The Queensland Government has announced the formation of a new review group within the state’s public service that will be responsible for identifying reform options to create a ‘renewed, refocused and more efficient public service, realise significant savings for all agencies and drive cultural change.’


State Minister Assisting the Premier, Glen Elmes, said the Public Sector Renewal Program would refocus the public service on government priorities, and support the delivery of front line services in a constrained fiscal environment. 


“The Program confirms the government’s commitment to returning the budget to surplus and restoring Queensland’s AAA credit rating, and finding savings to fund election commitments,” Mr Elmes said. 


“A key component of the program includes a review of the roles and functions of agencies, including government owned corporations, to ensure that expenditure is focused on delivering better services.” 

A Public Sector Renewal Board will be established to oversee the delivery of the Program. 

Membership of the board is: 

  • Director-General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet 
  • Under-Treasurer 
  • Chairman of the Public Service Commission 
  •  Director-General or CEO of the agency or government owned corporation being reviewed 
  • two external appointments: Dr Peter Shergold AC and Ms Jude Munro AO 


“The two external appointments bring proven experience in public sector management and leading change in government agencies to the Public Sector Renewal Board,” Mr Elmes said. 


“The Renewal Program will analyse what the agencies do and how efficiently and effectively they do it, to re-focuses agencies on core services and programs, and eliminate waste.”