This the final report of a 1974-1976 Royal Commission which examined how to reshape government administration in Australia.
This is the first time a digitised version of this report, known as the 'Coombs report', has been made publically available.
The Commission was tasked with examining:
"(i) the purposes, functions, organization and management of Australian Government Departments, statutory corporations and other authorities and the principal instruments of co-ordination of Australian Government administration and policy; and
(2) the structure and management of the Australian Public Service,
and to make recommendations for improving efficiency, economy, adaptability and industrial relations and the despatch of public business."
This Royal Commission was launched as part of the reform push by the Whitlam government, but was completed during the era of the Fraser government. It was not initially given a favourable reception, but over the following decades many of its recommendations were implemented, including:
The Commission consisted of H. C. Coombs (Chairman), P. H. Bailey (Commissioner), Enid Campbell (Commissioner), J. E. Isaac (Commissioner) and P. R. Munro (Commissioner).
Part of the Policy History Collection. Digitisation of this report has been supported by the National Library of Australia.
Reproduced with permission of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.