Our organisational capability is the combination of our people, culture, governance principles, processes, systems and knowledge. By having strong capability, we ensure we can deliver on priorities for the Australian Government and the community.
In November 2016, the Department launched the Organisational Capability Vision as an initiative following the Australian Public Service Commission capability review. The Organisational Capability Vision commits the Department to an ongoing process of aligning and refining our capabilities with a focus on four priority areas.
Our capability is an important part of delivering on our Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan illustrates how the Department will deliver, how we will work together and how we build our own departmental culture. The Organisational Capability Vision describes how we are positioning ourselves to grow our capability and extend our thinking established by the Strategic Plan. We need to grow and develop our capabilities to ensure we continue delivering to a high standard in the future.
Machinery of government changes
In December 2013, following the abolition of the Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations, the Department of Employment established a shared services centre in partnership with the Department of Education and Training, as a joint operation to provide shared corporate services for both departments. In doing this, the departments were able to share the capacity of over 600 employees and avoid the extra costs of establishing full corporate functions in both departments.
In September 2016, the Government decided to transfer some shared services functions from the Departments of Employment and Education and Training to the Finance portfolio, with the remaining functions to be arranged between the partner departments.
Working collaboratively with these agencies, the Department of Employment effectively managed the large and complex Machinery of Government change that involved transferring functions and employees from the shared services centre to the Department of Employment, the Department of Education and Training or the Department of Finance with minimal staff and system disruption.
Core transactional services—including accounts payable, accounts receivable, credit card management, and some elements of travel management and payroll—are now provided by the Service Delivery Office within the Department of Finance. The majority of the remaining shared services centre functions, primarily ICT, have moved to the Department of Employment, with the exception of library and theatre services, which will be provided by the Department of Education and Training, simplifying governance arrangements and ensuring more efficient and effective service delivery.
As a result of the machinery of government changes and the movement of corporate services to the Department, the Secretary made the decision to create the Technology Services Group and combine all corporate functions under a single corporate business group—the Corporate Cluster.