In a wide-ranging speech to heads of agencies and members of the Senior Executive Service, Kevin Rudd has outlined the Government's agenda for the Australian Public Service (APS). He suggests measures such as senior recruitment from the private sector to boost the professionalism and effectiveness of the APS.
In his speech, Mr Rudd highlighted some of the challenging new areas of policy development and implementation for the APS, and outlined seven elements of the Government's vision for the future of the APS, including:
- Building a professionalised public service
- Developing evidence-based policy making
- Strengthening integrity and accountability
- An emphasis on both efficiency and effectiveness in outcomes
He specifically mentioned that he wanted to see more flexible pathways between the public and private sectors, and said, "The public sector leaders of the future could be drawn from the public, private and community sectors." He continued, we need people with "...hands-on experience of business, finance, logistics and strategic planning."