The work of public servants is not always visible, it reflects the times and impacts each of us.
Since federation, the APS has informed, supported and implemented the decisions of the government of the day.
A new permanent exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) uncovers this role across its 120 year history.
Opened by the Assistant Minister to the Minister for the Public Service, the Hon. Ben Morton MP, Australia’s Public Service For the Government of Day explores the role of the APS at some of the most significant moments in the health and wealth of the nation.
A unique selection of objects, images and documents are on display, selected from across APS agencies. Each item showcases the important role of public servants in supporting and implementing government decisions.
Held in the modest-sized Yeend Suite, within the Prime Minister’s Precinct of Old Parliament House, the exhibition is housed where secretaries of PM&C once worked. Located strategically between the Prime Minister’s offices and the Cabinet Room.
The exhibition explores the role of Cabinet Note Takers, and has on display cabinet note books revealing advice in relation to Australia’s switch to decimal currency. The exhibition unpacks case studies for the snowy mountain hydro scheme, public health and the changing role of women in the APS.