The Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) has launched new Professional Capability Standards along with the IPAA ACT 2014 Events Program.
President of IPAA ACT, Glenys Beauchamp said the Professional Capability Standards in procurement and policy defined the technical skills and knowledge expected of public sector workers as professionals in those roles.
“IPAA ACT ‘s research identified that professional standards could make a significant contribution to improving public sector performance, while helping to enhance the careers of those who aim to work at a professional level within the public sector,” Ms Beauchamp said.
She said the development of these standards had been driven by Alison Turner and a steering committee comprised of public sector practitioners, representatives of peak bodies and leading academics.
“The work being completed in this area on behalf of IPAA is unique. Already the standards are being used to support recruitment, career planning and define appropriate educational curricula for professionals in these roles,” Ms Beauchamp said.
“These standards will support public administrators as they seek to develop Public Servants that can manage the future challenges and opportunities that are front-and-centre for the APS.”
She said that previously Public Servants working in procurement and policy development roles have been considered generalists.
“The implementation of these capability standards recognises there is high level of skills and knowledge need to perform at a professional level in these roles. Supporting their development and helping Public Servants gain professional qualifications is another step in the continuing improvement of public administration in Australia,” Ms Beauchamp said.
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