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Monday, 9 February 2015
Page: 265

Strategic Centre for Leadership, Learning and Development

(Question No. 540)

Mr Conroy asked the Minister for Trade and Investment, in writing, on 21 October:

In respect of the Strategic Centre for Leadership, Learning and Development, can he provide the details (a) for contract CN2564751 for a Memorandum of Understanding, (b) on the use for the Centre, including the specific need for the Centre, and (c) on the $93,200 contract for the Centre.

Mr Robb: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) Austender notice CN2564751 reported on the Memorandum of Understanding between Austrade and the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) in relation to funding for the Strategic Centre for Leadership, Learning and Development and a review of the Workplace Relations Framework.

The Memorandum of Understanding was dated 18 August 2011 and provides funding for the APSC to undertake a body of fee-for-service activities on behalf of the Australian Public Service (APS) during the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2016.

Under the funding model outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding, each APS agency employing more than 200 staff contributes funding to the APSC for this set of activities.

The arrangement was supported by the Secretaries Board and aims to realise benefits for the APS by taking a more strategic, service-wide collaborative approach to enable agencies to secure economies of scale or efficiencies in relation to the services activities detailed in the Memorandum of Understanding.(

(b) Under the Memorandum of Understanding, services to be provided by the APSC include:

Leadership, learning and development and talent management

developing and refreshing the APS leadership development strategy

contemporary leadership development program/intervention design principles (for cross-APS leadership and core skills programs)

management of a high potential development system for intensive development of high potential leaders

quality assurance of program/development providers

central brokerage and procurement and brokering of programs/interventions where it is identified that there are clear value for money or consistency benefits (for the APS)

evaluation of leadership development strategy and leadership development programs/interventions.

thought leadership and support and advice for agencies.

Workplace relations reviews including reviews of APS classification and work level standards

advice to agencies on the scope for improving APS classification structures

developing an endorsed set of APS-wide Work Level Standards and additional implementation guidance

management of the collection and analysis of remuneration data to inform policy development

advice to Government on remuneration policy options before the next bargaining round (now the current round)

advice on the links between performance and pay advancement.

(c) The amount in Contract CN2564751 is the estimated amount, not what has actually been paid to date.

The $93,200 contract value reported for the five year period was calculated based on the contributions for an agency with 500-999 employees.

Austrade has paid $71,400 to date, excluding GST.