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Commonwealth of Australia

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Independent Review of the Australian Public Service

2019

The Government is establishing an independent review to ensure the APS is fit-for-purpose
for the coming decades. The APS needs to be apolitical and professional, agile, innovative and efficient — driving both policy and implementation through coherent, collaborative, whole-of-government approaches. It must have the capability to meet core responsibilities and deliver functions, and to understand and deploy technology and data to drive improvement.

The review will identify an ambitious program of transformational reforms to ensure the APS is fit-for-purpose for the coming decades, and to guide and accelerate future reform activities. The review will ensure the APS is ready, over the coming decades, to best serve Australia in driving innovation and productivity in the economy, delivering high quality policy advice, regulatory oversight, programs and services, tackling complex, multi-sectoral challenges in collaboration with the community, business and citizens, ensuring our domestic, foreign, trade and security interests are coordinated and well managed. As well, the review will ensure the APS is ready to best serve Australia in improving citizens’ experience of government and delivering fair outcomes for them, acquiring and maintaining the necessary skills and expertise to fulfill its responsibilities.

In examining these issues, the review will consider the suitability of the APS’s architecture and governing legislation. It will also consider how the APS monitors and measures performance, and how it ensures the transparent and most effective use of taxpayers’ money in delivering outcomes.