The Australian Public Service and its Ministers: time for change?

Ten months since the Commonwealth initiated its review of the Australian Public Service, the review panel has just released its Priorities for Change report. As part of its in-depth analysis of the issues, it published a paper by Hamilton Stone director Ian Holland and Griffith University researchers Anne Tiernan and Jacob Deem, on how to reform relationships between ministers, their offices and the APS. You can offer your input to the Review between now and 2 May 2019 here.

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Hearing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders

Hamilton Stone directors Ian Holland and Lisa Fenn have been talking with Indigenous people, asking them about their aged care journeys and what their information needs might be. We spoke with over 50 older Aboriginal people in places ranging from the urban to the very remote. They were Elders, grandmothers and grandfathers, and members of the Stolen Generation. Some were artists, stockmen, preachers, fisherwomen. What did we hear?

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Valuing people as the experts in their own lives

We love doing consulting work of different kinds, and the most rewarding part is the opportunity to hear the ideas and experiences that people share. When we consult, we always seek to demonstrate that we value people's expertise in their own lives. As we explained to someone who didn't understand why we would pay them for their insights: "it's because you know stuff we don't".

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