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The APS’s role in restoring public trust

Australia’s leading institutions, including government, business, NGOs and media, are among the least-trusted in the world at a time when the Australian economy has experienced 25 years of economic growth. What can the Australian Public Service do to help bridge the trust divide?

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Housing policy reset is overdue, and not only in Australia

There’s a growing sense that core aspects of the governmental mindset that have underpinned housing policy since the 1980s are long overdue for a rethink. And not just in Australia. Federal and state elections in coming weeks provide a timely moment for Australians to reflect on the increasingly obvious failure of governments to manage the triple crises of inflated property prices, lack of affordable housing for people on low to moderate incomes, and property market volatility.

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We know WHAT we need to do. Will someone tell us HOW?

When policy problems are complex, we need to understand and learn from the front line. Nicholas Gruen explains ways to improve the early, middle and late stages of institutional learning and change-making, to enable successful policy development. It’s election season in Australia. I can feel the announceables coming on; indeed…

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The public service and caretaker government

Elections are periods of intense emotion and elevated temptation. The stakes are high and the political process is highly charged. The government will want to maximise the benefits that come from incumbency and the opposition (and MPs generally) will want to extract all they can from the extra authority that comes their way in an election.

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How we are transforming for peak performance

The public service is not immune to the pressures that exist for all businesses and organisations as we enter into an increasingly complex and digital world. We can’t deny that the future is digital and we need to be ready for that.

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Protecting the world from the threat of pandemics

With the increase of global travel and trade, new infections can spread rapidly across countries and continents. The need to prepare pandemic response plans that are both flexible and scalable is an urgent challenge for policy-makers and practitioners.