A central network of learning for the Australian Public Service.
The APS Academy is a networked hub of learning and development excellence for the Australian Public Service.
Working with APS and industry partners, the Academy delivers APS Craft capability development to equip people and teams with the skills, tools and knowledge to shape and deliver excellent outcomes for Government and the Australian community.
That the Australian Community and Government are served by a highly capable and future-ready APS workforce, always learning and adapting to deliver excellent outcomes.
To foster an APS-wide culture of learning that builds core public sector capabilities and drives high performance.
The APS Academy works in collaboration with APS agencies and industry. It seeks guidance from the Secretaries Board in terms of APS capability priorities and is governed by the APS Learning Board, which has been established to coordinate learning and development priorities, roles and efficiencies across the APS.
The 2019 Independent Review of the APS suggested that ‘[there] is little guidance of what is essential or core to being a great public servant’.
Recommendation number 20 of the APS Reform Agenda ‘Delivering for Australians’ proposes the development of an APS Learning and Development Strategy to deepen capability and expertise, of which a role for an APS Academy is now identified.
The subsequent review into existing central Commission led learning offerings (Review of the Centre for Leadership and Learning) identified the need to:
- Improve collaboration and engagement by the APSC with agencies on L&D directions and initiatives
- Strengthen partnerships and engage with agencies
- Develop and deliver initiatives to ensure a pro-integrity culture
- Lead the development of public service craft capabilities
- Support Professional Streams to implement specific development
- Expand evaluation support for agencies to assess the impact of learning initiatives.
In February 2021, Assistant Minister Morton announced that an APS Academy would be established to take a one-APS approach to learning and development, with a focus on leadership, integrity and core APS Craft capabilities. Established in July 2021, the APS Academy is a division of the Australian Public Service Commission.