Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has announced plans to consolidate the Government’s 23 stand-alone departments into 13, in what will be the “most sweeping and significant reform in almost two decades” for the Queensland Public Service.
The 13 new departments will be lead by the Government’s 18 Ministers, grouped into six divisions. These divisions focus strongly on the Bligh Government’s priorities of employment, social development, environment and law and justice.
Robert Schwarten will keep the ICT portfolio he has held since 2006, along with public works.
In a statement released by the Premier, Ms Bligh assures no jobs will be lost and that the changes are about modernising and increasing efficiency in the Government.
“I made a commitment to Queenslanders that I would change the face of this Government and deliver better front-line services and to do this, Queensland requires a modern public service structure,” Ms Bligh said.
“This is about simplifying Government, reducing bureaucracy and cutting red tape.
“Ministerial portfolio responsibilities will remain unchanged and I want to assure all public servants – particularly those on the front-line – that I stand by my commitment to jobs, not job cuts and this reform does not mean jobs will be lost.
“I want to see the efficiency of services at the front-line as quickly as possible,” she said.
The Machinery of Government changes will take effect immediately.