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Review of the Public Sector Commission

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An independent review of the Public Sector Commission commenced on 9 April 2018.

Ms Carmel McGregor PSM has been appointed to review the Public Sector Commission's capability, functions, structure and performance and recommend any changes necessary to ensure the Commission has the ability to meet the Government's reform objectives and future challenges. 


The final report of the independent Service Priority Review recommended a long term reform blueprint for the State Government.

The Service Priority Review made clear that none of the reforms will be achieved without strong contemporary central agencies supporting the public sector.  This was underscored separately by the findings of the Special Inquiry into Government Programs and Projects.

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.

The Service Priority Review identified a need for the Public Sector Commission to increase its level of engagement with the public sector and provide greater expertise and leadership in workforce related matters.  

Terms of reference

The independent expert will review and make recommendations with specific reference to:

  • The structure and operation to ensure the high performance of the Public Sector Commission. 
  • The Public Sector Commission's capacity and capability on workforce related matters.
  • The functions of the Public Sector Commission and the extent to which these enable the Public Sector Commission to take a leadership role ensuring a contemporary public sector focused on delivering community needs. 
  • The Public Sector Commission's collaboration with public sector agencies and cross-sector leadership to build workforce capability.
  • How the public sector labour relations oversight role is best performed under the Public Sector Commission (consistent with the Service Priority Review Recommendation 12.iii) so that it remains responsive to government's priorities.
  • The governance and accountability arrangements of the Public Sector Commission under the Public Sector Management Act 1994 and the extent to which the arrangements support a high performing public sector.
  • Any changes that may be required to the Public Sector Management Act 1994 to support longer term public sector reform.
  • The functions of the Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment and any changes that may be needed to the relevant part IX of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 to support the workplace diversity role of the Public Sector Commission.
  • Any changes that may be required to those parts of the Corruption, Crime and Misconduct Act 2003 and the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 which relate to the role and function of the Public Sector Commission and the Public Sector Commissioner.

These are to be considered in the context of relevant previous reviews of the Public Sector Commission and the operating model of equivalent organisations in other jurisdictions, both nationally and internationally.


The Reviewer is expected to report to the Premier as the Minister for Public Sector Management in July 2018.


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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.