People managementCapability development6
IBA invested heavily in developing the capability of its staff during 2015–16. Staff were offered study assistance, formal learning and development programs, and innovative learning experiences such as external exchanges, rotations within IBA, and opportunities to shadow senior IBA leaders (including the CEO).
The learning and development program is a reflection of IBA’s responsiveness to priorities identified within individual performance management and development agreements, and evidence accumulated by the human resources team.
Significant offerings in 2015–16 included:
- external exchanges with agencies operating in the Indigenous affairs area, including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and various commercial entities—nine staff participated
- assistance to gain or study towards a recognised qualification—twenty staff were supported
- training workshops in core skills, including project management and ‘winning that job’ to support career planning—80 staff participated
- a mentoring program—ten staff participated as mentees and ten as mentors
- leadership training for Indigenous staff members—eleven staff participated.
These initiatives helped to build individual and organisational capability, to better deliver IBA products and services, and to create a workplace culture that contributes to the attraction and retention of high-quality staff.