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Being a trusted and respected partner: the APS's relationship with ministers and their offices

An ANZSOG research paper for the Australian Public Service Review Panel
Public servants Federal government Public sector Public service Ministerial portfolios Ministerial staff Australia

One of the key functions of the APS is how it interacts with ministers, and the nature and quality of that relationship affects the quality of public administration. This paper explores those interactions, how they have changed over time, and explores a new vision of the APS which is open to the community and synthesises and communicates information drawn from all stakeholders to ministers and government.

Under this model there will be clearer lines of distinction between politics and public administration but, because the APS will be smart, innovative, imaginative and adaptive, it will also more effectively engage in the business of government.

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