Academy response to Inquiry into the Australian Public Service 2018

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The Australia Public Service and the Social Sciences

This submission examines the capability, culture and operating model of the APS. It makes eight practical recommendations to help ensure the APS is ready, over the coming decades, to best serve Australia in: driving innovation and productivity in the economy; delivering high quality policy advice, regulatory oversight, programs and services; tackling complex, multi-sectoral challenges in collaboration with the community, business and citizens; ensuring our domestic, foreign, trade and security interests are coordinated and well managed; improving citizens’ experience of government and delivering fair outcomes for them; acquiring and maintaining the necessary skills and expertise to fulfil its responsibilities In examining these issues, the submission considers the suitability of the APS’s architecture and governing legislation. It also considers how the APS monitors and measures performance, and how it ensures the transparent and most effective use of taxpayers’ money in delivering outcomes.

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