Relationships between public sector agencies and ministerial offices

17 November 2016

The quality of the working relationship between a minister’s office and a public sector agency impacts the effective translation of government policy into service delivery, and the proper management of agencies. Minister’s offices and agencies work collaboratively to deal with complex policy and service delivery challenges in a dynamic environment. Working relationships between ministerial officers and public sector employees can experience occasional tensions. This is not unexpected, but needs to be managed appropriately.

In July 2016, in response to a request for an inquiry into a specific matter by the Leader of the Opposition, the Public Sector Commission considered the factors essential to establishing and maintaining effective relationships between ministerial offices and agencies. An examination was undertaken into the arrangements in place within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet to promote effective working relationships.

The examination report is now available.


Page last updated 17 November 2016