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Home Features Welcome to The Mandarin — the venue for public sector leaders
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PEOPLEKen Lay, Terry Moran
DEPARTMENTSDepartment of Finance, NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Qld Department of Science, IT and Innovation, Victoria Police
TAGS leadership, Public administration, Public policy, The Mandarin
Welcome to The Mandarin, Australia’s venue for public sector leaders. Our publisher explains what it’s all about …
The Mandarin is for public sector leaders and those interested in their work. We want The Mandarin to be the place that connects and helps people manage Australia better — for intelligent showcasing, discussion, collaboration and learning about public work and the people and many challenges behind it.
To build this site we have consulted widely with hundreds of current and former public servants from around the nation and all tiers of government. We particularly thank the Institute of Public Administration Australia and president Terry Moran for assisting these discussions, and more importantly for their vision and support for a quality destination for public sector collaboration, insights and information.
We were taken by the hunger to collaborate and share, and to reinstate the public sector as the place where the best and brightest work to find solutions for a better Australia.
We also were struck by the sense that Australia is at a major pivot point in public sector thinking. The causes can rightly be argued, but include: very real budgeting and resourcing constraints; the injection at a political and bureaucratic level of a heartfelt desire to challenge how best to deliver public outcomes — and a willingness to look outside traditional bureaucratic structures; the rethinking digital technologies is allowing; and an honesty that the traditional command and control hierarchical public sector structures and organisational models are no longer serving the country well.
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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.
Tom Burton is publisher of The Mandarin based in Sydney. He has served in various public administration roles, specialising in digital engagement. He was a Walkley Award-winning journalist and executive editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. He worked as Canberra bureau chief for the Australian Financial Review and as managing editor of smh.com.au. He most recently worked at the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
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Best of luck Tom, The Mandarin and all who sail in her! Grahame Morris