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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 9 Hansard (2 September) . . Page.. 2903 ..

The next steps

I will be forming an Implementation Team to assist with the next steps.

In some areas the changes involve the amalgamation of related functions to achieve efficiencies, but this will require more detailed organisational review and planning. At this stage we are clearly co-locating existing functions but we will need to ensure that there is no inherent overlap or duplication of staffing. There is also some urgent work to be completed to clarify the Department's role in devolved public sector administration. David Lamont will be assisting me in oversighting those tasks.

The arrangements will need to be progressively implemented, with opportunities for consultation in the process. I have asked executives and managers to keep staff fully informed as we move towards the new arrangements.

I appreciate that there will be some short-term uncertainty particularly for those staff affected by the changes. I would like to assure you that the changes are not about reducing staffing, but rather to increase the impact of our efforts to achieve the Government's outcomes by more efficient administrative arrangements.

A key task for all staff of the Chief Minister's Department and Treasury and Infrastructure within the next few weeks is to re-examine, redefine and clarify the objects, functions and responsibility of each unit so we are clearly focused on the priorities and outcomes. This will be the first step in revising the strategic and business planning processes for each department.

I am confident that the proposals detailed in this advice will provide us with an opportunity to build more participatory and effective relationships to implement the outcomes the Government expects us to achieve for the ACT community.

Rod Gilmour

6 August 1999

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