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Public policy making in action

2016-11-23 16:05:42

Good public policy and administration are at the heart of the democratic process. This November, Indonesian officials welcomed the Australian Public Service Commissioner, Mr John Lloyd, as part of the Government Partnerships Fund (GPF) program. A highlight was the High Level Dialogue on Public Service Reform held at the Vice-President’s Office.

Mr Lloyd noted the public must have confidence in the way public servants exercise authority when meeting government objectives.  To meet these aims, Mr Lloyd identified four key pillars of reforms in the Australian Public Service:

  • Leadership – Developing, recruiting and managing the performance of managers.
  • Devolution – Framework policies rather than prescriptive rules provide parameters for agencies to collaborate and be accountable. 
  • Merit – Staff recruitment and appointments at all levels are based on performance.
  • Values and Ethics – Values of impartiality, ethics, accountability and service are core to effective public administration. 

Minister for Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, Bapak Asman Abnur, added that a key to strengthening the transparency and quality of government services is digital services, and all levels of government should move towards implementing e-government services.

In other public policy developments, over April to November 2016, 29 policy analysts and researchers from eight different ministries and institutions came together to investigate policy-making in practice.  Participants were supported by AIPEG in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration and the Competition Commission.  Innovative features of the course included mentoring support from Tempo Institute (Centre for Excellence in Journalism) and the The Case Centre to help the participants meet international standards in case study design.

Public policy analysts investigated eight case study topics, including the important issues of transport regulation in the digital era, tobacco control, access to gas concessions and competition in the cement industry. 

The title of Best Case Study was awarded to “The Mismatch of National Health Insurance Financing: A Tug of War on Premium Increases'. The case study considered the growing deficit in financing health insurance and possible solutions, including stakeholder reactions. As said by Ibu Irhama, a member of the award-winning case study team, “We are now able to provide inputs to policy development in a systematic way”. The case studies will be used for ongoing public policy training and made available on the LAN website.

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