Policy Essentials Program: 2019

19 September 2019


It was no easy task, but Jeni Liell-Cock from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, along with her Policy Essentials project group, were asked to tackle the driving factors of homelessness.

“Our group was very motivated in achieving a beneficial outcome in relation to our topic, so it made participating in group activities more stimulating and interesting,” Jeni says.

Issues such as homelessness are increasingly affecting WA’s communities and skilled policy practitioners are key in responding to the emerging demands on public sector services and staff.

The Commission’s Policy Essentials program provides participants with the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas and solutions with their peers.

They are encouraged to work together to define issues, analyse stakeholders, and create realistic policy options to take back to their agencies.

The Policy Essentials program was developed in 2016 by a group of passionate alumni of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).

They identified an opportunity to share their knowledge with fellow policy colleagues in the WA public sector. 

These leaders partnered with the Commission to deliver the program and since its inception more than 177 policy practitioners have completed it. Thirty-two practitioners graduated from the program this year.

“It’s heartening to see the intellectual and emotional intelligence of the participants in the latest Policy Essentials program,” says Stuart Clarke, Director Social Housing Policy at the Department of Communities, and Policy Essentials facilitator.

“They took on the ‘high stakes’ challenge of creating policy pitches with a group of fellow participants they’d only just met and delivered quality proposals,” he adds.

From workshops and presentations, to ‘live’ policy issues from sponsor agencies, participants successfully produced research and policy options aligning with the State Government’s Our Priorities.

Jo Maltas, Program Manager at the Commission, was pleased by the calibre of this year’s cohort.

“They have taken every possible opportunity to learn and they exceeded my expectations in the quality of the projects they delivered,” she says.

“It was my absolute pleasure to work with these dedicated and professional public servants and I wish them all the best as they continue their careers.”

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