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Thought Leadership

How much behavioural conditionality is too much?

Internationally, the payment of welfare benefits is increasingly being made contingent on a diverse array of behavioural conditions from attending parenting classes, to sending children to school and getting them immunised. We need more debate about the threat this growing regime of surveillance and punishment poses to citizens’ autonomy. Read More

Reinventing government starts at the local level

Terry Moran is a man of firm convictions and has been an outspoken critic of managerialist approaches to policy-making -- particularly of top-down (or centre-out) outsourced models. But should we reject these models completely? And if so, what should be in their place? He speaks to the Centre for Public Impact's Sarah Novak. Read More

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? Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More