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Department of Premier & Cabinet

Annual Report 2016 - 17

Secretary's report

Agency Secretary

People in the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC) always deliver strong results for Tasmanians. The past 12 months have been no different. Teams throughout DPAC have provided important services to other agencies and the community, developed high quality policy advice for government, given exceptional standards of corporate support and helped build a better State Service for the future.

At the same time, working together we have invested actively in our culture, making DPAC a better and more supportive place to work. Becoming accredited as a White Ribbon organisation was a major achievement for this Department. We also embedded our new organisational values and made structural changes to increase and improve our focus on governance and organisational development.

Tasmania hosted its first COAG meeting since 2009 when the nation’s first ministers met in Hobart to discuss important issues like energy security and Australia’s response to terrorism. Our work on national issues also included leading Tasmania’s transition to the full roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, helping establish a Safe Haven Hub for new migrants, and implementing National Identity Proofing Guidelines.

DPAC also played an active role at the local government level. Our team supported a targeted review and amended rating provisions in the Local Government Act 1993, helped councils across the state explore voluntary amalgamations and shared services, and enhanced education and compliance activities while helping to implement a new code of conduct framework for officers and members.

Of course, it was at the State level where our people made their greatest contribution. Some highlights included:

  • Supporting the recognition of Tasmania’s First People in the Constitution Act 1934
  • Drafting 71 Bills and 115 Subordinate instruments
  • Establishing the Flood Recovery Taskforce
  • Undertaking more than 1,500,000 service centre transactions in Service Tasmania
  • Supporting development and release of the Government’s new strategy for climate change, Climate Action 21
  • Helping elite Tasmanian athletes participate in the 2016 Paralympic and Olympic Games
  • Supporting over 12,000 mobile phones in government
  • Facilitating ground breaking research on the impact of climate change on bushfires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
  • Supporting 103,700 holders of the Seniors Card
  • Releasing Tasmania’s new Active Ageing Plan

This year also saw a major investment in the Tasmanian State Service. Over the course of the last 12 months we have introduced new, whole of service development programs focused on graduates, managers and leaders. We have also worked closely with our colleagues in the unions to address occupational violence and aggression in the State Service, implemented a whole-of-Service Employee Assistance Program, and launched a new approach to diversity and inclusion in the State Service.

We also improved our service delivery to and for the State Service. This included major work on Networking Tasmania III, developing a whole-of-service Information Management Policy framework, expanding the Service Tasmania Contact Centre and introducing new Service Tasmania services.

Every year brings its own challenges. I’m proud to say the people in this Department, once again, stood up to them and excelled, and you’ll find many more examples of the great work they’ve done for Tasmanians throughout this Annual Report.

As a closing note, I want to take the unusual step this year of picking out a single individual to acknowledge the incredible service and dedication they gave this Department and the Tasmanian community as one of the public sector’s greatest servants. Rebekah Burton was a Deputy Secretary for many years in DPAC and though she left the workplace last year her mark is indelible and we will always remember her maxim – happy in the Service.

Greg Johannes

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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 are committed to the management of 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 engaged, committed and accountable;
  • supporting processes and practices which recognise and reward excellence, team work, customer service and professionalism;
  • enhancing 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 2016 by Gender and Employment Status
Employees as at 30 June 2017 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 2016 Full Time vs Part Time
Employees as at 30 June 2017 Full Time vs Part Time

Our finances

Financial Matters

  • Unqualified audit report issued by the Auditor-General on 13 Sep 2016
  • Estimated $15 million in grants and contributions made to approximately 530 recipients
  • Expenditure matched budget appropriation
  • Successfully managed the transfer of assets and liabilities for Service Tasmania Operations
  • Managed the implementation of the funding Safe Homes, Safe Families: Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan