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Part 5: The department's response

The department welcomes the report of the Capability Review Team into the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. I thank the APSC and specifically members of the senior review team, Mr Tony Cole AO, Mr Dieter Adamsas and Ms Stephanie Foster
PSM, for their positive approach to the review and their considered analysis.

We welcome the review's recognition of the degree of change that the department has undergone (70 per cent of staff have less than five years in the agency) and the department's resilience in responding to the challenges that it has faced. We are also pleased that the review recognises the department's
strengths in regard to respect, culture, the senior leadership team, staff, program delivery capacity, learning and development and performance management.

The department supports the action areas identified in the review and considers that the need to create a unified organisation and culture; building economic policy capability and influence; managing and evaluating programs; building expertise on what is happening in business and industry; becoming
a leader in encouraging innovation and ensuring that corporate operations match the department's size and scope will be applicable regardless of our departmental responsibilities going forward. Indeed, the department already has work well underway to address a number of the issues outlined in the report
and in other internal reviews conducted simultaneously; and the department is looking forward to fully implementing the recommendations in all action areas.

Dr Don Russell
Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

Last reviewed: 
29 March 2018