The new-look Vic DPC: Chris Eccles’ roadmap for restructure

EXCLUSIVE: Chris Eccles has outlined to staff his restructure of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. Work has been aligned “thematically”, with an emphasis on culture.

A restructure of Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet, built around three new “thematically clustered” working groups, has been designed to drive the new Labor government’s priorities and “live up to our own vision”.

New secretary Chris Eccles told staff this week he’d learned from his time heading up premier’s departments in New South Wales and South Australia and listened to Victoria’s public servants to design a workflow with an emphasis on decentralised decision-making and a stronger culture.

The new roadmap, announced to staff on Wednesday and due to take effect from March 2, has been well received. Staff The Mandarin spoke to were excited about a shift they say was a long time coming.

Eccles was appointed secretary a day after Labor’s election in November, tipping out Denis Napthine’s man Andrew Tongue. Eccles was seen as a moderniser of the NSW bureaucracy (he was hired by Barry O’Farrell but replaced when Mike Baird became Premier) and was brought in by Andrews as a new broom in a beefed-up department he saw ripe for reform.

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