EP#13: Need drives innovation – with David Fredericks PSM and Michele Bruniges AM

As we begin Innovation month in the Australian Public Service (July), we celebrate the creativity of public servants across the country during a time of great challenge and change.


This week’s guests David Fredericks, the Secretary of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources and Michelle Bruniges AM, Secretary of  the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, reflect on the power of collective work and reaching out to colleagues in an open and transparent way.

How have public servants embraced creativity to invent new solutions to the challenges of the crisis?

For this episode of Work with Purpose, our guests talk about the importance of keeping an open mind, leading with curiosity and learning to manage risk.

They reflect on the innovation that has been displayed within the public service this year and consider the importance of a culture where creativity is celebrated and valued.

Discussed in this episode:

  • The short, medium- and long-term response to COVID-19.
  • Building trust and strength in relationships – the importance of working with colleagues in the public service, and counterparts in the private sector.
  • Letting go of state and territory boundaries at speed, to create policy that delivers.
  • How COVID-19 has created a new authorizing environment.
  • Hanging on the capacity for Public Servants to pivot when needed.
  • Creating a permissive environment for creativity.