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The Australian Public Service Commission has regular engagement with foreign governments on matters of public sector management and reform, integrity, leadership, and learning and development.

The Commission engages in knowledge sharing of public sector governance with counterparts from Singapore, Canada, New Zealand and China. High level engagement also occurs with Public Service Commissioners across the Pacific.

The Commission also works with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to develop public sector capacity in the Asia-Pacific region through the Australian Aid Program. The Commission works with the Papua New Guinean and Indonesian Governments and has a proud history of partnership with Samoa, Fiji, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Kiribati, Niue, Solomon Islands and Ghana.

The programs build on long term collaboration between the Commission and partner organisations with strong focus on capacity building at both the organisational and at the individual skills development level. Key modalities include executive exchanges, strategic dialogues, short term missions and technical advice.

International delegations

The Commission welcomes foreign government visitors to exchange knowledge and information in public sector initiatives, practices and issues and topics of mutual interest.

Common topics of interest include people management, public sector leadership development, Australia's experience in public sector reform, and accountability and transparency. The Commission also values the opportunity to learn from international delegations about their experiences of public sector management and reform.

Requests for visiting international delegations can be made by submitting the completed international delegation application form to international [at] apsc.gov.au. Instructions to complete the application and the Commission’s policy on accepting visiting international delegations can be found in the document.

Download an application form.

Current programs


On 31 August 2020, we entered into a Memorandum of Understanding between both countries’ Public Services. This builds on the already strong relationship between the Australian Public Service Commission and Public Service Division, Singapore. The MoU will guide our efforts over the next 5 years to learn from one another’s experience in transforming our respective public services to be future-ready.


In the Grand Design of Bureaucratic Reform 2010-2025, the Government of Indonesia outlines a strong plan for bureaucratic reforms to create an Indonesia Civil Service that works effectively, efficiently and transparently. As part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade broader engagement with Indonesia, the Commission has worked with Indonesia Civil Service agencies to achieve sustainable bureaucratic reform since 2006. Currently, the Commission works with the Indonesian Civil Service Commission, the Ministry for Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, the State Administration Institute and the Personnel Agency to build capacity in public sector leadership and strategic human resources management.

DFAT Development Program in Indonesia.

Papua New Guinea

The Commission works under the Australian aid program to support and promote effective governance and leadership in the PNG public service. As an implementing partner under the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct, the Commission works with the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance developing leadership capabilities and skills of PNG public servants. The Commission also partners with the PNG Department of Personnel Management ensuring employment policies and practices match the evolving needs of the PNG Public Service.


As part of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership announced during the virtual bilateral summit between Prime Minister Mr Morrison and Indian Prime Minister Mr Modi on 4 June 2020, we announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between both countries’ Public Services. 

Last reviewed: 
1 September 2020