Inter Agency Mentoring Program Evolves to Support Public Sector Reform Recommendation

Department of Finance

Following eleven successful years running the Inter Agency Mentoring Program on the behalf of seven agencies, the Department of Finance has this year added a Communications Stream to the initiative.  The addition of the Communications Stream is in response to the Service Priority Review’s and the CEO Working Group on Public Sector Efficiency’s recommendation to ‘establish system-wide leadership to drive performance across common functions’, supporting employee capability and a ‘one sector’ culture across government agencies.

The pilot sees mentee communications professionals across the sector paired with senior public sector communications mentors from a different agency – providing an opportunity for all participants to grow their functional networks, share professional best practice and develop leadership skills. 

Rather than just reach out to communications professionals in the existing seven participating agencies, Pippa McIntosh, Director Strategic Issues from the Department of Finance extended the invitation to all agency communications professionals, with an outstanding response.  20 mentoring pairs are participating in the inaugural Communications Stream from an additional ten agencies, complementing the 57 mentor/mentee pairs participating in the main program.

The launch function for the 2018 Inter Agency Mentoring Program was held on 23 March at the 140 William Exhibition Hall, where participants met up with their mentor/mentee for the first time, and heard from previous mentees and mentors to better understand how the program runs, and the benefits of the initiative.  Throughout the year, participants will also have the opportunity to regroup together and hear from guest speakers, both internal and external to government on a range of topics aimed at enhancing the value of the program.

Participating Agencies in the Inter Agency Mentoring Program

  • Treasury
  • Mental Health Commission
  • Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
  • LotteryWest
  • Economic Regulation Authority
  • Department of Training and Workforce Development
  • Department of Finance

Additional Agencies who have joined the program as part of the Communications Stream

  • Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
  • Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
  • Small Business Development Corporation
  • Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
  • Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
  • Water Corporation
  • Department of Education
  • Tourism WA
  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services
  • Main Roads
  • Department of Communities

As always, a detailed survey of all Inter Agency Mentoring Program participants will be undertaken at the conclusion of the year, in order to benchmark the satisfaction of participants. This year, the conclusion survey will also seek to understand the benefits of expanding the Inter Agency Mentoring Program to other specific functional areas (ICT, HR, Policy etc) in light of findings from the Communications Stream pilot.