Transforming MPI by Growing Exceptional Leaders -€“ Ministry for Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries is a place where staff are engaged and can grow their careers. This is due to a Chief Executive-led approach fuelled by the desire to become an exemplar public sector organisation.

The process started from a low-point in 2012 - staff engagement was the second lowest in the public service, staff had little confidence in leadership, and turnover was at 21%. Initiatives included: inducting new starts, creating five career pathways for all staff, maturing the use of career boards, and leadership assessment and development programmes.

The results are clear - the percentage of engaged staff has more than doubled to 22%, MPI has the highest engagement index of large Public Sector agencies, and up to 40% of all placements are filled internally. MPI is supporting and collaborating on leadership programmes with others in the Natural Resource Sector.