This site ( is run by Darren McSweeney.

I am a member of the Australian Public Service (APS) for the Department of Human Services and have been since 30 June 2003.

All comment, opinion and views expressed on this website (and on any such social media that links to this page) are solely my own personal opinion and do not represent the opinions, views or position of Services Australia (formerly the Department of Human Services), the Australian Public Service, the Australian Government or any other associated person. Any advice given is done so in a personal capacity, is purely general in nature, and any research or information that is provided is gathered from publicly available  sources.

I do not provide recommendations or strategies for conducting business with Services Australia. If you need assistance from Services Australia, please visit their website.

I believe that all content on this site complies with the social media policies of the agency, the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC), as well as the APS Code of Conduct.

…and I vote

In more than seventeen years of service to the Australian public, I have served under fourteen fifteen sixteen lots of ministers and five six different prime ministers, of both sides of politics.

I have always proudly delivered the policies of the government of the day. I carry out my duties in an impartial, professional and entirely apolitical manner and always strive to uphold APS values. At times, I may personally disagree with policies or programmes that I implement, however that is the nature of public service, and I remain professional and apolitical at all times while undertaking my duties as a servant to the Australian People.

I am also a politically engaged Citizen of Australia, with the right to vote in elections, and with the right to freedom of opinion and expression. These rights can be reasonably deemed to include the right to participate in public and political debates without being unnecessarily curtailed.

The APSC social media guides starts with a broad statement:

As members of the Australian community, Australian Public Service (APS) employees have the right to participate in public and political debate.

In general, APS employees must not make public comment that may lead a reasonable person to conclude that they cannot serve the government of the day impartially and professionally.…

The social media policy of Services Australia states:

We support employees who choose to use social media in their capacity as private citizens, without intrusion. While acting as private citizens, APS employees enjoy most* of the same rights to participate in the political life of the community as other citizens.

…it is not acceptable at any time to:

  • post comments or images that are so harsh or extreme in their criticism of the department, Government, a Member of Parliament from [any] political party, or their respective policies that they could be perceived to have an impact on your ability to work professionally, efficiently, impartially or apolitically in the APS
  • post comments or images that are, or could be perceived to be, so strong in their criticism of the department’s administration, policies or programmes that it could seriously disrupt the workplace or compromise your ability to fulfil your duties as an APS employee in an impartial and unbiased manner — …
  • post comments or images that are, or could be perceived to be unreasonable criticisms of the department’s customers or other stakeholders

*emphasis added is mine

I do not have an ideological connection to any party in particular.  I am not now, have never been and likely will never be a member of any political party.

By day I faithfully serve the People of Australia through my employment, in a professional, apolitical and impartial manner.

Outside my work, I consider the future of the country I call home and the policies and vision of those elected to take us there.

I believe that I am permitted to express these thoughts in a reasonable manner, and I believe that all content on this site complies with the social media guides of my employment.

APSC social media guide
Human Services social media policy