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The Retreat from Government Support for Social Dialogue in the Australian Public Service

Forsyth, Anthony

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This article explores the impact of the Coalition government's federal public sector reforms since 1996 in the Australian Public Service (APS). Under the Labor governments from 1983 to 1996, a range of measures operated to facilitate the development of social dialogue practices in the APS. There were also various mechanisms for consultation, information sharing and employee participation in decision-making, such as the Joint Council and Departmental Councils, statutory provisions for Industrial...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorForsyth, Anthony
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:06:08Z
dc.date.available2015-12-13T23:06:08Z
dc.identifier.issn0313-6647
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/85881
dc.description.abstractThis article explores the impact of the Coalition government's federal public sector reforms since 1996 in the Australian Public Service (APS). Under the Labor governments from 1983 to 1996, a range of measures operated to facilitate the development of social dialogue practices in the APS. There were also various mechanisms for consultation, information sharing and employee participation in decision-making, such as the Joint Council and Departmental Councils, statutory provisions for Industrial Democracy Plans, award provisions for consultation over business restructuring and support for consultative structures under enterprise bargaining and health and safety legislation. Nearly all of these measures have been dismantled or downgraded since the Coalition government came to office, especially those requiring consultation with trade unions or providing unions with a central role in participative mechanisms. It is argued here that the government's reforms have involved a substantial reduction informal support for social dialogue in the APS, and a rejection of the benefits that such an approach offers.
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceAustralian Journal of Public Administration
dc.titleThe Retreat from Government Support for Social Dialogue in the Australian Public Service
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume62
dc.date.issued2003
local.identifier.absfor180118 - Labour Law
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub14555
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationForsyth, Anthony, ANU College of Law, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage52
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage64
local.identifier.doi10.1046/j.1467-8500.2003.00337.x/abs/
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T08:03:50Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-0142157154
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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