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Independent Review of the Australian Public Service (AU0022)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Australia Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Support Institution(s): All Australian Government departments and their staff will be encouraged to contribute to the review. The review will also engage with state and territory governments to understand their experiences of designing and implementing transformational organisational change. Specific organisations are not currently known. but it is expected that a wide range will be consulted in the course of the review. including citizens. APS employees. community groups. business groups. public sector unions and academia.

Policy Areas

Capacity Building

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

Engage Australians in the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service
Commitment Start and End Date
September 2078-June 2079
Lead implementing agency/actor
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Commitment description
What is the public problem that the commitment will address?
The Australian public and successive Australian governments have been well served by a highly professional Australian Public Service (APS). The APS has consistently engaged with the key policy, program. service delivery and regulatory challenges of the day, and sought to understand current management. governance and technological developments.
However. new technology and global developments are transforming the Australian economy and society. This will continue and accelerate over the decades ahead. posing new opportunities and challenges for citizens. business and the broader community.
TheGovernment is determined to ensure Australia capitalises on the opportunities this provides to drive innovation. increase productivity, create jobs. improve citizens· experience of government. and deliver better services. The APS has a critical role in assisting government to manage and respond to new and emerging challenges- both in policy and implementation. But it must be best placed to harness the opportunities. with the necessary in-house capability to both develop and implement solutions.
This means improving the capacity of the APS to innovate. collaborate. and to use data and technology more effectively.
What is the commitment?
The Government has established an independent review to ensure the APS is fit-for-purpose for the coming decades. The review will examine the capability, culture and operating model of the APS and identify an ambitious program of transformational reforms.
The independent panel leading the review will consult widely, both within and outside the APS.
The panel will ensure their work is undertaken in an open and transparent manner. in collaboration with the APS and its stakeholders.
To do this. the panel will:
• encourage wide participation both within and outside the APS. and input to deliberations throughout the life of the review (including through more dynamic engagement mechanisms such as on line polls);
• utilise appropriate technologies. such as artificial intelligence and natural language processing capabilities to support timely development of insights and analysis; and
test ideas (both face-to-face and online) in an open and iterative manner.
How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?
Ensuring recommendations are well informed and reflect stakeholder input will maximise their impact in delivering transformational change and ensuring the APS is fit-for-purpose in 2030 and beyond.
By conducting the review in this manner. the panel will model a best practice approach and set the expectations for the conduct of future reviews.
Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?
This commitment will advance the OGP values of transparency
and civic participation by:
• conducting the review in an open and iterative manner;
• facilitating informed public participation into the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service;
• improving policy development and service delivery; and
enhancing transparency around the inputs to government decision-making
Additional information
Up-to-date information on the Independent Review of the APS is available at: https:!/www.apsreview.gov.au/
Milestone Activity with a verifiable deliverable
Open and ongoing consultation through face-to-face and online mechanisms which. where permissible. will be published
7/1/2018 – 6/30/2019
Report delivered to government
4/1/2019 – 6/30/2019
Contact information
Contacts
Independent Review of the APS taskforce. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Email and Phone
agsreview©gmc.gov.au
Other Actors Involved
All Australian Government departments and their staff will be encouraged to contribute to the review.
The review will also engage with state and territory governments to understand their experiences of designing and implementing transformational organisational change.
Specific organisations are not currently known. but it is expected that a wide range will be consulted in the course of the review. including citizens. APS employees. community groups. business groups. public sector unions and academia.


Australia's Commitments

  1. Strengthen Anti-Corruption Framework

    AU0016, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  2. Political Donation Transparency

    AU0017, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  3. Data Sharing

    AU0018, 2018, E-Government

  4. Improve Public Service Practice

    AU0019, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. Access to Information

    AU0020, 2018, OGP

  6. Enhance Public Engagement Skills in the Public Service

    AU0021, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Independent Review of the Australian Public Service

    AU0022, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. Expand Open Contracting

    AU0023, 2018, E-Government

  9. Whiste-Blower Protections

    AU0001, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  10. Beneficial Ownership Transparency

    AU0002, 2016, Beneficial Ownership

  11. Extractive Industries Transparency

    AU0003, 2016, Beneficial Ownership

  12. Combating Corporate Crime

    AU0004, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  13. Data Innovation

    AU0005, 2016, E-Government

  14. Public Trust in Data Sharing

    AU0006, 2016, Capacity Building

  15. Digitization of Government Services

    AU0007, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Information Management and Access Laws

    AU0008, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Freedom of Information

    AU0009, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Access to Government Data

    AU0010, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Electoral System and Political Parties

    AU0011, 2016, Public Participation

  20. National Integrity Framework

    AU0012, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  21. Open Contracting

    AU0013, 2016, Capacity Building

  22. OGP NAP

    AU0014, 2016, OGP

  23. Public Participation

    AU0015, 2016, Capacity Building