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Strengthening Professional Civil Service for a Highly Democratic Indonesia: A Joint IGPA - BGL Seminar

Fri 9 October 2015Emeritus Professor Sofian Effendi PH.D. / 3.30pm - 5.00pmAnn Harding Conference Centre, Building 24 at the University of Canberra

This event is co-hosted by the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis and the Faculty of Business, Government and Law at the University of Canberra.

About the speaker

Professor Sofian Effendi is Chairman and Commissioner of the newly established Indonesian Civil Service Commission (ICSC). The Commission was created by the Indonesian Civil Service Law of 2014 to oversee the implementation of a professional public service in his country. He has accumulated a total of 39 year of solid experience as educator, top university management, and senior executive positions in the Government of Indonesia, and as senior advisor of international agencies. He served 6 years for the Administrations of President Soeharto and President Habibie, started his career as Assistant Minister of Science and Technology, and Executive Secretary of the National Research Council. In 1998, after holding a position as Assistant to the Vice President of Indonesia, and Assistant for Policy Coordination and Monitoring of Indonesian Secretary of the State, Professor Effendi was appointed Head of the Indonesian Civil Service Agency who was responsible for the management of 4.1 million civil servants of the country. During his tenure at NCSA, he spearheaded Indonesian civil service reform and drafted the Indonesian Civil Service Law of 1999. Again, in 2010 he chaired a Team of Four appointed by the Indonesian Parliament to draft a new Indonesian Civil Service Legislation for the more democratic, decentralized, and economically more opened Indonesia. The new law, Law Number 5 of 2014, was jointly passed by the Parliament and the President on January 14, 2014. Professor Effendi holds his PhD in Public Affairs from University of Pittsburgh, USA.


Less than a year after his election as the new leader of Indonesia, President Joko Widodo embarks in the implementation of the Indonesian Civil Service Law.  The legislation was probably one of the most important reforms of the country’s civil service after a strong wind of Reformation hit the country in 1997 which forced a three decade of strong rule by President Suharto to end. A comprehensive governance and economic reforms were initiated by three successive transition governments, and followed by a two-terms administration of President Yudhoyono has made Indonesia ready to enter the Asian Century. 

The new legislation lays the foundation for Indonesia to form a high performance public service the country badly needed to become Asia's third-biggest economy for the coming decade before turning it into a dynamic public service like in the more advanced neighbouring countries, Singapore and Malaysia. The passage of the law signified the first step of the new government under President Joko Widodo’s long journey to reform Indonesian Civil Service. The first step was taken during President Suharto administration when a Law Number 8 Year 1976 was passed by the Parliament to consolidate the too politically intervened civil service. Following the “big bang” democracy and open economy  after 1998 Reformation, President B.J. Habibie signed Law No 43/1999 to decentralized management of Indonesian civil service to ministries, non-ministrian agencies, and sub-national governments. The more decentralized management of Indonesian civil service continued until 2013, when President Yudhoyono approved an initiative of the Parliament to introduce an Indonesian Civil Service Act. Although the Law was signed by President Yudhoyono on January 15, 2014, its implementation would be recorded as the legacy of the newly appointed president. The presentation will delve in more detail the socio-political contexts of The Indonesian Civil Service Law of 2014, its objectives and the implementation of the legislation so far.              

Followed by a dialogue with Indonesian civil servants (PNS) and Indonesian students community in Canberra (in Bahasa Indonesia). 

Title:  ‘Dialog Perkembangan Terakhir UU ASN’. 

Dialogue on the latest development with UU ASN.  Very relevant to PNS currently overseas.


Dr Nuraida Mokhsen, Commissioner, KASN (ANU alumni)
Bpk Mohammad Hakim, Assistant Commissioner, KASN

Ann Harding Conference Centre/ 5-6 pm
Building 24 at the University of Canberra




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