Chapter 9: Human Resource Management

The Department of Finance and Administration (Finance) has a comprehensive human resources (HR) policy framework which supports the delivery of the department's outcomes. Finance's ability to attract, develop and retain talented, high-performing staff is essential to ensuring that the department has the skills and expertise required to achieve government objectives. To help meet the challenges and growing responsibilities in the face of a tight labour market and growing competition for skills, the department has developed additional strategies to attract staff from the wider Australian community, focussing on career development, job satisfaction, attractive and flexible working conditions and promotion of a healthy work-life balance.

During 2005-06 the department increased its focus on strategic HR issues, including workforce planning and learning and development. Finance also introduced a number of new initiatives, including a Career Starters' Programme, a trial Mobility Programme, enhanced leadership training and a new parental leave policy to provide staff with additional career development and learning opportunities and to help ensure that the department's employment conditions remain competitive with the marketplace and support staff to achieve an appropriate work-life balance.

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