Machinery of Government

Our focus | Facilitating a revitalised public sector

On 28 April 2017, the Premier announced a series of structural changes to the public sector, effective 1 July 2017. This announcement reflected the Government’s commitment to reduce the number of departments serving the Western Australian community and provide clearer roles and responsibilities for those that remain. A total of 44 agencies were impacted by the changes—an overview of these changes is provided in Appendix B.

In order to facilitate this commitment, a number of recommendations regarding the establishment, abolition, amalgamation and redesignation were made to the Governor under Section 35 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994 (PSM Act).

As part of our role to achieve significant change over a short period of time, we worked closely with a number of stakeholders including impacted agencies and their boards, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Treasury, the State Solicitor's Office and relevant unions. 

A number of working groups were established, led by senior officers from the Commission, who liaised directly with the impacted and interim CEOs to progress the changes locally. A steering committee comprising the Commission, A/Director General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and the Under Treasurer was established to oversee the reforms. Our staff also provided advice and support as required.

In further supporting the reform process, we developed and circulated information to impacted agencies by way of a 'Frequently Asked Questions' and the Machinery of Government structural changes - Checklist for agencies publication. This material provided guidance to affected agencies.

Further structural changes to the public sector are anticipated and the Commission will continue to assist the Government and agencies in implementing reform.

 To keep up to date with progress visit the Public Sector Renewal page on our website

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Page last updated 14 September 2017