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Markus Mannheim

Markus Mannheim edits The Public Sector Informant and writes regularly about government administration and policy.

Twenty years on, Rosemary Follett recalls the birth of the ACT public service

Markus Mannheim Twenty-five years ago, the Commonwealth cut loose the apron strings and let the ACT begin to fend for itself.

Michael Pezzullo: a privileged agency head and his discourteous dispute

Michael Pezzullo

Markus Mannheim When public servants enter Parliament to give evidence, they step beyond the Public Service Act's reach.

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Public servants free to be impolite and unethical, but only in Parliament

Customs and Border Protection head Michael Pezzullo.

Markus Mannheim Federal bureaucrats, who must uphold a strict code of ethics at almost all times, are free to be disrespectful and unethical when giving evidence in Parliament.

ACT public servants' workplace laws face overhaul within months


Markus Mannheim The laws that govern about 20,000 ACT public servants' working conditions are likely to be replaced this year, but details of the overhaul remain confidential.

IT executive Rebecca Richardson's sexual harassment win to 'rock employers'


Markus Mannheim An IT executive who was sexually harassed by a colleague has won a payout that observers say will rock employers.

Border Force's menacing 'logo' a lesson in getting design right, says its creator

Border Force 'logo'

Markus Mannheim Two weeks ago, Scott Morrison walked into a room to talk about a new border protection headquarters. But the audience wasn't listening.

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GovHack finishes but the ideas it planted are just starting to grow

The GovHack competition

Markus Mannheim More than 1300 programmers, designers, students and other inquisitive folk took part in this year's weekend-long "hackathon".

Union urges public servants not to yield pay rises and workplace rights

Federal Employment Minister Eric Abetz.

Markus Mannheim The main public servants' union has urged staff not to cave in to the Abbott government's industrial threats as an effective wage freeze takes hold across the bureaucracy.

The dilemma of public servants' sexual secrets

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Markus Mannheim The new Public Service Act makes it easier for bureaucrats to conceal conflicts of interests. Why?

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Secret state: costly government security clearances 'spiralling out of control'

Top secret

Markus Mannheim Almost all federal government staff, even those in menial jobs, are now security vetted, a costly requirement once reserved for a select few.

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Ex-department head Allan Hawke criticises public servant bonuses

Former federal department head Allan Hawke.

Markus Mannheim A former top bureaucrat says he is staggered by the "outrageous" six-figure bonuses a government agency routinely pays its senior staff.

Join the public service's happiest workplace: the Future Fund Management Agency


Markus Mannheim A government agency that offers big bonuses to staff has, unsurprisingly, a very engaged workforce.

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Australia's luckiest public servant? Mystery bureaucrat gets $633,000 performance bonus


Markus Mannheim Somewhere in the federal bureaucracy, a lucky junior executive received an extraordinary bonus last year: almost half a million dollars.

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Public servants' wages stagnate, but still rise faster than other workers'


Markus Mannheim Federal public servants' salaries are stagnating, though their wages still rose slightly faster than other Australian workers' last year.

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Should public servants work part time to save colleagues' jobs?

Fewer hours will mean lower productivity.

Markus Mannheim The Australian Public Service should look at how some savvy companies helped staff during the global financial crisis.

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Queen's birthday honours: medal for MH370 search head John Young

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority's John Young addresses the media in March.

Markus Mannheim John Young became the public face of the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370.

Queen's birthday honour for CSIRO chief Megan Clark

CSIRO chief executive Megan Clark.

Markus Mannheim As the head of Australia's national science agency, Megan Clark oversees some extraordinary researchers.

'We deliver pizzas, not policies': plain English eludes the Australian Public Service

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Markus Mannheim British civil servants are embracing plain English, while our reports seem more arcane than ever.

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Finance Department secretary David Tune resigns

Finance Department secretary David Tune with his minister, Mathias Cormann.

Markus Mannheim The head of the federal Finance Department has shocked staff, telling them he will step down within a month.

Court case reveals high-stakes, cut-throat market for training spies

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Markus Mannheim and Michael Inman A former Canberra businessman who stole information from his employer and used it to sell training courses to a spy agency has been ordered to make a massive payout.