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5. The department's response

The report of the Capability Review is a valuable resource for building our organisational capability.

We are pleased the reviewers confirmed our greatest strength is a dedicated and motivated workforce that is highly valued. Our people will continue to be a key focus for investment in future capability.

Our policy expertise was recognised in the report, as were our efforts to prepare ourselves well for tight fiscal times through good financial management and increased efficiency.

We welcome the finding that the department is able to rapidly bring resources and expertise to bear and to work across traditional boundaries, particularly in response to emerging issues.

We are also grateful to the reviewers for their insights on areas where we could improve.

The report provides the department with a strong foundation to build on our proven strengths and to develop our capability. The department will act on the findings of the report to ensure it is well positioned to meet future needs.

The department thanks the Senior Review Team—John Ombler, Penny Armytage and Jan Mason—for their constructive and considered approach in undertaking the review. I would also like to thank staff from across the Department for their contributions to the review.

 

Roger Wilkins AO

Secretary, Attorney General’s Department