Public sector leadership


Inquiry into the Victorian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: interim report

In April 2020, the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee commenced an inquiry into the Victorian Government’s response to the COVID‑19 pandemic. This interim report outlines the committee's preliminary findings.

How to fail (forward): a framework for fostering innovation in the public sector

The work in this report was conducted prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. But if ever there was a time when the public sector needed to foster innovation, it is now. As we have seen first-hand, governments must serve proactively and more nimbly...

Australian Leadership Index: 2019 national survey report

The Australian Leadership Index is a national survey that provides a comprehensive picture of leadership for the greater good in Australia. This report reflects the views of 4000 Australians surveyed through 2019.
Discussion paper

Australian public sector innovation: shaping the future through co-creation

The key message of this report is that the public sector must become a leader and enabler of innovation in Australia, constituting as it does about 35% of GDP with a pervasive role in our economy and society.

Delivering for Australians

This document is part of the federal government's commitment to build the Australian Public Service's (APS’s) capability and workforce to better support Australians.

Using “functional leadership” to improve government procurement

New Zealand Government Procurement and the State Services Commission need to work together to strengthen the framework that underpins the procurement functional leadership role. This report discusses matters the authors expect New Zealand Government Procurement and the State Services Commission to consider.

Where do leaders come from?

This paper sets out a refined approach to guide the next phase of in-depth research. It argues that future research on developmental leadership can usefully adopt a leader-centred approach.

The rise of megaphone bureaucracy?

In an era of fake news, constant real-time critiques and hyper-partisan politics, having voices prepared to bring data and evidence to the table has benefits.

How is leadership understood in different contexts?

This paper develops a basis for thinking about how followers form perceptions of leaders, the affect this can have on leadership practices, and why this matters for development. It identifies several key areas as important influences on how followers understand leadership.
Data portal

Australian Leadership Index

The Australian Leadership Index measures perceptions and expectations of leadership for the greater good in the government, public, private and not-for-profit sectors.