APS workforce strategy architect honoured with PSM

Australian Public Service Academy head Grant Lovelock is among 74 public servants to be recognised with a Public Service Medal in the King’s Birthday honours.

Grant Lovelock

Mr Lovelock, who is also First Assistant Commissioner at the APS Commission, received a PSM for developing and implementing the APS Workforce Strategy and establishing the APS Academy, key reforms from the 2019 APS independent Review.

His citation says Mr Lovelock developed the policy approach, implementation design, delivery and funding model to establish and mature APS-wide learning and development.

“His contribution has transformed APS learning into a focused, dynamic and more efficient framework for continuous learning,” it says.

“Mr Lovelock has led a distinguished and lengthy professional service with the APS, particularly in innovation in workforce planning and development, and through his leadership of the APS Academy.”

Mr Lovelock began as Head of the APS Academy on 6 May 2021, having joined the Commission on secondment in November 2020 from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

He has also worked across senior leadership roles in public policy development and reform, skills and workforce development, employment, industrial relations and workplace safety, the arts and youth affairs.

Before joining the Commission, he led the establishment of the National Careers Institute, a new national body charged with improving the delivery of careers information and support in response to the 2019 Strengthening Skills Review.

Prior to that, Mr Lovelock was the Federal Safety Commissioner, a statutory role with responsibility for improving work health and safety practices in the building and construction sector.

See the full list of PSM recipients here.

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