How to navigate Machinery of Government changes

Media release: Friday, 9 August 2013

With the election only weeks away, public servants are queuing up to learn more about navigating Machinery of Government changes, with an overbooked seminar now being streamed live to cater for audience demand.

As anyone in the APS knows, the change process affectionately known as the MoG, which usually occurs after any election, is disruptive for the people and systems involved. It may bring costs in IT changes, accommodation moves, rebuilding departmental cultures and establishing new relationships with ministerial offices.

While governments don't report on the costs involved in Machinery of Governent changes,  agencies have to absorb them in their existing budgets.

Behind the scenes, agencies which aren't in the front line of the changes have to ensure the mogged departments follow normal administrative practice. While staff change signature blocks and get used to explaining the department's new acronym, agencies such as the National Archives make sure Commonwealth records are not destroyed in the changeover of functions.

The National Archives of Australia has partnered with the Institute of Public Administration Australia ACT (IPAA) to present a seminar on the topic.

'Navigating Machinery of Government changes' will be held on Tuesday 13 August at the National Archives of Australia in Parkes. The event will also be live streamed.

The seminar will cover the protocols to be observed during a Federal Election caretaker period and any subsequent Machinery of Government changes.

Speakers from the National Archives, Australian Public Service Commission and Department of Finance and Deregulation will discuss the challenges presented in records management, employment policies and financial appropriations following structural changes across Government portfolios.

The seminar has proved so popular that it will now be live streamed to cater for audience demand. Further information at:,117/event_id,93/task,view_event/

Contact information

  • Elizabeth Masters (Media Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3957 m 0417 247 157 e
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