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 digitally each quarter with over 5,000 institutions around the world licensed to access the publication. 

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  • Early view papers and virtual issues can be accessed using the portal, and searches can be undertaken of the complete back catalog
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The December 2020 issue includes articles written by authors drawn from leading universities and research institutions across Australia, the US, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Israel and New Zealand.

Some of the research and evaluation highlights include:

  • Employees’ resistance to users’ ideas in public service innovation by Line Margrethe Jenhaug (Inland University of Applied Sciences, Norway)
  • Uber in Queensland: From policy fortress to policy change by Elliot James Stein and Brian W. Head (University of Queensland)
  • Maintaining neutrality in the Minister’s office by Rose Cole (University of Wellington)

Michael Di Francesco from The Australian National University has written a timely practice insight called A signal failure: Sports grants, public servants, and traffic lights.

And Sue Williamson (UNSW Canberra), Linda Colley (CQUniversity) and Sally Hanna-Osborne (UNSW Canberra) have stirred the pot with their controversy, Will working from home become the ‘new normal’ in the public sector? 

The issue also includes two book reviews:

  • John Halligan (University of Canberra) reviews A transatlantic history of public administration. Analysing the United State, Germany, and France published in 2018.
  • Vicki A. Spencer (University of Otago) reviews The problem with political trust: A conceptual reformulation published in 2019.


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

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 editor of The Bridge, ANZSOG’s research translation fortnightly e-newsletter.

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.