- In response to the Special Inquiry, the McGowan Government is implementing major changes to ensure the mistakes of the past are never repeated
- A number of recommendations have already been acted on or are underway since the election of the McGowan Government
- Seven key areas of focus to drive further change related to governance arrangements, decision-making and accountability processes
- Strong attention to financial management must be the fundamental principle for all future governments
The McGowan Government has initiated its response to the Special Inquiry, with an implementation team tasked to deliver on the recommendations and findings handed down in the final report.
The recommendations of the Special Inquiry are broadly endorsed by the McGowan Government, with the exception that Royalties for Regions funding will remain a hypothecated account and the $1 billion expenditure cap per year be retained.
The implementation of the recommendations will be driven by Ministers through the Rebuilding the Public Sector Reform program. Four stages of implementation, identified by State Cabinet, will address the key recommendations and findings.
During its first year in office, the McGowan Government has already initiated a number of changes that were recommended by the Special Inquirer.
The findings of the Special Inquiry, together with the Service Priority Review, forms the basis for further reform that will be delivered through an integrated strategy by the implementation team.
A breakdown of the four stages of changes is attached, including the seven key areas of focus that will be acted on in direct response to the Special Inquiry.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"Based on the findings in this report, it is clear that a number of Ministers of the Liberal National Government were incapable of performing their duties to the standard required - and should have been removed from Cabinet.
"My Government has wasted no time, by driving the changes needed to address the State's alarming financial position left behind by the Liberals and Nationals.
"Ministers have led from the front, instilling a level of financial discipline not seen for many years at a ministerial level in Western Australia.
"A new culture has been established across government and further changes will be implemented in line with the recommendations of the Special Inquiry, with the implementation team led by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet."
Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt:
"The Special Inquiry found systemic issues throughout the previous government that requires reform, in the long-term interests of the State.
"The Liberals and Nationals left behind structural budget deficits and a record amount of debt that needs to be addressed with financial discipline being the key driving factor.
"Unsustainable spending decisions and poor governance practices must remain in the past; the irresponsible attitude of the previous government must never return to senior levels of government."
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Special Inquiry response.pdf