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About the Talent Now pilot

The Public Service Commission—on behalf of the Queensland public sector (the sector)—is piloting Talent Now. This is an easy to use, integrated online talent solution which allows:

  • employees to find their next development opportunity across the sector
  • managers to find the right talent for their team.

Why are we doing this?

Over the next 10 years our work, workforce and workplaces will evolve with:

  • the average tenure reducing to just 3 years
  • more team- and project-based work
  • retirement age increasing to 70s and 80s
  • 40% of roles at risk of automation
  • talent seeking flexibility and choice—an experience, not a job for life.

Talent Now enables the sector to:

  • collaboratively identify and share internal resources
  • increase workforce use
  • provide development opportunities for our people
  • provide greater employment security.

Having visibility of internal talent, and being able to quickly access and mobilise skilled people is essential for a future-focused, and agile sector. Talent Now is a strategic imperative identified in the sector’s 10 year human capital outlook.

Download the Talent Now presentation (PPTX, 6.96 MB) to find out more.

Who is involved?

The pilot was designed to maximise mobility opportunities for 3 employee cohorts in participating agencies:

  • registered employees affected by workplace change, including employees scheduled for NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) transition in the next 6 months
  • employees in entry-level administrative roles (AO2)
  • senior executives and senior officers.

These employee cohorts are highly represented, however many other skills, capabilities, job types, classifications and agencies can also be found in Talent Now.

Find out how you can get involved.

Does Talent Now replace standard recruitment process? 

No. Talent Now provides another way to recruit current employees for short-term roles (up to 12 months). Hiring managers and HR practitioners can search Talent Now to find and contact suitable employees before selecting and appointing as normal. Permanent and temporary roles greater than 12 months must be advertised on SmartJobs. In these cases, you can use Talent Now to point suitable candidates towards your SmartJobs ad. Some agencies have additional requirements with regards to advertising so best to check with your local HR advisor.

Does Talent Now align with Leader Connect?

The Public Service Commission’s Leader Connect team uses multiple channels to source suitable candidates for Leader Connect vacancies of up to 12 months. Talent Now will now become one of those channels.

Talent Now testimonial

Sandra Lerch, Director, Office of the Deputy Commissioners, Public Service Commission

The Public Service Commission’s Capability Blueprint initiative is designed to drive organisational capability and continuous improvement in Queensland Government departments. Over a 4-year period, a blueprint is conducted in each department to identify organisational strengths and opportunities for improvement. Each 12-week blueprint is undertaken by an assessment team drawn from managers across the Queensland public sector.

Talent Now has helped the PSC identify high-performing, high-potential managers with the experience and characteristics needed for a blueprint. The initial search of the Talent Now database identified more than 150 possible candidates, which resulted in 4 candidates using the shortlist function. This function further refined our search, to focus on people with high-level skills in analysis, project management, stakeholder relationships and a strong understanding of the business of government. A preferred candidate is identified from the short list.

With more than 1100 users registered, Talent Now has the critical mass necessary to make it an effective search tool. It is quick, user-friendly and fills a gap in public sector recruitment and selection processes for short-term opportunities. 

Talent Now will be an important tool for sourcing Capability Blueprint candidates in the future.