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Professor Andrew Podger AO

BSc (Hons) (Sydney), AO, FASSA

Elected: 2011

Discipline: Economics

Specialisation: Public administration, social policy (social security, tax and transfers, health and health insurance), China

Profile

Andrew Podger is Professor of Public Policy at ANU, and Adjunct Professor at Xi’an Jiao-tong University in China.

He was Secretary of the Australian Department of Health and Aged Care from 1996 to 2002, and previously headed the Departments of Housing and Regional Development and Administrative Services. He was Public Service Commissioner from 2002 to 2004.

Before he retired from the Public Service in 2005 he headed a task force on the delivery of health and aged care services for Prime Minister John Howard.

Since retiring from the APS, Andrew Podger has advised governments in Australia and Asia on various aspects of public administration, particularly on social policies and public sector management, and published extensively on these subjects, including in recent years in occasional pieces in the Australian Financial Review.

Since joining ANU, he has coordinated and contributed to many workshops of academic experts and practitioners on issues of contemporary relevance to government, including through the China Australia Dialogue on Public Administration, the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the HC Coombs Policy Forum. These have focused on such issues as inter-governmental relations, public service reform, citizens-centred services, tax and social security and economic growth and well-being. Each workshop has led to publications in academic journals or equivalent, and include articles authored by Podger. He is also frequently invited to present to international forums such as the International Institute of Administrative Studies and the American Society for Public Administration.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in pure mathematics from Sydney University, is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of the (US) National Academy of Public Administration, a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of the Australia New Zealand School of Government. He was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2004.

Appointments

ANU Professor of Public Policy (since 2011)

National President, IPAA (2004-2010)

Public Service Commissioner (2002-2004)

Secretary, Department of Health and Aged Care (and name variants) (1996-2002)

Secretary, Department of Housing and Regional Development (1994-1996)

Secretary, Department of Administrative Services (1993-1994)

Deputy Secretary, Department of Defence (1990-1993)

SES positions in Finance (1982-1990), Social Security (1978-1982)

Awards

Officer of Order of Australia (AO)

Publications

Podger, Andrew, and Tsai-tsu Su, John Wanna, Meili Niu and Hon Chan (eds), 2018. Value for Money: Budgeting and financial management reform in the Peoples Republic of China, Taiwan and Australia, ANU Press, Canberra. 2018

Podger, Andrew, 2018. ‘Further development of Australia’s Financial Management Legislation: Making “Accountability for Results” really work?’, in Podger et al (eds), Value for Money: Budgeting and financial management reform in the Peoples Republic of China, Taiwan and Australia, ANU Press, Canberra. 2018

Podger, Andrew, 2018. ‘PAR’s (and ASPA’s) Contribution to Public Administration Internationally’. Viewpoint in Public Administration Review, 2018, Volume 78, Issue 1

Podger, Andrew, 2018. ‘Book Review: Clive Hamilton’s Silent Invasion’, The Conversation, 20 March 2018 , at http://theconversation.com/book-review-clive-hamiltons-silent-invasion-chinas-influence-in-australia-93650.

Podger, Andrew and Keating, Michael, 2018. ‘Building an Adequate but Sustainable Retirement Incomes System’, in Mark Fabian and Robert Breunig (eds), 2018, Hybrid Public Policy Innovations: Contemporary Policy Beyond Ideology, Routledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy, , Routledge, New York and London

Podger, Andrew, 2018. ‘Government-Market Mixes for Health Care’, in Mark Fabian and Robert Breunig (eds), 2018, Hybrid Public Policy Innovations: Contemporary Policy Beyond Ideology, Routledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy, , Routledge, New York and London

Podger, Andrew, 2019. ‘Engaging with China and the US: an increasingly complex challenge, including for PA scholars and practitioners’, Viewpoint in Public Administration Review, January-February 2019, 79:1

Podger, Andrew, 2019. ‘Fake News: Could Self-regulation of the Media Help to Protect the Public? The Experience of the Australian Press Council’, Invited Editorial, Public Integrity, January 2019.

Podger, Andrew, 2015. ‘Australia’s Welfare System: Family Assistance and Tax Elements’, in John Menadue and Michael Keating (eds), Fairness, Opportunity and Security: Filling the Policy Vacuum, ATF Press, Adelaide, 2015, pp 383-388

Whiteford, Peter, and Podger, Andrew, 2015. ‘Inequality and Australia’s Welfare System’, in John Menadue and Michael Keating (eds), Fairness, Opportunity and Security: Filling the Policy Vacuum, ATF Press, Adelaide, 2015, pp 389-394

Podger, Andrew, 2015. ‘Innovation in the public sector: Beyond the rhetoric to a genuine “learning culture”’, in John Wanna, Hsu-Ann Lee and Sophie Yates (eds), Managing under Austerity: Delivering under Pressure’, ANU Press, Canberra, November 2015

Podger, Andrew, 2016. Final Report: ANU School of Music Consultations, report to ANU Vice-Chancellor, Australian National University, August 2016

Podger, Andrew and Wanna, John, 2016. Sharpening the Sword of the State: Building executive capacities in the public services of the Asia-Pacific, ANU Press, Canberra, November 2016

Podger, Andrew, 2016. ‘Public sector executive development in the Asia-Pacific: Different contexts but similar challenges’, Chapter 1 in Podger and Wanna (eds), Sharpening the Sword of the State: Building executive capacities in the public services of the Asia-Pacific, ANU Press, Canberra, November 2016, pp1-18

Podger, Andrew, 2016. ‘Conclusions: An historic triumph that presents big challenges for public policy’, in Hal Kendig et al (eds), Population Ageing and Australia’s Future, ANU Press, Canberra, November 2016

Podger, Andrew, 2016. ‘Federalism and Australia’s National Health and Health Insurance System’, Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, Volume 11 Issue 3, December 2016, pp26-37

Podger, Andrew, 2017. ‘Enduring Challenges and New Developments in Public Human Resource Management: Australia as an Example of International Experience’, Review of Public Personnel Administration, Volume 37 Number 1, March 2017, pp 108-128

Podger, Andrew and Menzel, Don, 2014. ‘East-West Values and Ethical Leadership in China’, Public Integrity, Volume 16 No. 2, Spring 2014, pp159-164 (part of a Public Integrity symposium co-edited with Don Menzel)

Collins, Paul and Podger, Andrew (eds), 2014. Public Policy for Pensions Reform: A Governance Challenge for Public Administration and Development, Special Issue of Public Administration and Development, co-edited with Paul Collins, Volume 34 Number 4

Collins, Paul, Podger, Andrew and Dong Keyong, 2014. ‘Public Policy for Pensions Reform: A Governance Challenge for Public Administration and Development’, Public Administration and Development, Volume 34 Number 4, October 2014, pp223-230

Podger, Andrew, David Stanton and Peter Whiteford, 2014. ‘Designing Social Security Systems: Learning from Australia and Other Countries’, Public Administration and Development, Volume 34 Number 4, October 2014, pp231-250

Podger, Andrew and Chan, Hon, 2015. ‘The Concept of “Merit” in Australia, China and Taiwan’, Australian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 74 Number 3, September 2015, pp257-269

Podger, Andrew, 2015. ‘A Fair, Effective and Sustainable Retirement Income Scheme’, in John Menadue and Michael Keating (eds), Fairness, Opportunity and Security: Filling the Policy Vacuum, ATF Press, Adelaide, 2015, pp171-180

Podger, Andrew, 2015. ‘Australia’s Welfare System: Family Assistance and Tax Elements’, in John Menadue and Michael Keating (eds), Fairness, Opportunity and Security: Filling the Policy Vacuum, ATF Press, Adelaide, 2015, pp 383-388

Podger, A, Trewin, D (eds) (2014) Measuring and Promoting Wellbeing: How Important is Economic Growth. ANU Press, Canberra.

Podger, A, Yan, B (2013), Public Administration in China and Australia: Different Worlds but Similar Challenges, in Australian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 72, Issue 3, September 2013, pp 201-219

Podger, A (2013), Mostly Welcome, but are the Politicians Fully Aware of What They have Done? The Public Service Amendment Act 2013, in Australian Journal of Public Administration, 72(2), June 2013, pp77-81

Wanna, J, Vincent, S, Podger, A (eds) (2012) With the benefit of hindsight: Valedictory reflections from departmental secretaries, 2004-11, ANU Press, Canberra.

Podger, A (2009) The Role of Departmental Secretaries: Personal Reflections on the Breadth of Responsibilities Today, ANU Press, Canberra

Podger, A (2007) What Really Happens: Departmental Secretary Appointments, contracts and Performance Pay in the Australian Public Service, in Australian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66 Issue 2, June 2007, pp131-147

Podger, A (2006), ‘A Model Health System for Australia’, The Inaugural Menzies Centre Lecture on Public Health Policy, the Menzies Centre for Public Health Policy, 3 February 2006, in Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 2006 (Volume 1 Issues 1 and 2, and Volume 2 Issue 1).

Contact

Email: andrew.podger [at] anu.edu.au

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