Australian Public Service

The Thodey Review of the Australian Public Service

3 February, 2020

Chair of the Centre for Policy Development, Terry Moran and  CEO and Cranlana Moderator, Travers McLeod‘s opinion piece on the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service commissioned by the Australian Government in 2018.

“Unless the recommendations are implemented to renovate our public institutions and approach to service delivery, we risk rising populism and the Trumpian nastiness flowing from it. The Thodey Report spoke of “long-running underinvestment in the APS’s people, capital and digital capability”. Successive governments have made the APS impotent in solving big problems in the best interests of Australian communities. That must change.

In August, Prime Minister Morrison asked for a “clear line of sight” for public servants “straight through to the Australian public”. In his written response to the Thodey Report, the PM called for “a step-change in the quality of services”. Three of his six guideposts are “better services”, “getting delivery right” and “connecting the APS to all Australians”. His consolidation of departments appears an attempt to get a clearer line of sight to services in communities.

Our view is this service delivery theme will only work if three courses of treatment identified in the Thodey Report are prioritised.”

Read the full article here.