The Office of Public Works and Services was established within the newly established Department of Commerce on 2 April 2003. All those staff of the former Department of Public Works and Services except those principally responsible for asset and procurement policy were transferred to the Department of Commerce. (1) The Office of Public Works and Services became one of the Offices of the Department of Commerce, along with the: Office of Fair Trading, Office of Industrial Relations, Office of Government Business, Office of Government Procurement, and the Office of Information and Communications Technology.
In 2007, the Office of Public Works and Services brought together a comprehensive range of commercial services for government in property, public infrastructure, and office services. Key activities included:
sustainable water solutions including dams, civil and geotechnical engineering, strategic water management, wastewater services and surveying and spatial information. Incorporates Manly Hydraulics Laboratory
managing state property, including development, portfolio and strategic asset management, property transactions, town centre development, and ministerial and privately financed projects
project management, including program and contract management and independent real estate valuation
architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, heritage, engineering and quantity surveying through the Government Architect's Office
heritage and building services including facilities management and minor building works, essential repairs and heritage sandstone restoration
corporate services to smaller government agencies through the Central Corporate Services Unit (CSSU), including finance and office services, human resources management, research and information services, and information and technology management
- vehicle leasing and fleet management services, accident management and short term rental (ExtraCar) through StateFleet. (2)
From 1 July 2009 when the Department of Commerce was abolished the Office of Public Works and Services became a branch of the new Principal Department, the Department of Services, Technology and Administration. (3)
From 4 April 2011 when the name of the Department of Services, Technology and Administration was changed the Office of Public Works and Services became a branch of the Department of Finance and Services. (4)
(1) Public Sector Employment and Management (General) Order 2003, NSW Government Gazette No.67, 2 April 2003, p.4331.
(2) Department of Commerce website http://www.commerce.nsw.gov.au/Government+Business/Government+Business.htm (cited 26 November 2007).
(3) Public Sector Employment and Management (Departmental Amalgamations) Order 2009 (2009 No 352), cl. 28 (1); notified on NSW Legislation website, 27 July 2009.
(4) Public Sector Employment and Management (Departments) Order 2011 (2011 No 184) cls. 29; notified on NSW Legislation website, 3 April 2011.