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New Public Management Reforms and Modernization Changes in Australia

New Public Management Reforms and Modernization Changes in Australia
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Author(s): Tarek Rana (La Trobe University, Australia)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 17
Source title: Handbook of Research on Modernization and Accountability in Public Sector Management
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Graça Maria do Carmo Azevedo (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Jonas da Silva Oliveira (ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal), Rui Pedro Figueiredo Marques (University of Aveiro, Portugal) and Augusta da Conceição Santos Ferreira (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3731-1.ch001


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This chapter explores and explains recent modernisation changes in the Australian Public Sector and provides insights on implications of new public management style reform for public sector accounting, auditing and accountability systems and practices. By adopting a narrative analysis approach, this chapter reconnoitres the change by dissecting the public-sector governance, performance and accountability reform and identifies significant modernisation changes in public sector management which has switched focus from a “rules-based” to “principles-based” accountability framework. Moreover, this chapter highlights the changes, challenges and opportunities that arises with the implementation of the new framework which can be seen as an innovative determination of modernisation. The modernisation change in Australia has produced new ideas of good governance and requirements for meaningful accountability systems and practices by mobilising various accountability mechanisms such as accountable authority, corporate plan, program evaluation, performance measurement, and risk management.

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