MasterCraft Series - Samoan Public Service Commission partnership

A Pacific Workforce Planning Journey: discussions between Samoa and Australia

There’s no better day than Valentine’s day to hear about the collaboration between the Australian and Samoan Public Service Commissions. 

This session will discuss how the cooperation between Samoa and Australia is supporting Samoa develop the workforce component to their whole-of-country strategy. Secretary Kolone Tikeri will share his experiences partnering with the APS Centre of Excellence for Workforce Planning building the capacity of the Samoan Public Service Commission to undertake best-practice data-led and evidence-informed workforce planning. Samoa is still on a journey and looks forward to having a conversation with Australian public servants about their experiences.

Secretary Tikeri will be joined by Nicole Lisle, Program Lead for Pacific Workforce Planning Capability, at the APSC who will facilitate the discussion.

There will be time at the end for a discussion and Q&A with representatives from the Samoan Public Service Commission and the Australian Public Service Commission.



Kolone Tikeri

Kolone Tikeri, Secretary of the Samoa Public Service Commission 

Kolone was appointed Secretary of the Samoa Public Service Commission in May 2023. Kolone is an experienced Administrative and HR professional with a demonstrated history of working in governance administration and sustainable development. Skilled in HR polices, systems and processes, Workforce Planning, Administration, Employee Relations, Capacity Building and Management. Kolone previously served as an Administrative Specialist for the United Nations Environment Programme – Subregional Office for the Pacific from 2018 to 2023. Kolone started his career at the Office of the Samoa Public Service Commission as an HR Analyst in 2005. In 2008 he was appointed on promotion as a Principal Administration and HR Officer for the Samoa Ministry of Women Community and Social Development. In 2009 he was appointed as a Human Resource Advisor for the Samoa Water Authority and later as the Manager for the Authority’s Corporate Services Division in 2012. Kolone also served as the Secretary for the Samoa Water Authority Board of Directors. 

Kolone holds a Master in Public Administration from the University of Newcastle Australia and is a member for the Samoa HR Institute.  



Nicole Lisle

Nicole Lisle, Assistant Director and Program Lead for Pacific Workforce Planning Capability of the Australian Public Service Centre of Excellence

Nicole Lisle is an experienced strategic workforce planner. Nicole is responsible for the research, development and delivery of workforce planning and strategic workforce development capability uplift programs and advisory services, tools and resources to international partners, with a focus on the Pacific. Nicole is an experienced strategic Human Resources (HR) practitioner with over 12 years’ experience across the Australian Public Service, private and not-for-profit sectors. Nicole holds undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Commerce (Accounting) and is a certified HR Practitioner obtaining Australian HR Institute Certification with high distinction. She is actively developing the next generation of strategic HR practitioners through her involvement as a coach and mentor for HR talent across the APS.

Participant benefits

  • Obtain an Australian and Pacific perspective on cross-cutting workforce management issues facing public sectors in the Pacific.
  • Understand how the APS can partner with their counterparts in pacific public sector agencies to learn from each other and build cooperative partnerships.
  • Enhance your understanding of linkages between Samoa and Australian and how they are building public sector capability at their respective Public Service Commissions. 

Suitable for

All staff.

Category and User level

This learning experience aligns with the HR Profession at the Foundation level.


Free of charge.

How to register - Additional Information

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2-hour face-to-screen session. 9:30AM - 11:30AM (AEDT)
Event type
Australia wide
100 seats