Evaluating Regulatory Systems MicroCert available

The APS Academy has partnered with the University of Melbourne to design an innovative approach to public sector capability development.  This post-graduate micro-credential, co-designed with practitioners from across government, is highly relevant and fit-for-purpose to build the capability of public sector regulatory staff.


Over 6 weeks, participants in this online course will:

  • Enhance understanding of government regulatory systems
  • Gain essential skills to evaluate regulatory processes
  • Develop solutions for complex regulatory problems
  • Enhance understanding of the role of regulators as stewards
  • Critically analyse regulatory systems to support agencies’ and individuals’ make decisions in the public interest.


If you have regulatory practitioners in your agencies who wants to improve skills in public sector regulatory practice, then this is for them. Staff from diverse backgrounds of educational or disciplinary fields will together learn more about key concepts, frameworks, and skills required of regulators.


The Evaluating Regulatory Systems MicroCert provides:

  • access to industry focused learning and development opportunities
  • credit towards postgraduate degrees and unlock pathways to further studies
  • improved capability with an industry recognised digital certificate
  • knowledge of regulatory decision making.


The course costs $1,990 (incl. GST) with the next intake commencing on 12 June 2023. Once successfully completed, an Evaluating Regulatory Systems MicroCert be awarded. This digital certificate will warrant the achievement of knowledge, skills and capabilities outlined in the learning outcomes.


Register interest before Sunday 11 June 2023.

Reward and Recognition Framework- request

The Australian Sports Commission is reviewing their reward and recognition framework and would like to see what other APS agencies have. If you can share please contact Ellie Holst at ellie.holst@ausport.gov.au or on T:  +61 2 6214 1026.



Small agency turnover- benchmarking – anyone measuring this?

I am doing some benchmarking on small agency turnover for us in comparison to other like sized agencies (100-250 employees) I was wondering if any other agencies have gathered this information more recently than June 2022 that would be willing to share with me?

Kristy-Leigh Anderson

Assistant Director | Human Resources

Productivity Commission

p. +61262403285 | kristy-leigh.anderson@pc.gov.au

Request for Performance Framework Policy/Guidance and Templates

IGT are currently reviewing the performance management framework in our agency in alignment with Performance Management in the APS.docx (live.com) – particularly focused on how to align with the below excerpts.

Excerpts from Performance Management in the APS.docx (live.com)

Employees and supervisors are responsible for designing tailored performance agreements that include expected behaviours, goals, and deliverables, and which also allow for aspirational targets without instilling a fear of punishment or penalty if an employee fails to meet these.

Keen to hear from agencies and, if possible, receive:

  • Performance framework policy/guidance from agencies.
  • Performance framework templates – eg performance agreement template and/or performance appraisal template.


Many thanks.


Request to share Policies

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority would like to hear from agencies able to share their policies, procedures or frameworks for the following strategies:

  • Operational workforce strategy
  • Mobility framework for staff and SES (including the actual process of implementation)
  • Procedure on intake of University PhD and Post Grad students
  • Reward and recognition program
  • Internal development program – pathway to retention and development

The MDBA is very happy to share back with the SAF community once finalised and implemented.

Thank you


Christie Bibo

Assistant Director, People and Culture
Business Services Portfolio

Murray–Darling Basin Authority
Canberra | Ngunnawal Country

Phone: 02 6279 0113
Email: christie.bibo@mdba.gov.au

recognition framework / policy / programs

Hi everyone

At the Australian Electoral Commission, we’re about to commence a review of our Recognition framework to ensure it includes contemporary initiatives and approaches.

If you’re interested in discussing this topic, particularly approaches that have had a positive impact on the workforce, or not…, please feel free to email me at wftalentmgmt@aec.gov.au.

Just as an FYI, I recently arranged a group discussion via Teams about Exit Surveys. It was well attended by our APS colleagues with valuable insights shared.

If there’s sufficient interest resulting from this post, I’d be happy to arrange a group discussion on Recognition via Teams as well.

Thanks, and look forward to hearing from you!



talent and succession mANAGEMENT

We would like to hear from other agency’s who have a current Talent and Succession Management approach that they use, and are keen to understand what does it look like in practice. Anything that has been rolled out utilising the APSC’s talent management guide and toolkit would be great.


Kelly Cording

Manager People Capability

Performance Rating Scales

We’re currently looking into reviewing our performance framework and I’m doing some high level research to see what performance rating scales other agencies are using.

I was wondering if agencies had any information/policies that they could share?

Kind regards,


Gabriel Fattal | Senior HR Advisor

People & Culture Section (Performance & Wellbeing) | People & Property Branch

Australian Electoral Commission


Request for People Strategy

Australian Sports Commission are keen to hear from agencies who have a People Strategy in place and addressing some of the challenges of the new COVID environment.

Please respond to martina.woodford@ausport.gov.au

Many thanks,

Martina Woodford
Workforce Engagement & Development




Performance & Development Plan Discussions

The Australian War Memorial are interested to know what other agencies do to ensure performance plan/achievement and development plan discussions are held regularly and online forms are up to date.

Kind regards Janette

Janette Keynes

Acting HHR | Corporate Services

janette.keynes@awm.gov.au | t 02 62434295| m 0428537535