[Watch Now] Mandarin Talks: In conversation with Peter Woolcott AO

By Chris Johnson

November 5, 2021

Mandarin Talks In conversation with Peter Woolcott AO

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Unpacking the State of the Service report

2021 has been a challenging time for the public sector in Australia.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to push capabilities to the limit, and no one knows this better than our guest Peter Woolcott AO, the Australian Public Service Commissioner.

The State of the Service Report, tabled in parliament late in November, revealed how the capacity of the APS contributes to meeting strategic goals while addressing government priorities.

In conversation with The Mandarin’s Managing Editor Chris Johnson, the Commissioner unpacked the report, sharing insights and outcomes, and explaining what it all means for the Australian Public Service heading into 2022.

Usually Mandarin Talks are exclusive for Premium members, however we unlocked this important conversation to all.

Watch the Recording below


Chris Johnson – Chris is the managing editor of The Mandarin, and is based in Canberra. A longtime member of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery, Chris was the Canberra bureau chief for Fairfax Media and has covered federal politics and foreign affairs for the SMH, Age, Canberra Times, and West Australian newspapers.

Peter Woolcott AOMr Woolcott has had a distinguished career in the Australian Public Service, serving in senior diplomatic positions around the world, and as the APS Commissioner since 2018. Mr Woolcott was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2017 for his distinguished service to public administration in the field of international relations, and as a lead negotiator in the non-proliferation and arms control fields.

About Mandarin Talks

Mandarin Talks is a monthly, must-see live one-hour webinar hosted by The Mandarin.

Only Mandarin Premium members can join the webcast and get exclusive access to journalists, thought-leaders, authors, politicians and game-changers in the public sector spotlight.

When you register to attend the webinar, you have the unique opportunity to submit a question that you would like to ask our featured guests.

We aim to chat about the important issues that really impact public sector leaders. The conversation will be less like an interview, and more straight-forward idea-sharing and insights into what really matters.

Some webinars also give you access to book giveaways and discounts.

And if you cannot join the live event, all members will receive the recording within seven days and be able to access the archive of past events on demand.

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