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    Adam Fennessy to leave public service

    Adam Fennessy, secretary of Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, has announced he is leaving the public service to take up a position at consulting firm EY.

    The move follows “a wonderful 20-year career in the public sector”, including as boss of DELWP and its predecessor, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, he wrote to staff on Thursday. […]


    Misconduct register for SA public servants

    Work is underway to create a central misconduct register for the South Australian public sector to ensure agencies are aware of blemishes on an applicant’s employment history during the recruitment process.

    SA commissioner for public sector employment Erma Ranieri has been undertaking consultations over the past year to start the process of setting up a repository on public officers who have been dismissed from public employment. […]


    Underperformers get golden handshakes as managers shirk difficult conversations

    Most watchers of government might have suspected that restructures and redundancies were used to quietly get rid of the worst performers. Some have seen it first hand. Now, it’s official.

    The Australian National Audit Office’s report on management of underperformance, tabled on Tuesday, confirmed many of the worst stereotypes and claims of abuse of public service employment protections.

    Probation periods are not effectively used to identity poor performers. Managers often avoid addressing underperformance due to a lack of incentives, support and capability — or because they fear a bullying complaint. Some agencies have used redundancies or incentives to retire as alternatives to underperformance procedures. […]


    Service Victoria: not delayed, just slower than anticipated

    Has the establishment of Service Victoria been delayed?

    This was the question debated in yesterday’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearing, the state equivalent of Senate estimates.

    The Opposition argues there has been a “substantial delay” in setting up Service Victoria, pointing to the roll over of $52 million in unspent funds, amounting to 39% of the Service Victoria allocation for the current year. […]


    Real time government? NSW reveals new digital strategy

    The New South Wales government has released its latest digital strategy for the state bureaucracy, citizens and industry, replacing the popular and long-running ICT strategy with a series of commitments to embed automated services, faster data and rapid and responsive policy development within the core of agencies – where appropriate.

    Announced by NSW Finance Minister and self-confessed gadget tragic Victor Dominello at the CeBIT technology expo in Sydney on Tuesday, the new plan shifts the state government’s tech footing from a reform and modernisation program to a wholesale services delivery platform.



    Estimates latest: Labor targets officials for attending ‘political’ events

    Like you, our day-to-day work doesn’t cease just because Commonwealth Senate Estimates and Victorian Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearings are on. But we’ll attempt to provide you with some of the topic headlines as they’re raised, pending the release of transcripts.

    An early theme of Federal Labor senators’ questions, across portfolios, has been public servants and statutory officers attending events organised by ministers and government MPs. […]


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