A revised and updated third edition of this very successful text on the theory and practice of policy-making in Australia.This authoritative guide to the practice and process of public policy in Australia combines sound analysis and practical know-how in a handbook of great value to students, teachers and practitioners.'Professor Allan Fels, AODean, Australia and New Zealand School of GovernmentPublic policy permeates every day of our lives. It is the stuff of government, the justification for taxes, the foundation of the laws that regulate our behaviour, the support for health, education and other social services. Public policy gives us roads, railways and airports, drought relief, emergency services, industry and employment development, and natural resource management. While politicians make the decisions, public servants provide the analysis and support for those choices.This handbook describes the processes used in making public policy, and the relationships between political decision-makers, public service advisers, and those charged with implementing the programs that result. The Australian Policy Handbook is a unique contribution to better public policy. Its authors have turned their depth of practical experience into a readable, useful volume that will enhance understanding of the making of the decisions that affect every Australian's life.This third edition is fully updated with new examples, references and internet resources. It is an essential text for students and reference for professionals.