- The McGowan Government's election commitment to drive a change of culture across the public sector and reduce the number of departments is being delivered
- From July 1, the sector's existing 41 State Government departments will be reduced to 25
- The largest reform of government in decades will assist with Budget repair
- Recruitment of Directors General to lead the new departments to commence shortly
- A public sector Red Tape Taskforce also established to seek further opportunities to reduce inefficiencies
The biggest shake up of the public sector in decades will be implemented on July 1.
Premier Mark McGowan announced in April that the number of Government departments would be slashed by 40 per cent, from 41 to 25. The major reform of the public sector surpasses the election commitment to reduce the number of departments by 20 per cent.
Interim Directors General will fill the roles of the amalgamated departments, with permanent appointments to be made in due course by a process managed by the Public Sector Commission.
The McGowan Government's jobs strategy is a key focus of the changes. A new Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation will lead the effort to diversify Western Australia's economy and create jobs. Its tourism and science functions will position the State for future job opportunities, in industries that will transform the economy.
The reforms are also aimed at creating departments focused on whole-of-Government objectives and delivering services in the most efficient way, with the Premier writing to Directors General to encourage them to embrace digital service delivery, which will help people - particularly in the regions - get access to information and services.
The Premier also tasked Directors General with increasing the percentage of women in senior management positions. Women make up only 32.2 per cent of Senior Executive Service leadership positions, despite comprising 71.7 per cent of the Western Australian public sector workforce.
A public sector Red Tape Taskforce has now also been established to look for opportunities, large and small, to slash red tape, waste and inefficiency in WA's public sector. The taskforce will complement the changes and the Service Priority Review.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"We are bringing in new leadership and new opportunities for the public sector to deliver better services to the community.
"We're getting on with the job and delivering on our commitment to implement real change.
"The renewal of the public sector will allow a smaller number of departments to work effectively together to deliver for all Western Australians.
"This is the most significant reform of the public sector for a long time and, as promised, the new departments will come into effect from next week.
"I expect Directors General to work collaboratively in the interests of Western Australians and ensure they deliver services to them efficiently and effectively."
For more information on the new departments, visit https://publicsector.wa.gov.au
Premier's office - 6552 5000