The Commonwealth’s departmental heads have been increasingly drawn to the transformation of the Australian Public Service: what it should be, where it should go, and how best to get there.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the Secretary Series of speeches — hosted by the Institute for Public Administration Australia, ACT branch. The first speech for 2018 from the secretary of the Attorney General’s Department, Chris Moraitis, on Wednesday expanded on this wider discussion with a personal reflection on the lessons of managing organisational change. Or with the metaphor Moraitis prefers: old-school seafaring navigation.
Warning: this speech and Q&A has quite a few references to the Greek philosophers, particularly Heraclitus (of “No man ever steps in the same river twice” fame), as Moraitis takes the listener on a journey of flux and impermeability.
The Mandarin made some brief notes: What Chris Moraitis learned from 5 years of constant organisation change.
Watch the full video below, produced by contentgroup:
Secretaries attending: (L-R) Rob Stefanic (Parliamentary Services), Frances Adamson (Foreign Affairs and Trade), Glenys Beauchamp (Health), Chris Moraitis (Attorney General’s), Daryl Quinlivan (Agriculture and Water Resources).
Upcoming IPAA ACT events
Most of the Canberra-based IPAA events have been selling out quickly, but more events next month are opening up tickets in the next few days:
- March 20: Artificial Intelligence and the Public Sector: Progress, Possibilities and Perils. This event will rise above the AI-hype and ask the hard questions about what it might mean for the future of government policy and services.
- March 22: Doing Policy Differently: Challenges and Insights. A new series on policy, featuring Dr Heather Smith PSM, and Frances Adamson. Tickets will open shortly.
Images: RLDI/IPAA ACT.