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In July 2020, the Commissioner initiated a review to consider the future role of the Centre for Leadership and Learning (CLL) in supporting learning and development initiatives across the Australian Public Service (APS).  

The outcomes of the review build on the success of the Centre for Leadership and Learning to position the APS for the future through building capability.

The Review recommended the APSC introduce a new operating model to support One-APS capability development, through the establishment of an APS Academy. The Secretaries Board accepted this recommendation to stand up an APS Academy, commencing operations in mid-2021.

On 3 February 2021, the Assistant Minister to the Minister for the Public Service, the Hon Ben Morton MP, announced that the new APS Academy will be headquartered as a tenant in Old Parliament House.

Assistant Minister Morton stating:

“The rich history of Old Parliament House, in the 120-year history of the federal government and public service, is an excellent location to build the capability of today’s public servants and inspire future leaders.”

The Assistant Minister set out further detail on the APS Academy at the State of the Service event in Canberra, on 19 February 2021, where he explained that the Academy would focus on lifting core APS skills in the areas that are unique to the APS craft:

  • Leadership that inspires a sense of purpose and drives high performance
  • Continuing to promote a pro-integrity culture
  • Good governance through the provision of rigorous advice to Ministers 
  • Brokering policy design and development across government
  • Ensuring effective delivery and implementation of Government decisions
  • And constructive engagement with businesses, communities and citizens.

Development approaches for each these capabilities are being designed and delivered in partnership with agencies that have identified strengths in each area, and with APS centres of excellence.  

For further information, please contact academyimplementation [at] apsc.gov.au.

Last reviewed: 
5 March 2021