The Australian journal of public administration

The Australian Journal of Public Administration is the journal of record on public administration, public management and public policy in Australia and has been in continuous publication since 1937.

The Australian Journal of Public Administration is published digitally each quarter with over 5,000 institutions around the world licensed to access the publication. The download of journal articles is highest in Australia, followed by the United States, United Kingdom and China.

IPAA members have full access to the Wiley Online Library journal page via a dedicated portal and app. These two access options provide similar functionality:

  • Early view papers and virtual issues can be accessed using the portal, and searches can be undertaken of the complete back catalog
  • The app provides access to recent issues of the journal and early view papers but currently lacks full search functionality of the back catalog.

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The March 2020 issue includes articles written by authors drawn from leading universities and research institutions across Australia, the US, Canada and New Zealand.

The issue includes several research and evaluations including:

  • Building capacity in indigenous governance: Comparing the Australian and American experiences‘ by Burke A. Hendrix (University of Oregon), Danielle Delaney (Queen’s University, Ontario), Richard C. Witmer (Creighton University, Nebraska), Mark Moran (University of Queensland) and Will Sanders (Australian National University)
  • General Motor Holden’s closure in Playford, South Australia: Analysis of the policy response and its implications for health‘ by Kathryn Browne-Yung, Anna Ziersch, Fran Baum, Sharon Friel and John Spoehr (Flinders University)
  • Paradoxical leadership in public sector organisations: Its role in fostering employee resilience‘ by Esme Franken (Victoria University, Wellington), Geoff Plimmer (Victoria University, Wellington) and Sanna Malinen (University of Canterbury, Christchurch)

It also includes two book reviews

  • Peter Shergold (Western Sydney University) reviews ‘Reimagining the Future Public Service Workforce‘ by Dickinson, H., Needham, C., Mangan, C., Sullivan, H. (eds) (Springer Briefs in Political Science, Singapore, 2019).
  • Michael Di Francesco (Australian National University) reviews ‘Policy Analysis in the Twenty-First Century: Complexity, Conflict and Cases‘ by Radin, B. (New York and London: Routledge, 2019).


The current journal editors are a stellar all-female team led by Associate Professor Catherine Althaus FIPAA (VIC) as Editor-in-Chief. The other editors in the team are Professor Janine O’Flynn FIPAA, FIPAA (VIC), Professor Helen Dickinson FIPAA (VIC) and Ms Maria Katsonis FIPAA (VIC).

Associate Professor Catherine Althaus

Catherine is an Associate Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne and Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) Deputy Dean, Teaching and Learning. She has a passion for creatively serving the public interest both as a practitioner and academic. Her academic training is in economics and politics and public policy.

Professor Helen Dickinson

Professor Helen Dickinson

Helen is Professor of Public Service Research and Director of the Public Service Research Group at the School of Business, Univeristy of New South Wales, Canberra. Her expertise is in public services, particularly in relation to topics such as governance, leadership, commissioning and priority setting and decision-making.

Professor Janine O’Flynn FIPAA, FIPAA (VIC)

Professor Janine O’Flynn

Janine is a Professor of Public Management at the University of Melbourne and ANZSOG. Her expertise is in public management with a particular focus on reform and relationships. This covers topics as diverse as the creation and evolution of public service markets to the design of performance management systems.

Ms Maria Katsonis

Ms Maria Katsonis

Maria is a Public Policy Fellow at the University of Melbourne where she teaches policy design and implementation at a post-graduate level. She has 20 years’ experience in the Victorian Public Service as a senior executive and has a deep understanding of public policy and public management.

Maria is also The Mandarin’s research editor, publishing regular exposition pieces in a Research Series that translate public administration academic research for a practititioner audience.