Scott Morrison to heads of public service: they expect performance targets

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison called on public service leaders to "eradicate congestion" within the bureaucracy, as well as commit to achieving performance goals.

In a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and department secretaries, Morrison set out his vision of how the public service would work and the challenges facing the government, including on the international scene.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack talk to department secretaries around the table of ministers. Image: Alex Ellinghausen

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack talk to department secretaries around the table of ministers. Image: Alex Ellinghausen

"I think it is very important to continue to focus on the ways we can use our influence and our relationships and build on those relationships in the Indo-Pacific region and with our friends and partners around the world to continue to be a voice of the reason and common sense that focuses on prosperity and tranquility in our region for the people of our region, "said Morrison.

The prime minister said the public service should give frank and fearless advice, but he was also "professionally responsible" for providing services to the country.

The Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Frances Adamson (left), speaks with the Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure Steven Kennedy. Image: AAP / Lukas Coch

The Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Frances Adamson (left), speaks with the Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure Steven Kennedy. Image: AAP / Lukas Coch

"Whether it's the National Disability Insurance Scheme or hospitals and infrastructure, where Michael (McCormack) is so involved, making arrangements and ensuring that the funding provided to states and territories and the services we manage through Centrelink, all this needs to work. without problems and efficiently. "

He also pointed out that the public service would have "very clear objectives on the levels of performance we expect" and that the ministers would present clear ideas about the direction in which the government was going.

Secretary of the Department of Defense Greg Moriarty, Secretary of the Department of Internal Affairs Mike Pezzullo and Secretary of the Department of Education and Training Michele Bruniges. Image: Alex Ellinghausen

Secretary of the Department of Defense Greg Moriarty, Secretary of the Department of Internal Affairs Mike Pezzullo and Secretary of the Department of Education and Training Michele Bruniges. Image: Alex Ellinghausen

It was also an appeal for the end of bureaucracy and that Australians and investors want to tackle "blocks".

"The interruption of congestion does not necessarily have to happen on our roads and across the country," he said.

"The interruption of congestion must take place in the bureaucracy, I want to see some congestions that are gaining ground in the bureaucracy, making sure we do things".

Morrison also said he respected the role played by the public service.

"I deeply respect, as does Michael, the work of the public service in bringing a government to the agenda. Providing the policies of a government. In every portfolio I have served and worked with the public service, which is always the report I had. "

Treasury Secretary Philip Gaetjens in view of the arrival of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack for the meeting with the department secretaries Image: Alex Ellinghausen

Treasury Secretary Philip Gaetjens in view of the arrival of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack for the meeting with the department secretaries Image: Alex Ellinghausen

The prime minister said he wanted to continue the collaboration between the government and the public service.

"I wanted to send a very clear message that I understand the role played by the public service in providing government plans and the agenda of the government," he said.

"It is an important partnership, it is a partnership that I respect professionally and I have always had respect for myself with all those I have worked".

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