This handbook describes the processes used in formulating public policy and the relationships between major stakeholders. It combines practice and process and will provide the reader with a thorough understanding of policy making. "Public policy permeates everyday 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 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." --Backcover.