Commonwealth Grant Guidelines - FMG 3
Second edition, June 2013
The objective of grants administration is to promote proper use of Commonwealth resources through collaboration with the non-government sector to achieve government policy outcomes. Grants administration encompasses all processes involved in granting activities, and includes:
- planning and design
- selection and decision-making
- the making of a grant
- the management of grant agreements
- the ongoing relationship with grants recipients
- reporting and
- review and evaluation.
The Commonwealth Grant Guidelines (CGGs) establish the government’s policy framework under which government agencies undertake their own grants administration activities. These guidelines articulate the government’s expectations for both government and non-government stakeholders involved in grants administration.
The CGGs are issued by the Finance Minister under section 64 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA Act) and Regulation 7A of the Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997. They establish the overarching Commonwealth grants policy framework and articulate the expectations for all agencies subject to the FMA Act.
The Finance Minister has released the updated CGGs early to enable agency staff and non-government stakeholders to prepare for implementation. The updated CGGs have been registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments and take effect from 1 June 2013. Agency staff may adopt some or all of the requirements in the updated CGGs prior to 1 June 2013.
First edition, July 2009
The previous version of the Commonwealth Grants Guidelines has been revoked. However, they can be accessed, for information, at the Finance archive section.
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