After months of speculation, the government has today released it’s response to the independent review of the APS by David Thodey.
The government has agreed with the review’s main theme, that we have a world-class public service, but, like any organisation, the APS needs to adapt and evolve to meet the rising expectations of Australians.
While the government has set some ambitious and admirable tasks in it’s reform agenda, such as standardising performance management, building internal skills and capability, and nurturing skill development and professionalisation, they have rejected calls to address the two key drivers of the hollowing out of STEM professions: the ASL cap on staff numbers, and the government’s restrictive wages and bargaining policy.
It’s difficult to see how the government will be able to succeed in building internal skills and capability if agencies are not able to recruit and retain the STEM professionals they need.
From here, the government proposes that the Secretaries Board will conduct “a three-month sprint” in early 2020 to plan implementation of the government’s reform agenda, including resourcing needs.
Your Australian Government Group committee will now set about digesting the Thodey review and the government’s response in full, you’ll hear more from us next week. You can follow these links to access the Thodey review and the government’s response.
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