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What to do when your minister’s policy range is less than what’s demanded of the role. Engage with them at every opportunity to build trust and create an echo chamber

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How can a public servant have a role in policy leadership while not overstepping the line? The nuance required couldn't be found in the guideposts defined by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Instead, some point to the stewardship function, in which public servants find themselves navigating determined politicians and a public in need of sustainable policy.

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New in government, you are? Succeed and make an impact by mastering perspective before skill. Think, observe — only then, do

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Joseph Maltby is a subject matter expert in change management, employee engagement, and project/program management who worked in the US Department of Homeland Security as the chief of organisational culture and development. He gives us the benefit of his sound advice on how to tailor one's mindset to the practical reality of working in government and the public sector. Follow his path and secure a long and fulfilling career in public service, you will.

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Doyens of the Canberra bubble gather to hear Prime Minister ScoMo give the APS its orders, while Yarralumla fills with sunshine

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If you are a public servant, Scott Morrison's address to the APS was not boring, no matter what absolutely everyone else was predicting and concluding. It's no small thing for a reigning PM to address the APS, and it's a rare event. Public servants need to know the commander’s intent -- and this week, it came across loud and clear.

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The policy futurist’s reading list. How speculative fiction can inform better public policy as our society changes and grows in response to new tech

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Sci-fi has offered predictions and inspired many of the technologies we now take for granted. What one person can imagine, another can build. Being able to conceive of the optimistic outcome (and not just what you believe to be the achievable outcome) is the first step to making it happen – in both technology and public policy.