The Institute of Public Administration Australia is pleased to announce that the 2020 Sam Richardson Award — for the most influential paper published in the Australian Journal of Public Administration in 2019 — has been awarded to Associate Professor Jeannette Taylor from the University of Western Australia.
Associate Professor Taylor’s award-winning paper ‘What causes employees to whistle while they work? Factors affecting internal whistle-blowing in the Australian Public Service’ was published in December 2019, and examines the impact of the nature of corruption, organisational culture, and employees’ work attitudes and actions on internal whistle-blowing in the APS.
Associate Professor Taylor’s paper was assessed by a judging panel that included leading public administration academics, representatives of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA), and young professionals from across the IPAA Divisions.
IPAA National President, Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM, said that Associate Professor Taylor’s paper was original, innovative, topical and well-crafted.
‘It speaks to real life work problems for those in the public sector and is also an excellent, well-grounded paper with good empirical work and strong academic credentials.
The panel members were unanimous in their decision, believing that it makes an important scholarly contribution to theory as well as a practical contribution to public administration’.
Aashna Rampal, an Assistant Policy Officer with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment, was one of the members of the judging panel who assessed six short-listed papers for the Award and made the following observation of its universal value:
‘You don’t need to belong to the Australian Public Service or the public sector to be able to absorb the paper’s content, the data, the discussion and the evidence that’s backing it up.
Wherever you work culture is so important and its focus on culture is readily transferrable.’
It is expected that Associate Professor Taylor’s award-winning paper will have a significant and positive impact on public sector leaders and public servants across Australia.
How can you grow your confidence in the workplace? In this course, you will develop a number of strategies to build your confidence and overcome whatever challenges you may be facing in the workplace and beyond. You will uncover the hidden truth behind perceived confidence and learn how to identify and take action on the areas you need to develop to take your confidence further.
Networking is an effective career development tool that provides access to opportunities that may not be available through other career development methods. Networking is an effective way to keep up to date with industry trends, develop relationships, reveal promising business opportunities, and foster the development of skills and knowledge. Whether you are attending a formal or informal networking event, the following tips can help you maximise the positive benefits associated with networking.
Although it is not always possible to identify who will be in attendance prior to an event, if the opportunity presents itself, it is worthwhile pursuing as promising networking opportunities may reveal themselves. This will assist in creating a networking strategy to inform who you specifically want to connect with. This will help cut through the clutter and make your networking more efficient. By not preparing, you may miss out on potential opportunities if you are unable to identify people of interest during the event. If you do not have the resources to identify who will be in attendance, ask people within your network to see if they have insight.
Waiting for other people to come and talk to you at networking events limits your chance of connecting with new people and being exposed to opportunities. Of course, the idea of going up to strangers to engage in conversation can be quite intimidating. However, it is important to remind yourself that most people who attend networking events are genuinely interested in meeting new people and learning about them. Preparation also makes this easier, as it is more difficult to introduce yourself to someone who you know nothing about than it is with someone you have some basic insight on.
When talking to new people, you are almost guaranteed to be asked some variant of the question “who are you and what do you do?” or the dreaded “tell me about yourself”. When put on the spot, it can be challenging to respond to these prompts in much detail. As such, many people either keep their answers brief and forgo important details or give extended responses that are not succinct. To avoid this, prepare a short ‘elevator pitch’ that includes the basic details of who you are and what you do. Be sure to also include your unique selling point. This may relate to skills you possess that are unique within your industry, your experiences, or any awards/accolades you have earned. Just be sure not to be too static or scripted in your delivery!
Have you ever been stuck in a conversation with someone that has only been interested in talking about themselves? Keeping yourself as the focus of conversations is one of the quickest ways to disengage with people and limit your chances of developing long-lasting relationships. While it is important to talk about yourself so that others can get to know you, it is equally important to ask questions of others so they have the chance to do so as well. Not only will this improve their engagement in the conversation and opinion of you, but it is also an opportunity to learn about them, their experiences, and their knowledge, which may provide worthwhile insight.
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Last week Premier Steven Marshall announced the appointment of Ms Frances Adamson as the next Governor of South Australia.
Ms Adamson has a wealth of experience which will contribute to a bright future for the state and we are particularly proud to note her previous service as the President of IPAA ACT, as well as her status as a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (FIPAA).
A number of both national and IPAA ACT events have featured Ms Adamson’s insights, including:
We encourage you to explore some of above past events to give you insight into the knowledge and value Ms Adamson will bring to the position of Governor. If you would like to learn more about some of IPAA’s other distinguished fellows you can access a full list of National Fellows here.
PwC Australia is expanding its presence in South Australia as they launch a Skilled Service Hub in Adelaide, the hub will create 300 new highly skilled jobs within 18 months. Due to open in July 2021, the hub will initially provide highly skilled delivery capabilities in cybersecurity, cloud and financial audit services.
“The initial focus of the centre is on cyber, cloud and financial audit services and this is a reflection of the high market need due to the skills shortage exacerbated by border closures. We expect to see significant growth over the first 3-5 years of the centre with a blend of experienced technical and managerial staff as well as a strong pipeline of junior staff with relevant technical qualifications,” said Tom Seymour, CEO of PwC Australia.
Jamie Briggs, Managing Partner of PwC Australia’s Adelaide office, said, “The South Australian Government has a strong focus on cybersecurity as an area of economic growth, making Adelaide the new destination for innovation. Its bold yet cool vibe makes it the city Australians want to work in, whether they live in or out of state. It is opening up new and different prospects for resourcing and helping to build Australia’s workforce of the future.
Find out more about PwC Australia’s Skilled Service Hub here.
Grow your understanding and awareness of the Indigenous Community in South Australia. You will build a depth of understanding for the spiritual relationship Indigenous Peoples hold to their land and how you can work empathetically and effectively with these groups. Cultural awareness is vital for all SA public sector employees and this training presents a valuable opportunity to learn from an experienced facilitator with first-hand knowledge.
Neuroleadership draws its name from the idea of applying neuroscience principles to the field of leadership. Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary field that links psychology and neurochemistry to understand the intrinsic links between biological processes occurring in the nervous system to behavior and cognitive function.
As a leader, you will have long puzzled with questions of “Why does my team act the way they do?”, “What is preventing me from being able to get my team on board with X, Y or Z?” or “What can be causing dysfunction in my team?” Neuroleadership sheds light on these kinds of questions, to explain behaviour and, in turn, suggest principles that will help us understand and positively modify the behaviour of ourselves and others.
Neuroleadership in particular lends itself to 4 areas of leadership which include: decision–making and problem–solving, emotional intelligence and regulation, collaboration and communication and leading others through change.
One of the core principles of neuroleadership is linked to the primitive structures of our brain chemistry for pleasure, reward and avoiding threats. This idea highlights that we all innately act in ways that minimise threat and maximise reward.
So, why does understanding these neuroleadership principles make you a better leader? In short, neuroleadership comes into its own at the organisational and team level – where our approach to management becomes more in-tune with the ‘human needs of staff’ to optimise engagement, performance, satisfaction and productivity. The core concept mentioned above flags an essential point of humanisiation for leaders and organisations – in the approach taken to change the way we perceive a stimulus in the environment. This means taking the stimulus which is producing a ‘threat’ response, and prompting us to disengage, and turning it into a ‘reward’ response, which engages us to perform at our best.
To get yourself and your team performing at their best, it’s vital to create an environment that puts your brain into the ‘reward state’ – where we are at our prime to make decisions and judgments, be innovative and be proactive with change. A ‘rewarding’ environment is one that recognises the ‘threats’ present in its culture and workplace. Workplaces that are constantly shifting goals and expectations, have poor communication or where people fear punishment for mistakes, creates a ‘threat state’ in our minds that cause us to disengage – with this presenting as impaired decision–making, poor mental recall and mental capability – to the extent that even routine tasks are impaired.
You can use neuroleadership tools to help shape your team and workplace into a rewarding environment by understanding and managing the neural processes that are leading to behaviours. This is where some expert advice will be essential – most leaders seek coaching and training on the area of neuroleadership to deepen this understanding and gain practical tools that can be deployed in the workplace.
If you want to start implementing neuroleadership principles to improve your own and your team’s performance, we hope to see you at our upcoming ‘Neuroleadership’ intensive half day course. During this course, you will work with an experienced psychologist and walk away with ways you can get the best from your team.
IPAA SA Neuroleadership Course Book, 2021.
The 2021 ‘Premier’s Excellence Awards and Address’ celebrated outstanding achievements within the South Australia Public Sector, this year particularly showcasing the exceptional efforts during the state’s emergency response. During this event the Hon. Steven Marshall also delivered his address to the public sector, sharing more on the state’s COVID-19 recovery and how we can all move forward with purpose.
The event was MCd by Commissioner Erma Ranieri PSM FIPAA who shared her enthusiasm and praise for how our public sector rose to the challenges of recent times.
“My number one task today is to acknowledge and thank the public service in South Australia for the outstanding job they have done with those three – major, very impactful events that have hit our state”
The Hon. Steven Marshall noted some of the extraordinary circumstances that we found ourselves in during late 2019 and 2020, with first the devastating bushfires in both Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills and then a subsequent global pandemic. He shared his pride in the public sector’s response to these challenges, as well as the fact that trust in our government is at an all-time high.
Premier Marshall shared that the exemplary efforts of the sector have enabled our state to move forward economically and socially and that “we now have more people employed and we have more wages paid now than pre Coronavirus”. He also highlighted some of the many examples of the ways in which our sector has moved with greater adaptability and mobility, such as in the delivery of education throughout 2020.
The State’s budget for recovery was also explored during his address, with the Premier sharing his enthusiasm for the largest infrastructure spend in the history of the state – providing a needed boost to jobs and the economy. Affordable housing, school development and investment in innovative projects were other areas that were also highlighted as key in our recovery.
Finally, Premier Marshall shared some of the reforms that had come about as a result of the previous ‘I Work for SA Your Voice Survey’. The results of this survey saw an improved emphasis on nurturing Indigenous leadership in the public sector, as well as increasing the number of indigenous people employed in the sector. With the latest YourVoice survey launching after on Tuesday, 27 April , the Premier encouraged all state government employees to take part and share their opinions.
On behalf of IPAA SA and our Divisional Council we would like to offer our congratulations to the outstanding winners and finalists. The whole of the SA public service has gone above any beyond during these challenging times and we hope that everyone across the sector can take away a sense of pride and accomplishment in what has been acheived.
Recognises an individual or team’s exemplary service to the community of South Australia. Their program, service or initiative has had a far-reaching, positive impact.
Recognises an individual or team’s exemplary service to the community of South Australia in an emergency. Their program, service or initiative has had a far-reaching, positive impact.
Recognises an individual or team’s demonstration of the South Australian public sector values in their service delivery.