About Talent Now

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

  • the average tenure reducing
  • more team and project-based work
  • retirement age increasing as we live longer lives
  • roles changing as digital technology shifts the way we work and the work we do
  • people seeking flexibility and choice—an experience, not a job for life.

Talent Now is an internal workforce talent mobility solution that helps us visualise our current workforce and identify and mobilise people with the right skills, experience and potential.

Employees are able to create a profile of their skills, experiences and career goals and managers can search this and connect people to short-term roles and development opportunities across the sector. This allows the sector to:

  • find and connect with talent quickly
  • provide access to development opportunities for our people by learning through experience

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, 8.47 MB) to find out more.

Who can use Talent Now?

All Queensland public sector employees can access Talent Now. 

We encourage employees from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and life experiences to create a profile.

To be able to search, hiring managers need to request access through their department representative.

Find out how to get involved if you are an employee or a hiring manager

The Talent Now journey

A pilot of Talent Now commenced in October 2017. Talent Now was co-designed by 13 agencies in collaboration with Adepto (software provider).  Initially the pilot was focused on AO2s, employees affect by change and transitions to the NDIS and Senior Executives and Senior Officers but was opened up to all employees across the sector following an evaluation in 2018.  

As of July 2019, there were 3,500 employees visible in Talent Now.

Does Talent Now replace the standard recruitment process? 

No. Talent Now provides another way to recruit current employees for short-term roles (up to 12 months). Hiring managers can search Talent Now to find and contact employees before selecting and appointing as normal. Hiring managers can also choose to post a job opportunity on the jobs page, visible to all Talent Now users across the sector.

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 uses multiple channels to source suitable candidates for Leader Connect vacancies of up to 12 months. Talent Now is one of those channels.


Agencies can use the communication toolkit to promote Talent Now to employees and hiring managers.