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Department of Premier & Cabinet

Annual Report 2017 - 18

Secretary's report

Agency Secretary

I have greatly enjoyed the challenges and rewards of the role of Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC)’s Secretary since joining the team late last year, and I’m excited to be continuing to work alongside such a dedicated and astute workforce.

In my previous role as Department of Education Secretary, I had the pleasure of working closely with DPAC on many successful whole-of-government projects. My respect for DPAC’s staff has continued to grow as I have immersed myself in the day-to-day work of the Department and its varied role as both a central agency supporting the State Service and delivering programs directly to the Tasmanian community. I want to thank everyone for welcoming me so warmly into the DPAC family and I acknowledge the professionalism, passion and depth of talent of our people.

After nearly four years as Secretary, in November 2017, Greg Johannes decided to leave the Tasmanian State Service. I’d like to acknowledge Greg’s contribution to the achievements of the Department for that period.

The first quarter of 2018 was an extremely busy one for DPAC with a State election held on 3 March. DPAC played a central role in preparing for the incoming government with planning beginning approximately 12 months in advance. This included providing advice to staff; preparing for transition corporate activities; monitoring election promises for all political parties; updating and providing advice on caretaker conventions; and other statutory and legislative requirements. It was a massive collaborative effort to ensure appropriate services during the Caretaker period and a smooth transition of government and services after the election. We have continued to assist with significant departmental restructures announced following the election.

DPAC also celebrated a major milestone in 2018 with 20 years of Service Tasmania. Events were held in every shop around the State and staff were presented with a commemorative pin to acknowledge their role in the exceptional delivery of service to the community. Three major projects to upgrade Service Centres in Devonport, Launceston and Hobart were undertaken, new services were added and improvements made to Service Tasmania online, and operational performance was the focus of continued development of the Government Contact Centre.

Emergency management and the subsequent recovery from emergencies has seen a significant body of work delivered over the past 12 months. This has included assisting with the development of the Tasmanian Government’s response to the Independent Review into the Tasmanian Floods of June and July 2016, the development and implementation of new whole-of-government recovery arrangements, and leading a project on Disaster Planning and Recovery for Tasmanian businesses. DPAC is now the central agency responsible for recovery and with the processes and governance set in place the Tasmanian Government is more prepared than ever to respond to future recovery efforts.

Some of our other key achievements throughout the year included:

  • The launch of the updated Good Governance Guide and education activities to support elected members and senior council staff.
  • Drafting 99 Bills and 181 Subordinate Instruments.
  • Hosting major official visits from the President of Ireland, His Excellency, Michael D Higgins, and His Royal Highness, the Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
  • Delivery of the Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan 2017-18 for DPAC.
  • Supporting athlete availability and preparation for the Commonwealth Games.
  • Supporting the Housing Summit hosted by the Premier.
  • Release of the Accessible Island: Tasmania’s Disability Framework for Action 2018-2021.
  • Continuing the collaborative work with the University of Tasmania as part of our ten-year partnership agreement.
  • Leading progress of the White Ribbon Program across Government.
  • Leading the roll out of 22 of the 23 actions of Safe Homes, Safe Families as well as receiving national recognition for our work on family violence by winning the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Collaboration (IPAA Awards).

This Annual Report contains many more examples of the quality work our people have delivered over the last 12 months. I’m proud to be a part of this collaborative and inclusive team who exemplify our DPAC values of excellence, customer focus, working together and professionalism.

I’m keen to explore how we work in DPAC, with each other and across the State Service and beyond. This means thinking about how we might be able to continue to improve our services and advice, while also ensuring that DPAC offers a diverse and rewarding work environment for its staff. I look forward to doing this in partnership across the State Service.

Jenny Gale

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Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Our people

Investment in our people is critical and requires a strong strategic focus on people management and development. We manage our key human resources through:

  • developing workforce planning processes and actions to support sound workforce management practices;
  • creating a safe, supportive and inclusive work environment where employees are valued, committed and accountable;
  • supporting processes and practices that recognise and reward excellence, team work, customer service and professionalism;
  • strengthening our leadership and people management capability; and
  • ensuring our policies and practices provide transparency, honesty and fairness in the management of our people.

DPAC employees by gender and employment status

The majority of DPAC employees are female with numbers remaining stable over the past two years.

Employees as at 30 June 2017 by Gender and Employment Status
Employees as at 30 June 2018 by Gender and Employment Status

DPAC employees by full-time/part-time employment

Part-time employment is slowly increasing, with a third of the DPAC workforce employed on a part-time basis. A majority of these employees are women.

Employees as at 30 June 2017 Full Time vs Part Time
Employees as at 30 June 2018 Full Time vs Part Time

Our finances

Financial Matters

  • Unqualified audit report issued for 2016-17 financial statements by the Auditor-General on 28 September 2017
  • Estimated $24 million in grants and contributions made to approximately 1,255 recipients
  • Fully expended budget appropriation (including additional funding provided)
  • Process the new elections commitments between April and June 2018 successfully
  • Commenced the transfer of funds and functions to the new Department Communities Tasmania.
  • Completed or substantially completed infrastructure projects