Public servants

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Public service employment
Government employees
NARROWER TERMS


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...
Report

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

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.
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

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

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...
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

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.
Report

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...
Report

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...
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...
Strategy

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.
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

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...
Report

Enhancing public sector policy capability for a COVID world

This paper is a contribution to a program of work – involving similar discussions among a wide cross-section of participants from multiple industry sectors – on national resilience in light of COVID-19. It is one of the products of the National Resilience Project being co-led...
Report

State of the service report 2019-20

The State of the Service Report 2019–20 identifies the year-to-year trends in workforce participation and capability across the APS. This is the 23rd annual report on the state of the APS presented to Parliament.