When the votes are counted, the victors have sloshed their champagne, and the vanquished are limping home to lick their wounds, what happens next? In particular, what will the landscape look like if Labor wins?
Within agencies, no matter which party wins, it will be back to business with a vengeance. In some agencies, there will be changes at the top as incoming governments typically take a hard look at the performance of their agency heads. This is likely to occur within days of the election.
If there has been a change of government, there will be briefings for a new minister, and an assessment of how new policies might impact the agency’s operations.
Policy announcements made during the heat of the election campaign must now be assessed and implementation plans must be developed. Agencies will have been monitoring the policies of both major parties during the election campaign, and discussing strategies for their implementation.
There may be a brake on spending in some agencies while new priorities are assessed. There might also be a reassessment of existing business arrangements and contracts.