Why public servants should be impartial

Australian Public Service Commissioner, Stephen Sedgwick, argues that those employed by the government have long been asked to exercise judgement and discretion if entering into public debate.

Privacy watchdog finds Australians worried over social media protections

By Julian Bajkowski The federal government’s privacy and data watchdog has delivered the biggest stocktake of community attitudes to privacy issues in five years, revealing people are more worried about the conduct of online services and social media providers than identity theft and fraud. The report from the Office the Australian Information Commissioner has found […]

Contention over muzzling government employee Tweets

By Charles Power* Social media is good for business.  However when the business of an organisation is the development of government policy, the use of Twitter, Facebook and other platforms by public servants can create problems. This was certainly the experience of the Commonwealth Department of Immigration who discovered an officer using the Twitter handle’ […]

Gillard green lights local government referendum as recriminations fly

By Julian Bajkowski and Paul Hemsley Prime Minister Julia Gillard has finally confirmed that the federal government intends hold a September 14 referendum that if successful would allow the financial recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution, but there are signs of growing tensions and signs of fracturing support for the poll within the […]

Archives sends bureaucrats back-to-school to preserve digital records

By Paul Hemsley The National Archives of Australia (NAA) has said it will school government agencies about how to best manage and preserve valuable digital records to eliminate risks involved with potentially vanishing electronic documents. The official record keeper has launched a new e-learning training module Introduction to digital records to teach personnel in agencies […]

NSW puts advertising and digital services out to pitch

By Julian Bajkowski The New South Wales Government has put the creative and digital services contracts of its $92 million-a-year advertising and public awareness scheme out to pitch, trimming around $24 million in traditional ad-spend in favour of ramping up digital communications to stakeholders. Macquarie Street now estimates that it will spend between $5 million […]

LGSA accelerates social media push

By Paul Hemsley The Local Government and Shires Association of New South Wales (LGSA) has become the latest local government peak body to launch a Twitter account as part of its website redesign and relaunch. The LGSA has joined the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), the Victorian Local Governance Association […]

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