PIRSA wins public sector management prize

South Australia’s Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) has won the top prize at this year’s Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management. The Gold award was given for PIRSA’s South Australian River Murray Sustainability (SARMS), a $265 million program funded by the Australian Government under a National Partnership Agreement, which is […]

Fresh hunt for government Annual Report writers is on

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski Prime Minister Tony Abbott may have pared back the names of his ministries in pursuit of Zen-like simplicity, but the public service’s peak professional group is determined not to let the executive arm of government stake out a monopoly on the values of plain English, clarity of thinking and […]

BCA bureaucratic meddling claims slammed by Gray

Special Minister of State, Gary Gray, has vehemently rejected claims by the head the Business Council of Australia, Jennifer Westacott, that inexperienced and meddlesome ministerial staffers are eroding the quality of policy development and public administration. In an angry rebuke to Ms Westacott’s speech and proposed public service improvements last week, Mr Gray has accused […]


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