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Victorian Public Service Restructured_____

Victorian Public Service Restructured

Premier Denis Napthine today restructured the Victorian Public Service with a focus on creating a ‘proactive, open-for-business culture’ across the Government.

The Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) has been merged with the Department of Transport (DOT), in a new super department called the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI).

Dean Yates, currently serving as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC), is the Secretary of the new DTPLI, while the Minister for Public Transport and Roads (the Hon Terry Mulder) is the new ‘Co-ordinating Minister’.

The DTPLI will include the following functions from the old DPCD:
  • local government;
  • sport and recreation;
  • planning policy;
  • building commission;
  • metropolitan planning authority;
  • Places Victoria.
Within DTPLI, these functions will be joined by Land Victoria, previously within the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), and the Victorian Government Architect, previously within DPC.

Other changes include the merger of DSE and Department of Primary Industries (DPI) into the new Department of Environment and Primary Industries. Adam Fennessy, formerly of DSE, will commence as Secretary of this new Department. The ‘Co-ordinating Minister’ will be the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security (the Hon Peter Walsh).

In other relevant news for the planning and development industry, the new Department of State Development, Business and Innovation will include a dedicated unit to facilitate significant projects which require a "whole-of-government" approach, such as E-Gate and Fishermans Bend. It appears likely that the activities of this new unit will be similar to the former ‘Development Facilitation Unit’ of DPCD.

The reunion of Planning and Transport within a new Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure returns Victoria to the arrangement in the late 1990s under the former Department of Infrastructure. The changes continue the Government's efforts to streamline the public service and instill a more job friendly approach that includes the ‘minimisation of bureaucratic bottlenecks’.

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