28/04/2017 - 12:07

State govt departments cut, top paid jobs to go

28/04/2017 - 12:07

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The state government has cut the number of its departments from 41 to 25, with a fifth of jobs in the Senior Executive Service – Western Australia’s highest-paid bureaucrats – to go.

State govt departments cut, top paid jobs to go
Premier Mark McGowan. Photo: Attila Csaszar

The state government has cut the number of its departments from 41 down to 25, with a fifth of jobs in the Senior Executive Service – Western Australia’s highest-paid bureaucrats – to go.

Premier Mark McGowan told reporters today the 40 per cent reduction of government departments would take effect from July 1.

Director generals will be contacted later today and told of their future role (or lack of) with the state, with those remaining to be instructed to reduce the 521-member strong Senior Executive Service by 20 per cent.

“This is just the beginning,” Mr McGowan said today.

“We had small, weak agencies that were unable to cope with the demands put upon them.

“We had too many people unable to get promotions because they’re within small agencies and unable to move to other agencies.

“We’ve had too many senior officers that have been stuck in one department and unable to move to another department.

“I’m ushering in new leadership, new departmental mandates and new opportunities for the public sector to drive substantial long-term change and maximise each opportunity to deliver better services to the community.”

Some of the changes include the combination of the Department of State Development, the Department of Commerce and the Tourism Commission of Western Australia into the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, while the Department of Mines and Petroleum and the Department of Commerce will be amalgamated into the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, the Department of Regional Development, the Department of Fisheries and the Regional Development Commissions will all fall under the banner of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Department of Treasury would assume responsibility for economic reform and the Public Utilities Office, while the Department of Finance would strengthen its focus on procurement reform and lead the delivery of building and management services.

Mr McGowan said it was considered that Treasury and Finance be amalgamated but the decision was made to keep the two departments separate.

“Putting those two together in the environment we currently face may have been a too big a burden at this point in time,” he said.

“I need Treasury to focus on managing the finances, and I need Finance to focus on managing contracts to ensure that Western Australian businesses get the lion’s share.

“I’m not ruling out (an amalgamation of those two departments) in the future, but those two departments have tasks at the moment that need to be fulfilled quickly and effectively.”

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