Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations

    Report sets out blueprint for public sector reform

    6/12/2017 12:45 PM
    • ​Final report of the Service Priority Review released
    • Major recommendations to create a more efficient public sector for Western Australians
    • Report endorses key election commitments, including performance-based pay for the State's most senior public servants
    • McGowan Government will implement recommendations throughout 2018
    • Implementation of the blueprint to help restore responsible financial management

    The final report of the Service Priority Review was released today, setting out a blueprint for reform and cultural change in Western Australia's public sector.


    The report highlights 17 recommendations and 37 actions in which the public sector can operate more efficiently to deliver better services to the community, at a lower cost.


    The independent review panel, chaired by Iain Rennie CNZM, undertook extensive consultation over six months with government and non-government stakeholders across the State.


    The report's key recommendations include:


    • Introducing whole-of-government targets to focus government agencies on the most complex and critical issues facing the community;
    • Developing and implementing CEO performance-based remuneration and improved CEO performance management;
    • Leveraging government procurement to reduce costs and improve outcomes for the community, including positive job creation benefits;
    • Preparing 'umbrella' legislation to reform governance, accountability and oversight of Government Trading Enterprises to improve transparency and service delivery;
    • Data-sharing legislation to facilitate increased data-sharing and smarter use of data to respond to community needs and to improve service delivery;
    • Digital transformation to enable citizens to access government through multiple channels; and
    • Strengthening the budget process to encourage a more collaborative government and focus on community outcomes. 

    The McGowan Government has endorsed the final report, broadly supporting the recommendations and will move to begin implementing them next year.


    The Service Priority Review is a key component of the McGowan Government's commitment to repair the budget situation inherited from the previous government.


    Since being elected, the Government moved quickly to implement election commitments and major reform of the State's public sector, including a 40 per cent reduction in government departments and a 20 per cent reduction target in the number of Senior Executive Service (SES) positions.


    The 40 per cent reduction in government departments is double what was promised before the election and the 20 per cent reduction in the number of SES positions is now on track to be fulfilled early next year.


    The State Government is expected to reduce the number of SES positions by a total of 102 by the end of March next year, delivering on another election commitment, after the SES blew out to 521 positions under the previous Liberal National Government.


    The final report can be found at http://www.dpc.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "This report provides a strong blueprint to drive cultural change and create a more efficient public sector at a lower cost to taxpayers, delivering on key election commitments.


    "The Government supports the overall direction of the report and will move to begin an implementation program starting next year.


    "It's important to note that the review found WA's public servants to possess professionalism, integrity and a genuine desire to help the community - and this is something we want to build on.


    "As promised, the State Government will now move forward to introduce whole-of-government targets and CEO performance-based pay to drive outcomes for Western Australians.


    "This was a major election commitment and something I want to see built into the public sector.


    "The report also includes recommendations that will bring about immediate change, as well as longer-term recommendations that will result in systemic and long-lasting reform.


    "We are getting on with the job of creating an efficient, innovative and effective public service that delivers real outcomes for the community.


    "Major reform of the public sector will take time but the report is a major step towards creating change for the benefit of all Western Australians."


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