Senate Inquiry into the Reform of Australian Government Administration

The doorway to the Senate Chamber at Parliament House Canberra

Doorway to the Senate Chamber at Parliament House, Canberra. Image: Wikipedia

The original enquiry into the Reform of Australian Government Administration (ROAGA) began back in September 2009 with the issue of a discussion paper. In May 2010, a report with the cumbersome title of Ahead of the Game: Blueprint for the Reform of Australian Government Administration was issued by the advisory committee that was leading the enquiry. The report, and more particularly the recommendations contained in it, has led to a Senate Committee enquiring into the kind of legislative changes that might be needed to support the suggested reforms to the Australian Public Service.

The scope of the Committee’s enquiry is broad and they were willing to accept submissions on any matter related to the original discussion paper. Angela O’Brien-Malone and I made a submission to the Committee emphasising the important roles that evidence and evaluation play in open and transparent government. A copy of our submission is available here.

Contributors: Mark Diamond, Angela O’Brien-Malone