International perspectives on the workforce for the future

Peter Scherer from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will be presenting this breakfast address for the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) on May 6 at the Burswood Convention Centre. Australian public sector directors and managers are increasingly being expected to undertake workforce planning, and the address will deal with some of the challenges involved, including: • how to satisfy greater demand for the services provided by the public sector, as the general standard of living rises, without requiring a larger workforce; • incentives that the public sector can offer to attract and retain quality staff; • the lack of performance measures appropriate to the personal service element of public sector jobs; and • how to minimise the negative consequences of the inevitable exodus of ‘baby boomers’ from the public sector workforce. These will be discussed with reference to how other countries are addressing these challenges, and the possible implications for Australia. Mr Scherer is currently counsellor to the director of the Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate at the OECD, and was previously head of the social policy division. Tickets for the breakfast range from $55 (students or IPAA Young Professionals members) to $85 (non-members) and can be obtained by calling IPAA on 9221 1177.

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