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Mr John Uhrig AC was appointed in November 2002 by the Australian Government to conduct a review of the corporate governance of Commonwealth statutory authorities and office holders.
The objective of the review was to identify issues surrounding existing governance arrangements and to provide options for Government to improve the performance and get the best from statutory authorities and office holders, and their accountability frameworks.
The review was asked to develop a broad template of governance principles and arrangements that the Government could extend to statutory authorities and office holders, and potentially beyond, to a wider range of public sector bodies.
The former Minister for Finance and Administration, Senator the Hon Nick Minchin, announced the Government response to the Uhrig Report on 12 August 2004. The media release, including the Government's response to the specific recommendations of the report, is available at the National Library of Australia's Pandora archive .
Ministers assessed the governance arrangements of over 160 Australian Government statutory authorities, companies and office holders within their portfolios, against the report's governance templates and principles.
The former Minister for Finance and Administration, Senator the Hon Nick Minchin, coordinated the implementation of the Government's response to the Uhrig Report. Senator Minchin released a progress report on 5 January 2006, available at the National Library of Australia's Pandora archive .
The governance policy document at Governance Arrangements for Australian Government Bodies was developed following the Uhrig Report.