Cormann welcomes APS Review priorities for change

By David Donaldson

Wednesday March 20, 2019

The Morrison government is no less enthused about the review of the Australian Public Service review than the Turnbull government which commissioned it.

The federal government “welcome” the interim findings of the independent review released Tuesday, says Minister for Finance and Public Service Mathias Cormann.

“Australia already has a world class public service, but there is always room for further improvement,” Cormann said in a statement.

“This review will help us explore opportunities to further improve the efficiency, effectiveness and responsiveness of our public service by embracing technological innovation to better respond to increasing community expectations.

“The Australian Public Service must continually look for new and better ways of working. We need to make sure that public sector productivity can be sustained and improved in a world that continues to evolve around us.”

Some of the report’s recommendations “are consistent with reforms which are currently underway”, he added, including greater investment in shared services, use of data analytics to support policy development, and collaboration between departmental secretaries as professional leaders of the service.

There will be the opportunity for parliamentary scrutiny and input to ensure any further public sector reforms have the broadest possible support, he noted.

“We encourage further feedback on the interim findings. It is important that the final outcomes of the review meet the needs of all Australians.”

The interim report floated a series of ideas for reform. including more transparent processes to appoint secretaries, moving to a professional streams model, and reducing the gap in pay between departments. Feedback can be submitted on the APS Review website until May 2.

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