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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
Mr Paul McCullough Please refer to attached submission. 30 July, 2018 Mr David Thodey AO File Download (94.01 KB)
Australian Library and Information Please see attached document. Submission in response to the Australian Public Service review, first PDF icon Download (129.45 KB)
Elizabeth Ganter Elizabeth Ganter - Paper presented at IPSA 2018 World Congress, Brisbane 21-25 July 2018 PDF icon Download (337.56 KB)
The University of Queensland Please find a submission from The University of Queensland attached. ndependent Review of the Australian Public Service PDF icon Download (485.52 KB)
Yee-Fui Ng Dear Panel, Please find attached my submission to the APS Review. 0000000000 Submission to the Independent Review of Australian Public Service File Download (733.2 KB)
Anonymous Please see attachment. Thank you for your consideration. Professional discrimination stemming from ignorance or lack of technical expertise in the APS can File Download (20.84 KB)
Anonymous EBSCOhost Page 1 of 9 PDF icon Download (467.84 KB)
Anonymous Submission to APS review Submission to APS review File Download (31.83 KB)
Anonymous The interface of the public service and the people to whom it serves must be improved. This submission is written as a reflection of my experience and diverse involvement with the PDF icon Download (70.07 KB)
Anonymous The APS is a large, complex and diverse culture. Planning for the future is essential. APS Workforce - Performance based contracts, fixed-term (3yr x 3yr)/mandatory mobility at end PDF icon Download (99.12 KB)
Anonymous Submission attached. De-politicise the APS – the politicians, i.e. File Download (30.6 KB)
Anonymous PDF icon Download (1.61 MB)
Anonymous Attached. Thanks. Public service ideas The SES accountability gap File Download (17.29 KB)
Anonymous Attached. Thanks. Public service ideas The SES accountability gap File Download (17.29 KB)
Anonymous This proposal asserts that the existing linear APS classification system no longer represents the Overlapping APS pay scales proposal Proposal PDF icon Download (65.72 KB)
Anonymous Please refer to the attached APS Review: Graduate Programs PDF icon Download (221.76 KB)
Anonymous Please see atttached my thoughts on APS reform, it needs major reform. APS Review Submission – by an anonymous EL2 long serving Public Servant, who also has commercial File Download (29.46 KB)
Anonymous Please see attached. Independent Panel Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet PO Box 6500 PDF icon Download (7.43 MB)
Anonymous Please see the attachment. APSReview@pmc.gov.au File Download (63.79 KB)
Anonymous Attached recommendations Key objectives for the agencies and staff and the mandate they require to enable policy. File Download (24.19 KB)
Anonymous Please see attached submission. Submission to APS Review REDACTED PDF icon Download (42.21 KB)
Anonymous My submission is attached Submission to APS Review Introduction File Download (448.8 KB)
Anonymous See attachment I want to emphasise this is a general view of the APS, not a criticism of any particular agency. File Download (29.08 KB)
Anonymous document has been uploaded Submission to APS Review File Download (35.64 KB)