Co-presented with Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney
Date/Time: Thursday 4 August from 6 to 7.30pm
Venue: Law School Foyer, Level 2, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, the University of Sydney. Venue location
Free and open to all with online registration requested. Please register online at this page.
The vocation of public service remains a cornerstone of Australian democracy. Yet its traditional virtues are under pressure. Too often exciting innovations have remained at the periphery, failing to deliver on their promise. New approaches to the designing, commissioning and funding of government services have yet to transform the centre of public administration. Bureaucratic structures, regulatory compliance systems and a culture of risk aversion have narrowed the manner in which public accountability and stewardship have been perceived.
Yet, with political authority, governance can become more participatory and inclusive. Businesses, social enterprises and research institutions can partner with government agencies to become co-producers of public benefit. Sectoral boundaries can become porous and relationships collaborative. A new public service can emerge, based upon principles of flexibility, experimentation, facilitative leadership and organisational agility.