Most watchers of government might have suspected that restructures and redundancies were used to quietly get rid of the worst performers. Some have se
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TAGS Victoria, Water, Victorian government, service delivery, Family violence, Melbourne, road safety
Victoria has reason to crow about public policy successes in recent years. A survey of public servants across the service reveals the top reforms making the state a better place to live.
Out of the spotlight, the quiet work of best-practice public administration can be remarkably transformational, particularly when viewed with a longer-term perspective.
During 2014, in an effort to better understand Victorian best-practice public administration, I interviewed nine fellows from the Institute of Public Administration Victoria. The following are five of the top reforms identified by the interviewees …
Whether it be the introduction of mandatory seat belts, random alcohol and drug testing or mandatory electronic stability control for new vehicles, Victoria has been at the forefront of improvements to road safety. The establishment of the Transport Accident Commission underpinned these reforms with a no-fault compensation scheme.
These reforms involved contributions from a large number of agencies. One interviewee argued the success of the reforms was due to:
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Andrew Wear is a senior public servant with the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. He previously worked in a variety of executive roles with the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Planning and Community Development.
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