Topic archives: australian public service

Turnbull has an opportunity to address the real reasons social welfare falls short

May 15, 2018 10

The government's upcoming review of the public service is a welcome opportunity to fix persistent problems with the delivery of social services, something ministers are unwilling to do themselves.

Does anyone in the Australian public service get held to account?

April 17, 2018 43

Bungles are becoming increasingly commonplace in the public service but no one ever seems to be held to account for them, reflecting how poorly bureaucrats manage underperformance.

Vanishing public servants and Schroedinger’s emails at estimates

February 27, 2018 8

Missing public servants and emails in a quantum state of flux dominated the first day of estimates.

Ex-government furniture yields bureaucratic gold for lucky journalists

February 1, 2018 32

Canberra's ex-government furniture market usually only provides pre-loved desks and chairs. For the ABC, it yielded a lot more.

Public servants ignoring the public interest in freedom of information

January 17, 2018 10

Bureaucratic efforts to undermine Freedom of Information laws by insisting it prevents "frank and fearless advice" hurts democracy and further estranges the governing class from he electorate.

When he’s not fighting homophobes, he’s fighting recalcitrant bureaucrats

December 8, 2017 4

Sick of hearing the same complaints about the Public Service over and over, one parliamentary committee is going after departments to crack down on bureaucrats who keep making the same mistakes.

Australians want bold leadership, not timid bureaucrats, says Terry Moran

November 22, 2017 1

Influential former public servant Terry Moran says Australians want a more robust public service.

Surprise, surprise: Immigration and Border Force budget blows out

November 2, 2017 8

It was supposed to save hundreds of millions, but the merger of Immigration and Customs has produced yet another huge budget blowout.

Tips and rumours

September 8, 2017 1

Is Joel Bowden mulling a political career? ... Culleton knows the law ... Guardian has it both ways ...

High Court win could further concentrate the government’s power

September 8, 2017 12

The High Court appears to have opened the way further to unchecked executive expenditure with its marriage equality decision.

Public servant social media policy unenforceable, possibly unconstitutional

August 7, 2017 5

The new Turnbull government social media policy has been criticised as an attack of freedom of speech. But does it breach the constituion?

What Mark Latham didn’t say about his ‘white male privilege’ report

July 11, 2017 6

Gender and diversity training in the APS is working, but you won't hear Mark Latham say that.

Australian Border Force head ‘on leave’

July 3, 2017 8

One of the government's most senior bureaucrats is on leave while "a matter" is investigated.

No ‘care bears’ at Immigration, and no reviews for beleaguered management

May 22, 2017 10

The troubled Department of Immigration may prefer to ignore staff anger at its executive rather than deal with it, Crikey has been told.

Arrogant Immigration continues to bungle and stumble

May 19, 2017 10

There is no area where the Department of Immigration doesn't stuff up. Not even its own accommodation.

Beyond the Paleo: public servants need to learn their limits

March 8, 2017 5

Recent efforts from the APS has former government business editor and senior columnist for The Australian Financial Review Verona Burgess questioning whether the public service is fit for purpose.

Coalition spends billions on useless, ‘butt-covering’ consultants’ reports

Coalition spends billions on useless, ‘butt-covering’ consultants’ reports

February 21, 2017 5

And you can thank John Howard for that, writes business journalist Michael West.

Public service stuck in the hole Abbott dug for it

February 17, 2017 11

Nearly 18 months into the Turnbull era, the public service remains in a bad way, to the cost of the government.

A public event with no journos allowed

February 6, 2017

Crikey sister site The Mandarin booted from public event.

Treasury throw Morrison under the omnibus*

September 1, 2016 1

It's the sort of error public servants dread -- a howler that goes right through them all and into a high-profile bill. And the best and the brightest of the Public Service did it to their Treasurer.