The workforce elements of the public sector’s pandemic were the focus of a recent interview by Geraldine Doogue AO on ABC Radio National’s Saturday Extra program. Her guests were IPAA National President Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM and Tom Burton, Government Editor with the Australian Financial Review.
Building public sector performance: citizen engagement in design of government policy and programmes
New Zealand consultant and researcher Keitha Booth looks at how Sweden, Finland and Ireland have engaged the public effectively and asks government agencies to lead more of this work through co-design.
New policy influence research highlights clear lessons for practice
Researchers from Melbourne’s Monash University have been surprised by some of their findings on the policy influence of successful royal commissions, recently published in the Australian Journal of Public Administration.
One constant of the bushfire recovery? We listen.
The mental health of Australians impacted by the devastating bushfires of late 2019 and early 2020 was recently the key topic of conversation between Andrew Colvin OAM APM and Christine Morgan.
Women proud to lead ‘the most extraordinary of all workforces’
In a recent video released to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, senior women from every Australian public service shared their thoughts on what makes them proud to be a leader.
Unpacking the Uluru Statement From the Heart
IPAA South Australia hosted an event in late 2020 to unpack the Uluru Statement from the Heart with Professor Megan Davis delivering the keynote address on Voice Treaty Trust.
In a year like no other trust means traction
Over 200 senior leaders gathered in person last week to hear Phil Gaetjans, Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, deliver the annual address to the Australian Public Service in Canberra. A video and transcript of his address are now available.
COVID-19: A Collaborative Approach to Problem Solving Sets Australia Apart
Michelle Grattan AO and Professor Mark Evans recently discussed the issue of trust in government, touching on the role of the National Cabinet and the impacts on public policy that are here to stay, for the Work with Purpose podcast.
Three researchers reflect on their work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
NAIDOC Week 2020 is a celebration of history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The things that motivates researchers to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and the opportunities their research brings to communities, were the focus of a series of interviews recently undertaken by publishing company Wiley.
2020 Garran Oration | Greg Hunt honours extraordinary public servants in the year of COVID
The Hon Greg Hunt MP recently delivered the 2020 Garran Oration on the theme ‘Innovation of the Age of COVID’ in a national broadcast seen across Australia.
Researchers find that ethical leadership and enabling cultures support innovative behaviour
New findings on the effects of ethical culture and ethical leadership on innovation as reported in the public sector will be of great interest to public administration professionals.
Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in a country with over 300 islands: Bernadette Welch PSM
The COVID-19 pandemic is global in nature. So how does a Pacific island nation like Fiji respond to protect its people? Bernadette Welch PSM recently returned to Australia from heading up the Fijian response, and spoke about the challenges and successes the country has experienced over the past eight months.
COVID-19 and urban Australia — the experience of two capital cities
Australia’s major cities have felt the full force of the health and economic crises brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The multi-layered impacts of the pandemic on the cities of Adelaide and Melbourne were the focus of two recent interviews with city officials.
Putting Free Speech at Work through the legal wringer
Some of Australia’s best legal minds were brought to bear on an topic of free speech at work in a recent webinar hosted by the ANU College of Law as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations.
Indigenous Evidence and Knowledge Offer Exciting Ways Forward
Catherine Althaus has written an excellent paper on the contribution that Indigenous evidence and knowledges can make to public administration in the fields of engagement, sustainability, and policy innovation.
The importance of public services in the world of COVID-19
Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM, IPAA National President, recently spoke about the profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public services across Australia, and highlighted the importance of telling the stories of public service at the state, territory and national levels.
Tales from Across The Ditch: It Seems that Elephants can Dance
This is a story of change where the odds weren’t great, but the leadership resolute. Published in a recent issue of IPANZ’s Public Sector Journal, Karen Tregaskis shares her insights on a major change process undertaken by the New Zealand Defence Force. It showed her what was possible with a well-managed process.
Leading Victoria, from crisis to recovery | Chris Eccles AO
The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the ability of Australian governments to respond effectively in a rapid, coordinated, and collaborative way. In a recent interview Chris Eccles AO, Secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet spoke about Victoria’s quick response to the crisis and shared his thoughts on the impact and changes to service delivery in the state.
COVID-19 is an opportunity to improve service delivery for all Australians
‘The COVID-19 crisis could be a shift point in the Canberra view that effective government in Australia requires the inexorable takeover, even by stealth, of state responsibilities by the Commonwealth,’ said Gordon de Brouwer recently.
Leadership Fundamentals: Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM
Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM is one of NSW most trusted and respected public servants. As NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner he was the public face of the Government’s response to the recent horrific bushfire season. Before beginning his new role heading up Resilience NSW, Shane spoke about his personal story, his thoughts on leadership, and the importance he places on public service as part of IPAA NSW ‘In Conversation’ series.
Researchers call for the design of HR practices that identify proactive and innovative talent
The recent publication of a study of innovative work behaviour in a large Australian public sector organisation has practical implications for public administrators.
Is paradoxical leadership the competency we need now, more than ever?
With coronavirus bringing massive challenges and great turbulence to public sector work around the globe, the recent publication of a New Zealand research paper on paradoxical leadership and its contribution to employee resilience could not be more timely.
Governor-General celebrates IPAA Anniversary with those “who helped shape Australia”
On a balmy Canberra evening, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Rtd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, were greeted at the steps of Old Parliament House before joining an assembly of distinguished Australians to celebrate IPAA’s 40th Anniversary as an independent national organisation.
Academics ask: Is gender really on anyone’s agenda?
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.
The Australian Journal of Public Administration — tracing the study and practice of public administration for 81 years
The Australian Journal of Public Administration has been in continuous publication for 81 years, documenting the changing face of public administration, public management and public policy through the different lenses of public servants, politicians and academics