State of the sector report 2013

State of the sector report 2013

The State of the sector report 2013 provides a comprehensive view of public sector capability as it relates to integrity, administration and management, and reflects the significant work that has been undertaken by the sector to improve performance this year. The report highlights some of the challenges that will impact on the management of the sector over the coming years and where the sector should focus its future planning.

The report addresses the requirement for the Public Sector Commissioner to report annually to Parliament on the state of public sector administration and management; on the extent of compliance with the Public Sector Management Act 1994; and on the extent of compliance with the public sector standards, the Code of Ethics and codes of conduct. It also covers the Commissioner’s reporting obligations under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003.

Further information on the report and the role of the Public Sector Commission is contained in the Preface section.

The report was tabled in Parliament on 21 November 2013 and comprises the following chapters.

M C Wauchope

Commissioner’s overview

The WA public sector workforce is broadly diverse, with a rich mosaic of backgrounds, experience and perspectives. The State of the sector report 2013 is the story of these people. The report is more than a formal reporting obligation—it is a vehicle to enable key stakeholders to evaluate the performance of the public sector and its capability going forward.

Integrity and ethical conduct

With increasing scrutiny on the public sector’s conduct, performance and governance, trust and confidence in the sector’s integrity is crucial to good service delivery and outcomes for the community. This chapter describes the work carried out by agencies to promote integrity and investigate allegations of unethical behaviour, and employee awareness of, and compliance with, ethical codes.

Governance and innovation

Good governance is the cornerstone of efficient and effective organisational performance, and the sector is working to strike the right balance between conformance and performance excellence in governance. This chapter explores strategic planning, risk management and continuous improvement strategies used in the sector, and the innovative strategies agencies are using to improve service delivery and overall efficiency.

Workforce management

Effective workforce management encompasses the activities required to maintain a productive workforce. This chapter describes employee engagement levels in the sector, and the strategies agencies are using to deliver a fair, safe and motivating workplace, such as professional development, performance management, health and safety initiatives and recruitment practices.

Workforce profile

The public sector workforce is dynamic and diverse, and monitoring demographic changes can assist in workforce and diversity planning. This chapter provides information about the sector’s workforce, including age and gender, diversity groups, and occupation and location.

Workforce and diversity planning

Planning enables the development of a workforce that is well equipped to meet current and future challenges. In the public sector, these challenges include addressing skills shortages, recruitment and retention in regional areas, planning for an ageing workforce, and increasing workplace diversity. This chapter describes the state of workforce planning in the sector, and the strategies agencies are using to increase diversity, develop leaders, and otherwise prepare for future requirements.


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