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Independent review of the APS submitted to Government

20 September 2019
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Today, Chair of the independent panel, David Thodey AO, submitted the final report of the review of the APS, through PM&C Secretary, Mr Phil Gaetjens.

The panel was asked to review the capability, culture and operating model of the APS and identify an ambitious program to guide and accelerate reforms that ensure the APS is ready to harness the changes that are transforming the Australian economy and society. 

Since May 2018, the review has considered 755 submissions, 814 online comments, conducted surveys and research, and held more than 400 meetings, workshops and information sessions — in communities and cities across every state and territory of Australia. 

The panel would like to thank everyone who supported and worked with the review. 

The ideas and insights provided by members of the community, the APS, parliamentarians and many others have shaped the review’s thinking and advice to the Government.

The findings of the review underscore the need for a trusted APS, united in serving all Australians. One that places Australian people at the heart of everything it does. This requires new ways of working to meet the demands of an increasingly connected, changing and complex world, while also harnessing the opportunities technological advances bring. A capable and accountable APS that collaborates, partners with others and delivers decisively. 

The panel conducted its review in an open and iterative way, to develop a data-driven and evidence-based platform for change. 

Research commissioned for the review, submissions and online comments are on the APS Review website. Mr Thodey set out the panel’s vision for the APS in November 2018, and the panel set out its priorities for change in March 2019.