26 September 2023

DPE proposes to adopt staff changes

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The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) is consulting with staff on a plan to integrate its People and Culture branch into the Corporate Services group.

In its Draft Change Management Plan, DPE said the Plan outlined Phase Two of the transition and provided a framework to the change process, including a communication plan, proposed organisational charts and overall people impacts during the change.

“Phase Two of the Change Management Plan incorporates the development and consultation stage with the aim of integrating People and Culture into the Corporate Services group,” DPE said.

“The case for change to review this structure and model is based on reviewing the existing structures of Corporate Services and People and Culture and will look to achieve alignment of services across the business, to realise opportunities, improve efficiencies between teams and remove duplication of effort.”

It said Phase Two would include a strategic alignment review to align business structure with functions and business priorities, a review of vacancies and contingents, a determination of future workforce requirements, and consultation with employees and unions until 29 August.

The Department said the key changes included renaming the Portfolio Management and Performance to Performance and Experience; merging the Enterprise Portfolio Management Office and Corporate Performance into one directorate to form Performance and Delivery; and creating a new Onboarding Experience team within the Performance and Experience Division.

DPE said a new Major Project Division would also be created while staff from the People Services Directorate are to be reappointed into other parts of Corporate Services.

“Staff and unions will be able to provide feedback on the draft plan via an anonymous feedback form on the CS Information hub or by email,” the Department said.

Commenting on the changes, the NSW Public Service Association (PSA) said the restructure affected most staff within Corporate Services and People and Culture.

“While the Deputy Secretary advised there would be no loss of jobs, there will be significant changes to reporting lines and some functions and realigning,” the PSA said.

DPE’s six-page draft Plan can be accessed on the PSA’s website at this PS News link.

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