The first departments to be reviewed by the Public Sector Commission as part of the trial of the state’s new Agency Capability Review Program have been announced.
The three departments are:
- the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
- the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
- the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.
The reviews will commence in November/December this year and be completed by mid-2022.
The program has been developed to trial proactive, consistent, regular and comprehensive ‘health checks’ of the overall capability of the public sector.
Each review will enable department leaders to make evidence-based decisions on where to focus their efforts to improve performance. It also enables information about what is working well in one department to be shared across the sector. All of this will help deliver better government services for Western Australians.
The 3 departments selected vary in size, operating context, functions, metropolitan and regional presence as well as the government priorities for which they are responsible. This was a deliberate decision to deliver a robust test of the review process and framework.
The remaining 5 departments for the 2-year trial will be announced in the first half of next year.
Each review will be undertaken by an independent lead reviewer, with staff at all levels able to contribute and provide input into the review.