At the same time, working together we have invested actively in our culture, making DPAC a better and more supportive place to work. Becoming accredited as a White Ribbon organisation was a major achievement for this Department. We also embedded our new organisational values and made structural changes to increase and improve our focus on governance and organisational development.
Tasmania hosted its first COAG meeting since 2009 when the nation’s first ministers met in Hobart to discuss important issues like energy security and Australia’s response to terrorism. Our work on national issues also included leading Tasmania’s transition to the full roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, helping establish a Safe Haven Hub for new migrants, and implementing National Identity Proofing Guidelines.
DPAC also played an active role at the local government level. Our team supported a targeted review and amended rating provisions in the Local Government Act 1993, helped councils across the state explore voluntary amalgamations and shared services, and enhanced education and compliance activities while helping to implement a new code of conduct framework for officers and members.
Of course, it was at the State level where our people made their greatest contribution. Some highlights included:
This year also saw a major investment in the Tasmanian State Service. Over the course of the last 12 months we have introduced new, whole of service development programs focused on graduates, managers and leaders. We have also worked closely with our colleagues in the unions to address occupational violence and aggression in the State Service, implemented a whole-of-Service Employee Assistance Program, and launched a new approach to diversity and inclusion in the State Service.
We also improved our service delivery to and for the State Service. This included major work on Networking Tasmania III, developing a whole-of-service Information Management Policy framework, expanding the Service Tasmania Contact Centre and introducing new Service Tasmania services.
Every year brings its own challenges. I’m proud to say the people in this Department, once again, stood up to them and excelled, and you’ll find many more examples of the great work they’ve done for Tasmanians throughout this Annual Report.
As a closing note, I want to take the unusual step this year of picking out a single individual to acknowledge the incredible service and dedication they gave this Department and the Tasmanian community as one of the public sector’s greatest servants. Rebekah Burton was a Deputy Secretary for many years in DPAC and though she left the workplace last year her mark is indelible and we will always remember her maxim – happy in the Service.
Department of Premier and Cabinet.
The majority of DPAC employees are female with numbers remaining stable over the past two years.
Part-time employment is slowly increasing, with a third of the DPAC workforce employed on a part-time basis. A majority of these employees are women.