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.