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Strategic Workforce Planning is typically conducted at the state-wide (i.e. Ministry of Health and/or pillar organisations) or local health district/network level and defines the longer-term strategic workforce direction for the organisation, revealing current and anticipating future workforce priorities, risks and opportunities. It is aimed at optimising health, business and clinical outcomes. Examples of strategic workforce plans include the Health Workforce Plan or an local health district/network strategic workforce plan.

Tactical Workforce Planning is typically conducted at the state-wide,  local health district/network or sometimes at individual health service or facility level to outline the process to identify and address current workforce gaps and future needs to support the objectives outlined in strategic workforce and service or business plans. Examples of tactical workforce plans include a state-wide Aboriginal workforce strategy, a clinical workforce strategy for a local health district/network , a winter bed strategy for a local health district/network , a rural and remote workforce plan, a talent management strategy for a local health district/network and engagement frameworks.

Operational Workforce Planning is typically conducted at the individual service, unit or ward level but may be conducted at the local health district/network level and focuses on the sustainability of the unit/service to execute core business and strategy, implementing tactical plans at the local level – making the tactic operational. Examples of operational workforce plans include a facility recruitment process, an local health district/network staffing pool, a secondment program (within a tactical talent management strategy) and rostering analysis and changes.

Current as at: Monday 7 June 2021