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Leading Public Organisations : Organisational Change



“This resource helps organisational leaders become informed decision-makers, commissioners and/or consumers of actions relating to organisational change. Sheds light on some common issues for public sector leaders and managers in relation to organisational change.”

Source: Victorian Public Sector Commission (2015) and available from this link.



Lost Conversations – Finding New Ways for Black and White Australians to Lead Together

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“The difficulties ‘black’ and ‘white’ Australia have in coming together—to talk, to work, to lead change—are core to our challenge to reconcile, as a country. But if we want to shift the status quo—if we want to lead change on entrenched Indigenous disadvantage in health, education, housing and social equality; to address the disproportionate rates of incarceration and the devaluing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; to achieve treaty, or constitutional recognition; to eliminate racism—then we don’t need another program, or initiative or money thrown at the ‘problem’. ”

Source: Aigner, Geoff & Carnsew, Ross (2014). Social Leadership Australia and available from this link.

Dhumba-nganjin : Sharing stories to promote reconciliation

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Dhumba-nganjin means ‘talk, all of us together’ in the Woiwurrung and Boonwurrung languages. It is a very apt title for the Wirrigirri Sharing Stories activity which aimed to give staff in the department a way to talk together about reconciliation by sharing and listening to each other’s stories. Over the past few months, we have done this through having conversations in staff kitchens, meeting rooms and over partitions, taking part in a series of lunchtime yarns with invited Aboriginal guests and by sharing written stories. The written stories are contained in this book.

Source: Victoria. Department of Health and Human Services and available from this link.

Categories: Indigenous issues

Domestic and Family Violence

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“Nowhere is free of this crime, no country, city or region. Owing to lack of reporting by victims its true prevalence is unknown, but existing statistics show that a significant proportion of Australians, primarily but not exclusively women, suffer violence at the hands of a partner. Tragically, according to Linda Burney, NSW Labor’s Deputy Leader, in the western region of NSW the prevalence of domestic and family violence is “past a state of emergency”.”

Source: Angus, C. (2015). NSW Parliamentary Research Service Briefing Paper No 5, and available from this link.


Categories: Family Violence

The compassionate organisation: Contesting the rhetoric of goodwill in public sector value statements

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“The research shows that the public sector sticks to its guns in maintaining a web-transmitted values discourse which forefronts goodwill towards its clients. It also shows that the public and private sectors take different approaches to goodwill.”

Source: Jørgensen, P. & Isaksson, M.  (2015). , International Journal of Public Sector Management, 28/1, and available from this link.


Ethical CEOs Finish First

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“Cultural anthropologists study what human cultures have in common around the world, what they all share. And it turns out that there is a set of moral principles that are universal among all cultures around the globe. So we selected four of those that we thought would be pretty important in leadership. The four are integrity and responsibility, two of the head. And then two of the heart, forgiveness and compassion. And we created behavioral descriptors of those four principles and then used those by surveying employees and asking them to rate those behaviors on the part of their CEOs and their senior teams.”

Source: Interview with Fred Kiel, HBR Ideacast 10:12 minutes and available from this link.

Categories: Ethics, Leadership

National Standards for Volunteer Involvement

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Volunteering Australia’s new National Standards for Volunteer Involvement were launched to mark the beginning of National Volunteer Week 2015 (11-17 May). The new Standards incorporate significant changes to the original standards in order to reflect best practice in volunteer management in Australia’s current work environment. There are 8 standards addressing the key areas of volunteer involvement: Leadership and management; Commitment to volunteer involvement; Volunteer roles; Recruitment and selection; Support and development; Workplace safety and wellbeing; Volunteer recognition; Quality management and continuous improvement.

Source: Volunteering Australia and available from this link.

Collaborative Governance in the Reform of Western Australia’s Alcohol and Other Drug Sector


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“Collaborative governance involves processes and structures for policy development and decision making with particular relevance for health and social services. We examined collaborative governance in the reform of Western Australia’s alcohol and other drug sector, applying Emerson et al.’s (2009) integrative framework.”

Source: Berends, L. (2015). Australian Journal of Public Administration, doi: 10.1111/1467-8500.12154 and available for AIPM staff and students from this link.

Amateur versus professional : Does the recovery of forensic evidence differ depending on who assesses the crime scene?


Collins Beach

The current study explored whether there was a benefit to evidence recovery for attended as opposed to non-attended assessments. Five hundred thefts from motor vehicles offences recorded by Northamptonshire Police (UK) between 14 January 2010 and 28 February 2011 were analysed; 250 were attended forensic assessments and 250 were non-attended assessments. Significant differences were found between the two scenarios, with attended assessments more likely to yield DNA, property and trace substance material.

Source: Lingwood, J. (2015). International Journal of Police Science & Management, 17/1, and available for AIPM staff and students from this link.


Categories: Law Enforcement, Police

Organised crime and public sector corruption

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“Dr Russell Smith from the Australian Institute of Criminology talks about organised crime and public sector corruption.”

Source: Victoria. Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) and available from this link. Podcast 12:33 minutes

Categories: Ethics, Organised Crime