Annual Report 2007-2008 Department of Business Economic and Regional Development
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Annual Report 2007-08 62 The Department conducts an annual EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) census day, and currently has six self identified Indigenous employees, representing 4.6 per cent of the Departments FTE. Strategic Human Resource Management During the reporting period the Strategic Human Resources Framework was implemented in Partnership with the EAC. The framework has developed strategies which focus on: Acquiring the desired workforce Engaging the work force Developing high performance teams Creating a learning organisation Facilitating cultural change Engaging the community and stakeholders. A Staff Sensing exercise was conducted in October 2007. This was facilitated through an external consultant and the training of in-house facilitators. The exercise identified areas of employee satisfaction and issues for consideration. The majority of the areas identified as requiring further attention will be addressed through the Strategic Human Resource Framework strategies. Learning and Professional Development The Department recognises the need to develop workforce capability and spent a total of $166 946.64 on training and development of its employees during the reporting period, representing an average of $1232.07 per employee. In addition, as a result of information gained through the Staff Sensing exercise, extensive in-house training and development has occurred, including on the job skills development through both training and higher duties opportunities; and in-house workshops, seminars and information sharing sessions. The Department has also put a strong emphasis on leadership training and supported three employees to attend the Public Sector Management Program, and a further three employees to undertake the Company Directors Program delivered by the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Through its Studies Assistance Program the Department has also supported 14 employees to gain qualifications from Certificate IV level through to Doctorates. Work-life Balance The Department supports flexible work place arrangements and has 10 employees in part-time work arrangements, including job share. The Department also supports a range of flexible work arrangements to support a return from maternity leave, study and family commitments, and offers working from home options. Business units also offer flexible hours to cater for field trips where work related travel and activities are undertaken on weekends or public holidays. In addition business units offer Time Off in Lieu (TOIL) options to assist employees in peak workload periods. Workforce Development Initiatives The Department remains committed to the apprenticeship program, with a focus on youth and Indigenous support within the regions. The agency has three apprentices currently engaged within the agency. Two business/administration apprentices graduated in February 2008, with a further trainee due to graduate in August 2008. O ur P eo pl e