The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCI) says the WA business community has strongly welcomed today’s announcement that the State Government will amalgamate state departments from 41 to 25 by the middle of the year.
Boosting efficiencies in the public sector is vital to repairing Western Australia’s budget position and attracting new business investment that will create jobs.
CCI Chief Executive Officer Deidre Willmott said today’s announcement was a powerful step forward in repairing the budget, which will help WA regain the all-important AAA credit rating.
“Reducing public sector spending is critical to repairing the WA budget position, regaining the AAA credit rating and attracting investment, so business welcomes today’s announcement from the State Government,” Ms Willmott said.
“A stable state budget is vital in attracting business investment, which will see more new projects come on line, increased business growth and more jobs created for workers.
“In difficult economic times business has had to make many tough decisions, so the WA business community welcomes the State Government upholding their key election promise to do the same and bring some private sector efficiencies to the public sector.
“CCI has long called for the merging of government departments to drive savings and create greater efficiencies not only for the benefit of the public purse, but for a better service experience for businesses and consumers – excessive government departments creates red tape, confusion and a lack of consistency for industry, which hinders business growth overall.
“CCI and the WA business community welcome the measures announced today by Premier Mark McGowan and looks forward to working with the State Government on further budget repair measures in future.”
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