Steve davies's Blog Posts Tagged 'opengov' (17)

Petition: Membership of MP entitlement review panel

As we all know community outrage over the use of entitlements by members of parliament has reached boiling point and is continuing. Rightly so.

Craig Thomler has examined the issue and expresses interesting views in his post …


Added by steve davies on August 10, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

APS Legal Firms : Sparke Helmore

Recently, a number of people contacted me concerning the activities of Sparke Helmore. It seems that they have taken an interest in this site. Good. Maybe Sparke Helmore can join in the discussions and be constructive rather than just snooping around.


Which sparked a thought. Given the antics of the Australian Public Service why not take a look at these legal firms.


The Australian Public…


Added by steve davies on February 12, 2014 at 9:30am — 52 Comments

Australian Public Service games FOI to hide surveillance

22 November 2013

We obtained information indicating that public service agencies are purchasing software and services to monitor social media activity. What is being said and who is saying it.


Australia: One nation under surveillance raises reasonable suspicions that Australian…


Added by steve davies on February 6, 2014 at 11:14am — No Comments

Australia needs an open 21st century honours system

Australia Day is just around the corner. 19 days to go and counting. Community celebrations will abound and, of course, the announcement of honours and awards to those people who have gone the extra mile to do good.

With that in mind it is worth asking ourselves whether the…


Added by steve davies on January 7, 2014 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Australian Public Service centralised bargaining - Are the discussions a sham? What about open government?

On August 1, 2013 Noel Towel of the Canberra Times reported that discussions were being held between the unions and Australian Public Service Commission on returning to centralised bargaining. See PS chiefs chase one deal for all.

This is a very complex matter as any such move will impact the capacity of Australian Public Service agencies to deliver to…


Added by steve davies on August 3, 2013 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Unofficial ATO account on Ozloop suspended

I know full well that senior officials within the Australian Public Service do not like the disclosures and discussions taking place on OZloop.

In particular, they do not like the fact that we are highlighting the systemic nature of problems often attributed to organisational culture. More to the point they do not like the fact that many of these problems are attributable to the very notions of management, leadership and hierarchy they hold dear. One word sums this up.… Continue

Added by steve davies on April 21, 2013 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Freedom of Information Update - Agencies strike back

Undermining FOI and Open Government

The primary purpose of this post was (and still is), to provide an update on my freedom of information request to Comcare, the Australian Public Service Commission and there Australian Taxation Office. My request concerned the monitoring of OZloop and was quite detailed. If you haven't read it already, you might like to do so …


Added by steve davies on February 25, 2013 at 9:30am — 10 Comments

It's time to boycott Australian Public Service sham consultations

I have seen many examples of Australian Public Service agencies undertaking sham consultations with the community, employees and stakeholders. We all have a good idea of the strategies.

  • Loaded questions for surveys

  • Pick a time when people…

Added by steve davies on January 31, 2013 at 8:44am — 3 Comments

Freedom of Information Request to the Australian Public Service Commission, ComCare and Australian Taxation Office

I have known for some time that OZloop is being monitored. What I would like to make clear is that there is nothing unusual about Australian Public Service agencies monitoring both offline and online media activities. Indeed, it is something that should be expected, not feared and not regarded as 'spying'.

However, the speed, agility and democratic nature of social media has changed the equation for the public service. Robust online conversation is increasingly the norm and it…


Added by steve davies on January 24, 2013 at 11:02am — 2 Comments

Senior federal official undermines online dialogue

After reading the Canberra Times article Bureaucrats warned against online gossip one could be forgiven for thinking that the 'silly season' has hit with a vengeance.


My major concern with what has been reported is that many of the views expressed are at odds…


Added by steve davies on November 30, 2012 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

The putrid practices of the Australian Public Service

I recently revisited a paper entitled Perfect Policies, Putrid Practices written by Karen Grogan and Sandra Dann. The paper examines workplace bullying in the public sector.

Much of the research draws on work done around the mid 1990s. I want to draw your attention to one particular comment made in the paper concerning the degree of self congratulatory behaviour associated with having…


Added by steve davies on August 27, 2012 at 10:19am — No Comments

The 99% Connect Project


About the project

The purpose of the project is to construct an ideal type of open government. The fundamentals of the approach draw on the work of the sociologist …


Added by steve davies on July 10, 2012 at 9:52am — No Comments

Australian Taxation Office Employee Engagement Survey - Beyond FOI?

Some time ago a good friend of mine drew my attention to an article by Kate Dempsey entitled Public Sector Values as a Talisman against 'evil'. The article raises questions about how such values are used, not so much the values themselves.


On 1 February 2012 I received a response from the…


Added by steve davies on February 6, 2012 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Open Government Partnership

Yesterday President Barack Obama launched the Open Government Partnership.

Fantastic for sure >>>

And great to see Australia represented by our Information Commissioner, John McMillan.

So momentum is clearly building.

Now imagine, if you will, that this means that government is progressing at 70 kilometres per hour. Now imagine that public service departments… Continue

Added by steve davies on September 21, 2011 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Open Gov - Follow the flow

OK. Rapid fire thoughts.


Follow the flow of these links: 


Fear of change brought on by sudden onslaught of #gov20


Social media



Added by steve davies on September 19, 2011 at 8:06pm — No Comments

ACT Government : Social media intiatives

Last month our Chief Minister gave a public commitment to having the most open government in Australia.

It is good to see some practical activity taking place with the social media presence of the ACT Government now on a single web page

Having worked in small jurisdiction myself (Northern Territory Public Sector), I do know how agile such jurisdictions can be.

So let's keep an eye on developments in the… Continue

Added by steve davies on July 25, 2011 at 2:44pm — No Comments

SURVEY : Australian Gov 2.0 Open Declaration

As you will see from my previous post on Gov 2.0 Advocacy I have been rethinking things a bit. Now to move on.

On the OZloop main page you will see that I've posted a survey on the Gov 2.0 Taskforce's key recommendation of a… Continue

Added by steve davies on January 24, 2010 at 9:23am — No Comments

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