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Review of the Public Sector Commission

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The Public Sector Commission is the peak agency overseeing the effectiveness of the public sector. It is central to maintaining high standards of performance, integrity and accountability across the sector, and is also responsible for promoting workforce diversity, innovation and quality services.

In April 2018, Carmel McGregor PSM was engaged to undertake an independent review of the Public Sector Commission to review the capability, functions and structure of the Public Sector Commission and to recommend any changes necessary to ensure the Commission has the ability to meet the Government’s reform objectives and future challenges.

The Independent Review of the Public Sector Commission, undertaken by Carmel McGregor PSM from April 2018 to July 2018, has now been tabled in Parliament.

The review complements the Service Priority Review and Special Inquiry into Government Programs and Projects, which together form part of the Government’s commitment to build an efficient, effective and innovative public sector that delivers better services and real outcomes for the Western Australian community.

Final report

The final report identified a range of issues, both internally and externally, in relation to PSC’s remit, services and structure, as well as a great willingness and desire for change.

The review comprises 24 recommendations aligned under four key themes:

  1. Role and identity: clearly identifying with a future focus, and workforce reform and development lens, the role of the PSC and the support and accountability of the office.

  2. Leading for the WA public sector: positioning the PSC to strategically lead and support senior talent identification, diversity and future workforce. This is in concert with the central agencies, CEOs and the sector as a whole.

  3. Collaboration for success: ensuring PSC is in partnership with the sector and providing the mechanisms to enable the sector to work as ‘one sector’. This includes increased awareness and involvement from outside of the sector.

  4. Internal and organisational reform: the PSC needs to structure and organise itself to be able to fulfil the articulated role. There is significant work internally that is required, particularly in strategic planning, as well as staff and resource management.

Recently appointed Public Sector Commissioner Sharyn O’Neill will consider the report and provide advice to Government.


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Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.