29 June 2010
Committee B (Bartlett) - Part 2
David Bartlett MP, Premier;
Minister for Innovation, Science and Technology
of Premier and Cabinet
Burton, Deputy Secretary
Mills, Deputy Director,
Wright, Manager, Finance
Bullard, Director Policy
Healey, Manager Office of
Security and Emergency Management
Gray, Director, Social
Ogle, Director Public
Sector Management Office
Tasmanian Together Progress Board
Peroni, General Manager,
Baker, Acting Director,
Knevett, Director, Office
of the Government
State Service employment and management
and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)
BARTLETT - Both of them,
I think, are ones that will prove valuable to the Government and I
suspect that they will be invested in for years to come.
Essentially ANZSOG, which is the Australia and New Zealand School of
Government, offers a range of senior executive development programs
and fellowships, including the Executive Fellows Program and the
Executive Master of Public Administration program. By being a
partner in the consortium Tasmanian public sector senior
executives are provided with the opportunities to enhance their
public administration policy and management skills. The
graduate program for people with disabilities, which I am sure
everyone would support, has an annual allocation of $59 000,
as an election commitment from us, to implement a graduate program
for people with disabilities. The focus will be on using these
funds to develop a program that is sustainable, promotes employment
in the Tasmanian State sector and ensures that opportunities occur.
- How will the relevant persons be able to access, in particular
those two, programs? How will this initiative be put out to the
public or to the people who are eligible?
OGLE - It is a
matter of circulation of the different programs across agencies.
The heads of each of those agencies will identify and recommend
people who fit the criteria, basically around executive leadership.
Members proposed a selection assessment committee chaired by
the secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and it is our
intention to put two heads of agencies on that committee to select
people across government. It is an objective process to
identify talent and put them through very high-quality leadership
development - through the Executive Masters, that is a two-year
program, the Executive Fellows is a three-week program, Towards
Strategic Leadership is two five-day programs which are very credible
programs in executive leadership.
- Are these qualifications recognised across the nation?
OGLE - They are not
in the sense of a degree qualification but in the sense that ANZSOC
is very highly regarded and every State contributes to ANZSOC
programs. They have a very high credibility in terms of their
content. The sort of speakers and lecturers at those programs
are world-renowned leaders. ANZSOG is headed by university
professors and that sort of person. It is a pretty high-powered
sort of program.
- In relation to the graduate program for people with disabilities,
are those people already within the system or are we looking at new
BARTLETT - They are
new people to come into the system.
- How do they get that information? Do they just apply for a
job and are identified?
OGLE - To be honest,
we have not worked out how we are going to best utilise -
BARTLETT - This money is
to develop the program.
- Okay, so that will be worked with the $59 000 that will be
used to develop the program.
OGLE - We will be
working with the stakeholders who work with those people to best work
out how to both encourage agencies to attract those people and also
to work with those different organisations who are quite frankly
better-equipped to know how to go about this sort of process than we
BARTLETT - I understand
that Mat Healey, who is our famine, pestilence and plague man, is
already doing the Master of Public Administration through ANZSOG.
- The very busy Mat Healey.
BARTLETT - He has two
young children as well, I don't know how he does it.
FINCH - Could I ask for
some detail, please, Premier? Is the $59 000
per annum the total amount in the program or is that what goes
to the person who takes on this?
BARTLETT - No, no, it is
not. That money is for program development and administration
as is my understanding, not for salaries of people who would be
employed under the program. We are hoping to employ many people
under the program.
FINCH - What is the
separation of the allocation here in respect of the budget of
$3 million, is half of that going into that program?
BARTLETT - No, $59 000
only. People who are employed under this program might be
employed in the Department of Health or Department of Education or
the Department of Premier and Cabinet, who will pay their salaries.
FINCH - Already?
BARTLETT - No, we will
recruit them, and their salaries would be paid by those departments.
FINCH - Right, okay.
Thanks very much.