Steven Clively's blog

Ready to cut some red tape? Management shows how it can be done

So why would the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) try to tell staff how to drive a car? Why would the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) expect 8 forms to be filled out to put on an afternoon tea? Why would the Department of Finance (Finance)want 11 different steps taken to move a staff member from one office to another? Answer: no good reason at all – that’s unnecessary and badly designed regulation. It’s internal red tape and APS management agrees that it’s in the way of an innovative, flexible and streamlined APS and it has to go.