Victorian Government reprioritises VPS missions

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As Victoria shifts from public health emergency response to active monitoring and recovery, the VPS missions have evolved.

Since declaring a State of Emergency on 16 March, the Victorian Government has mobilised and significantly ‘re-oriented’ as part of the response to COVID-19. In addition to the formation of a Crisis Council of Cabinet (CCC), the Victorian Public Service (VPS) pivoted to focus on specific VPS missions to deal with the pandemic.

In April, eight missions were announced and these have successfully driven the government’s response to COVID-19 to-date. (See our post here.)

As the state now shifts from public health emergency response to active monitoring and recovery, the Premier has recently consolidated these VPS missions from eight to six. This next phase of the government’s COVID-19 response has greater focus on public health resilience, economic recovery, the restoration of public services and new reform opportunities.

The missions broadly align with existing department portfolios and are led by one or more Departmental Secretaries reporting to the Premier and the CCC. Associate Secretaries have been appointed to run government departments (‘business as usual’) to enable Departmental Secretaries to focus on the missions they are leading.

Six VPS missions – June 2020

1. Public Health Resilience

(was Health Emergency)

Led by: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

 

2. Economic Management

(was Economic Emergency)

Led by: Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF)

 

3. Restoration and Reform of Essential Services

(consolidates Continuity of Essential Services – People, and Continuity of Essential Services – Economic)

Led by: Department of Education (DE), Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS), Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Department of Transport (DT)

 

4. Economic Program Delivery, Supply, Logistics and Procurement

Led by: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR)

 

5. Economic Recovery and Growth

(was Economic Recovery – Private Sector)

Led by: Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF), Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR)

 

6. Restoration and reform of Public Services

(consolidates Restoration of Public Services – People, and Restoration of Public Services – Economic (Public Sector))

Led by: Department of Education (DE), Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS), Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Department of Transport (DT)

 

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