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NSW Mega Departments announced

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On 11 June, the Premier Nathan Rees announced a significant structural reform to the NSW public sector. The changes are to take place on 1 July 2009 and have been hinted at since the 2006 Vertigan Report.  So while it may appear a sudden decision, the direction has been under contemplation for some time.

The changes are the biggest to the NSW public sector in over 30 years and follow the lead taken by other state Labor governments – with implementation in place in South Australia and Victoria, and announced in Queensland following the election of Anna Bligh.

Under the changes, 20 Departments have become 13 super departments (or mega-agencies). Each of these mega agencies has a significant number of small (non- Department) agencies in its mix. The largest agencies, Health and DET, have remained unchanged, as have the key central policy agencies of Premier and Cabinet and Treasury.

The Director Generals of the new agencies have tended to come from the largest or most important agencies from a service delivery perspective. 

Mapping where the Departments have gone

1

Department of Aboriginal Affairs

Human Services

2

Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care

Human Services

3

Department of the Arts, Sport and Recreation

Communities

4

Attorney General’s Department

Justice

5

Department of Commerce

Services and Administration

6

Department of Community Services

Human Services

7

Department of Corrective Services

Justice

8

Department of Education and Training

Unchanged

9

Department of Environment and Climate Change

Environment, Climate Change & Water

10

Department of Health

Unchanged

11

Department of Housing

Human Services

12

Department of Juvenile Justice

Human Services

13

Department of Lands

Services and Administration

14

Department of Local Government

Planning and Local Government

15

Department of Planning

Planning and Local Government

16

Department of Premier and Cabinet

Unchanged

17

Department of Primary Industries

Industry and Development

18

Department of State and Regional Development

Industry and Development

19

The Treasury

Unchanged

20

Department of Water and Energy

Industry and Development

Currently the attention is all focused on getting the top structures in place, but over the next few weeks, following the announcement of further detail in the Budget on 16 June, there will be relative turmoil inside each of the agencies as lower levels of the SES, in particular, seek to clarify where their jobs will be and what their titles will be. 

 

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Jurisdiction
  • NSW
Sector
  • Policy
Tags
  • Anna Bligh
  • Nathan Rees
  • NSW Mega Departments
  • NSW Public Sector