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Review of the Tasmanian State Service

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.

The Final Report was provided to the Premier and Treasurer and released in July 2021. The Final Report is complemented by a Summary Report and a series of Fact Sheets relating to Review’s 5 domains.

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.

Roadmap to Reform

The Final Report made 77 recommendation across 5 domains:

  • principles and values
  • leadership
  • capability
  • workforce
  • service delivery.


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.

  • The Independent Reviewer led the Review and provided the Interim Report and Final Report to the Premier and Treasurer.
  • The Reference Group provided advice, community views and industry best practice to the Independent Reviewer to inform their deliberations and comprised members with public and private sector experience, together with a representative from the unions and the not-for-profit sector respectively.
  • Heads of Agency provided advice and suggestions to the Independent Reviewer, as did stakeholders.
  • A project team/review Secretariat was based in DPAC to support the Review.

For more information visit the Governance page.

Contact Information

If you have any queries regarding the Review of the Tasmanian State Service, please contact the Policy Branch:

Phone: (03) 6232 7550