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The Tasmanian Government announced an independent Review of the Tasmanian State Service (the Review) in June 2019 to consider whether the governing framework of the State Service is fit for purpose for Tasmania today and into the future. The Review set out to identify structural, legislative and administrative improvements that will transform current structures, services and practices to deliver a more efficient and effective public service.
The scope of the Review was determined by the Terms of Reference which were subsequently amended in September 2020 and January 2021.
The Review commenced in November 2019, with Dr Ian Watt AC appointed as Independent Reviewer. Dr Watt has worked at the highest levels of the public service in Australia, including as Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the head of the Australian Public Service.
The Independent Reviewer was supported by a Secretariat based in the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC).
The Interim Report was provided to the Premier and Treasurer and released in November 2020.
To view the Interim Report, Final Report, Summary Report or Fact Sheets visit the Reports page
The Review will ensure the state service is fit-for-purpose for Tasmania today and into the future. The Review will make findings and recommendations to the Premier and Treasurer for consideration.
The Final Report made 77 recommendation across 5 domains:
Review consultation was informed by the Terms of Reference. As part of the Review, the Independent Reviewer and the Review Secretariat undertook extensive consultation and held discussions with heads of agency and other senior executives, ministerial staff, public sector employees, the community services sector, business and industry groups, peak bodies, Aboriginal representatives, unions, the education/tertiary sector and with members of the business community.
Details of written Review submissions are included on the Consultation page.
There following four aspects of governance enabled the completion of the Review.
For more information visit the Governance page.
If you have any queries regarding the Review of the Tasmanian State Service, please contact the Policy Branch:
Phone: (03) 6232 7550