Victorian budget 2018: boost for public sector capability

By David Donaldson

Tuesday May 1, 2018

The Victorian Public Service Commission will receive a boost of $28 million over four years to help enhance public sector capability, according to the 2018-19 state budget.

This funding will include efforts to improve integrity and governance in the public service, undertaking workforce planning, developing diversity employment strategies, improving the flexibility and mobility of VPS staff, and continuing the Victorian Leadership Academy.

The budget, released on Tuesday, commits $7.2 million over the forward estimates to establish an Independent Remuneration Tribunal. The new body will determine the pay for politicians and public sector executives, which are currently decided by the parliament and VPSC respectively.

There’s $43.4 million in there for whole of government child information sharing reforms, “to support prescribed entities to appropriately share information”, improving early identification of risks and enabling support for children and families.

A new Victoria Cross Border Commission will be created to help make life easier for people living in border towns along the Murray, who often have to contend with regulatory and licensing requirements and other barriers across two states.

The government will spend $17.2 million to implement its cyber security strategy, “to improve detection and prevention capabilities, and responses to cyber attacks on government IT systems”.

A Major Projects Leadership Academy will be established within the Office of Projects Victoria to improve the state’s capability in supporting the delivery of big infrastructure builds.

There’s $5.3 million for safety upgrades to government buildings, and $2 million for customised storage facilities to help secure public records.

The Victorian Ombudsman’s Office will be given an extra $8.4 million to continue funding for its early resolution team, which helps provide prompt resolutions to citizens’ complaints, as well as preparing for budget independence for the ombudsman, including to improve the office’s financial management capacity.

The budget also includes a boost of $2.7 million for the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner to improve capability on freedom of information, privacy and data protection. This includes “redeveloping business processes, preparing privacy guidance materials, improving stakeholder management, and providing FOI and privacy education and training.”

An increase in $9.2 million to improve opportunities for people with a disability will include increasing employment opportunities within the VPS, among other initiatives.

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Top image: participants from the 2017 VPS Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme.

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