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On 1 July 2014 a new resource management framework for all Commonwealth entities commenced when the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 replaced the FMA and CAC Acts.

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  • Finance Staff Support Communities@Work Food Rescue in 2015 
    Staff at the Department of Finance have nominated the Communities@Work Food Rescue service as their inaugural flagship charity for 2015.
  • Enhancing the Commonwealth Performance Framework – Draft Rules and Guidance 
    Public consultation on draft guidance material, together with a proposed amendment to the PGPA Rule to establish the new requirements for the corporate plans and annual performance statements, closed on 30 January 2015. Finance is now collating this feedback and preparing an updated version of the performance framework to be included in the next submission to the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit.
  • Australian Government Organisations Register (AGOR)
    The searchable Register provides information on the function, composition, origins and other details of approximately 1,200 Australian Government bodies. The Register replaces the List of Government Bodies and Governance Relationships, which was last published in 2009.
  • Efficiency through Contestability Programme webpages
    Through the Contestability Programme, the Australian Government is assessing its functions to determine if performance can be improved through alternative structures, processes or provider arrangements. Contestability encourages Commonwealth entities to adopt a more commercial mindset and seek ways of improving the performance of existing or proposed government functions.
  • Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2014-15
  • New Government Travel Management Services Provider
    The Department of Finance on behalf of the Commonwealth, has entered into a Deed with QBT Pty Ltd for the provision of travel management services for the Australian Government. Further information is provided in the media release on the Minister for Finance website.
  • Final Budget Outcome 2013-14
  • 2014-15 Budget measure: Administered Programme Indexation Pause
    The 2014-15 Budget includes a measure to pause the indexation of 112 programmes for three years, commencing from 1 July 2014 or 1 July 2015 depending on the circumstances of the individual programme.
  • Announcement - Whole-of-Government Advertising Tender
    Finance is pleased to announce that Mitchell & Partners Australia Pty Ltd has been appointed as the Australian Government's master media agency for an initial period of four years from 1 July 2014.
  • Commonwealth Low-Risk Grant Agreement Template
    As part of the Australian Government's initiative to reduce red tape, the Department of Finance (Finance) has developed a whole-of-government grant agreement template, which should be used by agencies when entering into low-risk grants. The low-risk grant agreement template includes a standard set of just 20 terms and conditions (covered in two-pages). It seeks to improve and streamline low-risk grant arrangements by promoting consistency in grant agreements across government entities.
  • Seeking proposals for joint private-public projects using big data
    We are seeking proposals for projects that would increase the efficiency of government services or deliver service improvements. Proposals will initially be assessed on feasibility. Those that are feasible will be assessed on innovative use of data, benefit to the community and return on investment.
  • Australian Government Grants News
    Grants News is a Finance quarterly publication informing agencies about key activities involving Commonwealth grants administration.

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