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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Review of the Tasmanian State Service

The Tasmanian Government is conducting a review to consider whether the governing framework of the Tasmanian State Service (TSS) is fit-for-purpose for Tasmania today and into the future. It will identify structural, legislative and administrative improvements that will transform current structures, services and practices to deliver a more efficient and effective public service.

Dr Ian Watt AC has been appointed as the 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.

Dr Watt will be consulting widely and there will be a number of opportunities to engage and provide feedback throughout the Review.

Consultation Paper

Following the restarting of the Review in August 2020, the Independent Reviewer, Dr Ian Watt, has re-released an Initial Consultation Paper inviting submissions to the first phase of the Review.

Submissions are open until 9 October 2020. Information can be found on the Consultation page about how to be involved in the consultation and how to make a submission.

Objectives

The Review will ensure the TSS 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.

For more information, please see the Timeframes and Scope of the Review page.

Timeframes and Scope

The Review will involve two consultation phases. A The first phase will inform an initial final report due in October 2020. The second consultation phase will inform a final report to be provided to the Premier and Treasurer before 31 March 2021.

For more information, visit the Timeframes and Scope of the Review page.

Governance

There are four areas responsible for the delivery and governance of the Review.

  • The Independent Reviewer will lead the Review and provide their report to the Premier and Treasurer.
  • The Reference Group will provide advice, community views and industry best practice to the Independent Reviewer to inform their deliberations and comprise members with public and private sector experience, together with a representative from the unions and the not-for-profit sector respectively.
  • Heads of Agencies will have the opportunity to provide advice and suggestions to the Independent Reviewer, as will stakeholders.
  • A project team based in the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC) will support the Review.

For more information, visit the Governance page.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, about the Review and public consultation, see the Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact Information

If you have any queries regarding the Review of the Tasmanian State Service, please contact the Project Team on the details below:

Phone: (03) 6232 7051
Email: StateServiceReview@dpac.tas.gov.au