To work for the Australian Public Service efficiently, professionals must truly understand the structure and operations of government in Australia. The basics of the Australian Public Service provides an overview of the levels of government, the constitution and its role in public policy and operations, and the interactions between the judicial, executive and legislative branches. The basics of the Australian Public Service will equip participants with the insights needed to operate efficiently in government agencies, regardless of their area of expertise and of the nature of their role.
John Preston, a former media adviser to prime ministers and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, provides first-hand insights into the workings of the public service from the top. Having extensive experience engaging with stakeholders both from the private and the public sector, John combines his understanding of the public sector processes and procedures with knowledge of the private sector and its dealings with government agencies to provide an ‘all-rounder’ approach to dealing with—and within—the APS.