A couple of key themes emerged concerning the Victoria state election for the Victorian Public Service throughout an IPAA Victoria session on Friday: psychological well being, new alternatives, and the significance of housekeeping post-election.
In “The First 100 Days: What to Expect of an Incoming Government” session hosted the day earlier than the Victorian state election, the panel was made up of Victoria Police’s Susan Middleditch, public sector chief Elizabeth Langdon, and the Department of Health’s Kym Arthur. The panel was moderated by John Merritt.
In the approaching weeks, with the return of the Andrews authorities, ministry allocation, and equipment of presidency modifications, the panel emphasised the significance of psychological well being within the midst of the anticipated heavy workload.
For Middleditch, a part of dealing with the pressures of the job is about taking perspective, saying she was “not irreplaceable”.
“Victoria Police survived for 160 years earlier than I obtained there, and it’s going to survive for 160 years and extra after I depart,” Middleditch mentioned.
“Therefore, planning for my very own breaks but in addition planning for breaks for my staff is critically essential.”
The challenges this era of change would carry, nevertheless, mustn’t undermine the alternatives it presents public servants to be taught a brand new talent set.
The panel mirrored the disruptive nature of the equipment of presidency permits public servants to check out areas and roles they might in any other case not have the chance to do.
“There might be some actually fabulous outcomes by means of the senior authorities modifications,” Langdon mentioned.
Langdon strongly really useful the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance guide to the equipment of presidency modifications for additional perception.
Arthur added it was a chance to inform a narrative and construct belief.
Something typically ignored within the preparation of incoming authorities briefs for a change of presidency was housekeeping and workplace logistics.
Middleditch advised an anecdote the place, in Queensland, a minister had come into the workplace and requested firstly for an govt assistant to be employed after which for a pc to be arrange.
Langdon agreed, reminding the viewers workplace logistics ought not to be ignored.
“There is probably not stationary, there is probably not milk within the fridge… Things may need modified for VPS however these are a really large focus.”
Langdon added thought ought to go as nicely to those that discovered themselves in new roles post-election.