Succession Planning

Non-School Locations

Effective succession planning supports the Department to have a plan in place to ensure that people with the necessary capabilities are available for the most critical roles in the organisation.

Succession planning demonstrates a genuine commitment to develop the existing workforce and ensure that employees have the skills, experience and knowledge to achieve the Departments strategic goals.

The benefits of succession planning include:

  • reducing the risks to the Department associated with turnover of staff in critical roles
  • providing staff with professional and career development opportunities
  • maximising the chances of successfully recruiting to vacant critical roles
  • creating and developing a diverse pool of people with the capability to take on critical roles and functions within the Department.

Principles of this process include:

  • focusing on a limited number of the most critical roles for the Department
  • focusing on ensuring the Department has the capability to deliver on its critical accountabilities
  • ensuring that recruitment decisions at the Department continue to be merit based, including recruitment for vacant critical roles
  • managing the expectations of people participating in the succession planning process such as the potential successors.

The Department's succession planning model is a cyclical seven step process.

Succession Planning cyclical representationThe succession planning process will be complemented by a range of workforce planning activities focussed on preparing the Department for future challenges including:

  • capability building of the wider workforce in critical areas
  • performance development planning
  • leadership and management development
  • building a values based culture
  • workforce analysis and reporting

A range of targeted professional development programs are available which address individual and organisational development needs. For more information on development programs go to: Development at DET.  

A range of supports and tools are currently available, with additional resources to be made available in the coming months, to assist teams and managers to implement succession planning.

  • Succession planning process providing a summary of the steps and actions that need to be completed to develop a succession plan  (PDF) (WORD


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