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Tell the public sector how to do their jobs, win cash

By Barcham - 28 August 2013 9

There are many things the public sector does that confuse me, and this latest move continues that trend.

The IPAA has flat out asked Australia to tell it how it can to do its job better.

I know more than a few of you dear readers seem to have many ideas on how things should work, well here is your chance not only to have those brilliant ideas heard, but to pick up a few bucks as a reward for said brilliance.

It’s called “The Pitch“.

What is ‘The Pitch’?
The Pitch is a platform for new ideas on public policy in government and provides an opportunity to participate in the IPAA 2013 National Conference. Selected finalists will get the chance to deliver a five-minute elevator pitch to an audience of influential public sector decision makers in Canberra in November 2013.

With the support of CPA Australia we are seeking inspiring ideas that will make the public service smarter, better and broader. Your idea could relate to federal, state or local levels of government; and any sector. It could change the perception of public administration.

CPA Australia is an active supporter of innovation and leadership in public administration. For information and resources that could help you to generate ideas for The Pitch, explore CPA Australia Public Sector knowledge portal.

How The Pitch works
The Pitch will be run in two streams. Entries can only be submitted in one stream The Pitch OR the CPA Australia Young Professionals Pitch.

1. The Pitch Competition
People over the age of 18 have the opportunity to submit an idea in The Pitch Competition. Entries will be shortlisted against the competition criteria and those shortlisted will be asked to deliver their five-minute pitch to a closed panel. The panel will select four finalists to compete at the IPAA 2013 National Conference in Canberra in November 2013. One finalist will also be selected from the CPA Australia Young Professionals Pitch Competition (see below).

2. CPA Australia Young Professionals Pitch Competition
People aged 18 – 36 have the opportunity to submit an idea in the CPA Australia Young Professionals Pitch Competition. Entries will be shortlisted against the competition criteria and those shortlisted will be asked to deliver their five-minute pitch to a closed panel. The panel will select three finalists to compete at the Young Professionals’ Breakfast during the IPAA 2013 National Conference. The winner of the CPA Australia Young Professionals Pitch Competition will go on to compete in the finals of The Pitch Competition.

Prizes
All finalists for both streams will receive free registration to the IPAA 2013 National Conference.

The winner of the CPA Australia Young Professionals Pitch Competition will receive:
a place in The Pitch Competition as a finalist.
$200 from CPA Australia

The winner of The Pitch Competition will receive:
one year membership to IPAA and
$500 from CPA Australia.

How to enter:
Submit your 500 word entry and registration form via email to admin@act.ipaa.org.au by 11 October 2013. Entries are to be submitted as a PDF. (Download the registration form here: Word Format or PDF Format)

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9 Responses to
Tell the public sector how to do their jobs, win cash
Jim Jones 3:53 pm 28 Aug 13

magiccar9 said :

blah blah blah

“I know nothing about this, maybe I should keep quiet,” said no-one ever.

peitab 3:01 pm 28 Aug 13

magiccar9 said :

Point 1: I never said they shouldn’t do their jobs – I said they shouldn’t waste time with a pointless ‘public competition’ that will only yield the same results that they could have thought of on their own (only using far more money and time).

Seriously? The IPAA is a private organisation. It can spend its time and money however the hell it wants, and is only accountable to its membership and council. And it isn’t a ‘pointless competition’ – the primary aim of the competition was almost certainly to raise awareness of the IPAA. Job done – we’re talking about it on RiotACT, aren’t we? The IPAA have spent their time and money well.

magiccar9 2:40 pm 28 Aug 13

davo101 said :

magiccar9 said :

Here’s an idea. Stop wasting time thinking of the idiotic competition, developing it, marketing it, then trawling through the entries afterwards.
The time – and consequently money – you saved from avoiding the pointless idea could be spent more productively doing.. oh I don’t know… actual work!

Yeah, how stoopid. The IPAA spending time thinking about improving public administration is as pointless as the Cancer Council worrying about cancer prevention.

magiccar9 said :

cut the dead wood from the top who do nothing but delegate work.

Excellent idea and we’ll get the magic pixies to do it for free.

magiccar9 said :

Remove work perks (such as the use of government vehicles outside business hours).

Already done.

magiccar9 said :

Introduce a system that maps employee productivity against industry data, and send under-performing employees – of which I know there would be a vast amount – out on their asses.
You could then use the money saved to hire more competent employees or pass the savings on to the community.

Once you figure out what you are going to measure to determine “productivity” I’m sure the APS will be quite happy to game the system to make sure they pass with flying colours.

OK so,

Point 1: I never said they shouldn’t do their jobs – I said they shouldn’t waste time with a pointless ‘public competition’ that will only yield the same results that they could have thought of on their own (only using far more money and time).

Point 2: Or a single manager could put in a solid days work instead of paying two people to do half the job each…

Point 3: If it’s already been done, how come I still see Government plated vehicles driving around on weekends with kiddies in the back? The best one I saw recently was a mum dropping off the kids at netball in one. So clearly their plan isn’t working.

Point 4: That was an idea I rattled off the top of my head in a few mins. Obviously I wouldn’t have the slightest clue on how they would want to measure productivity, it’s not what I’m trained in nor interested in. I agree with you however about them gaming the system, they seem to be good at fixing things to make themselves look good in the public eye.

devils_advocate 2:18 pm 28 Aug 13

Although I’m not pretending it would solve *all* the problems, getting rid of “performance management systems” etc and just empowering managers to actually sack people when they have a good reason would be a massive start. Don’t imagine the effect would be limited to the people that get removed – it would actually give an incentive to work to those who, having been promoted to their level of incompetence, are skating by doing the minimum to not get fired.

davo101 1:07 pm 28 Aug 13

magiccar9 said :

Here’s an idea. Stop wasting time thinking of the idiotic competition, developing it, marketing it, then trawling through the entries afterwards.
The time – and consequently money – you saved from avoiding the pointless idea could be spent more productively doing.. oh I don’t know… actual work!

Yeah, how stoopid. The IPAA spending time thinking about improving public administration is as pointless as the Cancer Council worrying about cancer prevention.

magiccar9 said :

cut the dead wood from the top who do nothing but delegate work.

Excellent idea and we’ll get the magic pixies to do it for free.

magiccar9 said :

Remove work perks (such as the use of government vehicles outside business hours).

Already done.

magiccar9 said :

Introduce a system that maps employee productivity against industry data, and send under-performing employees – of which I know there would be a vast amount – out on their asses.
You could then use the money saved to hire more competent employees or pass the savings on to the community.

Once you figure out what you are going to measure to determine “productivity” I’m sure the APS will be quite happy to game the system to make sure they pass with flying colours.

dtc 1:06 pm 28 Aug 13

magiccar9 said :

** My idea to “make the public service smarter, better, and broader”… cut the dead wood from the top who do nothing but delegate work. .

Actually the whole point of being in senior management is that you delegate work…senior managers who want to do the actual work are the biggest roadblock in any organisation

p1 12:55 pm 28 Aug 13

magiccar9 said :

Here’s an idea. Stop wasting time thinking of the idiotic competition, developing it, marketing it, then trawling through the entries afterwards.
The time – and consequently money – you saved from avoiding the pointless idea could be spent more productively doing.. oh I don’t know… actual work!

Ummm… this kind of thing is the “actual work” of the IPAA….

magiccar9 12:39 pm 28 Aug 13

Here’s an idea. Stop wasting time thinking of the idiotic competition, developing it, marketing it, then trawling through the entries afterwards.
The time – and consequently money – you saved from avoiding the pointless idea could be spent more productively doing.. oh I don’t know… actual work!

** My idea to “make the public service smarter, better, and broader”… cut the dead wood from the top who do nothing but delegate work. Remove work perks (such as the use of government vehicles outside business hours). Introduce a system that maps employee productivity against industry data, and send under-performing employees – of which I know there would be a vast amount – out on their asses.
You could then use the money saved to hire more competent employees or pass the savings on to the community.

davo101 11:10 am 28 Aug 13

The IPAA is not the APS. Neither is the CPA, IPA, IEAust, AMA,…

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