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Public sector

Conference paper

Regional resilience and the State - the case of Geelong, Victoria, 1990-2020

This paper argues that there have basically been massive continuities rather than a sudden step up in State intervention as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is illustrated by examining one regional city in Australia – Geelong in Victoria – which has successfully moved...
Working paper

A 50-state review of regulatory procedures

The role of state regulatory agencies is to execute and enforce the statutes passed by state legislatures. Agencies do this by writing and implementing administrative rules that elaborate on unspecified details of requirements found in law. These rules themselves have the force and effect of...
Report

Report of the Inquiry into the education and prevention functions of Victoria’s integrity agencies

This inquiry reports finds that Victorian integrity agencies have generally performed well in achieving educative outcomes through their inquiries, investigations and reports. They have also engaged conscientiously with the public sector and the public, through public information campaigns and often high‑quality education and prevention. resources...
Briefing paper

Public hearings shine light on corruption: sunlight is the best disinfectant

This briefing paper outlines why public hearings fulfil important functions in corruption investigations.
Report

Administration of the JobKeeper scheme

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Australian Taxation Office's administration of the JobKeeper scheme.
Position paper

Transparency International Australia's 2022 election position statement

In this election position statement, Transparency International Australia calls on all parties and candidates in the 2022 federal election to commit to making integrity reforms a reality within the next three years.
Working paper

Innovative capacity of governments: a systemic framework

Public sector innovation is about finding new and better ways to achieve positive public outcomes. To assist governments in achieving this this, the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) developed the 'Innovative Capacity Framework.'
Report

The performance and integrity of Australia's administrative review system: interim report

This interim report recommends that the Federal Attorney-General disassemble the current Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and re-establish a new, federal administrative review system, by no later than 1 July 2023.
Report

Government procurement: a sovereign security imperative

This inquiry into procurement practices for government-funded infrastructure examines the context of the 'infrastructure pipeline' and industry’s capacity to deliver, while focusing on the role for federal government procurement in the planning, coordination and delivery of infrastructure projects.
Report

Agile government: the role of public affairs education

The most significant challenges facing public administration today include the isolation of public servants, the rigidity of the administrative and regulatory systems in which they operate, and the lack of opportunity to develop relevant and emerging competencies. This report is intended to initiate a dialog...
Report

Still toothless: jurisdictional, funding and secrecy issues in the Integrity Commission Tasmania

This report draws on recommendations of the National Integrity Committee, a group of prominent judges and lawyers convened by the Australia Institute. The report compares the Tasmanian Integrity Commission with other integrity bodies around Australia.
Report

Fixing Whitehall’s broken policy machine

In this report, Jonathan Slater, who was the most senior civil servant in the Department for Education (UK) from 2016 to 2020, writes that while public engagement is a core part of the role of local government policy-makers, it is not seen as important for...
Report

Licence to lead: lessons for public bodies from the pandemic response in health

The COVID-19 crisis threw public bodies to the forefront of the government’s pandemic response. There were notable successes, but politicians, civil servants and public body leaders have much to learn from their experience of working together under pressure. This report offers nine key lessons that...
Report

A new statutory role for the civil service

The civil service is central to government in the United Kingdom. But it lacks a clear identity, defined responsibilities and a system of oversight and accountability. This report proposes a new statutory role for the civil service to reflect its permanence, values and objectives, and...
Report

Better policy making

Successive governments have struggled to tackle many of the biggest policy problems the country faces. This report examines the causes of persistent failures and sets out recommendations as to how government – both ministers and officials – could change to make policy better.
Report

Locating authority: a vision for relational local government

This report introduces the concept of ‘relational local government’ - an approach to local governing that builds strong relationships between council service professionals and the people they are supporting, between councils and the community at large, and between local citizens themselves.
Report collection

Report on Government Services 2022

The annual Report on Government Services (RoGS) provides information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia.
Case study

Mission-oriented innovation in action: 2021 casebook

The Mission-Oriented Innovation Network (MOIN) is a learning community, focused on purpose-driven policy and mission-oriented innovation within public bodies globally. This casebook is a compilation of stories documenting mission-oriented innovation in practice from members of the MOIN.
Strategy

Australian Public Service gender equality strategy 2021–26

This strategy is the culmination of a partnership between the Australian Public Service Commission and the federal Office for Women, in conjunction with extensive consultation across the APS, academia and the private sector.
Report

The gravitational state: making democracy work

While there is such a thing as society, it doesn’t happen by accident. Increasingly, the state needs to take a leading role in building and shaping it – we need a 'gravitational state' that pulls people together into a society. This paper is the last...