Adam Graycar Speeches

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Adam Graycar was a lecturer Social Policy at Flinders until his departure in 1980 to become the Foundation Director of the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. In the intervening decades he has held a wide range of academic and government posts. In 2015 he returned as strategic professor in public policy.

He acquired extensive policy experience over 22 years in the senior level posts he has held in government, both Federal and State. His most recent government position was Head, Cabinet Office, Government of South Australia (2003-2007). He also had nine years (1994-2003) as head of a Commonwealth Statutory Authority, the Australian Institute of Criminology a government agency whose task is to provide quality information and conduct policy oriented research. He was also the nation’s first Commissioner for the Ageing (1985-1990).

Before returning to Flinders his most recent academic posts were Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, and before that, Dean and Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

He has worked in many public policy domains and his current work is on integrity and corruption prevention in Australia and internationally. He is working closely with international agencies such as the United Nations (UNODC) and the World Bank, as well as teaching specialist courses in leading universities in Asia, Europe and North America.


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    Demographic changes
    ( 2006-06) Graycar, Adam
    Notes of a speech regarding demographic changes, age expectancies, improvements in health care, influences on public policies and services provided by the Government.
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    Recognition of overseas skills
    ( 2006-11) Graycar, Adam
    On 10 February 2006, COAG agreed to a new national approach to apprenticeships, training and skills recognition to help alleviate skill shortages currently evident in many parts of the country. COAG decided there was need for a new streamlined system for the recognition of overseas qualifications to make it easier for migrants with skills to work as soon as they reach Australia. This does not mean that there will be a reduction in the quality we expect of those working in Australian. We will still require Australian standards to be met.
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    COAG National Reform Agenda: human capital
    ( 2006-09) Graycar, Adam
    Challenges for the South Australian Government in the coming years include ageing population, skills shortages, changing international markets, national reform, policies for health and education.
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    Central agencies - do they lead or just tread on toes? Leadership or treading on toes?
    ( 2007-05) Graycar, Adam
    Central agencies justify their existence by being both required and able to see the big picture, to rise above the constraints of agency boundaries and pursue a whole of government agenda. One would expect that the quality of leadership demonstrated by central agencies would always achieve results, but there are times when brutality gets results - rough justice which involves treading on toes. Leadership and treading on toes are gentle euphemisms. What I really mean is policy by leading and persuading on the one hand, and policy by telling and constricting on the other.
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    Recognising plumbers
    ( 2006-11) Graycar, Adam
    The Mutual Recognition Act 1992 is supposed to address the problem of skilled labour licenses being in isolation in each State, plumbing being one of them. The aim is to make it easier for skilled workers to move between States and Territories. COAG has established a Steering Committee which lead to a Plumbers Action Group. Many licenses are in the scope, such as builders, motor repairers, air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanics, joiners, carpenters, bricklayers and electricians.
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    ID security
    ( 2006-05) Graycar, Adam
    Slides of a presentation outlining the National Identity Security Strategy and working group structure of the South Australian Government in response to identity-related fraud and theft.