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Hawke review calls for single mega-department in the ACTPS

By johnboy - 15 February 2011 24

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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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Hawke review calls for single mega-department in the ACTPS
screaming banshee 4:45 pm 15 Feb 11

OK, but when will they mow the grass?

Dante 3:34 pm 15 Feb 11

Sounds fantastic.

Holden Caulfield 3:33 pm 15 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

Until it tries to introduce a new law that the feds don’t like.

Fiona 3:18 pm 15 Feb 11

astrojax said :

johnboy said :

One wonders what all of Mr Stanhope’s Ministers will think about getting their departments taken away from them?

‘ministries’ – ‘divisions’; what’s in a name? little to be lost, much to be gained – they are just a glorified council after all…

Pay ministers more than division leaders?

astrojax 3:04 pm 15 Feb 11

johnboy said :

One wonders what all of Mr Stanhope’s Ministers will think about getting their departments taken away from them?

‘ministries’ – ‘divisions’; what’s in a name? little to be lost, much to be gained – they are just a glorified council after all…

rosscoact 2:59 pm 15 Feb 11

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

johnboy 2:50 pm 15 Feb 11

Keijidosha said :

So the suggestion is that the ACT Government, which is a glorified county council, should be structured more like… a county council?

It’s a promising move isn’t it?

Keijidosha 2:45 pm 15 Feb 11

So the suggestion is that the ACT Government, which is a glorified county council, should be structured more like… a county council?

Muttsybignuts 2:45 pm 15 Feb 11

Can I be a General?

TVStar 2:33 pm 15 Feb 11

“Key Findings
The Review has concluded that the ACTPS is not broken.”

Starting from a high base then. lol.

georgesgenitals 2:19 pm 15 Feb 11

FFS, the end result will be much the same as what we have now, but with some different names and new reporting lines. Ultimately, the govt has a series of services to deliver. These big changes rarely result in genuine efficiency gains, and usually do enough to disrupt business as usual so as to mitigate any benefits anyway.

housebound 2:19 pm 15 Feb 11

There’s nothing new under the sun.

Anyone here remember the Department of Territories (and Local Government)?

Not a massive change, just a massive reversion to the ostensibly more sensible pre self-government days. Next thing you know, we’ll have politicians who don’t listen to local community concerns and want to go strutting their stuff on the national and world stages.

EvanJames 2:15 pm 15 Feb 11

Would save a crapload of money, and be a more efficient way to spread info quickly, and get more sensible decision-making without stiff committees etc.

johnboy 2:12 pm 15 Feb 11

One wonders what all of Mr Stanhope’s Ministers will think about getting their departments taken away from them?

Lin 2:00 pm 15 Feb 11

Massive changes. What will it cost??? And how long before any savings from this proposed restructure will pay for the cost of the restructure?

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