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Inquiry into Public Sector Expenditure


Inquiry status:Past
Date commenced:03 Dec 2008
Deadline for submissions:30 Jan 2009
Date Ended:19 May 2009
Committee:Estimates and Financial Operations Committee
House:Legislative Council
Media Statements: 03/10/2009
03/17/2009
03/23/2009
03/24/2009
Important Information:
Terms of Reference:The Committee is to inquire into and report on Government measures to audit the operational and financial performance of the Western Australian public sector, and any other means by which efficiencies in public sector expenditure can be gained and all the circumstances surrounding the implementation of a three percent efficiency dividend including -
  1. the impacts of a three percent efficiency dividend on the general level of service delivery across all agencies; in particular any impacts on service delivery to regional areas;
  2. consider alternative methods for achieving a three percent reduction in government expenditure, including:
    1. the approach of the former Government;
    2. whether certain agencies or functions of agencies should be exempt from the efficiency dividend; and
    3. whether the rate of the dividend should vary according to agency size or function, and if so specific advice on which agencies or functions should contribute a disproportionate share of savings over the forward estimates.
  3. whether a three percent efficiency dividend has a disproportionate impact on smaller agencies, including whether or not smaller agencies are disadvantaged by poorer economies of scale or a relative inability to obtain funding for new policy proposals;
  4. what measures agencies are taking to implement a three percent efficiency dividend, and the effect on their functions, performance and staffing arrangements;
  5. the impact of the current financial crisis on the state’s economy and finances;
  6. the sustainability of the rate of growth in general government expenditure detailed in the 2008-09 budget;
  7. the sustainability of the forecast decrease in operating surplus detailed in the 2008-09 budget;
  8. the sustainability of the forecast increase in net debt detailed in the 2008-09 budget; and
  9. the impact of failing to fully implement a three percent efficiency dividend on the operating surplus and net debt.

Submission Number Submitting person/organisation
West Coast TAFE received on 14 Jan 2009
Summary of responses received from Government Agencies received on 24 Feb 2009
People with Disabilities (WA) Inc received on 2 Feb 2009
Hon Dr Kim Hames MLA (Acting Premier) received on 19 Jan 2009
Peter Evans received on 9 Jan 2009
The Developmental Disability Council of WA (Inc) received on 30 Jan 2009
Professor Mike Daube (Director, Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia, Curtin University of Technology) received on 11 Feb 2009
Hon Troy Buswell MLA (Treasurer) received on 9 Feb 2009
The Chamber of Minerals and Energy Western Australia received on 2 Feb 2009
Colin Murphy (Auditor General) received on 2 Feb 2009
Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association of WA received on 2 Feb 2009
John Mason Admin Solutions received on 9 Jan 2009
Brian Bradley (Director General, Department of Commerce) received on 26 Mar 2009
Hon Troy Buswell MLA, Minister for Commerce received on 23 Apr 2009
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia received on 29 Jan 2009
Hon Norman Moore MLC, Minister for Mines and Petroleum received on 16 Apr 2009
to Hon Colin Barnett MLA (Premier) from the Subcommittee in relation to the Inquiry into Public Sector Expenditure received on 24 Mar 2009
Hon Colin Barnett MLA (Premier) received on 11 Mar 2009
Ben Wyatt MLA on behalf of the Labor Opposition received on 30 Jan 2009
Tim Griffin (Acting Director General, Department of Mines and Petroleum) received on 30 Mar 2009
Barry Blaikie received on 17 Feb 2009
Western Australian Council of Social Service Inc received on 3 Feb 2009
Australian Medical Association received on 2 Feb 2009
Dr Margaret Nowak (Chairman, Finance Committee, The Library Board of Western Australia) received on 2 Feb 2009
UnionsWA received on 2 Feb 2009
Related Documents/Response to Questions on Notice:
Unless a venue is specified, hearings are held at the
Legislative Council Committee Rooms Ground Floor, 18-32 Parliament Place, West Perth

DateTimeVenueOrganisationWitnessBroadcastTranscript
25 Feb 200911:15 AMAustralian Medical AssociationPeter Jennings
25 Feb 200912:00 PMThe Chamber of Commerce and IndustryJohn Nicolaou
25 Feb 200901:30 PMCommunity and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association of WAToni Walkington
25 Feb 200902:15 PMUnionsWADave Robinson
11 Mar 200909:30 AMWestern Australian Council of Social Service Inc.Sue Ash
18 Mar 200911:30 AMDepartment of HealthDr Peter Flett, Director General
24 Mar 200910:15 AMDepartment of Education and TrainingSharyn O'Neill and Peter McCaffrey
24 Mar 200911:00 AMDepartment of Treasury and FinanceTim Marney
24 Mar 200912:00 PMDisability Services CommissionDr Ron Chalmers
24 Mar 200901:30 PMDepartment for Child ProtectionTerry Murphy
24 Mar 200902:15 PMDepartment of Corrective ServicesIan Johnson
24 Mar 200903:15 PMPublic Transport AuthorityReece Waldock and Peter King
25 Mar 200910:15 AMAuditor GeneralColin Murphy
01 Apr 200909:15 AMMr Barry Blaikie
01 Apr 200910:00 AMDepartment of FisheriesStuart Smith
01 Apr 200911:00 AMDepartment of Environment and ConservationKieran McNamara
02 Apr 200909:00 AMWestern Australia Police ServiceKarl O'Callaghan, Greg Italiano, Les Bechelli
08 Apr 200909:30 AMDepartment of Mines and PetroleumTim Griffin, A/DG
08 Apr 200910:15 AMDepartment of CommerceBrian Bradley, DG
08 Apr 200911:00 AMDepartment of HousingGrahame Searle, DG
Videos:
Related Transcripts of Evidence:
Evidence by.. John Nicolaou (Executive Director (Economic Policy) and Chief Economist, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia) on 25 Feb 2009
Evidence by.. Mr Peter Jennings (Deputy Executive Director, Australian Medical Association (WA)) and Professor Gary Geelhoed (President, Australian Medical Assocation (WA)) on 25 Feb 2009
Evidence by.. David Robinson (Secretary, UnionsWA) on 25 Feb 2009
Evidence by.. Toni Walkington (General Secretary/Branch Secretary, Community and Public Sector Union, Civil Service Association, SPSF Group, WA Branch) on 25 Feb 2009
Evidence by.. Ms Sue Ash (Chief Executive Officer, Western Australian Council of Social Service) on 11 Mar 2009
Evidence by.. Dr Peter Flett (Director General, Department of Health), Dr Robyn Lawerence (Executive Director, Innovation and Health System Reform, Department of Health) on 18 Mar 2009
Evidence by.. Dr Ron Chalmers (Director General, Disability Services Commission) on 24 Mar 2009
Evidence by.. Mr Reece Waldock (Chief Executive Officer, Public Transport Authority) and Mr Peter King (Executive Director, Finance and Contracts, Public Transport Authority) on 24 Mar 2009
Evidence by.. Mr Ian Johnson (Commissioner, Department of Corrective Services), Mr Graeme Doyle (Assistant Commissioner Corporate Support, Department of Corrective Services) on 24 Mar 2009
Evidence by.. Mr Tim Marney (Under Treasurer, Department of Treasury and Finance) on 24 Mar 2009
Evidence by.. Mr Terry Murphy (Director General, Department for Child Protection) and Ms Jennifer McGrath (Executive Director, Corporate and Business Services, Department for Child Protection) on 24 Mar 2009
Evidence by.. Ms Sharyn O'Neill (Director General, Department of Education and Training) and Mr Peter McCaffrey (Deputy Director General, Finance and Administration, Department of Education and Training) on 24 Mar 2009
Evidence by.. Mr Colin Murphy (Auditor General), Mr David Gilchrist (Assistant Auditor General, Office of the Auditor General) and Mrs Sadie Godfrey (Assistant Auditor General, Strategy and Corporate Services, Office of the Auditor General) on 25 Mar 2009
Evidence by.. Mr Stuart Smith (Chief Executive Officer, Department of Fisheries) and Mr Bruno Mezzatesta (Director, Corporate Services, Department of Fisheries) on 1 Apr 2009
Evidence by.. Mr Keiran McNamara (Director General, Department of Environment and Conservation) and Dr John Byrne (Chief Finance Officer, Department of Environment and Conservation) on 1 Apr 2009
Evidence by.. Mr Barry Blaikie on 1 Apr 2009
Evidence by.. Dr Karl O'Callaghan (Commissioner of Police, Western Australia Police), Mr Greg Italiano (Executive Director, Western Australia Police) and Mr Les Bechelli (Acting Director of Finance, Western Australia Police) on 2 Apr 2009
Evidence by.. Mr Brian Bradley (Director General, Department of Commerce) and Ms Joanne Hunt (Manager, Policy and Executive Services, Office of the Director General, Department of Commerce) on 8 Apr 2009
Evidence by.. Mr Grahame Searle (Director General, Department of Housing) on 8 Apr 2009
Evidence by.. Dr Tim Griffin (Acting Director General, Department of Mines and Petroleum) and Mr Jeremy Hawke (General Manager Finance, Department of Mines and Petroleum) on 8 Apr 2009