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Australia, like many other countries worldwide, has seen significant progress in eliminating gender-based discrimination in recent decades. As of June 2014, there were 105,700 more females than males residing in Australia, with 11.7 million males and...
Australia operates under a federal system with three different levels of government. These include the Commonwealth Government, the state and territory governments and local councils (Australian Government 2011a). There are six states in Australia:...
Defence procurement has been a persistent subject of concern for governments across Western nations for several decades. The large dollar value of acquisition contracts, the positive employment return from major contracts, the advanced technology...
There is almost no gender disparity at primary school level in Australia. The net enrolment ratio (NER) in 2002-2003 was 94.3 per cent for boys and 95.1 per cent for girls, leading to a gender parity index (GPI) of 1.01. The disparity increases at...
Since the successful launch of the Commonwealth Profiles series in 1995, much has happened. When the Auckland CHOGM of 1995 mandated its ‘Towards a New Public Administration’ Programme, many Commonwealth member countries, to a greater or lesser...
Change in management philosophy and practice in the Australian Public Service since the 1970s has been influenced significantly by a number of reviews.
The dynamic economic changes that have been undertaken by governments around the world are evident in Australia. Microeconomic policy reforms, introduced by the federal government progressively since the 1980s, have included the floating of the...
Prior to federation, each of the six self-governing colonies in Australia had begun to establish and systematise their individual public services.
Successive Australian governments have implemented reforms in the financial, public service and workplace relations fields with the aim of achieving a performance culture within the public sector and of improving the responsiveness of the public...
Traditionally, Australian public servants saw it as their role to provide citizens with services that were fair, equitable, correctly and lawfully delivered – where entitlements under the law were economically and carefully administered with an...
Public sector reform in Australia has been sustained for more than 20 years with constant extension and evolution, not only accepted, but often driven, by public sector managers. The incremental reforms have mostly been bipartisan; successive...
In Australia's current population of almost 20 million around half are employed. Of this 10 million, a little over 1.5 million, or around 15 per cent, are employed by government. This public sector workforce is made up of the three levels of...
The importance of strengthening the leadership cadre for the APS was highlighted with the creation of the Senior Executive Service in 1984.
The Commonwealth of Australia was established on 1 January 1901. The Constitution of the new Commonwealth was drawn up by various contemporaries of colonial parliamentarians during the 1890s; it was endorsed by the people at referendums and embodied...
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