Public Value

What is Public Value, and why is the Government using this approach?

Public value is an approach to public sector management that is being implemented across government to support the vision for South Australia to be a place where people and business thrive. It puts citizens at the centre of policy and service design and delivery.

It also aligns with the South Australian Government’s commitment to involving people in decisions that affect their lives, outlined in the Reforming Democracy policy.

Public value is created when the following three elements are all present:

  • Public value – what is the outcome and who is it for?
  • Legitimacy and support – who do you need to engage to build a satisfactory authorising environment?
  • Operational capability – how will the outcomes be delivered? What is the cost and what resources are required?

The public value framework provides a way of approaching policy problems and analysing potential initiatives. It articulates in a consistent way, why the policy or service - expenditure of public funds - is justified. You can learn more about public value and access resources and case studies on the public value webpage on the Department of the Premier and Cabinet website.

Want more information?

Watch the videos of our speakers and panel session on Public Value at the Better Together Showcase 7.

Send the Policy and Public Value team an email with your enquiry.