• Frequently Asked Questions

    What is GTE Reform?

    The Government Trading Enterprise (GTE) Reform Program is reviewing the current governance arrangements of GTEs, and through broad stakeholder consultation, will create and implement a framework to strengthen their connection with other areas of the Western Australian Government.  

    The GTE Reform Program aims to streamline the operations of GTEs, standardise governance and accountability and strengthen oversight.
     
    GTE Reform has been identified as one of the early initiatives within the Western Australian Government’s broader Public Sector Reform Program.  GTE Reform is part of the Government’s commitment to operating an efficient, accountable and high performing public sector, and getting the State’s finances on a sustainable footing in the long term.

    Why do we need GTE Reform?

    Recent reviews conducted as part of wider public sector reform have highlighted the importance of a clear relationship between GTEs and Government to ensure well-informed decision making. The outcomes of these reviews are what prompted the GTE Reform Program. 

    Why do we need a new framework for GTEs?
    A key outcome from the GTE Reform Program will be a new framework that includes legislative reform, administrative orders, ministerial responsibility and performance monitoring ('the framework'). The framework will provide greater clarity about the relationship between GTEs, Ministerial offices and other areas of the Western Australian Government.

    How will the framework be developed and how often will it be reviewed?
    The GTE Reform team are conducting a series of forums to discuss and consider issues and capture ideas to improve and standardise governance arrangements. The feedback collected through this engagement will be used to develop the framework and any necessary legislative changes. Frameworks are typically reviewed for their effectiveness every five years.

    How will the framework be implemented?
    The finalised framework could be adapted to any Government-owned entity to provide standardised governance, accountability and oversight structures. Each GTE, Ministers and Government departments will be supported to implement and work to the framework.

    Why is Treasury delivering this particular Reform Program?
    The Treasurer is in a unique position of reviewing financial impacts across all of Western Australia’s GTEs, and the Department of Treasury supports the Treasurer in this role. This means the Department of Treasury is well placed to compare governance arrangements across GTEs and develop policy or processes. This is consistent with practices in other jurisdictions across Australia.

    Will information about the GTE Reform Program by be publicly available?
    Yes, the GTE Reform team will provide information on the Program, its progress and outcomes through this website.

    When will this take effect?
    The first stage of the GTE Reform Program is expected to run over the next two years – this includes time to develop a framework and then work with each GTE to ensure its successful ongoing implementation.

    Can I be involved? Can I make a submission?
    The GTE Reform Program is not seeking public submissions but the team welcomes all feedback and can be contacted via email at [email protected]

    How can I keep informed?
    The GTE Reform team will continue to keep this website up-to-date and provide general information on the Program, its progress and outcomes. Please check the latest news page for updates.

    If you work within a GTE or policy agency you are encouraged to contact your program representative to provide feedback.

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