A Stronger Democracy

We will implement initiatives that will open Government and Parliament to more public scrutiny and we will reform the public sector to be more responsive, innovative and collaborative. A strong South Australia is one where the community and Government work together.

Grant assistance scheme

The State Government will introduce streamlined access to government grants.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 14, P 3 & 19

Status

Completed. The new South Australian Government website, GRANTassist, is now operational. 
http://www.grantassist.sa.gov.au/

Election campaigning

The Government will introduce new measures to improve the quality and integrity of our system of government. Donations should be made to support candidates who share a similar outlook and objective – they should not buy political influence. Corporate campaign contributions cannot be permitted to inappropriately influence our public policy.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015

Status

Completed. The Electoral Variation Regulations 2015 commenced on 1 July 2015.

Lobbyist disclosure

The Government will legislate to ensure that lobbyists do not threaten the integrity of our political process. The Government will also legislate for stricter post-service restrictions on lobbying activities by former Members of Parliament. This legislation will prohibit paid lobbying work for varying periods of time dependent upon on each Member of Parliament’s length and nature of service.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015

Status

Completed. The Lobbyist Act 2016 and relevant regulations commenced in April 2016.

MP Remuneration

The Remuneration Tribunal will be asked to conduct a review of parliamentary remuneration.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015

Status

Completed. The Parliamentary Remuneration (Determination of Remuneration) Amendment Act 2015 was gazetted in October 2015.

Change projects

The State Government will introduce further rounds of the 90-day change projects.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 14, P 18

Status

A total of 54 Change@SA projects have been completed to date and agency 90-day projects continue.

Participatory budgeting

The State Government will introduce trial of participatory budgeting.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 14, P 21 

Status

The trial of Fund my Community has been completed, evaluated and is a success. It was repeated in 2015-16 with a further $1 million.

YourSAy initiative

The State Government will introduce an expanded YourSAy website.

Status

Completed. The YourSAy website was greatly enhanced in August 2015, providing even more opportunities for the community influence government decisions. More than 56,819 users have registered to participate.

Connected Government

A new across government ICT strategy, called SA Connected, will make sure government ICT is continually updated as technologies change the way people live.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 14, P 23

Status

Completed. SA Connected was launched by the Premier in November 2013 and is shaping the government’s use of technology, with a focus on transformation of public services so they are simple, smart and digital. The Office for Digital Government was established in 2015 to lead the digital agenda and has supported this with a Cloud Services Policy and Digital Transformation Strategy and Action Plan, launched in November 2015 to support the Premier’s Digital by Default Declaration. Progress of SA Connected is demonstrated through a number of recent agency achievements and initiatives, published on digital.sa.gov.au.

Innovation Statements

Introduce innovation statements by government agencies to create an open public sector.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 14, P 4

Status

Agencies have submitted their Innovation plans to the Office of the Public Sector.

SenSA

Establish a new SenSA initiative to bring together a sensor network across the state to collect and bring together publicly accessible, anonymous and secure data. This initiative will be progressed through a series of 90 Day change projects that initially focus on our premium food and wine priority.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia No 14 P 16

Status

Following broad engagement with public and private sector organisations and universities, SenSA will now be progressed by DSD, other State Government agencies and the Adelaide City Council as part of the Adelaide Smart initiative.

SenSA related projects continue to be run by the Adelaide City Council and DSD through the Smart City Studio, including an environmental sensing pilot and the establishment of a LoRaWAN Internet of Things network pilot in the Adelaide CBD. Other sensor projects include DPTI’s addinsight traffic intelligence system and SA Water’s smart sensor and metering network in the CBD.

Public sector staffing

The State Government will rule out large scale reductions in public sector staff.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 14, P 10

Status

This provides more certainty to the public sector.

Public sector workplace flexibility

Require Chief Executives to make flexible work options available to women and increase the number of women in executive positions.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia P 192

Status

The Commissioner for Public Sector Employment released a guideline in June 2014 to help create a more flexible, diverse and inclusive South Australian public sector workforce at all classifications.

Premier and Member for Frome parliament meetings

Premier to meet with the Independent Member at least once each sitting week.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

These have been implemented and are ongoing.

Social media directory

Introduce a Government Social Media Directory.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 14, P 11

Status

Completed. The Social Media Directory went live in July 2015.

Cultural change in the Public Sector

The Government needs to insist upon cultural change within our Public Service if it is to attract the volume of investment needed to create new jobs.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015

Status

In her 2016 State of the Sector report, the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment described how cultural change, based on the Public Sector Values, was happening across the public sector. The report found 100% of agencies evaluated their efficiency and effectiveness in delivering services and functions, and that 97% of agencies provided their employees with ethical decision-making training. The report also found more work was needed to make employee performance management across the public sector more effective. This will be a focus of the Commissioner in 2017.  

Parliamentary Budget Advisory Service

The Government and the Independent Member will work together to establish a process whereby political parties may submit policies to a Parliamentary Budget Advisory Service for costing in the period leading up to and including the election.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

The State Government is committed to supporting a Parliamentary Budget Advisory Service. This service is intended to be used to provide costings of election promises and proposed policies of Members of Parliament ahead of the next State election, which will be held in March 2018. The Government is considering what form this might take and are working through different options as to how it might run and be used.

GovChat

Introduce a GovChat service where decision makers, the Premier, all Government Ministers and their Chief Executives will make themselves available to engage with the public, community and business on the phone and through social media. GovChat will take place four times a year.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia No 14 P 12 and Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

GOVchat events have been held on the topics of Public Transport, Transforming Criminal Justice, Premium Food and Wine, Parents’ participation in their children’s education, and Keeping our communities safe. In addition, a Facebook live Q&A session with the Premier was successfully held attracting more than 24,000 views and 2,000 online comments.

MP Code of Conduct

Introduce a code of conduct for members of Parliament.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Completed. The Statement of Principles for Members of Parliament was passed in the Legislative Council on 19 May 2016.

Lobbyist disclosure

The Government will legislate to ensure that lobbyists do not threaten the integrity of our political process. The Government will also legislate for stricter post-service restrictions on lobbying activities by former Members of Parliament. 
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015

Status

Completed. The Lobbyist Act 2016 and relevant regulations commenced in April 2016.

Electoral reform

Establish a Select Committee to inquire into and report on the parts of the Electoral Act 1985 governing the conduct of parties and candidates in elections, and in particular the parts governing the enforcement of rulings by the Electoral Commissioner.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Legislation is currently before the Parliament, although has little prospect of success due to Opposition in the Legislative Council. 

Deadlock reform

The Government will also introduce deadlock reform, which will involve new options to resolve disputes between both Houses.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015

Status

Legislation was introduced but not supported by the Legislative Council.

Electoral system reform

The Government will also move to change the way in which our Parliamentary system operates. It will propose to reform the system of voting to eliminate the anti-democratic practice of preference harvesting.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015

Status

Legislation is currently before the Parliament.

Public service excellence

Introduce strengethened provisions for recognition of public service excellence that aligns with redefined values.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 14, P 18

Status

Completed. The Office for the Public Sector has introduced eThanks, a way for managers and colleagues to send electronic thank you notes to employees who have exemplified the Public Sector Values and have also published a new Reward and Recognition Good Practice Guide for South Australian Public Sector Managers. There will be ongoing events to recognise the service of outstanding public sector employees.

Public Service charter

Introduce a Charter of Public Service Guarantee.

Status

Completed. The Charter of Public Service Guarantee is complete. The Customer Quotient strategy was launched by the Premier on 9 June 2016 and includes:
• Common Measurement Tool
• Voice of the Customer Framework
• Complaints Handling Framework
• Workforce Planning Framework

Public sector renewal

Rationalisation of public sector review and renewal functions within government to create efficiencies of 15 FTEs.
Source: Media Release, 11 March 2014

Status

Completed. The Office for the Public Sector met the commitment of $2.9 million and 15 FTEs in savings from 1 July 2016.

Proactive Disclosure - 10 year cabinet submissions

Continue proactively releasing more topical 10-year old Cabinet documents each year, rather than wait for them to be requested under the Freedom of Information Act 1991. Ensure that all of these Cabinet documents can be accessed easily on the one central government website.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia No 14 P 14

Proactive disclosure

The Government will commit to proactively disclosing more information. A streamlined process will ensure that information is regularly updated. We will consult with the community about the type of material that they most want to see released.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia No 14 P 15

Open Government

The State Government will introduce an Open Government strategy including more information about Cabinet decisions and reform of the Freedom of Information process.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No14, P 14

Status

875 datasets are available at: https://data.sa.gov.au/

Additionally, SA Performs is a website where people can easily access information in one place about service performance: http://www.premier.sa.gov.au/index.php/sa-priorities/sa-performs

Streamlining FOI application process

Introduce an electronic system for the lodgement and payment of Freedom of Information applications.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia No 14 P 14

Status

A business case for a whole-of-government FOI system (to replace the current FOIMS) is being developed by the Attorney-General’s Department (Project Delivery & Technology and State Records). The Attorney-General's Department is also currently scoping systems that will allow online lodgement and payment as well as management and reporting of FOI applications.

Simplify

A new red tape reduction initiative called 'Simplify' has been introduced. The initiative involves asking people most impacted by public sector services how they think government can work more productively. The 'Simplify' process will run on an annual basis.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia No 14 P 18

Status

To better focus whole of government attention on an annual process to reduce red tape, Simplify Day was launched on 15 November 2016, as a day set aside in Parliament to remove outdated and redundant legislation. Simplify Day 2017 was launched on 3 March 2017.
http://yoursay.sa.gov.au/decisions/yoursay-engagements-making-sa-the-best-place-to-do-business-by-removing-outdated-legislation/outcome

Collective performance pays

The State Government will introduce collective performance pay for Chief Executives to work together to deliver on the initiatives in this policy.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 14, P 20

Status

The Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) undertakes this action. The CE DPC manages the annual review of senior management council performance and the CE performance appraisals. The Commissioner for Public Sector Employment is on the assessment panel. Performance pays are a consideration following the 2016 round of CE performance reviews.

Centralising FOI disclosure

Establish disclosure logs for all government agencies as a consistent and easy to access location for all information released as part of the Freedom of Information (FOI) process.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia No 14 P 14

Status

Further measures to proactively release information, including the use of disclosure logs, will be considered as part of any freedom of information reform and amendment of the Freedom of Information Act.

Port office accommodation

New office accommodation to house 500 public sector employees being relocated to the Port boosting daytime population and commercial activity, as well as providing an economic uplift.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 11, P 3, 17 and Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 151

Status

Construction has commenced with an official sod turning ceremony occurring on 3 February 2017.

Red tape reduction strategies

Undertake another round of red tape reduction focused on cutting red tape which makes it harder for businesses to grow.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

The Simpler Regulation Unit, now within the Department of Treasury and Finance, facilitates red tape reduction across government through collaboration and consultation with business, stakeholders, the community and government agencies. It achieves this by identifying, exploring and implementing relevant regulatory changes to cut red tape, remove unnecessary burdens and reform regulation to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the business environment. During 2017 the Unit will focus on a review of legislative requirements for public notices in newspapers and gazettes and will also implement a working-in-partnership engagement process with business to design regulatory reforms.
http://www.treasury.sa.gov.au/public-sector-operations/simpler-regulation-unit



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