Discussing 50 years of public administration: Commonwealth Machinery of Government in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

Discussing 50 years of public administration: Commonwealth Machinery of Government in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

Indigenous Affairs 50 years of Indigenous Affairs
Friday, June 16, 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Commonwealth Machinery of Government in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

Indigenous affairs knowledge and capability has not transferred well from one generation of public servants to the next, and public service generations within Indigenous affairs can be short. Over this year, we are working with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government to encourage critical thinking about the role and practice of public administration in Indigenous Affairs over the past fifty years and to reset the ground for our next 50 years.

This first discussion paper: Commonwealth Machinery of Government in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs canvasses two constant underlying problems for the administration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs:

  1. Whether, and if so, how to achieve the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our administration, and
  2. How best to organise the machinery of government to maximize positive results.

Over the year we intend a number of discussion papers will be released, along with issues and summary papers coproduced with ANZSOG. These will complement a number of roundtable forums and international conferences.

Your comments on this discussion paper are welcome and can be emailed to the author Michelle.Patterson@pmc.gov.au.

You can also join the conversation with the Indigenous public administration hashtag: #IndigPA.