Reform resources

Understanding public sector reform

With so many moving parts, it’s not always easy to see how everything will fit together, or why it matters that they do.

There are a number of reform resources that can help connect the dots, from backgrounding on public sector reform, assistance with current reform initiatives, or general reform news.


The essentials

The why, what and how

The following resources outline why the reform program is needed, what it is and how it will deliver against recommendations stemming from three independent reviews of the public sector commissioned by Government and two Chief Executive Officer Working Group reports.

Learn more about the:

  • Independent reviews into aspects of government policy and practice.
  • Reform priorities and progress
    Full outline of the reform program and the initiatives that are focused on creating a more efficient, collaborative and high performing public sector that delivers better services to the community.

The State of Reform - Progress report

  • The State of Reform 2019 (PDF)
    This report outlines the progress made by the reform program in response to the recommendations of the three independent reviews and two CEO Working Group reports.



Case studies

The following case studies offer an in-depth look at examples of reform in action. Case studies are added to this section as they are developed:


The newsroom

Latest news

News of reform successes and cultural change in action can help you to better understand the direction of the reform program. The full archive of reform news stories is available here.

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Media statements

State Government media statements related to the reform program are listed below:

2 October 2019 – Sustainable Health Review Oversight Committee to help future-proof healthcare

5 August 2019 – State Government’s commitment to stronger, clearer privacy protections for Western Australians

29 July 2019 – Inaugural Infrastructure WA Board appointed

27 June 2019 – Red tape attack launched at northern suburbs jobs hotspot

14 June 2019 – Landmark Infrastructure WA legislation to deliver investment certainty

21 May 2019 – Experts sought for Infrastructure WA board positions

10 May 2019 – ServiceWA to reform government service delivery for Western Australians

10 April 2019 – Sustainable Health Review provides ambitious blueprint for the future of health care in WA

1 April 2019 – $34.7 million investment in public sector digital transformation

20 February 2019 – 150,000 new jobs to be created as part of the 'Our Priorities' vision

19 February 2019 – Infrastructure WA Bill next step to growing the economy and creating jobs

6 December 2018 – Streamline WA: Making it easier to do business in Western Australia 

10 September 2018 – GTE Reform Program to strengthen governance and accountability 

9 August 2018  – Thousands of State Government workers to receive job security

27 February 2018 – Interim report shows positive moves towards a sustainable health system

21 February 2018 – McGowan Government driving major changes across government

20 February 2018 – Major systemic failings identified in Special Inquiry

6 December 2017 – Report sets out blueprint for reform

7 September 2017 – Reforms deliver a better, more efficient public service

29 August 2017 – Interim report handed down for Service Priority Review

30 June 2017 – Jobs the focus as public sector renewal is implemented

20 June 2017 – Sustainable Health Review to position WA health system for the future

15 May 2017 – Commission of Inquiry to investigate financial mismanagement

4 May 2017 – Service Priority Review to deliver lasting reform of the public sector

28 April 2017 – Major changes introduced to create a more efficient public sector


Page reviewed 17 January 2020