Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines

July 2014

The objective of grants administration is to promote proper use and management of public 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 Grants Rules and Guidelines (CGRGs) establish the Australian Government’s policy framework under which non-corporate Commonwealth entities undertake their own grants administration activities. The CGRGs articulate the government’s expectations for both government and non-government stakeholders involved in grants administration.

The CGRGs are a legislative instrument issued by the Finance Minister under Section 105C of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). They establish the overarching Australian Government’s grants policy framework and articulate the expectations for all non-corporate Commonwealth entities subject to the PGPA Act.

The CGRGs take effect from 1 July 2014.

Full Publication

Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines - July 2014 [PDF Document 374 KB]
Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines - July 2014 [Word Document 698 KB]

Contact for information on this page: grants@finance.gov.au