Capability review: IP Australia

Last updated: 05 Dec 2014

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In 2011, the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) commenced a program of systematic reviews to assess capability in key agencies and identify opportunities to raise the institutional capability of the service as a whole.

The methodology used by the APSC to conduct these reviews has been gradually refined to more closely reflect the Australian context in which the review program is being conducted.

On the occasion of this review, I would like to thank IP Australia for volunteering for this review and for its professional and enthusiastic participation. All employees who participated in interviews and workshops were generous with their time and displayed great passion for their work.

I would also like to thank Dale Boucher, the chair of the review team, other senior members of the team, Heather Miles and Geoff Leeper and my own team from the APSC who supported and advised them. Once again, this review has demonstrated the advantages of bringing together a team of this calibre.

Stephen Sedgwick AO
Australian Public Service Commissioner

1 About the review

A capability review is a forward-looking, whole-of-agency review that assesses an agency’s ability to meet future objectives and challenges. It is conducted in accordance with the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s statutory function to review any matter relating to the Australian Public Service under paragraph 41(2)(j) of the Public Service Act 1999.

This review focuses on leadership, strategy and delivery capabilities in IP Australia.

It highlights the agency’s internal management strengths and improvement opportunities using the model set out in Figure 1. A set of 39 questions is used to guide the assessment of each of the 10 elements of the model covered by this report.

Capability reviews are designed to be relatively short and take a high-level view of the operations of the agency. They focus primarily on its senior leadership, but are informed by the views of staff who attend a series of workshops.

External stakeholders are also interviewed, including relevant ministers, private sector companies, state organisations, peak bodies, interest groups, clients and central agencies.

For this review, more than 300 documents were reviewed, 76 interviews were conducted and seven workshops were held with agency employees.

Chart: The Model of capability used in these reviews

Figure 1: Model of capability