Machinery of Government (MOG) changes broadly involves structural change across the public sector aiming to reform configuration of departments so that they can work together to solve the problems confronting the state and reduce unnecessary use of public resources.
In April 2017, Premier Mark McGowan announced the first round of MOG changes to reduce 41 departments to 25, effective from 1 July 2017. This significant reform is aimed at creating collaborative agencies focused on whole-of-government objectives and delivering services in the most efficient way, including the use of technology. This change has resulted in agency amalgamations, transfer of functions and services, staff moving to other entities and, in some cases, agencies being abolished. The newly formed government organisations are facing the challenges of adapting to the changed functions and governance arrangements while responding to the Government's policy priorities and opportunities for better performance to deliver results.
In such time of significant change, government organisations must be cognisant of the need to preserve and protect the provenance and ownership of their recorded information and data. The SRO with support from the Public Sector Commission and the Department of Communities, has established a dedicated MOG Officer to advise and support organisations in relation to information governance and management of information assets.
The SRO is making this service available, free of charge, to ensure government organisations have the support needed to meet their current and evolving business needs so that government can ultimately rely on the information assets documenting that business.
The following references from the SRO's published work on the website may be of assistance:
Information sheet: Management of Information Following Administrative Change
Machinery of Government structural changes - Checklist for agencies (Published by the Public Sector Commission)
For further information or to arrange a consultation please contact Suparna Chatterjee on 94273662 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.