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How do public servants deal with the outside world: is there any truth to the stories we tell ourselves?

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As an innovative, real-time exercise, IPAA Queensland polled over 400 public purpose workers at their recent annual forum. In a live session choreographed by Ben Schramm from the Cube Group, participants were posed a series of six statements about public purpose partnerships and asked to decide whether each proposition was a myth or a reality. Some of the answers were surprising.

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How to change the world with HR: tips on taking people management to the next level from the new APS head of profession and her corporate-affairs counterparts

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Jacqui Curtis hit the ground running on her first day as inaugural head of the human resources profession within the Australian Public Service, offering the benefit of her experience in people management at the strategic level in a speech to about 1100 public servants. “It’s you who ultimately have the most skin in the game […]

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Innovation: a little less conversation, a little more action. How to make innovation something we do, not just something we talk about

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Brenton Caffin compares his experience of public innovation in Australia and overseas, and whether innovation's chequered history in Australia can be overcome to prove its worth to service delivery. He champions an innovation-through-action approach, and explores the experience of embedding innovative skills and practices through the lens of a project team in Western Australia. 

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How regulators are responding to water theft — and even watching irrigators from space

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Water theft burst into the national consciousness with a Four Corners story detailing alleged illegal pumping of water from the Murray-Darling river system and failures in regulation by the New South Wales government. Several reviews and inquiries both before and since the scandal emerged outlined serious issues with compliance and enforcement, and recommended major changes.