Appendix D - Structure of the government sector

The WA government sector structure is outlined in Table D.1. Collectively, departments, SES organisations, non-SES organisations and ministerial offices are referred to as the public sector.

Table D.1 WA government sector structure

Entity type

Examples

Departments

Primarily responsible for delivery of public services and providing policy advice and administrative support to ministers. Departments are established under s. 35 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994 (PSM Act).

  • Department of the Attorney General
  • Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Department of Commerce

SES organisations

Established for public purposes under a written law to perform defined statutory functions, and generally responsible though a board to a minister. SES organisations are specified in Schedule 2 of the PSM Act.

  • Rottnest Island Authority
  • Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
  • Western Australian Tourism Commission

Non-SES organisations

Established for public purposes under a written law to perform defined statutory functions; generally responsible through a board to a minister, although usually with a degree of operational independence.

  • Forest Products Commission
  • Corruption and Crime Commission
  • Legal Aid Commission of Western Australia

Ministerial offices

Persons appointed to assist certain political officeholders.

  • Staff of the office of the Minister for Health

Government boards and committees

Established under law to perform statutory functions such as guidance and direction for an organisation; regulation, registration and appeal; coordination of policies and projects; and advisory functions.

  • Road Safety Council
  • Mental Health Review Board
  • Gender Reassignment Board

PSM Act Schedule 1 entities(a)

Entities as defined in Schedule 1 of the PSM Act. These entities are constituted by or under a written law, or by the Governor or a minister, to undertake specific public functions, but operate at arm's length to the executive arm of the Government, often in a commercial/semi-commercial environment or as part of the Westminster system of government. Schedule 1 entities include the judiciary (courts and tribunals), legislature (Parliament), public universities and local government authorities.

  • Public universities (e.g. Murdoch University)
  • Local government authorities (e.g. City of Perth)
  • Government trading enterprises (e.g. Water Corporation)
  • Port authorities (e.g. Fremantle Port Authority)
  • Police Force (i.e. sworn officers)
  • Courts and tribunals (e.g. State Administrative Tribunal)
  • Departments of the Parliament (e.g. Department of the Legislative Assembly)
  • Electorate offices

(a) Schedule 1 entities are not required to report to the Public Sector Commission under the PSM Act.

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Public sector entities

Tables D.2 to D.5 provide a list of entities making up the public sector in 2012/13. Entities are classified according to functional category and size. Appendix A - Monitoring and evaluation framework provides more information about these categories.

Table D.2 Departments

Department name

Functional category

Size

Department for Child Protection and Family Support

Service

Large

Department for Communities(a)

Service

Medium

Department of Aboriginal Affairs

Policy, development and coordination

Small

Department of Agriculture and Food

Policy, development and coordination

Large

Department of Commerce

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Medium

Department of Corrective Services

Service

Large

Department of Culture and the Arts

Service

Small

Department of Education

Service

Very large

Department of Education Services

Service

Small

Department of Environment and Conservation(b)

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Large

Department of Finance

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Large

Department of Fire and Emergency Services

Service

Large

Department of Fisheries

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Medium

Department of Health

Service

Very large

Department of Housing(c)

Service

Large

Department of Local Government(d)

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Small

Department of Mines and Petroleum

Policy, development and coordination

Medium

Department of Planning

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Medium

Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Small

Department of Regional Development and Lands(e)

Policy, development and coordination

Medium

Department of Sport and Recreation

Policy, development and coordination

Small

Department of State Development

Policy, development and coordination

Small

Department of the Attorney General

Service

Large

Department of the Premier and Cabinet(f)

Policy, development and coordination

Medium

Department of the Registrar Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Small

Department of Training and Workforce Development

Service

Medium

Department of Transport

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Large

Department of Treasury

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Medium

Department of Water

Policy, development and coordination

Medium

Disability Services Commission(g)

Policy, development and coordination

Large

Mental Health Commission

Policy, development and coordination

Small

Office of the Auditor General

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Small

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Service

Medium

Office of the Environmental Protection Authority

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Small

Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Very small

Public Sector Commission

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Small

Western Australia Police(h)

Service

Large

Western Australian Electoral Commission

Service

Small

(a) From 1 July 2013, the Department of Local Government and the Department for Communities were amalgamated by means of abolishing the Department of Local Government and renaming the Department for Communities as the Department of Local Government and Communities.

(b) From 1 July 2013, the Department of Environment and Conservation was renamed the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Department of Environmental Regulation was established.

(c) The Housing Authority completed the annual agency survey on behalf of the Department of Housing.

(d) From 1 July 2013, the Department of Local Government and the Department for Communities were amalgamated by means of abolishing the Department of Local Government and renaming the Department for Communities as the Department of Local Government and Communities.

(e) From 1 July 2013, the Department of Regional Development and Lands was renamed as the Department of Regional Development, and the Department of Lands was established as a stand-alone department.

(f) For the purposes of this report, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet includes ministerial offices.

(g) The Disability Services Commission is both a department (established under s. 35) and a SES organisation (as described in Schedule 2) within the PSM Act.

(h) The Police Service is a department (established under s. 35) and the Police Force is a Schedule 1 entity under the PSM Act.

Table D.3 SES organisations (listed in PSM Act Schedule 2)

SES organisation name

Functional category

Size

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Service

Small

Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority

Service

Small

C. Y. O'Connor Institute

Service

Small

Central Institute of Technology

Service

Large

Challenger Institute of Technology

Service

Medium

Chemistry Centre (WA)

Service

Small

Commissioner of Main Roads

Service

Large

Country High School Hostels Authority

Service

Small

Country Housing Authority(a)

-

-

Disability Services Commission(b)

Policy, development and coordination

Large

Durack Institute of Technology

Service

Medium

Economic Regulation Authority

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Small

Gascoyne Development Commission

Policy, development and coordination

Very small

Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission

Policy, development and coordination

Very small

Goldfields Institute of Technology

Service

Small

Government Employees Superannuation Board

Service

Medium

Great Southern Development Commission

Policy, development and coordination

Very small

Great Southern Institute of Technology

Service

Small

Housing Authority

Service

Large

Insurance Commission of Western Australia

Service

Medium

Kimberley Development Commission

Policy, development and coordination

Very small

Kimberley Training Institute

Service

Small

Lotteries Commission (Lotterywest)

Service

Small

Metropolitan Cemeteries Board

Service

Small

Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

Policy, development and coordination

Small

Mid West Development Commission

Policy, development and coordination

Very small

Minerals and Energy Research Institute of Western Australia(a)

-

-

Peel Development Commission

Policy, development and coordination

Very small

Perth Theatre Trust

Service

Very small

Pilbara Development Commission

Policy, development and coordination

Small

Pilbara Institute

Service

Small

Polytechnic West

Service

Large

Professional Standards Council(c)

-

-

Public Transport Authority of Western Australia

Service

Large

Rottnest Island Authority

Service

Small

School Curriculum and Standards Authority

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Small

Small Business Development Corporation

Policy, development and coordination

Small

South West Development Commission

Policy, development and coordination

Small

South West Institute of Technology

Service

Medium

The Library Board of Western Australia (State Library of Western Australia)

Service

Small

The Western Australian Museum

Service

Small

West Coast Institute of Training

Service

Medium

Western Australian Alcohol and Drug Authority (Drug and Alcohol Office)

Policy, development and coordination

Small

Western Australian Land Information Authority (Landgate)

Service

Medium

Western Australian Tourism Commission

Service

Small

Wheatbelt Development Commission

Policy, development and coordination

Very small

WorkCover Western Australia Authority

Service

Small

Zoological Parks Authority

Service

Small

(a) This entity has not been captured in the 2012/13 reporting sample.

(b) The Disability Services Commission is both a department (established under s. 35) and a SES organisation (as described in Schedule 2) within the PSM Act.

(c) This entity has not been captured in the 2012/13 reporting sample.

Note: This list is based on information available to the Commission at the time of printing the report.

Table D.4 Non-SES organisations

Non-SES organisation name

Functional category

Size

Agricultural Produce Commission

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Very small

Animal Resources Authority

Service

Small

Architects Board of Western Australia

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Very small

Bunbury Water Board (Aqwest)

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Small

Busselton Water Board

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Small

Commissioner for Children and Young People

Policy, development and coordination

Very small

Commissioner for Equal Opportunity

Policy, development and coordination

Small

Conservation Commission of Western Australia

Policy, development and coordination

Very small

Construction Industry Long Service Leave Payments Board

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Very small

Construction Training Fund

Service

Very small

Corruption and Crime Commission

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Small

Forest Products Commission

Policy, development and coordination

Small

Health and Disability Services Complaints Office

Service

Very small

Heritage Council of Western Australia

Policy, development and coordination

Small

Keep Australia Beautiful Council (WA)

Policy, development and coordination

Very small

Law Reform Commission of Western Australia

Policy, development and coordination

Very small

Legal Aid Commission of Western Australia

Service

Medium

Legal Practice Board

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Small

Office of the Information Commissioner

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Very small

Parliamentary Commissioner for Administrative Investigations (Ombudsman)

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Small

Parliamentary Inspector of the Corruption and Crime Commission of Western Australia(a)

-

-

Perth Market Authority

Service

Small

Potato Marketing Corporation of Western Australia

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Very small

Solicitor General(a)

-

-

Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia(a)

-

-

The Burswood Park Board

Service

Very small

The National Trust of Australia (WA)

Service

Small

The Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre Trust

Service

Very small

Veterinary Surgeons' Board

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Very small

Western Australian Coastal Shipping Commission(a)

-

-

Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway)

Policy, development and coordination

Small

Western Australian Meat Industry Authority

Oversight, regulatory and sector administration

Very small

Western Australian Sports Centre Trust (VenuesWest)

Service

Medium

(a) This entity has not been captured in the 2012/13 reporting sample.

Table D.5 Entities that report under another entity

Reporting entity name

Included entity name

Included entity type

Department of Agriculture and Food

Rural Business Development Corporation

SES organisation

Department of Commerce

Building Commission

Non-SES organisation

Department of Commerce

Commission for Occupational Safety and Health

Non-SES organisation

Department of Commerce

Plumbers Licensing Board

Non-SES organisation

Department of Culture and the Arts

ScreenWest

Non-SES organisation

Department of Culture and the Arts

State Records Commission

Government board

Department of Education Services

Trustees of Public Education Endowment

Non-SES organisation

Department of Environment and Conservation

Swan River Trust

Non-SES organisation

Department of Finance

State Supply Commission

SES organisation

Department of Planning

Western Australian Planning Commission

Non-SES organisation

Department of Sport and Recreation

Combat Sports Commission

Non-SES organisation

Department of the Attorney General

Office of the Public Advocate

Non-SES organisation

Department of the Attorney General

Public Trustee's Office

Non-SES organisation

Government Employees Superannuation Board

Parliamentary Superannuation Board

Non-SES organisation

Heritage Council of Western Australia

State Heritage Office

Non-SES organisation

Office of the Environmental Protection Authority

Environmental Protection Authority

Non-SES organisation

Public Sector Commission

Office of the Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment

Non-SES organisation

Public Sector Commission

Salaries and Allowances Tribunal

Non-SES organisation

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Government boards and committees

Table D.6 provides a list of government boards and committees.

Table D.6 Government boards and committees

Government boards and committees

For a list of boards and committees, see the Department of the Premier and Cabinet's Government Boards and Committees Register at www.dpc.wa.gov.au/Consultation/Pages/GovernmentBoardsandCommittees.aspx

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PSM Act Schedule 1 entities

Tables D.7 to D.9 provide a list of PSM Act Schedule 1 entities.

Table D.7 Local government authorities

Local government authorities

For a list of authorities, see the Local Government Directory on the Department of Local Government and Communities website at www.dlg.wa.gov.au/Content/Directory/Default.aspx

Table D.8 Public universities

Universities

Curtin Univerisity of Technology

Murdoch University

Edith Cowan University

University of Western Australia

Table D.9 Other Schedule 1 entities

Other Schedule 1 entities

Albany Port Authority

Prisoners Review Board of Western Australia

Broome Port Authority

Racing and Wagering Western Australia

Bunbury Port Authority

Racing Penalties Appeal Tribunal

Dampier Port Authority

State Administrative Tribunal

Department of the Legislative Assembly

The Electricity Generation Corporation (Verve Energy)

Department of the Legislative Council

The Electricity Networks Corporation (Western Power)

Electorate offices

The Electricity Retail Corporation (Synergy)

Esperance Port Authority

The Independent Market Operator

Fremantle Port Authority

The Regional Power Corporation (Horizon Power)

Geraldton Port Authority

Water Corporation

Gold Corporation

Western Australian Energy Disputes Arbitrator

Governor's Establishment

Western Australian Greyhound Racing Association

Liquor Commission

Western Australian Land Authority (LandCorp)

Police Force

Western Australian Treasury Corporation

Port Hedland Port Authority

 

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Appendix C - Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003

Appendix E - Employee perception survey


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