APS Review to publish ‘detailed suggestions’

By David Donaldson

Tuesday March 5, 2019

The independent review of the Australian Public Service will release some ideas later this month—and wants your thoughts on them.

“After nine months of research and conversations, the panel will share detailed suggestions for your feedback on 19 March 2019,” reads the latest edition of APS News.

The review panel, chaired by David Thodey, is also asking public servants to help inform its work by taking a quick survey or sharing their ideas.

As Australian society undergoes “rapid change” in the coming decades, “so too will the APS”, says the statement.

“We’ve heard our culture and systems aren’t flexible. You’ve told us the role of the Australian Public Service has weakened, and trust and respect in the institution has dropped. Many of you may be frustrated by not meeting expectations or doing as much as we would like.

“Like every other organisation, our future looks very different with new expectations from the people we serve, social changes and geopolitical shifts, technological advances and changes in how we work.

“The public service is not set up to adapt. It’s been hard to adjust to the challenges of today, let alone the ones we see coming. And history has shown we’re not quick to change.

“With your help, our independent panel has been working on a plan to set us up to do a great job for the country in the coming decades.”

The final report of the review is due in “the first half of 2019”.

It will consider the capability, culture and and operating model of the APS, and make practical recommendations to ensure the service is ready to serve Australia over coming decades.

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