An increasingly exasperated Chief Minister has announced that he’s sending Allan Hawke in to clean up the ACT Public Service.
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said the Government wanted to be sure that the configuration of the public sector remained appropriate for meeting the broad-ranging needs of government and to deliver on the Government’s agenda for the remainder of the term, particularly in relation to major priorities such as sustainability, housing affordability and transport, which crossed traditional agency parameters.
Dr Hawke has been asked to examine:
— the capacity of existing public-sector structures to support the government of the day with strategic and direction-setting advice;
— effectiveness in delivering on government policies and objectives;
performance and accountability mechanisms;
— how existing structures differentiate between the roles of policy and regulation;
across-government coordination of service delivery; and
— structures that would improve resilience and innovation across the public sector.
While Dr Hawke has run many Commonwealth departments (Defence, Transport & Regional Services, and Veterans’ Affairs) one has to wonder if perhaps a more local government focus would help.
Sadly Mr Stanhope is already comparing this review to the infamous Costello review which justified sweeping public policy changes without ever being made public.