23 Jul 2009

State sector agencies could come under scrutiny

6:54 am on 23 July 2009

Hundreds of state sector agencies could come under scrutiny as the government continues its drive to cut costs.

In a speech this week, the Treasury Secretary John Whitehead singled out the 420 agencies which have governing boards, including major departments and smaller entities.

In his speech, Mr Whitehead said the high number of public entities with governing boards raises questions about state sector productivity. He said the public service must do more to control spending.

Public Service Association national secretary Brenda Pilott says many of these agencies such as the Fish and Game Council, and the Lotteries Grants Board, were set up to focus on specific issues.

She says many are tiny and highly focussed and could be ripe for review, and she understand can why questions have been raised over whether there are too many such entities.