How do we restore trust in government?

ANZSOG and the Griffith Review on Matters of Trust. 

In 2018, the Edelman Trust Barometer put Australians’ trust in government at an all-time low. The disillusionment citizens feel about their governments and their lack of trust in the way they operate has a huge consequence for those who work in government – both politicians and public servants - by affecting both their legitimacy and ability to get things done.

In a climate of populism and misinformation, this lack of trust is a key contributor to the problems our political system is having in addressing climate change and other complex policy challenges.

Can the public service take the lead in restoring trust or must we wait for politicians to act? Do we need changes to laws and structures, or culture change driven by public servants themselves? What capabilities will we need for the future? Is the ‘sports’ affair an exception or the new normal?

A panel of Matters of Trust contributors: ANZSOG Dean and CEO Ken Smith, the Grattan Institute’s Kate Griffiths and The University of Melbourne’s Sarah Maddison will discuss these issues.

The panel will be moderated by Dr Ashley Hay, editor of the Griffith Review

Event details

Date: Thursday, 5 March 2020

Registration and lunch: 12.00pm – 12.30pm

Panel presentation: 12.30pm – 1.45pm

Registrations close on Monday, 2 March 2020.

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Venue information

  • Venue: Village Roadshow Theatrette
  • Address: State Library of Victoria Conference Centre,
    179 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000