The popular ‘go to’ policy survival manual for public servants, the Australian Policy Handbook is chalking up a milestone this year, going into its sixth edition when it’s released on this week.
Filled with pertinent pointers based on extensive practical experience, the authors outline and demystify the processes used in making public policy in Australia today.
A systematic explanation of the relationships between political decision-makers, public service advisers, community participants and those charged with implementing the programs that result, the much anticipated update is a frank and fearless breakdown of how professional public policy works — including key contemporary challenges.
Changed times, new tactics
The sixth edition of this widely used primer has been fully updated and, importantly, includes new material on:
- the professionalisation of politicians
- the role of opposition members
- loss of corporate memory in the public service
- addressing systemic policy failure
- nudge economics
- and the impact of social media and the sharing economy on policy making and government.
The Australian Policy Handbook continues to be the recognised authority for those working in and across government policy in Australia. It has been used by countless public servants over the past 20 years to help navigate through complex challenges requiring government decisions and actions.
What users say
But don’t just take the authors;’ word for it. Former senior public servants and the Dean of ANZSOG attest to its practical value in the workplace:
“An invaluable guide for practitioners, academics and students to the craft of policy analysis, development and evaluation. It is an important resource for those with a commitment to sound evidence-based public policy.”
Professor Ken Smith, ANZSOG Dean and CEO
“An enduring and important contribution to the field. Althaus, Bridgman and Davis’ pioneering policy cycle approach continues to offer vital insights into the policy-making process in Australia and internationally.”
Lisa Paul AP PSM, former Secretary, Department of Education
Workshops bring policy skills to life
Anyone who wants to develop, refresh or refine their policy skills and glean the first-hand insights from Australian Policy Handbook co-author, Peter Bridgman and other policy experts now have the opportunity to bring that wisdom to life in face to face interactive workshops.
Built on the success of the book, reader feedback and extensive experience Policy Skills is now offering a range of two-day courses from the broad-ranging Tools & Skills for Policy Practitioners to programs for building specific, robust skills in policy management, policy and program evaluation, and writing for policy.
Secure your place now for 2018. All participants receive a copy of the new edition of the Australian Policy Handbook.