Wanted: a public sector leader to build and run Victoria's new data centre, the Victorian Centre for Data Insights.
The Mandarin is now moving into its third year of publishing, and we're immensely proud to have you invest your time with us. However, government isn'
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
If policymakers are involved in commissioning and support research, how will they know they're getting bang for buck? What’s the best way to measure
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 Terry Moran calls for agency accountability plans
Text size :
TAGS accountability, Reserve Bank of Australia, Terry Moran
Inconsistent agency models mean many are not fully accountable, argues former PM&C head Terry Moran. But there are good models for how agencies can improve transparency, accountability and public confidence, and possibly save themselves from being swallowed by their department.
The lack of measurable high-level goals in many agencies stifles transparency and accountability, argues former top mandarin Terry Moran. He says it’s up to agencies to step-up and build public trust in the work they do though clear public statements of plans and expectations — especially for focused agencies needing to demonstrate effective performance to their portfolio department or minister.
The former secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet told The Mandarin that the way agencies were created has contributed to leaving few safeguards in place beyond often-token ministerial oversight. Unfortunately, the recent crackdown on the number of federal government agencies, and in the works at state level, hasn’t yet tackled how accountable those that remain are.
A wide range of existing accountability structures — the result of ad hoc agency creation over a series of governments — has led to a dog’s breakfast of agency powers and strategic approaches, Moran says. He wants a “major examination of accountability within government beyond financial issues, for both agencies and departments” to help remedy the problem.
This situation “has grown up historically as each new government has set up new agencies on a model they think is reasonable, so you don’t have much predictability in how the agencies are and are not accountable to ministers,” he says.
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.
David Donaldson is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Melbourne. He's previously written for The Guardian and Crikey and holds a masters in international relations.
Read Related Content
Pingback: Terry Moran calls for agency accountability pla...()