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Setting up a social impact bond requires thinking through many barriers around data and measuring success. Amy Auster is stewarding two rollouts with an eye to early intervention

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"Early intervention is a bit of a nirvana," says Amy Auster, deputy secretary economic at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance. Hard, but the Victorian government is still trying. It has contracted for two social impact bonds — service partnerships delivered by external providers and funded by investors, where government will pay a profit if the provider is able to achieve certain agreed targets.

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The successful ACT senior secondary colleges have reached an evolutionary crossroads that may lead to their demise. Can they be revitalised – or will they face a ‘gale of creative destruction’?

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In the 1970s the ACT embarked on a radical reform of secondary education. More than 40 years on, the ACT college system is still going – a remarkably successful, resilient reform that has largely suited the ACT’s well-to-do and highly educated socio-economic demographics. But is it also fit for purpose for the next 40 years, not least in the 24/7/365 digitally networked world?

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Learn to live with uncertainty, and other tips on public sector governance and leadership. Sometimes you have to push back and take a stand for due process, but it’s getting harder

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Governments don’t govern alone. The shared responsibilities of public sector governance fall broadly into two categories – performance and conformance – and a lot of them land on public servants. Discharging these solemn duties can be a challenge when time is of the essence and process becomes a dirty word. Public service leaders should expect […]

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Reentry to work is a challenge, but sponsors and preparation make it easier. How Victorian public servants are returning after parental leave

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No organisation wants to lose talent because it couldn't provide the support and encouragement to foster successful re-entry after parental leave. The Victorian Public Sector is no exception and it's piloting an approach to ensure parents get their best opportunity to make their return to the office as smooth as possible.