26 September 2023

City rebirth ahead of schedule

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The City of Perth’s plan for corporate recovery is more than 50 per cent complete with two years to go of the three-year program.

Under the direction of the City’s three Commissioners and Chief Executive Officer, the Corporate Recovery Implementation Plan (CRIP) was developed to re-establish the organisation as an exemplar of Local Government and provide the direction required to unlock the City’s full potential.

CRIP was launched in May 2019 following extensive reviews into the organisation’s operational effectiveness, identifying critical areas of operational and cultural improvement.

In a statement the Commissioners said corporate recovery actions to date had been wide ranging.

“The City has produced an integrated management framework, updated the Strategic Community Plan, developed a Procurement Transformation Plan and Financial Systems and Process Transformation Plan, revised how it manages risk and overhauled its stakeholder engagement approach,” they said.

“Additionally, operational cost savings of approximately $10 million have been realised this financial year, which will provide ongoing recurrent savings.”

The Commissioners noted the transformation was set in motion in March 2018 when the Minister for Local Government suspended the City’s Council, announced a formal inquiry into the City of Perth and appointed the three Commissioners to perform the duties of the Council.

“The recovery journey started with establishing a clear united direction with Commissioners, then getting a high-performance Executive in place, followed by a leaner management structure and a community and customer centric culture,” the statement said.

“The City’s journey is far from over and there is still room for significant improvement, but the City is proudly heading in the right direction to become an outstanding exemplar of a well-respected Local Government.”

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