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About public sector reform

The State Government is undertaking major reform of the public sector to improve outcomes for Western Australians.

The reform aims to strengthen efficiency, accountability and drive high-performance in the public sector to deliver better services to the community.

The reform is shaped by the recommendations of three independent examinations of the public sector commissioned by the Government:

  1. Service Priority Review – wide-ranging review into the functions, operations and culture of the Western Australian public sector. The final report on the review was completed in October 2017. The report sets out a blueprint for reform containing 17 recommendations and 37 actions.

  1. Special Inquiry into Government Programs and Projects – examination of 31 government programs and projects, focusing on their governance arrangements, decision-making processes and financial consequences. The inquiry was completed in December 2017 and the final report presented to the Government in February 2018.

  1. Sustainable Health Review – review of the Western Australian health system with a focus on prioritising the delivery of patient-centred, high quality and financially sustainable healthcare across the State. The interim report was released in February 2018 and the final report is due in November 2018.

The reform program is also shaped by the recommendations of CEO Working Groups that reported to the Government in 2017 on ways to reduce costs, duplication and red tape across the public sector. The working groups comprised directors general from a number of government agencies.

Together, these reviews have resulted in more than 350 recommendations and actions for change.

Roadmap for reform

Together, the reviews form a strong Roadmap for public sector reform built around five themes, which are the focus of the program.PSRU_Roadmap_header.jpg

Under each of the five themes, the Roadmap outlines 15 key drivers for reform. Twenty early initiatives focused on whole of government reform are aligned under the drivers and have been endorsed by Cabinet as the first year work program. 

The reform program is overseen by a Steering Committee comprising representatives from the four central agencies (Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Department of Finance, Treasury and the Public Sector Commission) and two line agencies which rotate every six months (currently Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the Mental Health Commission).

The Public Sector Reform Unit, within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, works closely with all agencies to deliver a coordinated whole of sector approach to reform implementation.

For more information about the themes and twenty early initiatives, please click here.

Related resources

State Government media statements

10 September 2018 – GTE Reform Program to strengthen governance and accountability

9 August 2018  – Thousands of State Government workers to receive job security

27 February 2018 – Interim report shows positive moves towards a sustainable health system

21 February 2018 – McGowan Government driving major changes across government

20 February 2018 – Major systemic failings identified in Special Inquiry

6 December 2017 – Report sets out blueprint for reform

7 September 2017 – Reforms deliver a better, more efficient public service

29 August 2017 – Interim report handed down for Service Priority Review

30 June 2017 – Jobs the focus as public sector renewal is implemented

20 June 2017 – Sustainable Health Review to position WA health system for the future

15 May 2017 – Commission of Inquiry to investigate financial mismanagement

4 May 2017 – Service Priority Review to deliver lasting reform of the public sector

28 April 2017 – Major changes introduced to create a more efficient public sector


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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.