Hi there Govloop members. This is a lengthy post. I apologise for that.
It’s been a while, but the Blueprint has finally been released. Go take a look.
On 29 March I was lucky enough to be able to attend ‘APS Reform: A Conversation’ at the Museum of Australian Democracy. This event was part of the release of the report ‘Ahead of the Game’.
The format was a discussion between Mr Terry Moran, Chair of the Reform Advisory Group, Advisory Group member Ms Ann Sherry AO and Deputy Secretary Ms Liza Carroll. The conversation was hosted by Dr Julianne Schultz AM editor of the Griffith Review.
It was a great conversation- fluid, natural, informed and, in some respects, passionate. By the latter I am referring to the passion around doing the best by the public and the nation.
In my view there were two standouts in the conversation. One was concerned with internal red tape, the other around Web 2.0 (social media if you like).
Internal red tape was an issue that came up frequently in the widespread consultations carried out by the Advisory Group. Terry mentioned the tendency of corporate areas to create red tape – HR was one example given. Some internal red tape was decribed as ‘bizarre’ and there was a sense that these areas needed to change. I suppose this struck a nerve as in my own submission to PMC I expressed the view that to reform the APS we needed to drastically reform corporate areas.
The other significant thread of the conversation was around citizen engagement and Web 2.0 technologies. There were others of equal significance of course – e.g leadership. However, citizen engagement was most significant due to the impacts on everything we do. And let’s not forget the beefing up and expansion of the APSC (exiting).
We had a little time left for questions. A few people braved the microphone. Yours truly included.
It would be really great to get some input from our Govloop colleagues and friends. Especially, on what you think Agencies/Departments could do to bring the blueprint to life. I also venture to say that the blueprint could also be of use in other countries and jurisdictions.
Could you also cross post here to help get the ideas moving.