Leading Victoria, from crisis to recovery | Chris Eccles AO

by Jun 5, 2020Feature

Chris Eccles AO

Chris Eccles AO, Secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM

Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM, IPAA National President.

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the ability of Australian governments to respond effectively in a rapid, coordinated, and collaborative way.

In Victoria, the public service moved quickly: an incident management team was formed within the Health Department in late January, and by the first week in March an Emergency State Control Centre had been activated and a pandemic plan released. On March 15, the National Cabinet formed and met, and the following day a state of emergency was declared in Victoria. From that moment the Victorian Public Service (VPS) has been sprinting — the impact on service delivery was immediate, wholesale, and profound.

In this special episode of WORK WITH PURPOSE — A NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE, IPAA’s National President Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM, sits down with the Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Chris Eccles AO, to discuss:

  • How the pandemic emerged and the impact on service delivery.
  • The VPS adapting its engagement through a deep understanding of client experience.
  • Victoria’s data-driven response.
  • New missions leading to moral purpose and enabling ‘crash through’ of conventional portfolio structures.
  • Benefits and challenges of having 80% of staff working from home.
  • A heightened level of collaboration between ministerial offices and the public service.

WORK WITH PURPOSE is produced in partnership between contentgroup and IPAA ACT, with the support of the Australian Public Service Commission.

The podcast can be accessed from the link below and is also available on Spotify, SoundCloud and iTunes.

A full transcript of the podcast can be accessed here.

Work with Purpose
A National Perspective

Leading Victoria - From Crisis to Recovery - with Chris Eccles AO