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Hawke review calls for single mega-department in the ACTPS

By johnboy 15 February 2011 24

ACT PS

Chief Minister Stanhope has announced the outcomes of the Hawke Review:

A major independent review of the ACT Public Service has recommended it be restructured as a single department, to reflect the city-state nature of the ACT and to allow for greater coordination between areas of the bureaucracy.

A number of “Directorates” would sit within the single department, but all would ultimately report to a single Chief Executive. The single department would allow the public service to better reflect whole-of-government priorities and work as a single agency.

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope today released in full the findings of the review, which was carried out over the past six months by former Commonwealth departmental secretary Dr Allan Hawke.

Mr Stanhope said the Government accepted the wisdom of the report in its totality and would immediately establish a high-level implementation taskforce within the ACT Public Service to work through each of the specific recommendations, advise on necessary legislative changes, timing and funding implications.

Key structural changes proposed by the Review involve:

    — combining the current Chief Minister’s Department and Department of Treasury in a deliberately powerful centre to the ACTPS, along with the Economic Development Directorate – the head of which would be called Coordinator-General and continue that function which was so successful in delivering economic stimulus measures in 2009-10 – responsible for the land release program, business and industry support, tourism, and skills and workforce development in the broader ACT economy;

    — consolidating responsibility for events management within the proposed Chief Minister’s Department;

    — locating Canberra Connect with whole of government communications in the proposed Chief Minister’s Department;

    — transferring Shared Services to the Finance Directorate;

    — refocusing the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate solely on municipal services;

    — creating the Sustainable Development Directorate comprising the Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water, ACT Planning and Land Authority, and fragmented functions in the land and planning sphere including the Government Architect, the Heritage Unit, and responsibility for transport planning; and

    — enhancing the role and functions of the Office of Regulatory Services to include transport regulation and occupational licensing.

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Peewee Slasher 3:04 pm 16 Feb 11

Madame Workalot said :

rosscoact said :

I just thought I’d throw in something I heard the other day.

The ACT Government has a wider range and more responsibilities than any other government in Australia

No actually, it’s not. The Norfolk Island Government has the widest range of responsibilities of any state or territory government in Australia.

Not for long

Muttsybignuts 2:47 pm 16 Feb 11

So, in the course of my job today I come across a tradesman. He is grumbling because he came to work today in his shiny new LAPS ( have I got this right?) polo shirt, only to be told “Go home, take it off we are back to TAMs”. He tells me he, and everyone else, has just been issued with 3 sets of LAPS branded uniforms that he can now throw in the bin.
And the cost of these changes will be neutral?
I love it when I hear great stories like this that make me feel happy that my taxes are used so effectively.

housebound 10:30 am 16 Feb 11

On reflection, I can’t see that this will change much. The chief exec will almost certainly be a political appointee and any pretence of a PS acting without fear or favour will disappear.

Madame Workalot 8:12 am 16 Feb 11

rosscoact said :

I just thought I’d throw in something I heard the other day.

The ACT Government has a wider range and more responsibilities than any other government in Australia

No actually, it’s not. The Norfolk Island Government has the widest range of responsibilities of any state or territory government in Australia.

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