Professor Catherine Althaus


Catherine Althaus is ANZSOG Deputy Dean (Teaching and Learning) and the ANZSOG Chair of Public Service Leadership and Reform at the University of New South Wales in Canberra. She has a passion for creatively serving the public interest as a practitioner-academic. Her academic training is in economics and politics and public policy.

Before coming to ANZSOG, she spent nine years teaching and researching in Canada, culminating in her position as Director of the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Prior to that, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Australian National University, and she held a number of policy posts with the Queensland Treasury department and Queensland Office of the Cabinet.

Professor Althaus continues to act as a curriculum, economics and public policy consultant for a range of clients across Australia and Canada. She has been a co-author of the popular textbook The Australian Policy Handbook since its fourth edition in 2007. Since 2017 she has been an editor of the Australian Journal of Public Administration

Catherine is a University Medallist and has won several awards, including the 2012 Sam Richardson Award for the most influential article in the Australian Journal of Public Administration, and an Australia Day Medallion for service to the Queensland Treasury. 


Althaus C; O’Faircheallaigh C, 2019, Leading from Between: The Challenge and Promise of Indigenous Public Service Leadership in Canada and Australia,

Althaus C, 2013, Calculating political risk,

Book Chapters

Althaus C, 2020, 'Cultural Fluency Training for the Twenty-First-Century Public Servant', in The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant, Springer International Publishing, pp. 1 - 25,

Althaus C, 2017, 'Establishing the Moral Object of Heterologous and Homologous Embryo Transfer', in Eberl JT (ed.), CONTEMPORARY CONTROVERSIES IN CATHOLIC BIOETHICS, SPRINGER, pp. 169 - 187,

Althaus C; Siemens L; Stange C, 2013, 'Balancing Students’ Privacy Concerns while Increasing Student Engagement in E-Learning Environments', in Increasing Student Engagement and Retention in e-Learning Environments: Web 2.0 and Blended Learning Technologies,

Althaus C, 2011, 'Fiscal Responsibility Legislation and the Case of the Queensland Charter of Social and Fiscal Responsibility', in Graham A (ed.), Innovation in Public Expenditure Management – Case Studies from the Commonwealth,

Althaus C; Wanna J, 2008, 'The Institutionalisation of Leadership in the Australian Public Service', in Hart P; Uhr J (ed.), PUBLIC LEADERSHIP: PERSPECTIVES AND PRACTICES, AUSTRALIAN NATL UNIV, pp. 117 - 131,

Althaus C, 2007, 'Human Embryo Transfer and the Theology of the Body', in Brakman SV; Weaver DF (ed.), ETHICS OF EMBRYO ADOPTION AND THE CATHOLIC TRADITION, SPRINGER, pp. 43 - 67,

Althaus C, 2007, 'The right to assistance from society, if necessary from the State, in distress of family or persons', in Franklin J (ed.), Life to the Full: Rights and Social Justice in Australia,

Althaus C, 1997, 'The Application of Agency Theory to Public Management', in Davis G; Sullivan B; Yeatman A (ed.), The New Contractualism?, MacMillan

Althaus C, 1994, 'Legitimation and Agenda-Setting: Development and the Environment in Australia and Canada’s North', in Weller P (ed.), Royal commissions and the making of public policy,

Journal articles

Althaus C, 2020, 'Different paradigms of evidence and knowledge: Recognising, honouring, and celebrating Indigenous ways of knowing and being', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 79, pp. 187 - 207,

ALTHAUS C; O’FAIRCHEALLAIGH C, 2019, 'Leading from Between', ,

Althaus C; Patterson M, 2017, 'A Line in the Sand 50 Years On: Commonwealth Involvement in Indigenous Affairs', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 76, pp. 395 - 396,

Hallgrimsdottir H; Shumka L; Althaus C; Benoit C, 2017, 'Fear, Risk, and the Responsible Choice: Risk Narratives and Lowering the Rate of Caesarean Sections in High-income Countries', AIMS PUBLIC HEALTH, vol. 4, pp. 615 - 632,

2017, 'Reluctant Representatives: Blackfella Bureaucrats Speak in Australia's North Elizabeth Ganter (Canberra: ANU Press; Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research: Research Monograph No 37, 2016, ISBN9781760460327 (paperbook), 210 pp.)', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 76, pp. 529 - 530,

Althaus C, 2016, 'Soft Diplomacy or Hard Policy Benefits? Exploring the Value of Cross-jurisdictional Learning Exchanges in Policy and Public Administration across the Asia-Pacific Region', ASR CHIANG MAI UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES, vol. 3, pp. 1 - 25,

Althaus C; Morrison TH, 2015, 'Federalism Dreaming? Re-imagining the Governance of Australian Landscapes', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 74, pp. 93 - 99,

Althaus C; Bridgman P; Davis G, 2015, 'Learning about Learning: Discovering the Work of Policy by Adams, Colebatch, and Walker', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 74, pp. 112 - 113,

Althaus C, 2015, 'What Do We Talk About Now? Reflecting on Publications in AJPA 1970-2015', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 74, pp. 227 - 238,

Althaus C, 2014, 'Citizen, Customer, Partner: Engaging the Public in Public Management', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, vol. 73, pp. 525 - 526,

Siemens L; Althaus C; Stange C, 2013, 'Balancing students' privacy concerns while increasing student engagement in e-learning environments', Cutting-Edge Technologies in Higher Education, vol. 6, pp. 339 - 357,

Althaus C; Vakil T, 2013, 'Political transitions: Opportunities to renegotiate the public service bargain', Canadian Public Administration, vol. 56, pp. 478 - 490,

Althaus C, 2013, 'Governing Fables: Learning from Public Sector Narratives', CANADIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE-REVUE CANADIENNE DE SCIENCE POLITIQUE, vol. 46, pp. 489 - 491,

Althaus C, 2013, 'The Administrative Sherpa and the Journey of Public Service Leadership', Administration and Society, vol. 48, pp. 395 - 420,

Althaus C; Evans B; Rathbone E, 2012, 'Trends in Australian and Canadian Public Service Perceptions from an Employee Survey Perspective', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 71, pp. 423 - 439,

Althaus C, 2011, 'Assessing the Capacity to Deliver - The BER Experience', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 70, pp. 421 - 436,

Althaus C; Tedds LM; McAvoy A, 2011, 'The feasibility of implementing a congestion charge on the halifax Peninsula: Filling the "missing link" of implementation', Canadian Public Policy, vol. 37, pp. 541 - 561,

Althaus CE, 2005, 'A disciplinary perspective on the epistemological status of risk', Risk Analysis, vol. 25, pp. 567 - 588,

Wechter D; Althaus C, 2005, 'Response to Catherine Althaus on heterologous embryo transfer.', The national Catholic bioethics quarterly, vol. 5, pp. 451 - 452

Althaus C, 2005, 'Can one "rescue" a human embryo? The moral object of the acting woman.', The national Catholic bioethics quarterly, vol. 5, pp. 113 - 141,

Althaus C, 1997, 'What do we talk about? Publications in AJPA 1970-95', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 56, pp. 141 - 146,

Althaus C, 1996, 'The state under contract - Boston,J', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, vol. 55, pp. 118 - 119,

Althaus C, 1996, 'National competition policy: Progress and prospects', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 55, pp. 65 - 67,

Brown A; Althaus C, 1996, 'Public service broadcasting in Australia', Journal of Media Economics, vol. 9, pp. 31 - 46,

1996, 'Book Reviews', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 55, pp. 118 - 124,