Today I have announced a 2 week extension to the submissions deadline for our independent review of the Australian public service.
Submissions will now be accepted up until midnight on 31 July 2018.
I want to thank the many people and organisations who have engaged with the review so far and we look forward to even more contributions.
We have now published the first batch of public submissions and it’s good to see contributions from public servants whose advice and counsel is vital to this review.
We look forward to more insights from public and private sector organisations, and the many Australians who engage with government services in day-to-day life.
I’d also like to welcome to the review a reference group that will be a sounding board for our independent panel:
- Lord Gus O’Donnell, former Cabinet Secretary for the UK
- Her Excellency Janice Charette, former secretary to the Cabinet in Canada
- Mr Peter Ong Boon Kwee, former head of the civil service in Singapore
- Mr Peter Hughes, New Zealand State Services Commissioner
- Sir Bill English, former Prime Minister of New Zealand
- Dr David Morgan AO, former deputy secretary in the Australian Treasury
- Mr Mike Baird, former Premier of the state of NSW
- The Hon Stephen Smith, former Federal Government Cabinet Minister
- The Hon Helen Coonan, former Federal Government Cabinet Minister
This group has great experience and will be an important source of lessons learnt in Australia and around the world.
Australia’s public service works on things that are important to our society, democracy and economy including laws, policies, programs and services.
This review is about the future, ensuring we have a vibrant public service known for its people, insights, delivery, ethos and everyday work for the people of Australia.
In our terms of reference, the panel has been asked to look at the culture, capabilities and operating model of the Australian public service.
With my colleagues on the panel, I encourage you to think about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the public service. What does the future look like? What expectations do you have?
David Thodey AO
Chair, Independent Review of the Australian Public Service