Foundations of Government Human Resources program

The Public Sector Commission is committed to building the future capacity of the WA public sector. The Commission aims to support that commitment by working collaboratively with public sector agencies to develop human resource knowledge and skills across the sector. The Foundations of Government Human Resources (FoGHR) program has been developed and is mapped to align with the Commission's HR Capability Framework and seven core and eight elective units of competency from PSP40112 Certificate IV in Government (HR).

Upon successful completion of the program you will achieve a PSP40112 Certificate IV in Government (HR).

Program design

The FoGHR program comprises six modules as outlined below. Each module is to be delivered as a one day workshop, one per month over six months. The workshops will include face-to-face delivery, scenario-based and active learning, pre and post workshop learning activities and facilitate on-the-job application.

Module 1 - Human resource management in the public sector

This module introduces you to the framework of Human Resource Management (HRM) within the WA public sector. Contemporary HR theory is balanced with specific information surrounding the systems and structures of the WA government, relevant legislation and the employment framework.

Module 2 - HR Planning in practice

This module introduces you to what is involved in effective HR planning within the WA public sector environment. An understanding of areas such as organisational strategy, data analysis and workforce planning will assist you as a HR practitioner to contribute to the delivery of HR business in support of your agency’s strategic goals.

Module 3 - Employment in practice

This module introduces you to the framework for managing the entry of employees into the WA public sector. Contemporary HR theory is balanced with specific information surrounding organisational and job design requirements, recruitment instruments, and other legislative requirements.

Module 4 - Managing performance

This module introduces you to Performance Management theory, practice and application within the WA Public Sector. Contemporary HR theory is balanced with the application of relevant legislation, Public Sector Standards in Human Resource. Management and understanding how managing performance aligns the individual's performance with organisational objectives. Participants will also gain an understanding HR standards that guide grievance principles and processes.

Module 5 - Developing people

This module introduces you to the theory, practice and applications of the development of people and working within the WA Public Sector. The emphasis is on how your role as an HR Practitioner contributes to learning and development strategies and practices in order to develop and maintain a highly skilled workforce, including setting the scene on day one through induction and orientation to how you work with managers to address performance challenges.

Module 6 - Employee wellbeing

This module introduces you to the strategies and activities that contribute to workplace occupational safety and health, employee wellbeing in a positive and sustainable work culture and the contribution to organisational objectives through contemporary Occupational Safety and Health theory and practice.

Learning outcomes

Applications for 2015

Registrations for 2015 are now open, though dates are to be confirmed.

Key dates for 2014 intakes

Foundations of Government Human Resources 2014 intake dates

  • Intake 1/2014
Description Date
Managers and Participants Program Orientation Session 30 January 2014
Module 1 HRM in the Public Sector (full day) 12 February 2014
Mentor Program - Meet Your Mentor Workshop (am) 27 February 2014
Module 2 HR Planning Practice (full day) 20 March 2014
Module 3 Employment Practice (full day) 1 May 2014
Module 4 Managing Performance (full day) 5 June 2014
Mentor Program - Mentoring Workshop 20 June 2014
Module 5 Developing People (full day) 3 July 2014
Module 6 Employee Wellbeing (full day) 14 August 2014
Graduation 20 November
  • Intake 2/2014
Description Date
Managers Participants Program Orientation Session 29 May 2014
Module 1 HRM in the Public Sector (full day) 12 June 2014
Mentor Program - Meet Your Mentor Workshop (am) 4 July 2014
Module 2 HR Planning in Practice (full day) 24 July 2014
Module 3 Employment Practice (full day) 21 August 2014
Module 4 Managing Performance (full day) 25 September 2014
Module 5 Developing People (full day) 23 October 2014
Mentor Program - Mentoring Workshop 30 October 2014
Module 6 Employee Wellbeing (full day) 27 November 2014
Graduation 18 March 2015

Agency investment

The investment for agencies for the 2014, Intake 2 is $1,120 (GST exempt) per participant.

Course confirmation will be provided once placement has been secured.

More information

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Anna L’Abbate on (08) 6552 8728 or email us at foghr@psc.wa.gov.au

Foundations of government human resources mentoring

Mentoring is designed to provide all the program participants with a supportive environment to transfer knowledge and share experiences as they complete the program.

Mentoring requires openness, mutual trust, respect and a willingness to learn and share. It encourages participants to form networks with experienced HR professionals within the public sector with an aim to encourage career and professional development. The aim of the mentoring is to support participants on their learning journeys as they complete the requirements for the program.

Volunteer as a FoGHR mentor

The Commission is keen to hear from experienced HR professionals who would like to volunteer as a mentor. This is an opportunity to share your experience and expertise, build networks, enhance your own mentoring and coaching skills, contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD) and provide other opportunities for collaboration.

If you feel you may have something to offer please complete the Application Form and submit it c/- foghr@psc.wa.gov.au.

If you have any queries about FoGHR Mentoring, please refer to the Toolkit which includes frequently asked questions or contact Anna L’Abbate, Senior Consultant on (08) 6552 8728 or email foghr@psc.wa.gov.au. We would love to have you on board!


Page last updated 24 October 2014