Update on machinery of government changes taking effect 1 July 2013

28 June 2013

On 10 April 2013, the Premier announced changes relating to a number of public sector agencies. Following two months of hard work by many agencies across the sector, with the assistance of the Public Sector Commission, the following machinery of government changes will take effect on 1 July 2013: 

Regional Development and Lands
 
The Department of Regional Development and Lands has been separated into the:
 
  • Department of Regional Development  (DRD)
  • Department of Lands (DoL).
This will ensure attention is given to the integrity of processes relating to the sale, transfer of ownership and leasing of Crown land and to improve the timeliness and efficiency of land administration systems and processes.
 
Mr Paul Rosair will continue as Director General of the DRD. Mr Michael Bradford will commence as the Acting Director General of the DoL pending action to fill the position.
 
From 1 July, more information will be available about the DRD at www.drd.wa.gov.au and the DoL at www.lands.wa.gov.au
 
Local Government and Communities
 
The new Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC) will be established from the former Department of Local Government and the Department for Communities to enable a greater focus on the delivery of a more coordinated range of community services at a local level.
 
Ms Jennifer Mathews has been appointed as the Acting Director General of DLGC pending action to fill the position.
 
From 1 July, more information will be available about the DLGC at www.dlgc.wa.gov.au
Environment and Conservation
 
The Department of Environment and Conservation has been separated into the:
 
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), to focus on the community’s enjoyment and appreciation of national and marine parks
  • Department of Environment Regulation (DER), which will have responsibility for prevention of hazardous pollution, environmental approvals, compliance and enforcement.
Mr Jim Sharp will remain as the Acting Director General of DPaW and Mr Jason Banks will commence as the Acting Director General of DER, pending action to fill both positions.
 
From 1 July, more information will be available about the DPaW at www.dpaw.wa.gov.au and the DER at www.der.wa.gov.au
 
Further changes being progressed
 
Consistent with Government’s announcement in April, work is continuing on considering whether the Department of Water should amalgamate with the new DER.
 
The Regulatory Gatekeeping Unit and the Regulatory Reform Branch functions of the Department of Treasury will transfer to the Department of Finance on 1 July 2013. Work is continuing with respect to the proposed transfer of Strategic Projects from Treasury to Finance.
 
Employing powers under the Public Sector Management Act 1994 and budget appropriation arrangements are now in place with effect 1 July 2013 for the Art Gallery of WA, WA Museum, Perth Theatre Trust and State Library of WA. 
 
Work is continuing to facilitate the amalgamation of the Drug and Alcohol Office and the Mental Health Commission to better integrate the state’s network of services.
 
Following the relocation of 14 staff from the Department of Commerce to the new Office of Science within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, a program of works has been identified and an appropriate structure for the new Office of Science will soon be finalised.
 
Thank you to agencies
 
The Public Sector Commissioner recognises the commitment of the agencies involved with these projects and the positive attitude of staff in facilitating the changes necessary to achieve the outcomes to date.
 

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