• 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.

    How will the framework be developed and how often will it be reviewed?

    The GTE Reform team conducted a series of forums to discuss and consider issues and capture ideas to improve and standardise governance arrangements. The feedback collected through this engagement has been used to develop the framework, including policy guidelines and legislation. Frameworks are typically reviewed for their effectiveness every five years.

    How will the framework be implemented?

    Overarching GTE legislation will be introduced to consolidate the governance requirements of GTEs which are presently contained in multiple instruments, while maintaining appropriate flexibility for practices to adapt to industry, market and policy changes over time.

    Policy guidelines will also be developed to support implementation of both legislative and administrative features of the framework and provide clear guidance on the governance and performance expectations of GTEs covered by the GTE legislation. 

    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. A GTE Governance and Oversight Unit has been established within the Department of Treasury, consistent with practices in other jurisdictions across Australia. 

    Will information about the GTE Reform Program by be publicly available?

    Yes, the GTE Governance and Oversight Unit 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 affecting 16 in-scope GTEs is expected to continue until the end of 2020. This includes time to develop the framework and then work with each GTE to ensure its successful ongoing implementation. The second stage of the Program will consider whether the remaining 11 entities align with the GTE framework.

    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

    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.

    Reviewed: 4 October 2019

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