Australia isn’t unique in having a professional organisation for public servants. In fact the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand formed in Christchurch back in 1934 and has a significant place in New Zealand public policy. It also publishes a quarterly journal, ‘Public Sector’, which it generously provides to IPAA as a digital copy. The April Issue is out now.
Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM, IPAA National President, reflects on the debate about public service since the Government released the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service on 13 December 2019.
Rosemary Huxtable PSM, Secretary of the Department of Finance, spoke recently to public sector leaders on the public administration challenges faced by the APS to be effective in its work.
As the Australian Government edges closer to releasing a bill for the establishment of a Commonwealth Integrity Commission, it seems timely to look back at what a former Governor-General — the Hon. Sir John Kerr KCMG KStJ QC — had to say on ‘The Ethics of Public Office’ in his 1974 Garran Oration.
The December 2019 issue of The Australian Journal of Public Administration published a ‘controversy’ by two academics who examined submissions made to the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service to assess whether, and how, organisations had considered gender equality.
Satya Nadella is a man who has reached the absolute peak of his profession. Last month the Microsoft CEO joined David Thodey AO in a wide-ranging conversation in the Great Hall at Parliament House in Canberra. He spoke with an audience of Australia’s most senior public service, professional service networks and tech firms.
On a late Spring evening, in the old-world splendour of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Mr Michael Manthorpe PSM, Deputy President and Board Member of IPAA ACT and Commonwealth Ombudsman, introduced Mr David W. Kalisch to make his final public address as the 15th Australian Statistician.
The Williams Oration recognises the extraordinary contribution of Ms Helen Williams AC to public administration in Australia. The 2019 Williams Oration was delivered by Dr Megan Clark AC, Head of the Australian Space Agency, who took the opportunity ‘to go behind the curtain’ and share the thinking behind Australia’s first space agency which commenced operations in July 2018.
On a bright spring day in early September, Secretary of The Treasury and new IPAA ACT President Dr Stephen Kennedy thanked Duncan Lewis AO DSC CSC, the outgoing Director-General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, for what he described as a “truly remarkable speech”.
At 7:30 P.M., April 2, 2019, Josh Frydenberg, Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia, delivered his first Budget speech. He introduced the Australian Government’s budget for the 2019–2020 financial year.