Catherine Althaus

Catherine Althaus
  • Category: Faculty, Staff
  • Job Title: ANZSOG Chair of Public Service Leadership and Reform
  • Organisation: University of New South Wales in Canberra
  • Suburb/Town: Melbourne
  • Country: Australia
  • Phone: 03 8344 2035
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Areas of expertise

  • Public policy
  • Public leadership
  • Reform/change management

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Catherine Althaus is ANZSOG Deputy Dean (Teaching and Learning) and the ANZSOG Chair of Public Service Leadership and Reform at the University of New South Wales in Canberra. She has a passion for creatively serving the public interest as a practitioner-academic. Her academic training is in economics and politics and public policy.

Before coming to ANZSOG, she spent nine years teaching and researching in Canada, culminating in her position as Director of the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Prior to that, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Australian National University, and she held a number of policy posts with the Queensland Treasury department and Queensland Office of the Cabinet.

Professor Althaus continues to act as a curriculum, economics and public policy consultant for a range of clients across Australia and Canada. She has been a co-author of the popular textbook The Australian Policy Handbook since its fourth edition in 2007. Since 2017 she has been an editor of the Australian Journal of Public Administration

Catherine is a University Medallist and has won several awards, including the 2012 Sam Richardson Award for the most influential article in the Australian Journal of Public Administration, and an Australia Day Medallion for service to the Queensland Treasury. Her husband and three children keep her grounded and laughing in family life.

ANZSOG programs

Prof Althaus teaches in the following ANZSOG programs:

  • As a Co-Director of the Executive Fellows Program (EFP)
  • Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA):
    - Delivering Public Value
  • Managing Risk, Enforcement and Compliance

Selected publications

  • Althaus, C. and O’Faircheallaigh, C. 2019. Leading from Between: Indigenous Participation and Leadership in the Public Service. Montreal: McGill-Queens Press. 

  • Althaus, C. forthcoming. Different paradigms of evidence and knowledge: Recognising, honouring, and celebrating Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Australian Journal of Public Administration. Early online view.
  • Althaus, C. forthcoming. Political Science and the Arts as allies and strange bedfellows – a chapter in five parts. In Rhodes, R.A.W. and Hodgett, S. (eds). Blurring Genres: Recovering the Humanities for Political Science and Area Studies. Springer.
  • Althaus, C., Bridgman, P., & Davis, G. (2018). The Australian policy handbook (6th ed.). Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.
  • Althaus, C., & Patterson, M. (2017). A Line in the Sand 50 Years On: Commonwealth Involvement in Indigenous Affairs. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 76, 395–396.
  • Althaus, C. (2017). Establishing the Moral Object of Heterologous and Homologous Embryo Transfer. In: Eberl J. (eds) Contemporary Controversies in Catholic Bioethics. Philosophy and Medicine, 127. Springer, Cham.
  • Hallgrimsdottir, H., Shumka, L., Althaus, C., & Benoit, C. (2017). Fear, Risk, and the Responsible Choice: Risk Narratives and Lowering the Rate of Caesarean Sections in High-income Countries, AIMS Public Health, 4(6).
  • Althaus, C.E., & Tedds, L.M. (2016). User Fees in Canada: A Municipal Design and Implementation Guide, Canadian Tax Foundation.
  • Althaus, C. (2016). Soft Diplomacy or Hard Policy Benefits? Exploring the Value of Cross-jurisdictional Learning Exchanges in Policy and Public Administration across the Asia-Pacific Region, CMU Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 3(1).
  • Althaus, C. (2016). The Administrative Sherpa and the Journey of Public Service Leadership. Administration & Society, 48(4), 395-420.
  • Althaus, C. (2015). What Do We Talk About Now? Reflecting on Publications in AJPA 1970–2015. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 74(2), 227-238.
  • Althaus, C., & Morrison, T. H. (2015) Federalism Dreaming? Re‐imagining the Governance of Australian Landscapes. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 74(1), 93-99.
  • Althaus, C., & Vakil, T. (2013) Political transitions: Opportunities to renegotiate the public service bargain. Canadian Public Administration, 56(3), 478-490.
  • Siemens, L., Althaus, C., & Stange, C. (2013). Balancing students' privacy concerns while increasing student engagement in e-learning environments. In C. Wankel & P. Blessinger (eds) Increasing Student Engagement and Retention in e-learning Environments: Web 2.0 and Blended Learning Technologies (Cutting-edge Technologies in Higher Education, Volume 6 Part G), Emerald, p. 339-357.
  • Althaus, C., Evans, B., & Rathbone, E. (2012). Trends in Australian and Canadian Public Service Perceptions from an Employee Survey Perspective. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 71(4), 423-439.
  • Althaus, C., McAvoy, A. & Tedds, L. (2011). The Feasibility of Implementing a Congestion Charge on the Halifax Peninsula Filling The 'Missing Link' of Implementation. Canadian Public Policy, 37(4), 541-561.
  • Althaus, C. (2011). Assessing the Capacity to Deliver: the Building the Education Revolution Experience. Australian Journal of Public Administration. 70(4),421-436.
  • Althaus, C. (2005). A Disciplinary Perspective on the Epistemological Status of Risk. Risk Analysis, 25(3), 567-588.