As of 1 July 2009, both New South Wales and Queensland streamlined their bureaucracies into 13 Super Departments and in so doing have followed Victoria’s and South Australia’s lead.
NSW Premier Nathan Rees announced on 11 June that the 13 Super Departments would be formed from the 160 state agencies. The new structure saw the appointment of 13 Directors General to head the new super agencies.
“Similar reforms have been undertaken in Victoria and South Australia. The 2006 Vertigan Report commissioned by the NSW Government also recommended such an approach” said Premier Rees.
Mr Rees said the streamlining of government departments will free up resources for frontline services, cut red tape for business and reduce overlap and barriers between agencies
Queensland has taken a similar approach with Premier Anna Bligh announcing the decision to streamline its 23 stand-alone government departments into 13 Super Departments earlier this year.
Ms Bligh says the shakeup would see the 13 new departments grouped under six clusters – Policy and Fiscal Coordination, Employment and Economic Development, Environment and Sustainable Resource Management, Social Development, Law, Justice and Safety and Government Services.
“This is about simplifying Government, reducing bureaucracy and cutting red tape” says Ms Bligh.
The full implications of the streamlining process are yet to be seen, but ICT opportunities are anticipated as formerly separate departments are driven to integrate their systems.