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11 - Reform and restructure of the Australian Public Service

Throughout its deliberations the Commission has been provided with a range of views on the structure, performance and effectiveness of the Australian Public Service.

A summary of the current structure of Commonwealth Government was outlined in Chapter Three and Chapter Nine contained the Commission’s recommendations on the rationalisation of public sector bodies and agencies.

The Commission intends to examine in more detail issues associated with potential reform of the Australian Public Service in its Phase Two Report, scheduled for the end of March 2014.

Ahead of this, preliminary observations are outlined below.

At the whole of government level, the machinery of government changes that were implemented in September 2013 have significantly simplified and streamlined arrangements.

However, a more efficient and effective public sector also requires appropriate structures within portfolios and within individual organisations. The quality of leadership and management within the public service is likewise fundamental to improving operational performance.