Public Sector Efficiency, Low Cost Goal of WA Service Priority Report

The McGowan Government will be focusing on a more efficient public sector, after releasing its final report of its Service Priority Review.

The report includes 17 recommendations and 37 actions that will allow the public sector to operate more efficiently to provide better services at a lower cost to the community.

“This report provides a strong blueprint to drive cultural change and create a more efficient public sector at a lower cost to taxpayers, delivering on key election commitments,” Premier Mark McGowan said.

“The Government supports the overall direction of the report and will move to being an implementation program starting next year.”

Recommendations included introducing a whole-of-government targets to focus government agencies on complex and critical community issues, implementing CEO performance-based remuneration and performance-based management.

Also included government procurement to reduce costs and improve outcomes for the community including job creation, “umbrella” legislation to reform governance and service delivery, legislation to improve data sharing and use, easier digital access to government for community and strengthening the budget process for governmental collaboration and community.

“As promised, the State Government will now move forward to introduce whole-of-government targets and CEO performance-based pay to drive outcomes for Western Australians, Mr McGowan said.

“This was a major election commitment and something I want to see built into the public sector.”

The review has been a focal part of the government’s attempts to repair the state’s budget.

The government has introduced a major reform of the public sector, cutting government departments by 40 per cent, double of it’s election promise of 20 per cent cuts.

Senior Executive Service (SES) positions have also been reduced by 20 per cent, cut by a total of 102 by the end of March next year.

SES positions rose to 521 under the former Barnett Liberal Government.

Mr McGowan said the changes would help benefit the Western Australian community.

“We are getting on with the job of creating an efficient, innovative and effective public service that delivers real outcomes for the community,” he said.

“Major reform of the public sector will take time but the report is a major step towards creating change for the benefit of all Western Australians.”

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