Achieving the Department's Purpose

The purpose of the Department of Employment is to foster a productive and competitive labour market through employment policies and programs that increase workforce participation, and facilitate jobs growth through policies that promote fair, productive, flexible and safe workplaces.

Guiding how the Department achieves its vision and purpose is the Strategic Plan 2017–2020. The Strategic Plan provides the foundations for what we do—delivering high-quality policy and programs; collaborating across the public service and with our stakeholders; looking forward to emerging issues; aspiring to influence thought leaders; and supporting and developing the potential of our people. It sets out at the highest level what is important to us, the work we do, and how we work together.

Under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, the 2016–17 Department of Employment Corporate Plan, which covers the period 2016–2020, is the Department’s primary planning document. The corporate plan sets out clearly what the Department’s purpose is, what it will do to achieve its purpose and how it will know that it has achieved its purpose. The Portfolio Budget Statements complement this information by describing the outcomes the Department intends to achieve with its appropriated funding.

The Department achieves its purpose through two key strategic outcomes.

OUTCOME 1:  Foster a productive and competitive labour market through employment policies and programs that assist
job seekers into work, meet employer needs and increase Australia’s workforce participation.

OUTCOME 2:   Facilitate jobs growth through policies that promote fair, productive and safe workplaces.

Each outcome has associated strategies, performance measures, indicators and targets. Collectively these elements tell the Department’s performance story.