12 February 2024

Lisa Conway and colleagues reveal the experiences of indigenous Australians in participation in the public service, of culturally unsafe workplaces and being asked to carry a cultural load on top of their stated role.

This article imagines a future public service that is culturally safe and supportive of First Nations employees and end users, a place where transformative policy can emerge. The authors, First Nations and settler/non-indigenous academics and public servants, offer visions for change in five key areas, drawing on our academic research and public service practice.

Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission commissioned this article for a special issue of Policy Quarterly on the theme ‘international perspectives on the future of public administration.

First Nations First: First Nations public servants, the future of the Australian public service workforce

Authors:  Lisa Conway, Lee-Anne Daffy, Samantha Faulkner, Julie Lahn, Steve Munns, Geoff Richardson
Format: Journal article
Date published: 12 February 2024