Restructures of government functions (referred to as machinery of government changes) often occur after an election. The changes usually result in the transfer of specific functions and legislative responsibilities from one department to another. This also involves the transfer of assets and liabilities between departments.
Our maturity model for implementing machinery of government changes helps entities self-assess their change management practices so they can identify their strengths, and act on opportunities for improvement.
The model provides 25 questions, and uses 4 levels of maturity, which we define as developing, established, integrated, or optimised.
A department's plan for managing changes, and the result of its self-assessment, should also be reported to and monitored by its audit committee and/or other relevant oversight bodies.
We used this model in our report Implementing machinery of government changes (Report 17: 2022–23), where we assessed maturity at 4 departments for the 2020 machinery of government changes.