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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 create a more efficient, accountable and high-performing public sector that delivers better services to the community.

The reform will be 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 will also consider 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 reform measures have resulted in more than 300 recommendations and actions for change.

Reform implementation

A working group and steering committee have been established to oversee mobilisation of the public sector reform program. The working group and committee will ensure the program is backed by strong accountability and governance.

The Public Sector Leadership Council – a group of 19 directors general – will guide the reform program.  

An implementation unit is being established in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. The unit will work across the public sector, supporting agencies to develop and implement reform.

A reform implementation plan will be presented to the State Government in mid-2018.


Related resources

State Government media statements

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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