- McGowan Government to deliver a 40 per cent reduction in government departments
- Western Australia's 41 departments will be reduced to 25 by July 1, 2017
- First stage of changes will help create a more efficient public sector to deliver better services for the community
- Delivering on election commitments to drive a change of culture across government and reduce the number of government departments
Premier Mark McGowan has announced the biggest shakeup of the public sector in decades with 40 per cent of Government departments to be amalgamated or abolished.
The major announcement surpasses the election commitment to reduce the number of departments by 20 per cent and includes a major reshuffle of chief executives. It also comes ahead of the Service Priority Review that will deliver further structural changes and savings.
The changes announced today are the first step in driving cultural change and delivering multi-million-dollar cost savings across government to assist with much-needed budget repair.
This significant reform is aimed at creating collaborative departments focused on whole-of-Government objectives and delivering services in the most efficient way, including using new technology.
As promised, new directors general will be instructed to deliver a 20 per cent reduction in the 521-member Senior Executive Service, the State's highest paid bureaucrats.
Public servants will also be called upon to identify examples of waste, inefficiency, duplication and red tape that can be eliminated to improve the public sector.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"We are getting on with the job and delivering on our election commitment to drive real change across the public sector.
"Under our changes, departments will work together to solve the problems confronting our State, by communicating in an effective manner to deliver for the community.
"This is the most significant reform of the public sector for a long time; we are not just changing the name on the door.
"I'm ushering in new leadership, new departmental mandates and new opportunities for the public sector to drive substantial long-term change and maximise each opportunity to deliver better services to the community.
"Inevitably, over time, there will be public sector job losses but these will be approached in a managed, orderly and equitable way.
"The potential job losses are a regrettable consequence of the financial mess and dysfunction left behind by the previous government."
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Overview of public sector renewal.pdf
Public sector renewal.pdf