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Thank you to everyone who has made a submission to this review of Australia’s public service. Your analysis, experiences and ideas are invaluable.

About submissions

At the close of our call for public submissions on 31 July 2018, the review had received 668 contributions over 8 weeks.

We value all input and continued to accept submissions — bringing us to well over 700.

We stopped accepting submissions on 31 May 2019. And encourage you to read more of the ideas received during this review.

Of all the submissions to this review:

  • 80% came from individuals, with the largest group being employees of the Australian Public Service, as well as people using government services and others with public sector expertise
  • 18% came from organisations including small and large business, government and industry or interest groups
  • contributions came from every Australian state and territory, as well as some international jurisdictions
  • and some entities sent in more than 1 submission

What we heard

It’s clear public servants are passionate about their work but there is a sense the service is not always reaching its potential, meeting expectations or being as proactive as it would like.

Public servants and their organisations are grappling with:

  • a lack of confidence
  • divergent priorities
  • working relationships which can be fragile and distrusting
  • structures and processes that can get in the way of doing a good job
  • getting and keeping the people they need

People told us they want:

  • a clear purpose and culture shared across the public service
  • a valued and respected institution
  • skills and capabilities that are developed, maintained and renewed among employees
  • better understanding of the changing nature of leadership and expertise
  • new ways of working embedded in the system
  • an inventive and nimble public service focused on outcomes modern structures, processes and organisations
  • a focus on the needs of the people of Australia

Publishing submissions

Authors chose if they wanted their submission to be published, and were also able to be anonymous if they wished.

Of the total submissions:

  • 77% were published
  • 23% remain private

Of the published submissions:

  • 57% were named
  • 43% were anonymous

Submissions were checked carefully against legal and privacy requirements in our terms and conditions. Some were published with personal information or third party references redacted.

The views in these submissions belong to their authors. They also provided us with insights to different experiences with the public service and help to inform a public discussion.


Title Submission Transcript Attachment
Brett Morgan Improvements and changes to the way we employ our people and how we manage our budgets and system
Zaharoula Karzis-Wyatt I have been a member of the APS for almost 20 years, when I started the majority of staff were pe
Phillip Balding A few of my thoughts, from an ICT background:
Dr Martin Dunn Submission attached. Conduct of the APS Review File Download (26.99 KB)
Academy of the Social Sciences Submission from the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Ltd The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP PO Box 6021, Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600 PDF icon Download (1.09 MB)
Wayne Farrell The Public Service is currently centred in Canberra.
Mathew Smith As part of the APS, I am held accountable according to the APS Code of Conduct, as established, i
Philip Gorman The politicization of the APS is a national disgrace.
Laura Mazin My submission focuses on the citizen experience of two of the eighteen departments, being Departm Input into the Australian Public Service Review Citizen experience July 2018 PDF icon Download (202.66 KB)
John Papadimitriou Please find attached submission on gender discrimination in the APS. Addressing gender discrimination in the APS PDF icon Download (491.66 KB)
gulliver coote The public service is integral to the delivery of a stable democratic Australia.
SEEK Thank you for the opportunity for SEEK to make a submission to the Independent Review of the Aust SEEK SUBMISSION INDEPENDENT REIVEW OF THE AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC SERVICE File Download (781.22 KB)
Sam Hamilton I have uploaded a personal submission on the value of personal leave banks to individuals and the Independent Review of the APS Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet PDF icon Download (286.07 KB)
Richard Manderson Submission for the Review into the APS Ethics and the public service File Download (58.81 KB)
Phillip Balding The APS would benefit from the government having 4.5 year terms (calling elections after 4).
Aaron Benes Hi there,
Brendan Sargeant No answer Some Propositions about the World and the Australian Public Service Introduction File Download (36.04 KB)
Curtin University Submission from the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy, Curtin University. Submission to the independent review of the Australian Public Service (APS) File Download (92.4 KB)
Civil Liberties Australia Model Litigant rules, whistleblowers, excessive working hours, public comment by APS members To: Independent Review of the APS File Download (169.09 KB)
Colin den Ronden Further to my earlier submission, here is a supplemental submission.
Jason Sinclair Hi
The Ethics Centre Please see submission attached below. MR DAVID THODEY AO Redacted PDF icon Download (185.77 KB)
Professor S Stoneway There have been several practical problems with the APS over time.
Gaye McDonald My complaint is with the Tax Office who used RP Data to decide how much land tax I had to pay.
Dick Howard Pumps The high pay rates and excessive perks such as salary sacrificing and mortgage payments BEFORE in