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SA should abolish one-quarter of all Government Boards, says report

by Michael Read •
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One-quarter of SA Government boards and committees will be abolished and more than half should be subject to some form of reclassification or reformation if the Government adopts the recommendations contained within the Interim Report into the State’s Boards and Committees.

According to an audit from the Expert Panel on Planning Reform, there exists significant scope to reform the governance arrangements of the State’s 429 Government boards and committees:

  • 105 should be abolished;
  • 18 should be merged;
  • 59 should be reformed;
  • 58 should be subject to further investigation;
  • 117 should be reclassified; and
  • 72 should be retained.

South Australia’s Premier Jay Weatherill appeared to endorse the findings of the Interim Report, which he expects to net the State more than $1.3 million in savings annually.

“This is about finding new ways of Government’s being informed on policy issues, as too often this advice is confined to a select group of people,” Mr Weatherill said.

“While some boards, such as the Economic Development Board and the Defence SA will be retained, it is clear that many others no longer have relevance or they should be replaced.”

“Some boards will be merged to remove duplication and others will be subject to reform, for example those recommended by the Expert Panel on Planning Reform.”

The panel was appointed in February 2013 and will release a final report by the end of the year.

Legislation will be finalised before the end of 2014, according to Weatherill. 

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