Most watchers of government might have suspected that restructures and redundancies were used to quietly get rid of the worst performers. Some have se
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DEPARTMENTSACT Directorate of Commerce and Works, ACT Shared Services Centre
TAGS outsourcing, Shared services, Jill Divorty, Directorate of Commerce and Works
The basics alone weren’t going to cut it at the ACT’s shared services centre. Directorate mandarins said they needed a business partner, not just a service provider, offering ideas and support their future strategic plans — not struggling to catch up with current ones.
You can’t stay still in shared services, says Jill Divorty, head of the ACT government’s eight-year-old shared services centre. Divorty says her organisation had always been in a constant state of change and was undergoing a revolutionary shift from service provider to business partner.
“You can never get comfortable in a shared services centre, and that’s because change is normal and there is no steady state at all in shared services,” she told the seminar, hosted by the Institute for Public Administration Australia’s ACT Branch.
While the ACT’s shared services centre had been “fairly successful” over the years and customer satisfaction was “adequate” at almost 80% on average across different business areas, Divorty said that was not good enough.
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Stephen Easton is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's previously reported for Canberra CityNews and worked on industry titles for The Intermedia Group.
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