Date posted: 29/06/2022

Exploring the future of senior finance leaders in the Public Sector

A new joint report looking at how government organisations have adapted and responded to the pandemic, and how it will impact their future.

In brief

  • Leading recovery: the evolving role of senior finance leadership in the public sector is a joint report with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA ad Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)
  • The report shows that people are at the centre of our recovery
  • There are six key lessons for public sector finance leaders to focus on

Both local and central government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have shown that throughout the world, they were able to respond rapidly to the crisis.

Leading recovery: the evolving role of senior finance leadership in the public sector is a joint report by CA ANZ and ACCA which delves into how senior finance leaders were the heart of the global response, and the fast pace at which governments were able to react revealed the sector’s ability to adapt and work flexibly.

The report also offers practical advice and discussion starters through six key lessons for the future of the profession, after such a dramatic transformation over the past two years.

This includes the ‘ABCD’ of skills that public sector finance leaders will need to develop: Adaptability, Business sense, Communication and Determination.

“Our report’s ABCD framework can help aspiring finance leaders in the public sector to ensure they broaden their horizons, from the traditional task of a finance professional to a wider organisational perspective,”
Ainslie van Onselen, CA ANZ CEO

“Our report’s ABCD framework can help aspiring finance leaders in the public sector to ensure they broaden their horizons, from the traditional task of a finance professional to a wider organisational perspective,” said Ainslie van Onselen, CA ANZ CEO.

The existing financial management systems are only as good as the people who operate and manage them. This means that how senior finance leaders in the public sector transform their systems, reshape their leadership, and adapt to new ways of working, will set the tone for the profession’s ability to shape the future.