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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
Anthony Maxwell I encourage the government to review the expanding use of contractors over permanent APS employee
Nicole Thorne-Vicatos As a previous APS member, I welcome the opportunity to provide input into the exisiting establish
Bradley Hinton Much of the work of the APS is knowledge-work.
Martin Andrew This is a brief submission, triggered by reading the Scope:
Anonymous DHS is a mess and a contributing factor to this, was the outsourcing of staff.
Dean Marden Cyber Security Staff – Attraction and Retention Cyber Security Staff – Attraction and Retention PDF icon Download (427.22 KB)
Australian HR Institute Please find attached a submission to the Independent Review of the APS from the Australian HR Ins David Thodey AO Chair, Review Panel APS Review PDF icon Download (313.71 KB)
Animal Medicines Australia see attached document 13 July 2018 Review Panel Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet PDF icon Download (362.49 KB)
Michael Lester Please see attached document as my submission. MICHAEL LESTER. Political Culture and the Limits of the APS Independent Inquiry. File Download (143.87 KB)
Simon Bourne Good afternoon Panel
Anthony Harris Why is this field required when a document is attached? Submission to the Independent Review of the APS Introduction File Download (130.66 KB)
QESINVACC In its current state the APS is a mixed bag of administrative clerks, technical officers, and res
Colleen O'Brien I would like to see more staff in the APS as permanent employees and not labour hire.
Janine The APS is extremely important to ensure that the proper guidelines are followed and understood.
Laura L I have worked in the APS for about 15 years.
Thi Xuan Dao Nguyen Please see uploaded PDF file. Thank you I would like to bring to your attention there exist many SES in the APS lack knowledge of technic PDF icon Download (92.44 KB)
Narayanan Srinivasaraghavan Important Note: This is an individual’s personal opinion only.
Narayanan Srinivasaraghavan Looming Challenge: Loyalty of Public Servants and Flexibility of Public Service
Dr W. Jarvie and Dr T. Mercer We are two former SES officers who are now academics involved in teaching public policy courses t 13 Australia’s employment services, 1998–2012: Using performance PDF icon Download (229.11 KB)
ThinkPlace Australia Thank you for the opportunity to submit a response to the inquiry. ThinkPlace’s submission to the Independent Review of the Australian PDF icon Download (3.74 MB)
AusTTA To the APS Review Panel 1) Transformational Leadership - Ver 5.0 PDF icon Download (512.9 KB)
Catherine McCulloch Flexible FTE
QBE Please find attached our submission to the review. QBE Insurance Group Limited ABN 28 008 485 014 PDF icon Download (149.31 KB)
Project Management Institute Good morning Redacted Mr David Thodey Chair PDF icon Download (171.3 KB)
AusTTA /ANU TLP Project 1 AusTTA /ANU Transformational Leadership Program – Project 1