Government agencies around Australia are standing up to support the campaign to end violence against women today for White Ribbon Day.
ALL THINGS P: The federal government wants to know which open data would be most useful to business, researc
We recently moved our readers to a new system. You may need to reset your password here to login.
Not a member ? Join here for free.
Forgot your password?
Home Features ‘More inclusive, capable’: at Defence, everything’s turning to white
Text size :
TAGS Australian Defence Force, Department of Defence
The new white paper process into Australia’s Defence Force capability is working through a laundry list of wants and needs — and it’s not all toys for the boys.
Early consultation for the Defence Force white paper is shaping up to be the real festival of dangerous ideas. Offensive cyber warfare, better paid public servants, CSIRO funding, foreign medical specialists and other ideas likely to be unpopular with the government have been floated to play a role defending the nation.
The government may wonder if it was a good idea to open up the better people policy and whole of government participation has been the strong theme, with calls for the expert panel and white paper team to recommend more than just a hardware wish list and thinly veiled foreign policy goals. Importantly, how will any future capability be staffed if the APS is shedding jobs and there is little investment in the technical skills needed to replace those leaving due to retirement or redundancy?
Retired rear admiral James Goldrick and the government-appointed expert panel concluded a four-week national listening tour, hosted by the Royale United Services Institute, on Monday. He said they were eager to hear from those concerned about Australia’s future but not necessarily from the perspective of Defence.
However, that didn’t deter significant contributions from the ADF’s future leaders: mid-ranking officers and Australian Defence College students, including women and people of diverse heritages that represent how Defence will likely look over the course of the white paper’s 20-year scope.
Receive unlimited access, get all the latest public sector news and features, plus The Juice, our daily news update sent direct to your inbox.
The Mandarin is where Australia's public sector leaders discuss their work and the issues faced within modern bureaucracy. Join today to discover the latest in public administration thinking and news from our dedicated reporters, current and former agency heads and senior executives.
Harley Dennett is editor at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's held communications roles in the New South Wales public sector and Defence, and reported for titles including Crikey and the Star Observer.
Read Related Content
Department of Defence secretary Dennis Richardson has emailed all senior executives seeking voluntary redundancies from SES Band 3 to EL 2. Bands 1-3 were asked to discuss this request with their EL 2s this week. No target number was announced at this stage. The “One Defence” restructure, based on the department’s First Principles Review, flagged [...]