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Essential news and resources for Australia’s public sector leaders.

The public sector plays a critical and sometimes underappreciated role in this country. It needs strong and independent news coverage, and a place where its leaders can discuss the issues they face at the coalface of modern bureaucracy.

That’s where we come in. The Mandarin is made for public sector leaders and executives and the many stakeholders and suppliers interested in their work. The Mandarin reaches 1.5 million public sector readers and the many stakeholders interested in their work each year.

Put simply, we deliver the news and analysis that the public sector reads every day.

“Our Executive often arrange department wide briefings to update us on something we read about the day before in The Mandarin.”  Mandarin reader interview 2018

With a focus on senior executives and public administration professionals, there is no other news source like it.

Are you wishing to reach this audience? Get in touch with our commercial team today.

To find out more, listen to ABC Radio National’s Media Report interview with Tom Burton about The Mandarin, and subscribe to receive The Mandarin’s FREE daily newsletter today.

Mandarin Premium: Even deeper coverage to help you do your job better.

Mandarin Premium is an ambitious new daily dose of content that goes well beyond our usual remit to report news of the public sector. It has one purpose: to help readers be better public sector executives. Indeed, we hope Mandarin Premium will materially improve your professional life.

Its relentless focus is on the practice of public administration in Australia – implementing policy, service delivery, managing people, strategy and tactics, satisfying stakeholders (including politicians), judgement and leadership.

If you are an executive looking for an edge over the day-to-day business, we invite you to become a regular subscriber. If you are looking for a group subscription for your department or office, please be in touch.

The Juice: Must read daily news and analysis straight to your inbox.

Leading Australia’s public agencies in an environment of change, declining budgets and reduced staff, requires intelligence and judgement, agility and resilience.

Senior bureaucrats want to learn from peers and their personal experiences about what makes a great leader in this hugely dynamic space.

This appetite for learning is what forms the basis for the content we feature in our free daily newsletter, The Juice. We want The Mandarin to be the place that connects and helps public officials manage Australia better — for intelligent showcasing, discussion, collaboration and learning about public work and the people, behind it.

The Mandarin Live: Face-to-face events to challenge senior leaders.

Mandarin Live is a series of events where our readers can interact with thought leaders and other Mandarin readers face-to-face. These will have the same serious, never-dull style you see online, but with the opportunity to challenge and be challenged in real time.

With senior leaders in mind, our events are designed to bring together as broad a group of people involved in the public sector as possible to learn about new ideas, trends and success stories.

It is our belief, and our editorial intention, that better insight and understanding of how things work can lead to a better relationship between the public sector and the people it serves.

Mandarin Careers (BETA): For motivated and engaged leaders who are driven to improve public sector culture and how it benefits Australians.

Mandarin Careers is more than a recruitment advertising site, it arrives in public sector leaders’ inboxes every day, including retired senior executives, and leaders from higher education, industry, not for profit organisations and consultancies who work with the public sector.

This gives you niche, nationwide access to valuable ‘passive’ senior job seekers in the public sector. Unlike other public sector recruitment sites, we also publish regular content on movements in and out of government related work.

This all means unparalleled access to the best people ready to fill your position.

If you wish to enquire about advertising jobs, promoting your organisation, or exploring a foundational partnership for the formal launch of the Mandarin Careers platform in May 2020, please email [email protected]