Bligh Government shake-up cuts 10 departments


Premier Anna Bligh has announced a major shake-up that will see Labor’s existing 23 government departments reduced to 13

Bligh Government shake-up cuts 10 departments
Bligh Government shake-up cuts 10 departments

After swearing-in her new cabinet, Premier Anna Bligh has announced a major shake-up that will see Labor’s existing 23 government departments reduced to 13.

The new arrangements will see 13 new departments grouped under six clusters:

  1. Policy and Fiscal Coordination
  2. Employment and Economic Development
  3. Environment and Sustainable Resources Management
  4. Social Development
  5. Law, Justice and Safety
  6. Government Services.

Bligh says there will be no job cuts under the restructure, as she focuses on her vow to improve employment, social development, environment and law and justice.

"I made a commitment to Queenslanders that I would change the face of this Government and deliver better front-line services and to do this, Queensland requires a modern public service structure," Bligh says.

"This is about simplifying Government, reducing bureaucracy and cutting red tape."

The departments will continue to be lead by the Government’s 18 ministers.

"Ministerial portfolio responsibilities will remain unchanged and I want to assure all public servants - particularly those on the front-line - that I stand by my commitment to jobs, not job cuts and this reform does not mean jobs will be lost," she says.

Bligh says public access will be enhanced by putting multiple services in the one sector.

The new departments are:

  • Premier and Cabinet
  • Treasury
  • Health
  • Employment and Economic Development
  • Infrastructure and Planning
  • Transport and Main Roads
  • Environment and Resource Management
  • Communities
  • Education and Training
  • Justice and Attorney-General
  • Police
  • Community Safety
  • Public Works.

Bligh says the significant changes will be implemented immediately.

"I have told my new ministers I want them to hit the ground running, and I have told my director-general that I expect the same of these new departments," she says.

"I want to see the efficiency of services at the front-line as quickly as possible."

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