Australia’s Public Sector

James Whelan | Attitudes toward our Public Services

James Whelan, Public Service Research Program Director, recently wrote an article for Government News discussing the newly published CPD paper entitled State of the Public Service Report. Within this article for Government News James discusses the...

Visualisation of CPD’s ‘State of the Public Service’ report

Following the launch of CPD’s ‘State of the Australian Public Service’ report, we convened roundtable discussions in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. The presentation shared with roundtable participants is now available here in a user-friendly...

James Whelan | Public Sector Myths Dispelled

CPD’s public service program director James Whelan talks with Business Spectator about our recent State of the Australian Public Service Alternative Report. Public sector cutbacks are an easy political gain, until the services they...

Public sector cuts will hurt in times of crisis

Premier Barry O’Farrell communicated his intentions before the state election: we could expect to see fewer ‘‘back room bureaucrats’’ but rest assured that this wouldn’t mean fewer public servants to deliver ‘‘frontline’’ services like...

Public Service (and CPD) in Australian Parliament 12 September

Dr LEIGH (Fraser) (21:12): I rise to speak in praise of public sector workers in the ACT and throughout Australia. It was my pleasure recently to attend a roundtable discussion hosted by Slater and...

James Whelan | The Drum

We often hear about ‘trimming the fat’ in the public service but is there enough thought behind this popular phrase? CPD public service program research director Dr. James Whelan joined panellists Tim Wilson, Andrew...

Frank Cassidy | The Public Service – 702 ABC Sydney

Why is there a culture of “bashing” the public service in Australia? Frank Cassidy, Director of Public Service News, was on ABC radio yesterday discussing our some of our findings in, The State of...

Mark Bahnisch | The Public Service and Public Values

With CPD’s The State of the Australian Public Service: An Alternative Report revealing a widening gap between the anti-public servant rhetoric and the positive attitudes held by Australian citizens, there are growing inconsistencies within...

Peter Martin | Public Service Same Size As 20 Years Ago

It is a lot easier for politicians to talk about slashing the budget than actually finding where to make savings and what to cut. The public service is a favourite victim of the ever...

Peter Jean | Warning on Simplifying the Public Service

Australia seems to be confused about how it feels about it’s public service. By and large we are well-disposed to public servants who deliver immediate benefits, like health-care, but are underwhelmed about the performance...