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Effective Government


The Effective Government Program examines how Australia can best ensure that its public institutions deliver active and effective government in the 21st century.

Delivering an active and effective government means tackling long-term policy challenges, delivering high-quality services to the community, weathering existential shocks from abroad, and instilling in the public a shared confidence and respect in their public institutions, and in one another.

Experts


Terry Moran AC (Chair)

Expertise
Australian public service; public sector reform; economic development

Allison Orr (Operations Director)

Expertise
Democratic theory; governance; strategic communication; international relations

Chris Bonnor AM

Expertise
Education; school funding; private and public schools

Don Russell (Board Member)

Expertise
Economics; innovation; investment; energy; public sector; climate change

Kirsten Gray (Board Member)

Expertise
Human rights; child protection; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Ian McAuley

Expertise
Public policy; economic policy

Geoff Shuetrim (Research Committee)

Expertise
Economics; finance; IT

Latest Articles


How private management consultants took over the public service

Georgia Wilkinson - October 2021

Published in The Saturday Paper on October 9 2021. By Rick Morton, with comments from CEO Travers McLeod and Board Chair Terry Moran. On June 7, global management consulting firm McKinsey and...

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Travers McLeod’s response to George Megalogenis’ Quarterly Essay, Exit Strategy: Politics After the Pandemic

Georgia Wilkinson - September 2021

Published in The Quarterly Essay 83, September 2021 Reading Exit Strategy as most of Australia went back into lockdown with one of the world’s worst vaccination rates made me wonder whether...

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Leslie Loble, Travers McLeod & Jen Jackson: America has a big-picture vision for its children, so why don’t we?

Georgia Wilkinson - September 2021

Published in The Age on September 1, 2021 Amid fears about the long-term impact of COVID on kids, it’s worth reflecting on the bigger picture for children in Australia – the story...

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CPD appears at the Senate inquiry into the current capability of the Australian Public Service

Georgia Wilkinson - August 2021

On Friday 6 August 2021, CPD’s CEO Travers McLeod, CPD Chairperson Terry Moran AC and Senior Policy Advisor Frances Kitt appeared at the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee’s inquiry...

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New Materials: Early Childhood Initiative Evidence Pack 1

Georgia Wilkinson - July 2021

CPD’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Initiative is pleased to release its first evidence pack: ‘Building the Case for Reform’. The evidence pack has been adapted from materials prepared by the...

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Ensuring that newly arrived refugees settle effectively into their new local communities across Australia offers a range of great benefits to our society and economy.

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There is plenty of evidence to suggest democracy is in trouble. In Australia, more people are losing trust in our public institutions and processes. Business and civil society are viewed mistrustfully as well.

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Australia faces growing inequity and disadvantage in our schools. Our education system is separating into a hierarchy of advantaged and over-funded schools at the top end, and disadvantaged, under-funded schools at the bottom.

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Fundamental to an active and effective government that is fit for purpose in the 21st century is strengthening the capabilities of our public sector.

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