Balancing the future: the Australian Public Service gender equality strategy 2016–19

Public service Public sector management Public sector reforms Gender equity Australia
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This strategy focuses on changing culture through leadership, flexibility, and innovation. To do things differently an honest stocktake is required.

The APS workforce must reflect contemporary reality— one in which men, as well as women, have both caring and work responsibilities, and where everyone is given the same opportunities to develop and to lead.

The APS must set the pace for a contemporary Australian workforce. APS leaders at all levels must be accountable for driving progress in their agencies, their divisions, their branches and their teams. The APS will not achieve gender equality until both women and men are seen as capable and credible leaders; until both women and men can work flexibly without risking their career progression; and until outdated assumptions of ‘women’s work’ and ‘men’s work’ are identified and eradicated.

The principle of merit remains central to APS employment. The strategy aims to create an environment in which merit is applied properly and fairly. This will be achieved through reportable targets, the removal of barriers like hidden bias, and adopting work arrangements that balance choice with operational requirements.

This strategy is an opportunity to drive lasting change. It is time for the APS to be a leader once again in gender equality

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