Report on public service overhaul a good start, but parliamentary inquiry is needed

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The final report of the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service is much more substantial than its interim report. That is hardly a high hurdle, but its 18-page bibliography suggests considerable reflection beyond the (mostly disappointing) submissions and commissioned papers.

However, the report still has an excessive amount of rhetoric and is not an easy read.

Broadly, its themes are:

  • a united service
  • partnerships beyond the APS
  • embracing new technology
  • investing in people and capability
  • a more dynamic and responsive operational model
  • improved leadership and governance.

There are many sensible recommendations, but detail is often missing and analysis weak. Some recommendations reveal a surprising lack of understanding of the public sector.

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