About Senior Executive Fundamentals

The NSW Government is working to deliver better outcomes, infrastructure and services for the 7.8 million citizens of NSW.  Effective leadership is essential to our success, and the NSW Government is focused on attracting and developing world-class leaders.

The Public Service Commission (PSC) has been working on a number of programs and initiatives to increase leadership capability within the NSW public sector. SEF is one of those initiatives.

SEF provides a single source of key information to help senior executives 'survive and thrive' in the first 12 to 18 months of their employment as senior executives. It is also an enduring reference guide for senior executives at any stage of their career in the NSW government sector, particularly when changing roles.

As an online resource, SEF provides information, insights and directions on a broad range of matters including,  the NSW government context, key government priorities, the ethical framework, working with ministers' offices, conditions of employment, collaboration across government, developing policy, dealing effectively with the media, the budget process, delegations and procurement.

SEF encourages senior executives to visit the source documentation - including policy documents, relevant legislation and agency websites - to gain a broader understanding of the relevant matters. 

SEF will evolve over time as the PSC adds more topics. It is designed to complement existing sector-wide leadership capability initiatives and any in-house development programs or opportunities managed by individual Departments and agencies.

 

Tips on using the SEF

If you are a new senior executive, review the topics in Getting started before starting in your new role. You should return to SEF after four weeks and continue to review the topics over the next 12 to 18 months, in whatever order is relevant to your individual priorities.

If you are a senior executive now, you can use the SEF as a reference guide at any point in your career and on whatever topic is relevant to your individual priorities.

SEF provides key information and you should use the links to visit the source documentation - including policy documents, relevant legislation and agency websites – to gain a broader understanding of the relevant matters.

The information is set up in six broad categories and the topics within these categories are independent of each other. This means there is no ‘next’ button and you can review the topics in any order that is relevant to your priorities.

You can navigate the topics in various ways, including via the:

  • Header bar:  Click on the drop down menus for each category, then click on the topic you want to read.
  • Left side column: Click on the drop down menus for each category, then click on the topic you want to read.
  • Home page: Scroll to the middle of the home page to view all categories and a brief  explanatory statement, then click on the category you want to read.
  • Quick links: Scroll to the bottom of any page to view the 'Quick links' showing all categories and topics, then click on the category or topic you want to read.
  • Landing pages: Scroll to the middle of each category’s landing page to view its topics and topic statements, then click on the topic you want to read.
Remember the SEF is a guide and complements any information you receive from your agency or that is available on your agency’s intranet.

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