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Systems thinking and practice: a guide to concepts, principles and tools for FCDO and partners

This guide is a basic reference on systems thinking and practice tailored to the context and needs of the United Kingdom Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). The guide offers a common language and shared framing of systems thinking for FCDO and its partners.

Joint Select Committee on Parliamentary Standards: final report

The Australian Parliament has long sought to address the issue of codes of conduct. The Committee recommends that parliamentary consideration of this report, including the proposed behaviour standards and codes, should maintain a primary focus on ensuring that Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces are safe and respectful...

Protecting Australia’s whistleblowers: the federal roadmap

Whistleblowers are a vital part of Australian democracy, playing a crucial role in the integrity and accountability of public and private institutions each and every day. This publication sets out the 12 key areas of reform needed to place Australia back on the road to...

Trust in Australian public services: 2022 annual report

The survey results outlined in this report show that trust in government public services in the past year is higher than before the COVID-19 pandemic.

State of the service report 2021-22

The 'State of the Service Report 2021–22' identifies year-to-year trends in workforce participation and capability across the Australian Public Service (APS). This is the 25th annual report on the state of the APS presented to Parliament.

Flexible working in the Australian Capital Territory Public Service (ACTPS)

This research was conducted to help identify how the Australian Capital Territory Public Service (ACTPS) can better support effective flexible working, focused on the role of technology, communication tools and the built environment.

FlexWork is an opportunity for government to embrace the future of work

This report outlines how government organisations can strike a balance between wellbeing for government workers and productivity for economic benefit.

Australian Public Service Hierarchy and Classification Review

The Australian Public Service (APS) exists to serve the people of Australia - through the government of the day. Therefore, it is imperative the APS is structured, skilled and resourced to meet the demands, challenges and opportunities that Australia will face in the decades ahead...

Report of the DPC Inquiry: Appointment of Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to the Americas

Public servants and the general public should be able to have confidence that public service appointments are made based on merit. This report seeks to address specific problems arising in two recent recruitment processes, as well as making recommendations for system-wide change to bolster the...

After Boris Johnson: what now for the civil service?

This report recognises the UK civil service’s vital role, but warns that it has been weakened by high-profile policy and operational failures, like the Kabul evacuation and pandemic contingency plans, and damaged by the Downing Street 'partygate' fallout.
Discussion paper

Managing as a minister: how personal style and gender norms affect leadership in government

This guest paper reveals patterns in ministerial leadership styles that have profound impacts on the relationship between ministers and civil servants. The paper identifies two distinct styles of ministerial management and leadership of civil servants – and finds evidence that male and female ministers adopt...

Top of mind: 2022 summary report

This summary report represents a sample of the rich insights and views of Canada’s senior public servants on their work and their institutions. Readers and researchers are well advised to take the time and review the detailed reports more closely, to draw additional lessons and...

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.
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.

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.

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...

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.

State of the service report 2020-21

The State of the service report 2020–21 identifies year-to-year trends in workforce participation and capability across the Australian Public Service (APS). This is the 24th annual report on the state of the APS presented to Parliament.

APS Inc: undermining public sector capability and performance

Evidence to this inquiry has reiterated the now well-established position that the APS is suffering from a lack of investment in its people, its policy development and its digital and ICT capabilities. This is resulting in direct and adverse impacts on the APS’s ability to...

Second interim report: insecurity in publicly-funded jobs

This interim report looks at insecurity in publicly-funded jobs and is focussed primarily on those jobs where the Australian government—also referred to as the Commonwealth—is the funder, or primary funder.
Literature review

Future of work literature review: emerging trends and issues

This report synthesises the literature of the last decade, with a focus on literature emerging since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to identify issues that will affect working in the Australian Public Service (APS). It focuses on teleworking, but also examines activity-based working and...

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...

Highly capable, future-ready: APS learning and development strategy

This strategy document highlights the need for a one-Australian Public Service (APS) approach to lifting the skills and capability of their workforce to ensure a high performing, driven and trusted APS.
Discussion paper

Finding the right skills for the civil service

This paper examines the skills that the civil service has and those it needs to meet the demands of government in the coming years. It considers how the civil service workforce is managed, and reviews progress made in recent years.