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New inter-agency team targets ‘welfare traps’ for tax white paper

A new inter-agency team led jointly by Treasury and Social Services staff is looking at how income tax could be tweaked to get more people off welfare. Treasurer Scott Morrison has put bureaucrats from his previous portfolio and Treasury staff at the helm of an inter-departmental working group to look at the link between income tax and welfare payments, with a view to informing the tax white paper that accompanies the federation reform process. It appears the Treasurer believes a large number of welfare recipients would like to pick up tools and become lifters, not leaners, in his predecessor's terminology, but are discouraged from doing so by the interaction between the "complicated welfare system" and income tax arrangements. Read More

Helping agencies reach indigenous spending targets

Indigenous Business Australia has launched a new team to help its clients in the maturing indigenous business sector win more corporate and government contracts. It will also help federal agencies meet new targets that demand a significant increase in spending with indigenous businesses over the next few years. Read More

The power shift to the hands of the citizen

Digital disruption is one of the biggest drivers of change we have witnessed in recent times and is rewriting the relationship government has with its citizens. This is the time to relish the significant opportunity for leaders in the public sector to rethink what’s possible, to build a dynamic relationship with citizens and use the technology available to drive innovation and agility. Read More

Federal agency takes on The Australian over executive pay

Airservices Australia maintains its reputation is being dragged through the mud and that information about executive remuneration from its annual report is being misrepresented. The stakes are not trivial; a Senate inquiry into the agency's performance remains ongoing. Read More