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New Matilda has an article about moves by the University of Sydney Student Union (USU) expelling a director for leaking information about the University to the student newspaper https://newmatilda.com/2013/10/08/sydney-uni-student-faces-expulsion-after-leaks
Many of the issues are the same here as being mentioned with the APS, including a code of conduct style muzzle for…Continue
A dear friend of mine applied to the Federal Magistrate’s Court under the Fair Work Act in relation to workplace issues.
My friend was employed in a Government Agency and had identified what appeared to be serious breaches of the enterprise agreement.
My friend named two respondents, being the Commissioner of Taxation and the Commonwealth of Australia.
You might think it was unnecessary to name the Commonwealth as a respondent, but if you think that, you would be…Continue
Last weekend must have been light on reporting wise. Why else publish an article with the headline Incredible workers' compensation claims from the Australian Public Service.
And what was the first sentence in the article by Gemma Jones, Political…Continue
An article in the Canberra Times http://www.canberratimes.com.au/it-pro/government-it/ato-ramps-up-cybersnooping-on-workers-20131002-hv1v6.html talks about ATO monitoring of staff and the testing of new Wifi access to staff.
I am not going to touch on the ethical and legal side of this, as the laws and policy is wide ranging and is based on different state…Continue
Added by Darryl Adams on October 3, 2013 at 1:16pm — No Comments
When discussing social media online (both with users here and the public) people confuse government ideas like "Freedom of Information" and commercial access to data. So what kind of links do people have with the social media environment?
It is not an easy idea to understand as it is more than one relationship. You are both a customer and the product of the social media companies.
1. Consumer of the services.
Each social media company (for example,…Continue
Added by Darryl Adams on October 3, 2013 at 12:39pm — No Comments
I'll keep this brief.
Make sure you watch ABC 7.30 tonight. An interview with Michaela Banerji concerning her dismissal from the APS.
Here are my…Continue
I have recently read press reports about Ms Michaela Banerji, who used Twitter regularly to criticise Australia's refugee policies, various politicians and some of her colleagues. Ms Banerji tweeted under a pseudonym, ''La Legale'' and none of her readers knew she was a public servant.
What really interests me is how the employer, the Department of Immigration discovered the identity of @LaLegale.
I do not know all the facts, but it seems as though @LaLegale may have…Continue
The Institute of Public Administration Australia (ACT) event Social Media and its Impact on Communications is nearly here. So . . .
Here is a…Continue
We've had a few posts concerning Australian Taxation Office call centres. People have also been talking to me.
I am being offered a job in ACT government and I wanted to know has anyone heard of or encountered bullying in the ACT government.. Having encountered bullying in the Federal government, any thoughts from people on the ACT government side??thank you and cheers.
Dystopia. A society that is dehumanising or frightening. To that we can now add workplaces. I recently received an account concerning a public service workplace where casual employees are subjected to heavy handed management. And that's putting it mildly by the way.
The result? Fear, poor morale and stress. There is worse, but I'm withholding that information. Let me illustrate what this does to people . . .…Continue
At last. Something positive from the Taxation Office.
In this months edition of the internal staff newsletter, News Extra, it has been announced that the Taxation Office is trialling a new wireless internet service in its Adelaide Office. Staff will be able to connect their…Continue
It is no secret that I'm critical of the Australian Public Service. Unlike some, my criticism is based on my knowledge of the service, numerous conversations and solid research and analysis.
The foundation of much of my criticism is that Australian Public Service agencies need to be more transparent, more accountable, less bureaucratic and, with that, have stronger focus on justice - for both citizens and employees.
From a cultural perspective the public service…Continue
So the private views of a person cannot be expressed online if they are employed by the Commonwealth? Even if the person's posts do not connect them with their employment?
I spoke to my friend Ms Weeks about this. She pointed out that when a junior ATO officer bragged to her about his sadistic practices on animals (which were clearly offences under the animal protection legislation), the ATO refused to take any action under the Code of Conduct because, it claimed, those…Continue
Yesterday I received an email from Brendan Jones of Victims of DSTO concerning systemic corruption within the Australian Public Service. This has been a long time coming and Brendan is to be applauded for the public service he is doing by disclosing these matters.
I spent much of the evening pouring over the files Brendan sent me. What they show are patterns of bureaucratic denial, defensiveness, buck passing and stone…Continue
Hi all, lately I have been giving some thought to defining and developing a collaborative knowledge acquisition process that:
a) benefits the individuals using it;
b) boosts the collective intelligence of the organisations and communities of interest where it is used.
Here's what I've got so far:
Added by Wayne Eddy on August 30, 2013 at 10:58am — No Comments
So here we are with the Australian Public Service creating an environment where public servants shut up on line. And much the same applies to offline and in-house. When information and discussions about information are repressed an hidden small problems fester and grow. This does not bode well for the Australian Public Service and the community.
With that in mind I put together a pledge focused on decency, justice and open government. After I wrote it I sent it to some people…Continue
The following article is from the Age. Thought I'd share it as a light hearted look at issues other than what we normally look at on Ozloop.
Having worked at Collins Square I can vouch for the issues raised by ASU. One of the first things we men did when "attending" the loo was shake our head. If this was 21st century stuff we were better off going back to the 19th?
BUT folks, I did not hear anyone complain (except amongst ourselves). Management was so proud of Collins Square…Continue
On Ozloop systemic bullying and mobbing within the Australian Public Service have been looked at very closely. We have examined at the management and human resource practices that encourage bullying and mobbing. We have examined the reasons behind bullying and mobbing, the impacts on individuals and the implications of a management approach that demands blind compliance.
It is very clear that workplace bullying and mobbing within the Australian Public Service are…Continue
Imagine working in an organisation where your employer could: