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NSW Government Confirms Departmental Restructure

July 2009

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On 27 July, the NSW government initiative to form 13 new super agencies was formalised with the Public Sector Employment and Management (Departmental Amalgamations) Order 2009.

This Hawker Britton occasional paper confirms the division of responsibility between the 13 super departments and their ministers. Notably there have been several changes of responsibility between departments.

The aim of this reform is to consolidate back office functions in the NSW Government bureaucracy in order to deliver efficiency and quality gains in service delivery.

Each of the new is listed below with the ministers responsible and the departments, offices and trusts under control of each ‘super department’.

The 13 New Super Departments

  1. Communities NSW (new department)
  2. Department of Education and Training (no change to name)*
  3. Department of Environment. Climate Change and Water (previously Department of Environment and Climate Change)
  4. Department of Human Service (new department)
  5. Department of Health (no change to name)*
  6. Department of Industry and Investment (new department)
  7. Department of Justice and Attorney General (new department)
  8. Police and Emergency Services NSW (new department)
  9. Department of Premier and Cabinet (no change to name)
  10. Department of Services. Technology and Administration (new department)
  11. Department of Planning*
  12. Department of Transport and Infrastructure (new department)
  13. The Treasury (no change to name)*

*There are no formal changes to responsibility for these departments in this legislation.

Please click here to download a one page document that shows the areas of responsibility for each new super department. Note this document is an update from a previous Occasional Paper.

Communities NSW Communities

NSW is responsible to the following Ministers:

All branches below are removed from other Departments and added to Communities NSW:

Other functions being transferred to Communities NSW and important notes:

Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW)

Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water is responsible to the following Ministers:

All branches below are removed from other Departments and added to DECCW

Groups of staff principally involved in the administration of legislation relating to water will be transferred from the old Department of Water and Energy to the new Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water.

Department of Human Services*

The Department is responsible to the following Ministers:

All branches are removed from each of the following Divisions of the Government Service and added to the Department of Human Services:

*Note any reference in any document to the Department of Commerce is a reference to the Department of Human Services.

Department of Industry and Investment

The Department is responsible to the following Ministers:

All branches are removed from each of the following Divisions of the Government Service and added to the Department of Industry and Investment.

Department of Justice and Attorney General

The Department is responsible to the following Ministers:

All branches are removed from each of the following Divisions of the Government Service and added to the Department of Justice and Attorney General.

Police and Emergency Services NSW

The Department is responsible to the following Ministers: The Department of Premier and Cabinet is responsible to the following Ministers: All branches are removed from the Department of Local Government and added to the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

 

Department of Services, Technology and Administration

The Department is responsible to the following Ministers:

All branches are removed from each of the following Divisions of the Government Service and added to the Department of Services, Technology and Administration:

Land and Property Management Authority

The Land and Property Management Authority is responsible to the following Ministers: All branches are removed from each of the following Divisions of the Government Service and added to the Land and Property Management Authority.

Department of Transport and Infrastructure

The Department is responsible to the following Ministers:

All branches are removed from each of the following Divisions of the Government Service and added to Department of Transport and Infrastructure: Staff involved in the following activities across all NSW bureaucracy will be transferred to the Department of Transport and Infrastructure:

Other important changes:

Establishment of the Compensation Authorities Staff Division

It will be responsible to following Ministers:

All staff from the Office of the Motor Accidents Authority and the Office of the WorkCover Authority will be transferred to the Compensation Authorities Staff Division.

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