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This quick guide outlines what the Government has said about the creation of the new portfolio and some of the changes that might be involved in establishing the Home Affairs portfolio, and provides links to some responses and reactions to the announcement.
In 2014, the Australian government announced the integration of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) into a single government department, including the formation of the Australian Border Force (ABF).
Overview: In the history and folklore of Australia’s Commonwealth Public Service, the idea of the ‘Seven Dwarfs’ has been remarkably persistent. Originally a witty epithet applied to a powerful group of senior public servants, the term has come to represent the professionalisation of Australian...
Are our political leaders willing to hear counter arguments or contrary advice if it runs against their political beliefs or interests?
What's at risk if a government surrounds itself with too many yes men and women?
And is politics the only place for...
This valedictory speech for the ANU's National Security College outlines the interaction between academia and public policy in Australia, which has been an evolving mix of reticence and engagement, shared purposes and distinctive roles.
I would like to take the opportunity...
This guide offers advice to public sector senior leaders on the successful implementation of policies so that unintended consequences, which deny the community the full benefits of a new policy or waste public resources, can be avoided.
All Governments expect their...
This speech discusses the critical role risk management plays in decision-making for the Australian Government public sector.
It is a fairly natural desire on the part of any member of any organisation to want that organisation to be successful in pursuing...
Since coming to office, the Abbott government has initiated a wide range of reviews into policy areas such as the national school curriculum and the Renewable Energy Target. Some commentators have argued that these appointments demonstrate a distinctive ideological bias that distinguishes the Abbott government...
This better practice guide replaces the Australian National Audit Office’s earlier guide for public sector governance. This guide’s substantially revised content reinforces the fundamental elements required for good governance and builds on them to address contemporary governance issues and challenges.
The National Commission of Audit was announced by the Treasurer, the Hon Joe Hockey MP, and the Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, on 22 October 2013.
The Australian Government has released the Phase One and Phase Two Reports of the National...