State of the sectors report


The State of the sectors report fulfils the Commissioner’s obligation to report to Parliament, public authorities and the community on a number of pieces of legislation including the Public Sector Management Act 1994, the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 and the Corruption, Crime and Misconduct Act 2003.

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State of the sectors 2017 – Sustaining public trust through change

Public trust is the concept of trust created, built and maintained for the promotion of public welfare, not for the benefit of certain individuals. 

The community’s trust in public authorities is never more important than during periods of significant renewal and change. In particular, the community needs reassurance services will continue to be delivered efficiently, effectively and with a high degree of integrity. 

This can only be achieved with an engaged, productive and diverse workforce, working diligently within a strongly governance environment underpinned by integrity.

Following the March State General election the public sector commenced what is arguably one of the most wide-ranging public sector reform processes in recent history. The journey so far shows we have an agile and resilient public sector workforce committed to implementing the Government’s agenda as efficiently and effectively as possible. 

Significant change brings both workforce opportunities and challenges in relation to employee engagement, the size and composition of the workforce, diversity, workforce planning, leadership and the talent pipeline. These areas will require careful attention and proactive management by leaders over the coming years. 

During the reporting year, integrity agencies commenced numerous conduct-related inquiries concerning Western Australian authorities and public officers. Reporting these cases is often in the public interest. Tabling reports in Parliament, and related coverage through the media, serve to highlight how small issues can become systemic, but also how authorities can prevent similar issues occurring in the future.

Culture, governance, capability and decision-making frameworks are the necessary pre-conditions for ethical decision making, ethical authorities and successfully navigating change. Integrity relies on the pre-conditions to be balanced and working harmoniously. While no set of arrangements will absolutely guarantee ethical behavior, authorities can implement strategies to alleviate risks. Appropriately managing unethical behavior when it occurs and effectively promoting integrity among the workforce are essential for creating high-integrity authorities.

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State of the sectors – Statistical bulletin 2017

The State of the sectors statistical bulletin 2017 provides information about the state of administration, integrity and conduct in public authorities for 2016/17. The bulletin includes:

  • public sector workforce demographic data as at 30 June 2017 collected from agencies as part of the Human resource minimum obligatory information requirement (HRMOIR) program
  • employee perception data collected from a sample of public sector employees as part of the 2017 Employee perception survey (EPS)
  • employing authority data collected from public sector agencies as part of the 2017 Public sector entity survey (PSES)
  • data collected from local governments, public universities, government trading enterprises (GTEs) and government boards and committees as part of the 2017 Integrity conduct survey (ICS).

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