Management strategy and program evaluation projects 1988-1998


Prior to starting Howard Partners in December 1998, and through his ten years as a Partner at Ernst & Young/PWC Dr Howard was project leader on a large number of public policy, management strategy, program evaluation, and performance review projects. Some of these are listed below.


Management strategy assignments include strategic re-alignment, corporatisation and commercialisation. The knowledge gained in these projects has provided depth of understanding and direct experience for subsequent policy, organisation, and evaluation work.  Many of the concerns raised and issues addressed are still relevant today.



Public Policy

Review of the The Supermarket to Asia Strategy. Canberra: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, 1998.


The economic impact of venture capital in Australia. Canberra: AusIndustry, 1998.


Problems and Prospects for Rural Local Government. The Australian Local Government Handbook. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1989.


The impact of change upon the local government workforce in the medium term: a discussion paper.  Melbourne: National Review of Local Government Labour Markets, 1988.


Rating and Local Government Finance: A Discussion Paper. Sydney: Department of Local Government, NSW, 1988.


The National Inquiry Into Local Government Finance: A case study. Canberra: Public Policy Program, Australian National University in Collaboration with Royal Australian Institute of Public Administration, ACT Division, 1988.


Local Government in a changing environment: a discussion paper.  Melbourne: National Review of Local Government Labour Markets, 1987.


Local Government in an Isolated Community. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1985.


"Local Government Revenue Raising," in Report of the National Inquiry into Local Government Finance - Research and Consultancy Reports: Volume 2. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1985.


Opportunities for Local Government for provision of agency services. Sydney: Department of Local Government, NSW, 1990.


Management Strategy

Australian Government Debt Management: Institutional Arrangements and Resourcing, 1997 (with BT Risk Management).


Business review and revenue raising options for The Export Meat Inspection Service for the Meat Industry Council and Department of Primary Industries and Energy, 1996.


Business review of the Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation; the Meat Industry Council, and the Meat Research Corporation, 1996.  This work was a precursor for the subsequent formation of Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).


Review and recommendations relating to the financial position, revenue raising strategies and management structure of the Lord Howe Island for NSW Parks and Wildlife, 1995.


Review and recommendations relating to the New South Wales Audit Office: Performance Audit Function for the Parliament of NSW, Public Accounts Committee, 1995.


Review and advice concerning corporate donor arrangements for the Art Gallery of NSW, 1994.


Advice on the management and organisation of the University of Newcastle Union, 1994.


Business review and contestability assessment of The Tasmanian Government Printing Office prior to corporatisation for the Department of Treasury and Finance, 1993


Resource review and assessment for the National Registration Scheme for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals: Review of Resources for the Department of Primary Industries and Energy, 1993.


Business review and contestability assessment of The Australian Government Analytical Laboratories, for the Department of Administrative Services, 1992.


Business review and contenstability assessment of The Australian Government Publishing Service for the Department of Administrative Services, 1992.


Management and organisation structure advice for the Council of the City of Sydney, 1992.


Top Structure review and advice for the Ministry of Health, Education and the Arts and Office of Public Sector Management, Chief Minister's Department, 1991.


Management and Organisation Structure advice for the Tamworth City Council. Sydney: Tamworth City Council, 1990.


Evaluation and Performance Review

Evaluation of the Local Government Development Program. Canberra: Department of Territories and Local Government, 1998.


Decision Making and Governance Arrangements: A Report to the Director General. Canberra: Department of Housing, NSW, 1998.


Advice and recommendations concerning management, strategies, structures of the Government of Norfolk Island. Canberra: Administration of Norfolk Island, 1998.


Review of the provision of legal services and opportunities for external sourcing. Sydney: Department of Industrial Relations, Employment, Training and Further Education, 1995.


Performance Review of Six Sub-Programs of the Parliamentary Services Commission. Brisbane: Legislative Assembly, Queensland, 1995.


Performance Review of  the Rural Lands Protection Boards. Sydney: Department of Agriculture, 1995.


Position paper on value for money in government programs. Sydney: NSW Public Works, 1995.


Review of the The Residential Land Program of the Indicative Planning Council for the Housing Industry. Canberra: Department of Health, Housing, Local Government and Community Services, 1993


North West/West Coast Health Planning Study. Hobart: Department of Health Services and North West Regional Hospital Board, 1989.


Review of "Welsat"- Arrangements for the Collection of Statistics in Welfare and Health. Canberra: Department of Community Services, 1987.  Undertaken through John Howard & Associates)



During 2018 Howard Partners is celebrating 20 years as an independent public policy research, advisory, and management consulting firm.


Howard Partners was honoured to have contributed to the Innovation and Science Australia Strategic Plan, Australia 2030: Prosperity Though Innovation, released in early 2018. Our Consultations Report and Expert Opinion Survey was released at the same time.


Howard Partners has recently completed the Performance Review of the Rural Innovation System for the  National Primary Industries Research and Innovation Committee. Publication is expected shortly.


The firm has also recently completed an innovation narrative of the Canberra Innovation System for the period 1998-2018.  Publication is also expected shortly.




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