The Federal Government has pledged $38.7 million over three years to the Australian Public Service Commission to implement the Australian Public Service (APS) wide recommendations of the report that outlined how the government should to reform Australian Government administration.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced his acceptance of all recommendations made in the report, Ahead of the Game: Blueprint for Reform of Australian Government Administration, in a speech at the Australian National University (ANU) on 8 May 2010.
Handed to the Government on 29 March 2010, the medium reported at the time, that the Government’s decision not to release the report publically signified likely budget implications.
The funding is allocated in three blocks; $14.4 million in 2010-11 of, $10.7 million in 2011-12 and $10.1 million in 2012-13.
The Blueprint (in keeping with tradition, referred to often by the name of the Chair of the report, Terry Moran) offers significant potential to the ICT Industry. The executive summary of the Blueprint states:
“The Advisory Group recommends the following nine, interdependent reforms to equip the APS to meet the challenges it faces. Some reforms may be implemented immediately, others require further planning and consultation. The reforms also require integrated information systems and management strategies to ensure more coordinated service delivery across the APS. “
The Blueprint outlines a broad reform package that includes mechanisms to streamline and integrate service delivery, use new technology effectively and build strategic policy capability within APS agencies.
According to the budget statement, “Additional funding for the Australian Public Service Commission will enable it to undertake new responsibilities and implement other reforms. This includes conducting a citizen survey, strengthening the performance framework and improving consistency in APS workplace agreements.”