Panel Reference Group to aid Independent Review of the APS

Release Date: 
12 July 2018
Media release

The future of the Australian Public Service (APS) will impact every Australian, which is why the Government has announced an independent review into the APS on 4 May 2018.

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, has welcomed the announcement of a reference group of national and international experts with diverse public and private sector experience that will assist the Panel for the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service.

“The inclusion of experienced public service leaders and politicians from across the Commonwealth will help the panel deliver practical and meaningful recommendations that position our public service for the future,” Minister O’Dwyer said.   

Members of the Reference Group are:

  • Lord Gus O’Donnell, former Cabinet Secretary, United Kingdom Civil Service
  • Her Excellency Janice Charette, former secretary to the Cabinet in Canada
  • Mr Peter Ong Boon Kwee, former head of the civil service in Singapore
  • Mr Peter Hughes, New Zealand State Services Commissioner
  • Sir Bill English, former Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • The Hon Helen Coonan, former Federal Government Cabinet minister
  • The Hon Stephen Smith, former Federal Government Cabinet minister
  • Mr Mike Baird, former Premier of the state of NSW
  • Dr David Morgan AO, former deputy secretary in the Australian Treasury

The Panel for the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service has extended the deadline for public submissions to 31 July 2018.

Minister O’Dwyer encourages people to use the extra time to consider what they want and need from the public service.

“I know David Thodey and his panel are grateful to the many people and organisations who have contributed to the Review so far,” Minister O’Dwyer said.  

“You can now go onto the APS Review website and see the first batch of public submissions and I hope they encourage others to add their own insights and experiences.

“For those in business, civil society and the general public who interact with government in their day-to-day lives, your input is important. The future of the public service will affect every single one of us.”