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Introduction

The Tasmanian Government Approach to Collaboration

 One of the key functions of the Policy Division is to lead the development of policy in areas that involve multiple Tasmanian Government agencies.  As part of this role, the Division is focused on developing resources to support staff across government to collaborate beyond traditional agency and portfolio boundaries.

The Tasmanian Government's Approach to Collaboration (the Collaboration Approach) was officially launched in October 2010.  The aim of the Collaboration Approach is to encourage a culture of collaboration across government and provide a framework to assist agencies in working better together on complex policy and service delivery issues.  It provides guidance on:

  •  the drivers, potential benefits and costs of collaboration;
  • when collaboration is necessary;
  • critical factors for successful collaboration, including leadership, trust, shared aims, clear membership, and accountability structures;
  • the challenges that might be faced when collaborating;
  • formal mechanisms for collaboration, such as interdepartmental committees; and
  • areas of further work to be undertaken.

Since the official launch of the Collaboration Approach, implementation activities have been undertaken across the Tasmanian Government, including testing and evaluation of the Approach on a number of strategic projects.  The Policy Division supports a high-level Collaboration Steering Committee that oversees these activities and a Cross Agency Reference Group has been established to assist in championing, promoting and implementing the Collaboration Approach within all Tasmanian Government agencies.

All state service employees, at all levels of Government, are encouraged to think about how they can contribute to building a culture of collaboration across Government and apply the critical factors for collaborative success outlined in the Collaboration Approach to achieve improved outcomes for the State.


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