On 23 June 2016, Edwin Lau, Head of the Public Sector Reform Division at the OECD was joined by Professor Mark Evans of the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis and facilitator Carmel McGregor PSM, Deputy President of IPAA ACT, for a panel discussion on Better Understanding the Drivers of Public Trust.
The Australian economy has experienced twenty years of economic growth. A remarkable performance that is unprecedented both historically and in comparison with other OECD countries over the period. At the same time, public opinion has not reflected this positive picture. Although there is compelling evidence showing that the majority of other mature democracies are experiencing similar trends, most of these countries were adversely impacted by the Global Financial Crisis over the same period.
This panel presentation drew on three surveys of public opinion which were carried out by the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis in 2013, 2014 and 2016. The presentation examined what drives trust in public institutions and a way forward for building confidence in Australian democratic processes.