Managing skill shortages in the Australian public sector: issues and perspectives

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Acute skills shortages increasingly affect governments’ capacity to conduct policy. Yet, responses to the challenge remain patchy. In Australia, as elsewhere, the public service is facing growing divergence between its own urge to undertake systematic workforce planning and slow, inadequate or inexistent response by most of its line agencies. This article analyses recent survey, audit and administrative data to uncover the roots of this puzzle. Current trends are evaluated and illustrated through five case studies, which suggest important roles for leadership commitment, organisational culture, and the geostrategic exposure of organisations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-286
Number of pages25
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Human Resources
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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