Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 408. Updated Tuesday, 06 May 2014

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ANZSOG calls for grant applications

The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) is calling for public administration, management and policy researchers to apply for research funding.

The current funding round is focused on two themes: collaborative governance and the interface between sectors (public, private and “third”) and case studies of cross-jurisdictional policymaking

More information on the application process, which closes on 23 May 2014, is available at this PS News link.

Registrations open for Native Title Conference

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and NTSCORP Limited are inviting people to register for the National Native Title Conference, themed Living with Native Title from the Bush to the Sea.

Hosted by the Gumbaynggirr people, traditional owners of the Coffs Harbour region, the conference will be held at Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort on 2-4 June 2014.

More information is available at this PS News link.

Have your say on Blundells' future

The National Capital Authority has invited public comment on a proposed landscape master plan for Blundells Cottage, located on the northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin.

Chief Executive at the NCA, Malcolm Snow said: "The master plan will guide future works around the cottage to create a public environment that is informed by the site's history and strengthens its heritage values."

More information about the submission process, which closes on 30 May, is available at this PS News link.

Parking road show visits Triangle

The ACT’s Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury is promoting bus travel to commuters in the lead-up to the introduction of pay parking on 1 July 2014.

"The Parliamentary Triangle is one of the most serviced areas in Canberra with 492 bus trips going directly into the precinct each day, in addition to the 400 that travel along Commonwealth Avenue,” Mr Rattenbury said.

He said the ACT Government was working closely with the National Capital Authority (NCA) to ensure effective promotion of bus travel and services to all Federal Government staff in the Parliamentary Triangle.

Earlier this week

Call for teamwork on digital info

The National Archives of Australia has reminded all sectors about the need to work together in the world of digital information management during the launch of Information Awareness Month this month.

Director-General of the National Archives, David Fricker said this year's theme Collaboration and Innovation was particularly relevant in today's tight fiscal environment.

"At the same time, we have community expectations of open government and immediate online access to information and business transactions," he said.

"We need to understand that working smarter means the various sectors have to work together."

Redesign for Comcare courses

Comcare's Education team is currently re-designing the Case Management Essentials and the Case Management Next Steps courses.

The new courses will be streamlined for the target audience - case managers and rehabilitation staff in the Commonwealth jurisdiction.

The courses will be designed to be delivered in conjunction with SRC Act in a Day and are expected to commence on 1 July 2014.

For further information contact

Mint show is pure gold

The Perth Mint's new exhibition space, with a spectacular $50 million one tonne gold coin, on permanent display, has been opened.

The Australian Kangaroo gold coin, recognised as the largest coin ever made by Guinness World Records, is the centrepiece of the new exhibition.

The $5.5million redevelopment, completed in two stages, was the biggest since the Mint was founded 115 years ago.

Other key features of the permanent exhibition include an opportunity to handle a solid gold bar worth more than $500,000; and gold pours and the minting of Australian precious metal coins.

Woman jailed for impersonating officer

A Sydney woman has been sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment for impersonating an immigration officer.

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator Michaelia Cash, said the Government took these sorts of cases very seriously.

Ms Cash said the offences took place over an eight-week period in late 2010, during which the offender pretended to be an immigration compliance officer employed by the Department.

The Minister said a custodial sentence was an appropriate outcome for such actions, which undermined the reputation and integrity of Australian immigration officers.

SA joins cyber safety program

The Australian Federal Police has announced that South Australia Police has signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding to join the ThinkUKnow cyber safety program in 2014.

The AFP said the ThinkUKnow internet safety program, developed in conjunction with Microsoft Australia and Datacom, delivered interactive training to parents, carers and teachers through schools and organisations across Australia.

Following piloting of the program in 2009 and its national rollout across Australia in 2010, more than 27,000 parents, carers, teachers, and community members have participated in the initiative.

For further information and resources on the ThinkUKnow initiative or to register your school for a presentation, go to

20,000 researchers plug into Synchrotron

The Australian Synchrotron has celebrated reaching the milestone of partnering with more than 20,000 researchers.

Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane said the facility was a source of highly intense light ranging from infrared to hard x-rays, and was the largest stand-alone piece of scientific infrastructure in the southern hemisphere.

"Australia has a great track record of pioneering breakthrough technologies that make a real difference to people's lives, and the Synchrotron is an important part of that," Mr Macfarlane said.

For more information about the Australian Synchrotron, go to

Stamp marks Red Cross centenary

Australia Post is commemorating the centenary of Red Cross in Australia with the release of a new 70c stamp.

Chief Executive Officer of Australian Red Cross, Robert Tickner said he was honoured that Australia Post had recognised the work of Australian Red Cross.

Mr Tickner said the Australian Red Cross Centenary stamp design was based on the official centenary logo of the Australian Red Cross and on an historic poster from World War II.

The Australian Red Cross Centenary stamp issue is available from 6 May 2014 at participating Australia Post retail outlets, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at

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