“If we are to have a better-performing and more engaged public service it’s critical we seek to close the gender gap in management positions.”
Mr Nicholls said a diversity target was necessary to properly set about a culture of change in the Queensland public service.
Ref 1: September quarter 2016 Workforce Statistics