Governance

decorationFinance develops policy and provides whole-of-government advice on appropriate governance arrangements for the range of Commonwealth bodies.

The following publications and guides assist Commonwealth bodies with governance issues.

PGPA Flipchart and entity list

The flipchart shows all Commonwealth entities and companies that are subject to the PGPA Act:

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Machinery of Government changes

The terms ‘machinery of government changes’ (MoG changes) and ‘administrative re-arrangements’ are interchangeable and are used to describe a variety of organisational or functional changes affecting the Commonwealth.

Some common examples of MoG changes are:

  • changes to the Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO) following a Prime Ministerial decision to abolish or create a department or to move functions/ responsibilities between departments/agencies
  • creation of a new statutory agency or executive agency, or abolition of such agencies
  • movement of functions into, or out of, the APS.

The Australian Public Service Commission, in conjunction with Finance has developed Implementing machinery of government changesexternal link as a source of practical guidance to help entities implement MoG changes. The guide provides:

  • an overview of the MoG process
  • protocols for resolving transfer of resources
  • principles and approaches for planning and implementing MoG changes, including a timeframe for key events
  • guidance on financial management and people management
  • advice on managing physical relocations, information, records, data and taxation
  • information on setting up a new APS agency.

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