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 journal is published quarterly and over 5,000 institutions around the world have licenses to access the publication. Downloads of journal articles are highest in Australia, followed by the United States, United Kingdom and China.

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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.


The September 2019 issue of the journal includes articles written by with authors drawn from leading Australian, Indian, Malaysian and Chinese universities and research institutions.

The issue includes an evidence review by Ben O’Mara (Swinburne University) and Gemma Carey (University of New South Wales) — ‘Do multilingual androids dream of a better life in Australia? Effectiveness of information technology for government translation to support refugees and migrants in Australia’.

Research and evaluations feature prominently, with papers including:

  • Interactive governance and implementation effectiveness in India’s National Health Insurance Program
  • Linking transformational leadership and value congruence among Chinese police force: The mediating role of goal clarity and the moderating role of public service motivation
  • Organisational culture and enterprise risk management: The Australian not-for-profit context.

A number of books are also reviewed, including:

  •  ‘Social investment: A New Zealand Policy Experiment’ (2017) by Jonathon Boston and Derek Gill
  • ‘The Evaluation of Complex Infrastructure Projects’ (2018) by Lasse Gerrits and Stefan Verweij
  • ‘Boundary Spanners in Public Management and Governance: An Interdisciplinary Assessment’ (2018) by Ingmar Meerkerk, Jurian Edelenbos and Edward Elgar.