IPAA Victoria celebrates United Nations Public Service Day

23 Jun 2022
United Nations Public Service Day

Celebrated on 23 June, United Nations Public Service Day acknowledges the value and virtue of public service to the community and recognises the work of public servants. To mark the day, IPAA Victoria has launched a new campaign to highlight some of the important and innovative work being delivered by the public purpose sector.

At IPAA Victoria, we are using the United Nations Public Service Day to launch a new campaign celebrating the work of the public purpose sector here in Victoria and showcasing the skills and commitment of the people working in the public service.

We aim to showcase and raise the profile of the breadth and depth of work that gets done in the service, the opportunities it presents, and share some of the achievements across all levels of government. The campaign will run over the next month, and we look forward to sharing some incredible and innovative stories of outstanding service to the community.

IPAA Victoria President John Bradley has recorded a short message to launch the campaign and provide some of his reflections on what it means to be a public servant. John commends the standout efforts of the public service in working through and innovating during the pandemic to support the community in a challenging and disruptive time.

There’s been nothing that matches the standout efforts of the public service in working through and innovating during the pandemic to support community at a really challenging time.
— John Bradley, IPAA Victoria President

For the launch of our campaign, we spoke to Y Le, Director, Affordable Housing and Social Investment at Homes Victoria. Y’s work focuses on new ways of tackling one of Australia’s most important and challenging areas of public policy: the creation of affordable housing. Y also reflects on her career and the importance of the public service.

There are multiple projects in the public sector that you can, no matter where your passion, interest or personal connection to a particular policy or program, you can find something to really hold onto and be motivated by.
— Y Le, Director, Affordable Housing and Social Investment, Homes Victoria

Sitting within the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing, Homes Victoria work across government, industry and the social housing and homelessness service sectors to provide stable and secure homes. We understand having a safe home is the foundation for a person’s health and wellbeing.

The Victorian Government announced the Affordable Housing Rental Scheme in November 2020 to ‘provide more homes for more Victorians’ and drive government housing infrastructure delivery, including a focus on both social and affordable housing.

This scheme is an Australian first and will expand housing supply and ensure diverse and inclusive communities across the housing continuum. This is a unique opportunity for the Victorian Government to provide leadership in the housing market, underpinned by potential new partnerships with Commonwealth Government, private industry and philanthropy.