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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.

Don’t practice ‘promiscuous partisanship’, former public service commissioner warns bureaucrats

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The relationship between ministers and the Australian public service has transformed from a partnership to one more like “master-servant”, with the “master” including the minister’s staff, according to former senior bureaucrat Andrew Podger. Podger, who headed various federal departments and was public service commissioner, said this had come about through the “thickening” of the interaction

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Design thinking is about creating repeatable processes for harnessing human creativity. How to write and communicate a spot-on mission statement for government

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Benjamin Teed is a senior policy analyst in Canada’s Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment. Here, he delves into the techniques for coming up with an A-grade mission statement that creates a repeatable, scalable process which lets public servants bring out the best, most visionary parts of our leaders, our stakeholders, and oneself. What’s your […]

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Geoff Gallop on learning from how Australia advanced its thinking on First Peoples in the past, and can maybe learn how to do reform again

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As Australia and the First peoples contemplate treaty and constitutional recognition, there must an acceptance that there are two major players in this, the First Peoples and the Australian electorate. A facilitated dialogue, like a mini-public may have the best likelihood of people and ideas coming together in the search for the best outcome.

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We have a collective responsibility to build environments in which children thrive. Here are five ways to work differently with families to help keep kids safe

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Annette Michaux and Nat Kendall-Taylor outline the five major strategies for moving forward on child protection that resulted from a major national research project involving more than 7600 Australians. They say that how safe our children are from abuse and neglect and whether we support them to develop in a healthy way is an important measure of how healthy our communities are.