iThink (WA Public Sector)

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This challenge is now closed for submissions (26 June 2020)

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This challenge is designed for public sector employees, however anyone can contribute.

The public sector has shown its strength and resilience by adapting and responding to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sector will have a key role in supporting the State’s recovery while continuing to deliver a broad range of services to the community in an efficient and effective way. With changing needs and expectations of service delivery, plus emerging impacts and shifting priorities, we have an opportunity to rethink and refresh the way we do business.

We want to hear your thoughts on the pandemic’s impact, and your ideas on what should be the priorities and actions to create an even more dynamic, trusted and responsive sector.

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Lead through demonstration

There are so many great technologies globally. Perth needs to stop being so risk adverse, look at global trends and precedents. We are not the only hot, dry, windy city in the world. A brave new world Perth! We can be up there with the leaders or we can stay in the 'safe zone' (but not ) of business as usual. Please support and encourage innovation through policy. Incentivise and regulate sustainable future proof construction. Do density better. Support local champions! Create and enact...

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Increase Dad & Partner leave to 6 weeks

After feeling isolated and suffering depression after the birth of my first child, I was not looking forward to giving birth to a COVID baby.  In fact, the situation turned out to be a blessing in disguise in this regard.  With lockdown, I had my husband home for the first six weeks of our second baby's life, which has made me realise the importance of having both parents together for the critical first 6-8 weeks. Here's why: It usually takes 6 weeks for a woman to physically heal from...

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No more business as usual

There are so many great technologies globally. Perth needs to stop being so risk adverse, look at global trends and precedents. We are not the only hot, dry, windy city in the world. A brave new world Perth! We can be up there with the leaders or we can stay in the 'safe zone' (but not ) of business as usual. Please support and encourage innovation through policy. Incentivise and regulate sustainable future proof construction. Do density better. Create and enact an overarching city plan...

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Review the Authorisation Schedule

Working in the public sector for the last 10 years left me, and many of those in organisations I wanted to partner with, with a frustrated view of government as a "big, immovable beast".  COVID-19 has proved that government can move and change, and do it quickly, if it has the will. I would like to see COVID-19 spark a brand new future of government - one where change is embraced and the shackles of old inefficiencies are released.  There are many ways to do this, but reducing the red tape...

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Value our public sector and those who look after us working there

Our taxes are subsidising private health care, private schools, private transport, even the private property market with negative gearing - often to the detriment of equally well resourced public services. First make sure we have a high quality public education and health system staffed by well paid and respected workers. Make  sure everyone who needs a home, a place to escape from domestic violence, suitable safe  convenient accommodation has it.  Then if there is money to burn, give...

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Annual report guidelines

The annual report guidelines for agencies this year seem to be saying that not all data needed in previous years needs to be reported, because of covid-19 and impact on resources.  It seems to me that some of these requirements would be quite useful to keep in the annual reports, more so because some of the impacts on agencies of covid-19 have been lessened by our low infection rate and quarantining and closed borders.  If anything I think that rather than removing annual report data,...

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Workforce Engagement

Continuation of the Public Sector Engagement Survey process to be supplemented by more regular Pulse Surveys

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More Government accountability.

We need a panel of independent commercial leaders who oversee government projects and can assist with project management to save funds and keep projects within budget. They also need to review acquittals on grants and make sure the system is not being fraudulently taken advantage of. 

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Enabling Innovation

The Public Service has a great reputation for addressing risk, but this can also hold back innovation with some conservative approaches. I would like to suggest a new Public Service Innovation Unit be established with wide ranging powers to enable innovative trials to take place.  This will include partnerships with the private sector and academia. In my experience when we challenge what future may be in a collaborative way, we can bring the future forward and create opportunities for WA.

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Regional public sector work hubs

Following on from many of the ideas posted about increased work flexibility and working from regional locations. Create generalised public sector work hubs in regional towns. People working from home in regional areas could use the workspace on any day of the week. The hub could be equipped with desks, computers and other IT equipment plus tele and video conferencing facilities. It may provide people in the regions with an office space if needed. It could also have the added benefit of being...

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