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.
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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 AO – Mr 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.
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