- The McGowan Labor Government is progressing a reform program of GTEs
- Governance and accountability arrangements will be clarified and strengthened
- Government will consult with GTEs and other stakeholders through the reform process
The McGowan Labor Government is progressing a new reform program designed to clarify and strengthen the governance and accountability arrangements of government trading enterprises (GTEs).
Concerns about GTE governance were raised in the Service Priority Review and Special Inquiry into Government Programs and Projects (Langoulant review). The reviews highlighted the importance of a clear relationship between GTEs and the State Government to ensure well-informed decision-making and cohesive long-term planning across government.
The first stage of the reform program will engage GTEs, agencies and industry to create a framework that strengthens and streamlines legislative and administrative oversight. Of the 27 GTEs in Western Australia, 16* will be included in the first stage, chosen for their strong commercial focus, most consistent legislation, and significant impact on the State's finances.
The second stage of the reform program will review whether remaining GTEs align with the framework.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"My Government is getting on with the job of reforming Western Australia's public sector to ensure it operates more efficiently and provides better services to taxpayers.
"Reforming the State's GTEs to improve accountability and service delivery is an important component of the response to the Service Priority Review.
"We will continue to implement the recommendations of the SPR, as well as the Special Inquiry to drive cultural change across the public sector and government as a whole."
Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt:
"This is a genuine reform program in the long-term interests of the State.
"It builds on significant reform work the McGowan Labor Government has underway as part of its election commitment to build an efficient, accountable and high performing public sector.
"I encourage stakeholders to participate in the many opportunities for collaboration and feedback that will be provided in coming months as part of this reform program."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Treasurer's office - 6552 5900
* GTEs involved in the first stage of the GTE Reform Program are:
Energy: Synergy; Western Power; Horizon Power
Water: Water Corporation; Aqwest; Busselton Water
Ports: Fremantle Port Authority; Pilbara Ports Authority; Kimberley Ports Authority; Mid West Ports Authority; Southern Ports Authority
Other: LandCorp; Insurance Commission of Western Australia; Western Australian Treasury Corporation; Gold Corporation; Forest Products Commission