On the 4 May 2017, Premier Mark McGowan announced a wide range review into the functions, operations and culture of the Western Australian public sector – a key election commitment.
The Premier said the review would drive lasting reform of service delivery, accountability and efficiency.
Former New Zealand State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie will chair the review, supported by former Indigenous Land Corporation Chief Executive Officer Michael Dillon and former UWA Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Margaret Seares AO.
It is expected the panel will deliver its final report within five months. The panel will be able to invite submissions and consult with stakeholders during the review. Interim recommendations will also be provided to Government three months into the review.
The final report will be published following government consideration.
Please refer to the Terms of Reference.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long will the Service Priority Review take?
A: The review will commence in mid-May 2017 and will run for five months, with a final report to be provided to Government by mid-October 2017. There is provision for the Premier to approve an extension of time if necessary.
Q: How much will the Service Priority Review cost?
A: A budget of $500,000 has been allocated to the review. This includes the cost of the review panel, specialist advice, publishing and consumables. Secretariat support for the review will be provided by seconding existing officers from across Government to form a small team within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
Q: Who will the Service Priority Review panel consult with?
A: The terms of reference allow the review panel to invite submissions or consult as appropriate with any relevant stakeholders during the course of the review. Details of any consultation will be determined by the panel.
Q: Will the Service Priority Review's final report and Government response be made available to the public?
A: Yes. Once the review panel has delivered its final report, the document will be considered by Government, and a response to the panel's recommendations will be developed. After being considered by Government, these documents will be published online for the public to view to ensure transparency.
Q: How does the Service Priority Review relate to the public sector renewal and department mergers announced on 28 April 2017?
A: The Service Priority Review will take a deeper look into the structure of government and identify opportunities for a potential second round of agency mergers. With 41 departments, Western Australia has almost six times as many departments as Victoria, which is not sustainable in light of the State's financial position. This is why a first round of department mergers was announced in April.
Q: When will any cost savings recommended by the Service Priority Review be incorporated into the State Budget?
A: The Review Panel is expected to provide its final report in mid-October 2017, which means any cost saving recommendations that Government adopts could be included from the 2018-19 State Budget. Depending on timing, some recommendations may be able to be reflected in the 2017-18 Budget Mid-Year Review.