The Independent Review of the Australian Public Service (APS) highlighted the need to reset the APS’ relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as a priority for change:
The panel’s emphasis on the importance of relationships recognises that the APS cannot meet its purpose of serving all Australians unless it works openly and with integrity with partners across the community. Nowhere is this truer than in supporting the outcomes and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
One way to do this is to examine how the APS can benefit from incorporating Indigenous perspectives and approaches into its core values and ways of working. This has the potential to deliver better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and improve the way the APS relates to the broader community. We suggest this is an important step towards the APS becoming a truly authentic Australian governance institution.