Get lean: Scott Morrison wields the axe on bureaucracy
Scott Morrison has ordered the biggest shake-up of the public service in more than 30 years, axing four departments and five mandarins in a move to implement a “lean and mean” bureaucracy.
Delivering on a pledge to cut red tape and streamline government services, the Prime Minister will cut the number of departments from 18 to 14 as of February 1 to “bust bureaucratic congestion”.
Mr Morrison, who is also Minister for the Public Service, said Australians should be able to access “simple and reliable services, designed around their needs”.
The creation of four super departments is the most significant restructure of the public service since Bob Hawke reduced the number of departments from 28 to 18 and abolished the public service board soon after the 1987 election.
Ahead of Mr Morrison releasing his response to David Thodey’s review of the public service next week, The Australian understands government agencies and boards, estimated to number more than 180, will be next in the firing line.
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