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Trusted and respected partner

Share your ideas

We’ve heard how important it is for the Australian Public Service to be a ‘trusted and respected partner’. We’re keen to hear your suggestions on how to realise this vision.

In 2030 how should the Australian Public Service partner with:

Explore the discussion threads for the relationships above. What are your responses to the questions we’ve posed?

Be as specific as you can about the changes you think are needed. Who should do what – and how?

You may also want to think about what factors have stopped change in the past. And you could point us to examples you have seen of a job well done!

Why is this important?

We’ve heard how important it is for the Australian Public Service to be trusted and respected by the people and organisations it works with – now and into the future. We’ve also heard there are opportunities for the Australian Public Service to improve its relationships and the quality of engagement.

At its best, the Australian Public Service actively seeks and draws upon a diverse range of perspectives, expertise and experience. It looks to collaborate with others in, for example, developing and implementing policy and programs, administering regulation, delivering services and formulating solutions to complex challenges.

Of course, there are some great examples across the Australian Public Service where such relationships are in place, delivering great results for all. Sometimes other relationships are more fragile or need some support. That’s ok.

Looking to 2030 and beyond, we are interested in how the organisation as a whole can model the behaviours, skills and values of a trusted and respected partner.

Who are the partners?

In thinking of the Australian Public Service as a trusted and respected partner, we are considering its relationships with a range of individuals, organisations and institutions, for example:

  • civil society – business, academia, not-for profits and other non-government institutions
  • other Australian governments – state, territory and local
  • ministers and other parliamentarians, as well as their advisors
  • our overseas equivalents and other international organisations
  • people of Australia