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Attracting talented people

OneTMR Graduate Program

The department onboarded 25 new graduates in 2020, bringing the graduate program total to 54 across 22 disciplines. Each graduate undertakes between two and four rotations across the two year program.

The initial applicant pool for the 2020 intake was 4291. Accordingly, the department’s recruitment and selection processes were designed to select a group of diverse high calibre graduates for roles in both South East and regional Queensland. This has resulted in a 25 per cent increase in female graduates, an outstanding achievement in a typically male-dominated workforce. There has also been an increase in the number of graduates identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (11.53 per cent) and 3.84 per cent living with a disability.

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OneTMR Induction Program

The department’s Induction Program delivers five online learning modules over a six month period. The program is designed to connect new employees to the department’s corporate values. More than 300 new employees have successfully completed the online induction course.

The Big Event

A total of 140 employees attended two sessions of the Big Event held in Cairns and Brisbane in the 2019–20 financial year. Feedback from program evaluations indicated that new inductees highly value meeting and interacting with the Senior Leadership Team. At the Cairns Big Event, held in September 2019, the induction team piloted a new delivery format. This saw increased opportunities for new inductees to interact with senior leaders, with a strengthened focus on the Public Sector corporate values. The new format was then rolled out for the November 2019 event and was well received by the new employees. The Values and Culture Network continue to support the delivery of the Big Event through their culture advocate roles. 229 new employees across the state participated in the Big Event via the livestream service.

Leadership development

Personal and professional growth of departmental employees continued through leadership development initiatives across all levels of the organisation. A range of corporate programs and initiatives were delivered which focused on developing agile, dynamic and flexible leaders who are available to team leaders, program leaders and executives. Key programs include: Emerging Leaders Program; Public Sector Management Program; and a blended learning program for middle management, Passport 2 Leadership (P2L).

The department also piloted the Public Service Commission's new leadership assessment tool, LEAD4QLD, which aims to assess individual leaders' capability strengths and opportunity areas. The LEAD4QLD pilot had 371 registrations of which over two thirds of participants completed the process. The department will use insights gathered through LEAD4QLD data to develop targeted development initiatives aimed at uplifting leadership capability. 

The P2L program continues to be very successful, with another cohort of 60 participants commencing in February 2020. Over 268 middle managers have participated in this program since its inception. The program provides targeted development through a blended learning approach, both modular and interactive, and utilises the Public Service Commission’s People Matters program as core content.

Leadership development continues through utilising the department’s Seven Learning Options. This includes formal training, coaching, mentoring, job shadowing, networking, individual research, and on-the-job learning opportunities such as special projects and relieving in more senior roles. 

OneTMR Mentoring Program

The OneTMR Mentoring Program is now in its seventh year and is designed to assist employees to access guidance and support from experienced peers across the department. It continues to drive the creation of new networks and collaborative partnerships, breaking down workplace barriers to make OneTMR a reality. The 2020 mentoring program runs from August to December, with virtual workshops planned for early August and mid-program webinars in October, followed by an end of program event in December. There are 38 matched pairs for the 2020 mentoring program.