Premier Mark McGowan recently announced significant changes to the way the public sector will be structured, seeing the number of WA Government departments reduced from 41 to 25.
The changes are designed to provide better services to the community and maximise opportunities to deliver a more efficient and effective public sector for all West Australians.
The Department of Culture and the Arts, Department of Sport and Recreation, Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor, and the local government and office of multicultural interests functions of the Department of Local Government and Communities will amalgamate to establish the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The Department of Aboriginal Affairs' Aboriginal History Research Unit has also joined the new Department.
Director General, Mr Duncan Ord, has been asked to act as the Director General and to lead the new Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
"I see the reforms as providing new opportunities for the new department to further contribute to the lives of Western Australian communities and families", Mr Ord said.
"I am certain that with everyone's support, the new department will work with partners across government and within its diverse sectors to enliven the Western Australian community and economy through support for and provision of sporting, recreational, cultural and artistic policy, programs and activities for locals and visitors to the State," he added.
In announcing the changes, the Premier stated that this significant reform is aimed at creating collaborative departments focused on whole-of-Government objectives and delivering services in the most efficient way, including using new technology.