Following the NSW State Government election on 23 March, the Coalition was re-elected to government and swore in a new cabinet, introducing several new portfolios and amalgamating others. Pundits have already begun to predict what these changes mean for various services and government operations. But let’s first pull back and take a look at the mechanics of what has happened, and see how these changes affect your approach when dealing with government as a client or collaborator.
The context in which government decisions are made is often referred to as the authorising environment. During elections, political parties earn their authority to govern by laying out a series of actions, usually accompanied by a promise of funding, and campaign by demonstrating their intent and capacity to deliver those actions. In other words, the parties weigh up the needs of the community against the available resources and present a plan to get the best public value.
The winner of the election then has a popular mandate to set their plan in action. The election is of course more than just a win or a loss, with different parts of NSW responding differently to the public value proposition. This must be considered by the incoming government and results in the original propositions being modified, to the relief of some voters and to the frustration of others.
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The combining of Planning and Industry
While changes to the cabinet will naturally cause some teething problems, for the vast majority of public servants, day-to-day functions will remain the same. What it will cause is a change in the strategic operating environment, and for anyone working closely with the NSW
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