Report

Tools at the centre of government: research and practitioners' insight

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role not just of government generally, but in particular the essential role the 'centre of government' must play to coordinate, communicate with the public, and navigate new problems. This paper looks at how public servants can add value...
Working paper

Potential social value from data: an application of discrete choice analysis

This paper applies a form of discrete choice experiment, applying it to the question of how public sector controllers of data could estimate the potential social value other users would gain from the data, and also help identify which attributes of the data have particular...
Book

Human Learning Systems: public service for the real world

Human Learning Systems is a radically new way of doing public management - the task of resourcing and organising public service. This book pulls together insights from nearly fifty case studies from across the world, from organisations that are doing public management differently, using the...
Report

Using targets to improve public services

Targets have been applied to a wide range of public services. This report analyses whether targets improve the performance of public services and the reasons for this, making recommendations on when and how government should set targets.
Briefing paper

Chinese-Australians in the Australian Public Service

Chinese–Australian communities are invaluable sources of China-related expertise, yet they are under-represented in the country’s public service roles. This paper argues that a better harnessing of the skills and knowledge of the Chinese–Australian community would have substantial benefits for Australian policy-making in one of its...
Book

Politics, policy and public administration in theory and practice

The essays in this publication address contemporary developments in public sector financial management in Australia and overseas, changing political processes in Queensland and the Commonwealth, and public governance and administration reform trajectories in Australia and internationally.
Briefing paper

Improving ethical standards in government

This report calls for new rules to extend the prohibition on former cabinet ministers lobbying government, new enforcement powers to ensure ministerial rules are followed, and greater transparency surrounding the outside interests of civil servants.
Working paper

The OECD Framework for digital talent and skills in the public sector

This paper presents the OECD Framework for Digital Talent and Skills in the Public Sector, which highlights the need to create the right working environment, secure the right skills, and evolve the right workforce to support a progression from e-government to digital government.
Book

Learning policy, doing policy

This publication explores how policy theory is understood by practitioners and how it influences their practice. The book brings together insights from research, teaching and practice on an issue that has so far been understudied. Contributors include Australian and international policy scholars, and current and...