Where have all the workers gone? Exploring public sector workforce planning

Colley, Linda and Price, Robin (2010) Where have all the workers gone? Exploring public sector workforce planning. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 69 2: 202-213. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8500.2010.00676.x

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Author Colley, Linda
Price, Robin
Title Where have all the workers gone? Exploring public sector workforce planning
Journal name Australian Journal of Public Administration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0313-6647
Publication date 2010-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2010.00676.x
Volume 69
Issue 2
Start page 202
End page 213
Total pages 12
Editor John Wanna
Patrick Bishop
Place of publication Richmond, Vic., Australia
Publisher Blackwell
Language eng
Abstract Governments undertake extensive planning of many services and functions, but tend to neglect planning of public service workforces. Disruptions to public service delivery, such as shortages of nurses and doctors, have rejuvenated interest in workforce planning, but many organisations struggle to do it effectively. This historical study examines the capacity of central personnel agencies to predict workforce risks and support workforce planning, using a study of the Queensland public service. It identifies lack of workforce data as a barrier to effective workforce planning, as a result of factors such as changes in the direction of the central personnel agency, lack of appreciation for the value of comprehensive central workforce data, and limited agency human resource (HR) skills or capacity.
Keyword Public sector
Human resources
HR planning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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