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The APS needs empowered and accountable leaders to set the tone and direction for the future. We must support diversity, enhance leadership, and build core skills for all staff to strengthen the professionalism of the APS. We will build leadership for the future by managing Senior Executive Service (SES) succession planning, career pathways, diversity, mobility, talent identification and recruitment.

We will work with secretaries and agency heads to shape an APS workforce that is future ready.

We will support best practice in leadership, including through whole-of-APS talent management for the SES. We will look for ways to tailor common solutions so they are fit-for-purpose in developing our leaders of the future. We will remain clearly focused on developing leadership that reflects the diversity and talent of the Australian community.

To ensure our success into the future we will contribute expertise, contemporary thinking and whole-of-APS insights to shape the agenda for the future. We will focus on priority activities over the period of this plan including supporting SES capability by building leadership and supporting the systematic development of future leaders.

Performance measure

Area of focus


Targets for 2019–20

Strengthen leadership in the APS

Leadership development

Strengthen leadership and core capabilities by providing contemporary learning solutions


Evaluation data from leadership development initiatives indicates a positive shift in capability

Talent management

Feedback from Talent Councils indicates they are supported to operate effectively



Last reviewed: 
21 August 2019