While the Northern Territory has been comparatively free from the coronavirus, with only 53 confirmed cases, COVID-19 has still presented numerous and complex challenges. Just consider the logistical complications of the region’s vast expanse and diverse population, which includes some of Australia’s most remote communities.
Jodie Ryan, Chief Executive of the Northern Territory Government’s Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet, believes however, that the COVID-19 crisis has brought the territory to a positive tipping point. The investment in their response – including relationships built, new ways of doing things, risks taken and lessons learnt – will help to cast a more effective NT public service that better serves its citizens.
· Redefining public service roles to invigorate organisational focus and a sense of achievement
· Transforming a dispersed workforce in collaboration and team dynamics, ownership and participation
· Strengthening relationships with Aboriginal organisations and communities through broader, deeper and more regular consultation
· Providing quality digital connection across the territory to improve citizen’s health, wellbeing and quality of life