Learning from failure: why large government policy initiatives have gone so badly wrong in the past and how the chances of success in the future can be improved

Last updated: 29 Apr 2016

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An independent review by Professor Peter Shergold AC

In December 2013 the Government established the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program led by Mr Ian Hanger AM QC, which reported to the Government in September 2014.

The Government asked Professor Peter Shergold AC to lead an independent review of Government processes for the development and implementation of large public programmes and projects.

Professor Shergold's report, Learning from Failure: Why large government policy initiatives have gone so badly wrong in the past and how the chances of success in the future can be improved, was presented to Government in August 2015.


On 11 April 2016, Professor Peter Shergold AC addressed a sell-out event organised in conjunction with the Institute of Public Administration Australia – ACT Division. Professor Shergold spoke at length about his 2015 report.

Professor Shergold was joined by:

  • The Hon John Lloyd PSM, Australian Public Service Commissioner
  • Dr Martin Parkinson PSM, Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Ms Glenys Beauchamp PSM, Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, and President IPAA ACT
  • Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM, Secretary, Department of the Environment

A video of the event is available at https://vimeo.com/162339811.