Australian Embassy

Australian Leader on Bureaucratic Reform to Visit Jakarta

Media Release

7 June 2010

Australian Leader on Bureaucratic Reform to Visit Jakarta

The Australian Public Service Commissioner, Steve Sedgwick, is visiting Jakarta from 8-9 June. He will address a high-level workshop on bureaucratic reform and hold discussions with senior Indonesian officials on further Australian support for Indonesia’s reform process.

Australia’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Bill Farmer, said he was pleased Mr Sedgwick was visiting Jakarta this week to build on the close cooperation to date.

“The Australian Public Service Commission has been working with the Indonesian bureaucracy under the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for almost four years. Mr Sedgwick’s visit will provide an important opportunity to discuss Australia’s continuing assistance with reform in Indonesia,” Mr Farmer said.

The Australian Government is providing almost A$459 million in development assistance to Indonesia over the next twelve months and some of these funds are committed to helping Indonesia reform its bureaucracy and build its capacity for the future.

Under the Partnership, Australia is providing up to A$2.5 billion in aid to Indonesia over the five years to June 2013. This funding provides support in the areas of scholarships, education, health, rural development and climate change, as well as economic and bureaucratic reform.

Mr Sedgwick is playing a key role in leading the next wave of bureaucratic reform in Australia and will be able to share this experience with Indonesian counterparts.

“The close collaboration between the Australian Public Service Commission and its Indonesian counterpart agencies is typical of the strong institutional relationships under the Australia-Indonesia Partnership,” said Mr Farmer.

“The Partnership is contributing to building the capacity of the Indonesian bureaucracy and the strong people-to-people relationships between our two countries,” he added.

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