Finance 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 – reference of all Commonwealth entities and companies that are subject to the PGPA Act
- Governance policy – considerations and decisions influencing the design of a body’s governance structure
- Contestability Programme – assessing functions of the Australian Government to determine if performance can be improved through alternative structures, processes or provider arrangements
- Australian Government Organisations Register – provides information on the function, composition, origins and other details of approximately 1,200 Australian Government entities, bodies and relationships
- Governance structures in the public sector – provides an overview of the types of structures used across the Commonwealth public sector
- Machinery of Government changes – practical guidance to help implement organisational or functional changes affecting the Commonwealth
- Government Business Enterprises (GBEs) – rules and guidance for prescribing GBEs
The flipchart shows all Commonwealth entities and companies that are subject to the PGPA Act:
- Flipchart of Commonwealth entities and companies [ 434 KB]
- Flipchart of Commonwealth entities and companies [ 102 KB]
- List of GGS, PNFC and PFC entities under the PGPA Act [ 1.1 MB]
- List of GGS, PNFC and PFC entities under the PGPA Act [ 125 KB]
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 Commonwealth entity or to move functions/ responsibilities between Commonwealth entities
- movement of functions into, or out of, the Australian Public Service.
More information of MoG changes can be found here.
The Australian Public Service Commission, in conjunction with Finance has developed Implementing machinery of government changes (the Guide) as a source of practical guidance to help entities implement MoG changes. The guide provides:
- an overview of the MoG process
- protocols for resolving the 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 entity.
Additional information on the followings topics in the Guide and checklists can be found here.
- Delegations of Powers
- Special Accounts
- Special Appropriations
- Information Technology
Last updated: 17 February 2017